We haven’t had a chance to review the $300 Stylus-9000, but we have reviewed its sibling, the $300 Olympus Stylus-7000 ( ). The Stylus-9000 and the Stylus-7000 have many of the same basic specs, but with two key differences: The Stylus-9000 has a 10X optical zoom (versus the Stylus-7000’s 7X) and a 2.7-inch LCD screen (in contrast to the Stylus-7000’s 3-inch LCD). Reviewer Ben Long recommended the Stylus-7000 as a good pick for creative snapshooters. It has sophisticated shooting controls (spot metering and shadow adjustment) plus in-camera editing options, and its distinctive features include in-camera panoramas, beautified portraits, HD output, slideshow presentation, and reasonable low-light performance.
Stylus-9000 optical zoom: 10X (28mm to 280mm)