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Olympus C-7070 WideZoom Review

Review Date: May 10, 2005

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award

Executive Summary

This Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Edward's Garden
5.7mm (27.2mm), Program, Pattern, 1/320 sec., F4, -0.3EV and ISO 80

Housed within a distinctively professional-looking rugged magnesium black body, the Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom is choke-full of features and yet can be point-and-shoot easy to use in Auto and Programmed Auto modes.

Featuring 7.1 megapixel resolution, an excellent wide-angle coverage (27mm), and a 4x optical zoom, the Olympus C-7070 provides the capability to capture an expansive vista as well as pleasing portraits. A Super Macro mode takes you as close as 3 cm (1 in.) to your subject to explore the world of the small. Image quality is very good, with CA sometimes present in high-contrast shots.

The Olympus C-7070 won't easily fit into your pockets, but may be just compact enough to slide into a large coat/jacket pocket and its 420g (13.5 oz) weight gives it a hefty and rugged feel. It's heavy in comparison to the compacts and ultra compacts, but feels light in comparison to a dSLR.

The Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom will appeal to two groups of photographers: the professional photographer looking for a compact (relative to a dSLR) take-anywhere digital camera, and to serious amateur photographers ready to graduate to a digital camera offering full control and exposure flexibility.

In fact, the Olympus C-7070 packs more professional features into a rugged solid body than you would probably use and can do almost anything you ask of it, though you should be prepared to spend some time learning its many features. It provides full exposure flexibility, program shift, two live histograms, a swivel LCD, dual memory card slots (CF and xD), RAW file format, image stabilization in movie mode, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, a hot shoe to attach an external flash, and supports lots of optional accessories, including an underwater housing certified to depths of up to 131 feet.

See if you fit the Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom User Profile below:

Olympus C-7070 WZ
User Profile
Desire a wide-angle lens for group shots and expansive vistas.
Desire a 7.1 MP high resolution digital camera.
Want a digital camera that captures very good image quality.
Want a camera that has fast operation.
Want a full-featured digital camera with many pro features.
Want ability to add on optional accessories, including powerful external flash and underwater housing.
Want a large 1.8 in. swivel LCD with fast refresh rate.


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