Since the introduction of the first compact camera, thousands of designs have been launched onto the market. Lately, there seems to be more emphasis on color. Some camera models are now available in up to 6 different colors. The design however, is generally predictable; a rectangular shape, either with or without curved lines, a built-in flash, LCD on the back, etc. This makes it a genuine challenge to come up with a truly revolutionary, unique design. However; in most cases, it is simplicity that does the trick, with the IXUS being the best example. The basis is in fact nothing but a rectangle with a circle in the center. This is the base of each and every IXUS.
Olympus Mju 9000 camera design
Olympus has opted for a fairly conservative, yet at the same time modern design for the Mju 9000, almost in a cubist manner. The camera features the familiar rectangular shape and the elements are all found in the usual spot. The back has been fashionably divided into 'boxes', while several layers of finishing are supposed to give the front its very own look. The result is a cool camera that does fit well in the hand, although its buttons and dials are slightly on the small side.
Olympus Mju 9000 lens and flash
The large optical zoom (28-280 mm) mainly dominates the front of the Olympus Mju 9000 camera. On the right side of this zoom, the built-in flash is positioned; in fact, a tad too close to the side if you ask me. The risk of unintentionally blocking the flash with your finger is quite high. Three tiny holes reveal a small microphone between the lens and the flash. On the top side of the camera, the on / off switch and the zoom button are positioned on a narrow, silver-colored strip. A small red LED serves as an indicator for data traffic.
2.7" LCD monitor of the Olympus Mju 9000
A 2.7-inch LCD monitor is positioned on the back of the camera. Unfortunately, it is not a 3-inch-sized one as we see around us more frequently these days. The command dial, the multi-control button and a few other buttons on the right side of the monitor form the operation panel. The multi-control button is a square made of transparent plastic, including a number of symbols drawn around it. The symbols are somewhat tricky to read, especially in the shade or twilight. The dark red recycle bin is then also quite hard to see. The buttons are rather small, and in particular the multi-control button has an unpleasant operation. The bottom of the Olympus Mju 9000 features a compartment for the Li-Ion battery and xD memory card. The cover shuts properly and the compartment keeps the battery in its place by a safety catch.