Olympus C-3040 Zoom Review
By Movable Type Admin
Olympus C-3040 Zoom
Features and Controls
The C-3040 Zoom sports an incredibly fast F1.8 - F2.6 lens with a 35mm equivalent of 35-105mm focal length. It is an all-glass, aspherical lens constructed of 10 elements in 7 groups. Further enhanced by a digital zoom function with 1 - 2.5x (5x VGA only) possible.
Auto or Manual focus with 240 steps and a magnified LCD display for critical focusing.
Normal focus range is 0.8m - infinity and Macro mode 0.2m - 0.8m.
Add-on lenses and filters can be attached if you purchase the optional Olympus CLA-1
lens adapter. Shown here is the Tiffen equivalent, the OLYC2000AD. It comes with
a 49mm to 55mm stepup ring, using the larger diameter filters avoids vignetting
when the lens is at the full wide angle position.
The green LED indicates a focus lock
and the amber LED tells you the status of the flash.
Builtin multi-mode intelligent speedlight; Auto (automatic flash activation in low light and backlight), red-eye reduction, fill-in (forced activation), off (no flash).
Working flash range: Wideangle 0.8 - 5.6 m.
Tele: approx. 0.2 - 3.8 m (at ISO 100).
External TTL connector control for Olympus FL-40: ON/OFF, auto, forced activation.
Slow synchronisation (first-curtain synchronisation effect,
second-curtain synchronisation effect). When using the FL-40, the C-3040 Zoom can
make use of its onboard focus assist illuminator and work in complete darkness.
On top is the mode/power dial with positions for Playback, Off, Program AE, ASM
(Aperture priority, Shutter priority or Manual - depends on which option is set in the
menu system) and Movie mode. The shutter release has the zoom lens control mounted
around it. The zoom lever also functions as the index and zoomed playback control while
in play mode.
The monochrome data LCD is shown here with all possible icons illustrated.
Unfortunately it is not illuminated - we will keep pointing this out until all
of the manufacturers take the hint and add this much-needed feature!
On the back are the flash mode (delete in play mode) and metering/macro mode buttons (DPOF in play mode) next to the 4-way jog switch that is used to navigate menus and control various camera settings. The OK button accepts menu selections, functions as the AEL (auto exposure lock) in record mode and is used to protect/unprotect pictures in Play mode.
The big button in the middle controls the color LCD and also lets you quickly
switch from Rec to Play mode. The bottom button calls up or dismisses the MENU
DC INput for AC adapter or battery pack
A/V output, video is NTSC (PAL in European models), audio is monoural
High-speed USB data port
RS-232 serial I/O port
The C-3040 stores its images on 3.3v SmartMedia cards. On the back side of the handgrip
is the card slot which is the "push in and pops out" type that makes removing cards a
breeze. Olympus includes a 16MB card with panorama function and any size up to 128MB
may be used.
The C-3040Z is powered by four AA size batteries (NiMH prefered but not supplied) or two
of the Olympus CR-V3 one-use lithium. The battery door has a safety latch and thanks to
the side by side design, battery changes can be swift.
Although they didn't include a set of NiMH rechargeable batteries, they did include the handy RM-1 infrared remote control. This allows you to control the zoom and trip the shutter in record mode and control playback while connected to a television.
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