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Olympus C-7070 WideZoom Review

Review Date: May 10, 2005

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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom steps up to the plate right behind the award-winning C-8080 Wide Zoom. Featuring 4x optical wide-angle zoom (27-110mm, 35 mm equivalent), and a new articulated high resolution LCD that swings up and rotates to face forward for difficult angle shots (compare to more conventional LCDs that swing left and rotate forward), the Olympus C-7070 sports the new 7.1MP resolution (on a 1/1.8 in.) image sensor that seems to be lately the talk of the town for its excellent image quality.

The 4x optical zoom covers the most useful focal lengths: from a 35mm equivalent of 27mm (wide angle) to a medium telephoto of 110mm. Maximum aperture is F2.8 (F2.4 in the C-8080). Shutter speed ranges from a blazing fast 1/4,000 sec. to 15 sec. (in Manual mode) and 1/2,000 sec. to 4 sec. (in P, A and S modes).

The Olympus C-7070 keeps the dual memory card slots which allows you to either use an xD-Picture Card, a Compact Flash type I or II (inc. IBM Microdrive 1GB), or switch between the two at will.

It seems that the wireless remote controller is no longer included as standard equipment. If you are into macro photography, consider purchasing this item as it is very useful in eliminating camera shake.

A dedicated hotshoe allows the use of an external flash.

More compact and lighter than the C-8080, the Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom should appeal to advanced amateur photographers who desire high quality image together with a high degree of control.

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Olympus Camedia C-7070 WZ
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom Home Page  
  Image Sensor 7.1 effective megapixels (3072 x 2304 pixels)
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Olympus  
  Focal Length 5.7-22.9mm (27-110mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range f2.8 to f11.0 (adjustable in 1/3 or 1/2 EV step)  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro Macro: 20cm (8");
Super Macro: 3cm (1")
  Auto Focus Dual AF (CCD: Contrast detection / Passive Sensor: Phase detection)  
  Shutter Speed P A S: 1/2000 sec. – 4 sec.
M: 1/4,000 sec to 15 sec., Bulb (2 min.)
  Exposure Control Program Auto (with Shift), Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
  Shooting Modes Auto; Scene modes: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, MyMode (customizable), Night Scene, Sports, Underwater Wide, and Underwater Macro (underwater modes to be used with available PT-O27 Underwater Housing);
Panorama (when using xD-Picture Card);
Movie (30fps VGA 640 X 480 QuickTime with sound);
Continuous High-speed 3.3 fps/max 4 images in RAW or JPEG 1.7 fps/max 10 images in HQ
  Exposure Compensation
±2 EV steps in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering Digital ESP, Spot, Center Weighted  
  White Balance iESP2 multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set (Shade, Overcast, Sunlight, Evening Sun, Tungsten, and Fluorescent), Custom, WB compensation +/- 7  
  Viewfinder Optical real-image  
  LCD 1.8” (4.6cm) Semi-transmissive LCD, approx. 130,000 pixel; Swivels  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent)  
  Storage Media Dual media slots: xD-Picture™ Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, or 1 GB); Compact Flash Type I or Type II (up to 4GB)  
  Battery Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery (BLM-I), AC Adapter  
  Included Accessories
32MB xD-Picture Card
Li-Ion rechargeable Battery (BLM-1) and Charger
A/V Cable, Auto-Connect USB 2.0 Cable
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROM (Olympus Master Software)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 116.0 x 87 x 65.5 mm /
4.6 x 3.4 x 2.6 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 420g / 13.5 oz.  
  MSRP US $599.99  

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