Conclusion: My first impression of the C-8080 Wide Zoom was, "at last a prosumer camera that feels as though it is worth its price tag". The C-8080 is built to a higher standard than any of the other eight megapixel digital cameras (save maybe the Sony DSC-F828), with a thick, high grade metal body simple rubber coating and innovative yet unfussy control layout. This is a camera which feels as well put together as a much more expensive digital SLR, you just know it's going to last.
Pros: Very good resolution, joint best of group, Fastest startup time of any prosumer digital camera, Superb build quality, professional feel, Wide angle five times zoom lens, fast at wide, Probably the highest quality new lens designed for 8mp, Low high ISO noise, employs noise reduction, Fast Auto Focus, Widest range of image parameter adjustment, Good flash performance, Excellent lens, no issues, good performance, Nine ISO steps from 50 to 400, Programmable Custom button...
Cons: Least zoom of current eight megapixel prosumer digital cameras, Camera locked while writing RAW images, Further than average minimum focus distance (0.8 m), LCD only tilts upwards, does not twist out, Only five steps of zoom from wide to telephoto, CF card sometimes difficult to grip when removing, Initially complex button+dial controls, although it becomes easier in time, Aging menu system, Slow image to image browsing in play mode, Zoom speed too fast, not proportio...
Conclusion: If you've read this review from beginning till this point you'll likely have been unable to escape the conclusion that Olympus needs to do a bit more homework when it comes to designing features and functions. Image quality completely aside, the C-8080 simply isn't competitive with the Sony F828 in a large number of areas.
Excerpt: Olympus America Inc. $1,000 8 megapixels; 5X optical zoom; 1.5 second boot time; 1.9 second recycle time; 1,775 line average resolution; 1.9% transition pixels Images have rich colors, are well exposed and sharp; flash shots show great illumination. Solid body, quick boot and recycle times. Manual focus requires using the jog buttons, menu navigation is slow. The C-8080 is a solid workhorse, and quick one too.
Summary: 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
Summary: There are only a couple of minor drawbacks. The zoom lens only goes to (equiv) 140mm, and the minimum focus distance is reported to be 80cm. If these don't affect your shooting style, then this might be the camera for you. I personally chose the Pro-1 over the C-8080 but that was largely a personal choice. In some respects the C-8080 is a better camera. Research and enjoy. In a very competitive market, Olympus has once again earned distinction.
case you haven't noticed, 8 Megapixel cameras are the latest
and greatest thing in 2004. It seems like just about everyone
has announced one! The C-8080
Wide Zoom ($999) is a totally new
body style, finally breaking free of the body that's been with
us since the C-2000Z.
Pros: Very good photo quality, though expect some noise and purple fringing, Built like a tank, Tons of manual controls, Very nice, wide-angle 5X zoom lens, Two histograms to choose from, AF-assist lamp AND passive AF system!, Handy RAW data edit feature, Customizable buttons and menus, My Mode feature lets you store favorite settings to spot on mode dial, Powerful, but expensive, battery, Dual memory card slots, VGA movie mode (though only 15 fps), Supports add-on lenses, ...
Cons: Controls can be intimidating to new users, Colors a little dull at default settings, Lens lacks the telephoto power of competition, Slow RAW/TIFF file write times, Full manual only on CD, Tough competition from D-SLRs; spend just a little more, get a much better camera (esp. in terms of photo quality)
Conclusion: After a few rounds of testing the Olympus CAMEDIA C-8080 Wide Zoom, we finally reached our verdict. Let us first do a quick recap on what we loved and thought could be improved about this digital prosumer camera from Olympus.
Summary: I was really looking forward to reviewing the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom because I had enjoyed using the
so much last year. It's great to see that Olympus
have carried on where the C-5050 left off in terms of design
and ease-of-use - the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom is a fantastic tool
for the aspiring amateur photographer, with an extensive range
of features that are mostly accessed via external controls
on the camera body.