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The high-zoom compact camera is a relatively new idea, but one which has seen a rise in popularity over the past couple of years. It was Ricoh that first introduced the concept, but most of the other manufacturers now include such cameras in their product line-up, most notably Panasonic with its extremely popular TZ series, which are sold as travel cameras. Olympus is trying a similar sales pitch with today's camera, the new Mju 9000.

Facing a lot of well-established competition the Mju 9000 needs an impressive specification to stand out from the crowd. It features a 12-megapixel sensor, a 10x zoom lens equivalent to 28-280mm, a 2.7-inch wide-view monitor and robust but compact body. It's currently selling for around £240, which is quite expensive compared to its closest competitors, the Ricoh R10 (£170) and the Canon PowerShot SX110 IS (£185). It's considerably cheaper than the Panasonic TZ7 (£305), but remember that camera has a 12x zoom and HD video capability, something which the Olympus lacks.

The Mju 9000 is not a particularly pretty camera, but it is well designed and solidly put together. Physically it's about the same size as the Ricoh R10, and quite a bit smaller and lighter than either the Canon SX110 or Panasonic TZ7. It measures 96 x 60 x 31 mm, and weighs approximately 205g including battery and memory card. The body is made mostly of plastic but feels robust and well made, and the finish, while a bit over-fussy, is at least of a high standard. The shape of the body is easy to hold, with a detail on the front that serves as a finger grip, while the back has a small textured thumbgrip area.

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Ripsnorter

April 11, 2009, 11:13 pm

Apologies for this not being directly related to the mju 9000, but does TR or anyone know of any compact digital cameras that have an interval timer, whereby the thing can be programmed to take, for example, 10 shots at the rate of one per minute? I'd have thought this would be a simple matter of software programming but have, so far, failed to come across it.

Billy Rubin

April 12, 2009, 1:57 pm

The Ricoh R10 can do time lapse in incriments of five seconds, from five seconds up to three hours. You can download the manual here (http://www.ricoh.com/r_dc/supp... the info is on page 104, "Shooting pictures automatically at set intervals"

SpiderJacek

April 12, 2009, 2:14 pm

All Ricoh cameras have this feature, including the brand new CX1.





http://www.ricoh.com/r_dc/cx/c...

Ripsnorter

April 12, 2009, 9:33 pm

@ Billy Rubin & S_p_i_d_e_r. Thank you both for that. Like I mentioned, I'm surprised interval timing is such a rare feature because it would seem to easy to implement. As much as I love my Canon, it's time to switch brands.

theimer

April 13, 2009, 12:06 am

Cliff, you talk about the focal range 28-200mm (35mm equiv.) across the entire review while the camera itself states that it has a 10x zoom, 5-50mm (35mm equiv. that should maybe be 28-280mm). Which one is correct?


KR theimer

Cliff Smith

April 19, 2009, 7:34 pm

theimer - You're quite correct, it should be 28-280mm. I've edited the review to correct this error. Thanks for pointing it out.

PK Son

April 26, 2009, 10:44 am

ripsnorter : Most Nikon P&S can do it as well. The S series, specifically.

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