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Olympus Mju 9000 | Digital Camera Review | Control
Activating the Olympus Mju 9000 is carried out just as I expected. After about 2 seconds, the camera is ready to take to the first pictures. The command dial on the back of the camera next to the monitor provides several shooting programs. The easiest mode is the so-called i-Auto mode. The camera automatically selects the best mode to capture the scene. This is a full auto mode which lets you take pictures in the best possible way for that particular scene, by simply pressing the shutter release. This mode disables a number of functions inside the camera. After activating the menu, you won't be able to access the camera menu, the scenes or the panorama mode.
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Olympus Mju 9000 menu
It is remarkable how slow the Olympus Mju 9000 is when it comes to starting up the menu. Once inside the menu, however, you can quickly navigate and select. Switching between the various main programs through the command dial is not really fast either. Personally, I find this annoying; I just want to scroll quickly through all the possibilities of a camera without having to deal with any delays. Other photographers may see it differently, however, and will not find this a disadvantage.

Automatic scene-selector
In addition to the automatic scene-selector of the i-Auto, you can also manually select the best scene for the picture. As many as 14 different scene modes are at your disposal. Although it has to be said the majority will most likely not be used in practice, such as; document capture, candlelight photography, food photography, etc. Whilst scrolling through the scenes, the menu will display a sample picture that is considered the proper subject for the concerning scene.

Zooming and focussing with the Olympus Mju 9000
Zooming from wide angle to telephoto happens quite smoothly. Only 1.5 seconds is needed to zoom from wide angle to extreme telephoto on the subject. Zooming in is accompanied by a rattling sound. Don't let it scare you, it seems to be normal for this model; however, we do have to admit it is far from nice. Focusing fast and accurately does not seem the strongest feature of the Olympus Mju 9000. In practice, I frequently missed shooting subjects that were not even related to high speed. Another disappointment is the time the flash needs to fully recharge. In practice, I experience approximately six seconds between shots simply because of the fact I needed to use the flash. This makes the camera completely unsuitable for certain occasions; such as trying to take a few sequential shots of a child in a merry-go-round in a playground on a cloudy day.

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Olympus Mju 9000 digital camera
Of course, you can disable the flash and use high ISO values. However, this comes directly at the expense of image quality, as high ISO (higher than 400) is not really the strongest point of the Mju 9000. The zoom button is a rather small button that you have to push to the left or right. The tiny-sized button has a rather smooth top, which means your finger will inevitably slide off the zoom button.

Olympus Mju 9000 multi-controller button
The FUNC button in the middle of the multi-controller is very convenient. This button provides direct access to the most needed and important settings on the camera, such as ISO, White Balance, Exposure, Image quality, etc. In practice, it actually provides the fastest access to these settings. The multi-control button features various setting options among which is Macro. The Olympus Mju 9000 offers two different macro settings: Normal and Super macro. The latter allows for shooting a subject at a distance of 1 cm to 50 cm. You have to beware of the fact that the camera 'remembers' the macro mode. So when switching the camera off and then on again, the macro mode remains activated!

Olympus Mju 9000 camera operation
Operation of the Olympus Mju 9000 is in itself quite simple. However, it is the tardiness of certain functions, such as the flash, that make you miss certain standard subjects, causing a lot of annoyance. There is no reason whatsoever why charging the flash should take this long. There are cameras around that are capable of even 3 shots in succession with the flash activated! The large optical range is very pleasant to capture versatile objects in a relaxed way. The small and convenient size makes it ideal to take the Olympus Mju 9000 along wherever you go.




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