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Olympus C-8080

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Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom Digital Camera

5 March 2006
Overall 8
Value for money 8
Features 8
Ease of use 8
Picture quality 9
Construction 10

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DP Review
20 November 2005
  • 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...
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The Luminous Landscape
16 March 2005
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom

PC Magazine
31 January 2005
  • Conclusion: The Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom is a top choice for serious shooters
  • Pros: Excellent picture quality; good feature depth
  • Cons: Minor usability issues
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Olympus Camedia C-8080 WZ

11 June 2004
  • 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 ready.
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Olympus C8080 Wide

31 May 2004
  • 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.
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Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom

Steve's Digicams
12 February 2004
  • Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two C-8080 Zoom Specifications CCD Imager 8.31 megapixel effective 8.00 megapixel gross Size 2/3" CCD Lens Olympus aspherical glass 5x zoom lens 7.13 - 35.6mm (28 - 140mm equivalent in 35mm photography). Comprised of 15 lenses in 13 groups with 3 aspherical ED (extra-dispersion) elements.
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Dc Resource
11 February 2004
  • Excerpt: In 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)
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Olympus CAMEDIA C-8080 Wide Zoom

Hardware Zone
26 December 2005
  • 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.
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Overall 9

Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

9 June 2005
  • Summary: I was really looking forward to reviewing the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom because I had enjoyed using the C-5050 Zoom 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.
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