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Olympus C-8080 WZ Review

Review Date: June 11, 2004

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

Executive Summary

This Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Canada Touring: 1/125 sec., F3.5 and ISO 50
Canada Touring:
35.6mm (170mm), Program, Pattern, 1/125 sec., F3.5 and ISO 50
Sharpened in Photoshop Elements

The Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom is a full-featured prosumer digital camera with superb image quality. Being a large camera, it handles comfortably for those with big hands. The high quality of the black finish on its magnesium alloy body gives it a professional feel -- the best among the current 8MP digital cameras.

The C-8080 has the fastest startup among the 8MP digital cameras, at under 1 sec. If you like taking candid photos, the C-8080 will always be ready. All controls are precise to the touch and logically divided. You will however have to get used to the menu structure and sub-menus associated to each dedicated button.

A camera is first and foremost judged by the quality of the image it produces, and the Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom shines in this respect. Image quality is excellent with minimal CA and no noise at ISO 50. Other professional features are a live histogram (with a unique "direct" feature), high quality EVF, and wide-angle zoom.

The C-8080 will be a favourite of many prosumers due to its excellent image quality, the best body finish and feel we've seen so far, a fast startup time, and all the professional features you need to take superb images. It's a great choice if you are graduating to advanced amateur/prosumer status.

See if you fit the Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom User Profile below:

Olympus C-8080 WZ
User Profile
Desire a quality 8 MP resolution prosumer digital camera.
Want a digital camera that produces excellent images.
Enjoy leaving "traditional" behind and embracing new ways of doing things.
Want a full-featured prosumer level digital camera.
Want wide-angle coverage as well as medium telephoto.


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