Summary: it might be a good camera -- its from the pre-"upgrade" series that nearly every major manufacturer put the hapless consumers through. You can check reviews for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic . . . all of them with products in the $120 - $180 price range. In every case the more recent model versions dumbed down one thing or another in the name of "improvement" concealing crapware with the marketing glitz of megapixels. Unfortunately I never got the product delivered.
Summary: I love this camera. Takes beautiful vivid shots. Lightweight. A bit on the noisy side. Has lots of options that aren't the easiest to figure out -- a lot of nested menus and if you aren't setting them all the time you have to rethink how to set them. Got this Lowepro Toploader Zoom 45 AW (Black) to carry it in and it fits snug as a bug in a rug. Nice all around camera. Lightweight too.
Summary: This is a great camera, even used, it outclasses alot of new ones. I purchased it because I wanted something close to a DSLR for image, but all in one - currently you can only get cameras with the tiny little point and shoot sensors as all in ones. The C-8080 has a physical sensor size that is somewhere between those tiny point and shoot and a DSLR APS sized sensor - the bigger the sensor (not the megapixels), the better the picture (lens quality applies as well).
Summary: I have been reviewing the reviewers of this product. I have owned this camera since it came out. I have the lens adapter and lenses that are available for this product and have used them. The pros: The camera has minimal turnaround time from shot to shot. It works the best in bright light whether indoor or out. It makes great portraiture shots in good lighting. It has great battery life.
Summary: i think it makes things more complicated than they really need to be but it takes great pictures. also....after purchasing the product, i learned that the camera has to have a proprietary zoom lens that is way more expensive than say, canon. but other than that i am very happy.
Kort "Art, Music, Book & Movie Enthusiast", Amazon
31 July 2006
Summary: Before this camera I owned the Oly C3030 and C5050. All great cameras but they pale when compared to this one. Even as I write this today, I would still recommend getting this camera used at a great price rather than spend more on a newer model. It has every control a camera enthusiast could hope to have short of owning a higher end SLR, with the convenience of having everything in one fairly compact package.
Summary: I've owned by C-8080 for over a year. Several months ago, I bought a Canon Rebel XT DSLR. The XT gets better resolution, focuses and stores faster, has a broader dynamic range, and slays the C8080 in medium and low light hands down. Add an image stabilized lens to the XT, and performance-wise, the C8080 gets left in dust accross the board. But I still often I pack the C-8080 and leave the XT at home.
The Olympus C-8080 from advanced amateur to pro photos.
AZ Sheldon "Somewhere in AZ", Amazon
13 November 2005
Summary: My background in photography extends back to my high school days in 1976, through selling cameras professionally for 6 years in retail post high school, and then later after college taking wedding photos with a Hasselblad and pro lighting for a few years 'on the side.' In 2002, I sold all of my film-cameras, and went digital with an Olympus C-3020 to start (a 3.2 mega-pixel camera). In 2004, I upgraded to a C-8080 and bought a 2-gig card and extra battery.