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.
Summary: After having had 2 older olympus cameras I decided that I would stick to what I am familiar with and I purchased the C-8080. I am very pleased with the camera. Most of my picture taking is outdoor scenery and wildlife so that is what most of my review is based on. I rarely take indoor photos so I have no opinion as to the quality of it's indoor pictures. For outdoor use.. Pros: Picture quality is very good (Best for daytime use).
Summary: I bought a brand new, USA warrenty Olympus C-8080 camera a few weeks ago from Buydig.com--for $472.00, about half what this camera cost when it first came out last year. Had considered an Olympus Evolt, but I went for the convenience of an all-in-one-piece high-end amateur camera which has been receiving very good reviews and seems considered the best of the 8-megapixel non-SLR cameras available.
Summary: After 40+ years of taking pictures in 35mm I decided to wet my toe in digital waters with an Olympus C2020. Used that excellent camera for three years and decided this spring to upgrade to the Olympus C8080WZ just then released by Olympus. This camera takes great pictures, many examples can be viewed at digicam.com by going to the forum for Olympus Digital. The Olympus lens is considered by many reviewers to be the best available for digital. So... why not five stars?
Summary: I am still getting acquainted with this little gem. In spite of all the criticism below, I am definitely happy with it. I have to say that I agree with pretty much everything JB said in his review "Great in the day, noisy at night" -- I haven't done any night work with this yet. So why post? Some comments I've got are not included elsewhere. Some are worth repeating. As mentioned in other reviews, I too have hit the power button when I wanted something else.
Summary: Some thoughts from an amateur having been using it for a while. Note that my overall score is high and I'm very happy with this camera: bang for the buck this is great. So - these comments are deliberately critical since I think that's what most people want to know about. If something really cool stands out - such as dark frame subtraction on this camera for us astronomers - then I'll point it out. 1.
Summary: This is my third digital camera. My first was a canon powershot g3-- A camera I would still be using if it hadn't developed a problem with storing images to CF cards and downloading them to the computer. My 2nd camera is a Canon s100 point and shoot. Just so that you can understand the view point of this review, I will let you know that I consider myself an amature with intentions of improvement.
Summary: I've owned the c2020, c5050, nikon's 5700, canons d10, in that order,and I'm back with olympus c8080. theres nothing in my opinion like the glass of olympus, great for daytime shots, too slow in low light situations. the on off button is to close to the wide angle, telephoto button it's taking some time to get used to. pros.........the colors are the truest no need to adjust in photoshop, and rarely in photoshop with this camera...what you see is what you want to keep!
Summary: >shoot short videos (without audio) The odd thing is that the review says "without audio" (as above) but the Olympus website says it works with audio as the 5050 etc do. Any idea why it would say that?