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The new Olympus C-3000 ZOOM is a 3.34 megapixel digital camera with 15 different still image capture modes in five different image sizes (2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480.) It also offers QuickTime Movie capture at 15fps with sound. Sound can be recorded during video filming or a 4 second sound byte can be recorded for play with a single image. If you look at the photo above you will see five small holes just above the lens on the right, this is the microphone.
The builtin 6-mode flash has a new slow syncro mode plus red-eye reduction plus a connector that provides true TTL control of the Olympus FL-40 external speedlight. Shutter speeds from 1/30 to 1/10,000 second plus longer shutter speeds of up to 16 seconds in Manual mode. The Manual exposure mode allows both the shutter speed and apertures to be selected independently.
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On the back is a 1.8-inch "Wide-View" active-matrix color LCD first implemented on
the C-2020. It is much easier to view in all but the extremes of direct sunlight. The
LCD is used to access the menus (see next page) and as a real-time viewfinder. It can
be switched off to conserve battery power when using the conventional eyelevel
The green LED indicates a focus lock
and the amber LED tells you the status of the flash.
I'm happy to report that Olympus has finally done away with that battery door that
required two hands and twelve fingers to close. The new door easily closes and
latches securely shut with little to no effort. The bottom of the C-3000 is nice
and flat and lends itself well to being mounted on a tripod.
The 3X zoom (32-96mm equivalent) is an 8-element, all-glass aspherical lens with continuous 2.5X digital telephoto. It's not as fast as the F2 lens on the C-2020 but it's still performs well in low light.
Aperture settings of F2.8 - F11 are selectable in 1/3 step increments. Autofocus or manual focus range is from 8" to infinity.
The lens base is threaded and accepts the optional Olympus
CLA-1 lens adapter to attach filters or add-on lenses.
The mode dial is also the main power switch. Recording modes include "P"rogram automatic, a choice of "A"perture priority, "S"hutter priority or full "M"anual operation (depends on how you set it up in the menu). And the QuickTime movie mode that also captures sound.
The shutter button has the zoom lens control built around it. It also functions
as the zoomed playback and thumbnail control when in play mode.
The tiny cards are easily removed by means of a "push in and pop out" type of ejector mechanism.
The red LED illuminates when the card is being accessed and lets you know when it is unsafe to remove the card.
The C-3000Z accomodates any capacity 3.3v SmartMedia card and
comes with an 8MB card.
The C-3000's I/O ports are neatly hidden behind an easy to access door on the side.
On the top is the DC input jack for the optional AC power adapter.
Next is the combination Video Out and Audio Out port for playback on a TV set.
New on the C-3000 is a high speed USB port for speedy download of those large, three megapixel images.
And last but not least, the RS-232 serial port for PC and Mac.
The benefits are longer range, bounce/tilt flash head and true TTL-controlled
A newly designed door makes changing the batteries a snap now compared to
the tug of war we had with the C-2020 and C-2000 models. Flexible power options
include four 1.5v alkaline or lithium AA cells, four 1.2v NiMH and NiCD rechargeable
AA cells or two of the new CR-V3, long-life lithium cells.
What's in the box (N. America)?
The C-3000 ZOOM camera, a 8MB Olympus brand panorama SmartMedia card, remote
control, 2 CR-3V Lithium batteries, lens cap, strap, USB cable for PC
and Mac, video connection cable for TV or VCR, Olympus Camedia Master Utility
Software, and instruction manuals.
Still my favorite "included" accessory, the infrared remote control. It not only
controls the camera during playback, you can
also use it to trip the shutter and work the zoom lens in record mode too.
The Olympus C-3000 Zoom and the all-black C-3030 Zoom
C-3000 Zoom Specifications
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