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Olympus C-8080 WZ Review

Review Date: June 11, 2004

Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

Olympus fans will welcome the all-black magnesium body Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom. It retains the extra wide angle zoom that is so useful for landscape and real-estate work, and the fully articulated high resolution LCD for difficult angle shots. Now in 8 million pixels resolution.

The 5x optical zoom covers the most useful focal lengths: from a 35mm equivalent of 28mm (wide angle) to a medium telephoto of 140mm. Maximum aperture is F2.4. An electronic viewfinder (EVF) has 240,000 pixels resolution. Shutter speed ranges from a blazing fast 1/4,000 sec. to 16 sec.

The Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom 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. A dedicated hotshoe allows the use of an external flash.

The C-8080 WZ is PictBridge-compatible, i.e. you can print directly from the camera to any other PictBridge-compatible printer, regardless of the brand, without first going through a computer.

The Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom should appeal to advanced amateur photographers who desire high quality image together with a high degree of control. Wireless remote controller included.

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Olympus Camedia C-8080 WZ
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom Home Page  
  Image Sensor 8.0 effective megapixels
2/3 in. CCD
  Lens Olympus  
  Focal Length 7.13-35.6mm (28-140mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F2.4-F3.5 to F8.0 (adjustable in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)  
  Optical Zoom 5x  
  Macro Macro: 10cm (3.9"); Super Macro: 5cm (2")  
  Auto Focus AF (autofocus) TTL system (contrast detection)  
  Shutter Speed
Program: F2.4-F8.0, 1/4000 sec – 4 sec.
Aperture, Shutter: F2.4-F8.0, 1/4000 sec – 16 sec.
Manual: F2.4-F8.0, 1/4000 sec. – 16 sec.; Bulb (max. 8 min.)
  Exposure Control Program auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
  Shooting Modes Auto; Scene modes (Image Adjustment modes): Portrait, Sports, Landscape, MyMode (customizable), Night Scene; Panorama (when using xD-Picture Card); Movie (15fps of SHQ 640 X 480 QuickTime with sound); Continuous 1.6 frames per second burst in any JPEG mode  
  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 Auto, 5 Indoor settings, 4 Outdoor settings, 4 Custom Memory settings, One-touch set with white card  
  Viewfinder 0.44" (1.1cm) Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), 240K pixels  
  LCD 1.8" (4.6cm) Wide-View color TFT LCD (approx. 134K pixels); Swivels  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto; 50, 64, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320 and 400 (equivalent)  
  Storage Media Dual slots: xD-Picture Card; Compact Flash Type I or Type II IBM Micodrive 1GB  
  Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery  
  Included Accessories
32MB xD-Picture Card
Li-Ion rechargeable Battery (BLM-1) and Charger (BCM-2)
A/V Cable, Auto-Connect USB Cable
Wireless Remote Controller RM-2
Strap (Carrying)
Software CD-ROM (Camedia Master Software)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 124.0 x 84.5 x 99.0 mm /
4.9 x 3.3 x 3.9 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 660g / 23.3 oz.  
  MSRP US$899.95

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