Summary: For more than ten years of mountaineering, running rivers and exploring remote corners of the world, my OM-1 was my constant companion. Although not a professional, I was passionate about photography. In 1990 I was experimenting with low-light color photography.
Summary: I think this camera is worthy of a different kind of review than some of the ones I've read here, so I'll try to deliver that. I was a first-time-digital-user & buyer before this camera, and this is what I'd have wanted to know before buying this camera.
Summary: This camera was purchased as a "lab camera" to photograph small items with great detail. One use is to adapt the camera to standard "zoom" microscopes easily by inserting the camera in place of one of the eyepieces.
Pros: 3X zoom is small, lens cover not built in, LCD should pivot down further.
Cons: 3X zoom is small, lens cover not built in, LCD should pivot down further.
Summary: I've had this camera for about 2 months and I love it. If you have some basic experience it is easy to use (though it takes a little while to get used to the menu system). I upgraded from a 1.3MP Panasonic. So far I've mostly used the program mode.
Summary: I just went online with Consumer Reports and they have the C 5050 by Olympus as the number 2 spot in the 5 megapixel showdown. The Nikon coolpix was number one. I don't exactly understand that considering that the 5050 gets 400 shots per battery charge, and the coolpix only 100.
Summary: After having my 4040 stolen about 1.5 years ago, I saved a bit for a replacement. I got the 5050 about 2 months after it was released and I couldn't be happier. The image quality blows away anything in its category, including the coolpix.