Reviews and Problems with Olympus D-40 Zoom (C-40 Zoom)
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Value for money 8
Ease of use 9
Picture quality 8
16 July 2006
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Olympus C-40Z: (4 megapixel compact) As a go anywhere four megapixel the C-40Z is well designed. It's small, light and the sliding lens cover is well engineered and works well to 'seal' the camera for carrying in a bag or pocket. On top of this the camera also has a full range of manual controls including aperture, shutter priority and even full manual.
Pros: Good resolution (considering the size of the lens), though not as good as Canon S40, Good natural light white balance, vivid yet well balanced colour reproduction, Compact size, light weight, very good build quality, Pixel mapping does away with worries over 'dead pixels', Clean ISO 100, hardly any visible noise (although measured as closer to ISO 80), Unique 'My Mode' for memorized / pre-programmed settings, On screen buffer status display, Huge range of control over...
Cons: Strong chromatic aberrations, Moire artifacts, Diagonal jaggies, Over aggressive sharpening (can be lowered via record menu), Some hue shift with manual white balance under fluorescent light, Lens soft towards edge / corners, Lens slow at telephoto (F4.8), Limited (2.8x) zoom should be considered, SmartMedia (max 128 MB) could be a factor (SHQ JPEG = 2.3 MB), Slow SM write speed (approx. 380 KB/sec), Limited apertures at telephoto, Zoom controller does not have enough...
Excerpt: Argent et gris sombre, le C-40 a belle allure, mais sans briller par l'originalité. Il n'est pas aussi petit que le Canon Digital Elph, par exemple, mais il tient à peu près dans une poche de chemise. Il est assez léger (238 grammes y compris la batterie et la carte) et vous pouvez sans mal le transporter partout, surtout si vous avez acheté en plus l'étui de protection qui permet de l'accrocher à la ceinture.