Excerpt: This review was initially of a pre-production camera loaned to me by Olympus for testing.At their request I agreed not to test image quality or publish photographs until they could providea production version of the camera.
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.
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...
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 Fo...
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 removin...
Summary: The C-8080 Wide Zoom features a lightning-fast startup and shot-to-shot recycling time thanks to its Olympus TruePic TURBO Image Processor. This is a top-of-the-line consumer camera with advanced controls, 8 million pixel imager and a super-bright, ED glass wide angle, 5x optical zoom lens.
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...
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 qua...
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.
Excerpt: Performance spettacolari paragonate a quelle delle fotocamere reflex della sua fascia di prezzo: CAMEDIA C-8080 WIDE ZOOM di Olympus, di categoria superiore anche per il suo peso e dimensioni ridotte.