Olympus Mju 9000 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Olympus and Fujifilm have been using their 'own' card since 2002; the xD Picture memory card. This small card was designed with the aim of making xD grow to a capacity of 8GB. At that time, an impressive amount of data storage. However, this quantity has long been overtaken by the fierce competition from the SDHC format with a maximum storage of 32GB, and, not entirely unimportant, this amount is actually available. For a while now, we have seen no growth in capacity of the xD Picture card, and it seems to be at the point of death. The current maximum capacity is 2GB, and it would surprise us if this were still to change.
Olympus Mju 9000 memory
The Olympus Mju 9000 supports the xD Picture Card and this is what distinguishes the camera. The masses mainly support SD / SDHC, whist a small minority supports the Memory Stick Duo for Sony cameras. Meanwhile, the most recent Fujifilm cameras are all equipped with an SD / SDHC card slot, so that means Olympus really is on its own now. It doesn't really have an effect on cameras featuring an xD slot; it is just a restriction when switching from a non-xD camera to Olympus. Although the prices of memory cards have dropped significantly, it is still a pity that you cannot take your collection of memory cards to the Olympus Mju 9000.
File size of the Olympus Mju 9000
The 12 Megapixels of resolution provide a maximum file size of approximately 6MB. The camera stores pictures in JPEG format with a choice between two compressions. In addition to the 4:3 ratio, it is also possible to use the Olympus Mju 9000 for panorama pictures in 16:9 format. The resolution is 1920x1080 pixels, 2 megapixels, and can be created both in-camera and through the Olympus Master software. Based on the highest quality JPEG, a 1GB xD Picture memory card is recommended.
Video Resolution - VGA - 640x480 pixels - 30 fps - 9 min 21 sec
Video Resolution - VGA - 640x480 pixels - 15 fps - 18 min 37 sec
Video Resolution - QVGA - 320x240 pixels - 30 fps - 22 min 3 sec
Video Resolution - QVGA - 320x240 pixels - 15 fps - 43 min 37 sec
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
The Olympus Mju 9000 camera has been equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. It transfers pictures at a high speed. The speed of the Olympus Mju 9000 camera is stable and fast. If you want to make things simple for yourself, and don't want the hassle of working with a cable all the time, you might want to purchase a fast USB 2.0 High Speed card reader, which does not require connecting the camera. It's fast, easy and saves battery capacity.
Olympus LI-50B Lithium Ion battery
For energy, Olympus uses an LI-50B Lithium Ion battery. This small 3.7V 950mAh battery is inserted in the bottom of the camera, in the same compartment where the small xD card sits. The battery is neatly kept in place by a safety catch, preventing it from falling out when the compartment is opened, for example, to change the memory card. According to CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) measurements, a fully charged Li-50B battery lasts 250 pictures. In practice however, this varies due to the different circumstances in which shooting takes place and the way of shooting differing from that of CIPA. During our test, we took 215 pictures before the battery had to be recharged again.