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Olympus C-5500 Zoom Review
Date: Apr 14, 2005
Olympus Camedia C-5500 Zoom Review is based on
a production model. All sample images are unretouched,
except where specified.
Building (aka Gooderham Building), Toronto, ON,
Not quite as tall as the same namesake in NY (aka
but the tall towers (TD and BCE) in the background
provide a more dramatic contrast.
The CN Tower is partially visible on the left,
and the Royal Bank
peeks between the two towers.
12.1mm (58.2mm), Program, Pattern, 1/800 sec.,
F4.0 and ISO 80
The Olympus Camedia C-5500 Zoom is a
full-featured digital camera with excellent image
quality, very low noise and fast operation with
no practical shutter lag. It is all put together
in a camera that is both comfortable to hold and
It is extremely easy to take good pictures with
the Olympus C-5500 and, after one month's constant
use, the overall feeling is that this is a camera
that delivers for beginner and serious amateur
photographers. It is put together well and pretty
intuitive to use, despite Olympus' traditional
reliance on the menu.
The Olympus C-5500 is not compact enough to
carry in your trousers' pocket, but a coat pocket
will do. I've been carrying it in my jacket pocket
and whip it out instantly for a photo opportunity.
It has two live histograms (including a unique
"direct" feature), AF Area selection
anywhere on the screen, AF Illuminator, and very
good macro capability at 2cm. For serious photographers,
there is One-Touch White Balance, Multi-Metering,
Manual Focus, and of course, Shutter-Priority
and Aperture-Priority modes.
The Olympus C-5500 has all of the three criteria
we use to judge digital cameras: excellent image
quality, low noise and fast operation. It feels
right in the hands and in its operation, letting
you concentrate on taking the pictures. If you
are learning and want a full-featured digital
camera, the Olympus C-5500 has everything you
need to learn and grow at a very attractive price.
See if you fit the Olympus Camedia C-5500
Zoom User Profile below:
||Desire a compact 5.1 MP
resolution digital camera.
||Want a digital camera
that produces excellent images.
||Want a camera that has
||Want a full-featured digital
camera with room to learn and grow.
||Want a large 2 in. LCD
with fast refresh rate.