Olympus C-4000 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-4000 Zoom

Review posted 10/04/02

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The newest addition to Olympus' C-Series, the C-4000 ZOOM's elegant, ergonomically designed body is comfortable, lightweight and easy to work with, even during extensive shooting sessions. It features a polished silver finish with metallic top and front covers for extra durability. The Camedia C-4000 Zoom is an affordable, full featured 4 Megapixel digital cameras that offers an Olympus zoom lens, total photographic control and advanced features such as Multi-Point Spot Average Metering, Super Macro focusing, and Histogram in Shooting and Review modes.

The C-4000 ZOOM combines a wealth of the kind of features accomplished photographers need, with the ease of use and low price that makes it appealing to all kinds of consumers. It combines a 4 Megapixel CCD and a high-performance f2.8 3X Optical Zoom lens that functions with a smooth 3.3X digital zoom for seamless 10X total Zoom capability. The C-4000 ZOOM delivers all these features and more in a compact, stylish package plus the latest in Olympus image quality and exposure technologies that provide consistently crisp, high- quality prints up to 11" x 14".

C-4000 Zoom's Olympus all-glass 6.5mm-19.5mm f2.8-f11 lens (the equivalent of 32-96mm in 35mm photography), which is matched to a 4.0 Megapixel CCD. Six unique Scene Program modes optimize image quality by biasing exposure, tone and color to provide the best match for specific shooting situations, including everything from Landscape, to Night Scene, and Sports photography. The C-4000Z's Noise Reduction mode facilitates noise-free photos during long exposures.

The C-4000 ZOOM is extremely easy to use. Standard Program Auto mode allows photographers to take flawless pictures in typical situations using basic point-and-shoot techniques. Users can easily access six different Scene Program Modes with the exclusive new "Virtual Dial" feature, first seen on the Olympus D-550 ZOOM earlier this year. The "Virtual Dial" feature gives the shooter instant access to settings such as Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene and Sports. Olympus' newly enhanced "My Mode" feature now offers 4 separate user-customizable settings for more creative options. The menu also features three Shortcut Buttons that save menu navigation time by letting the user assign the most frequently used menu categories to these three buttons.

Experienced photographers will appreciate the C-4000 ZOOM's manual settings with individual controls for aperture priority, shutter priority, and Full Manual Operation with manual shutter speeds ranging from 16 to 1/1,000 of a second. Multi-Point Metering enables up to 8 separate points in the image area to be averaged for proper exposures in the most difficult lighting conditions, a feature not typically found on cameras at this price point. Dynamic Histograms are visible on the LCD in both Shoot and Review modes to accurately display the photo's brightness across the image area. Other advanced controls include: Selectable AF Point, moveable with the menu navigation arrow pad and Super Macro mode for photographing subjects closer than one inch. An External TTL Flash Terminal is provided for the FL-40 TTL flash or for syncing to studio strobes. Adjustable White Balance and One Touch White Balance provide maximum shooting versatility.

The C-4000 Zoom's wide range of accessories, including an assortment of lenses, external flashes and powering solutions, make it ideal for the photographer who wants a complete camera system at a price that makes sense. Developing photographers will appreciate the ease of use provided by Automatic and Scene Program modes, while the C-4000's full Manual control offers advanced photographers a highly precise photographic tool.

C-4000 ZOOM features:

  • New- Four "My Modes" to create four different custom camera settings.
  • New- Selectable AF point
  • New- Multi-Point Spot Average metering mode.
  • New- Super Macro focusing down to 0.7".
  • New- Histogram in Shooting and Review Modes.
  • 3x zoom lens 6.5-19.5mm (32-96mm equivalent)
  • 4 Megapixel (1/1.8") CCD for up to 2288x1712 pixel images
  • Six Scene Modes
  • 1.8" 114,000 pixel, wide-view TFT LCD monitor
  • Uncompressed TIFF, JPEG and QuickTime movie formats
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority and full Manual exposure modes
  • f2.8 - f11 aperture settings
  • 1/1000 to 16 second shutter speeds
  • iESP auto TTL white balance with presets
  • Digital ESP metering with Spot option
  • Built-in multi-mode flash
  • Exposure compensation, AE Bracketing and AE Lock
  • ISO auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400
  • Sepia, Black and White, Black board or White board image effects
  • Adjustable image sharpness and contrast
  • Automatic pixel mapping (maps out bad pixels)
  • USB 1.1 connectivity
  • Uses four AA or two CR-V3 batteries
The C-4000 ZOOM is available now with a MSRP of $499. It comes supplied with an Auto-Connect USB cable, Video cable, carrying strap, lens cap with retainer cord, 2 LB-01 CR- V3 Lithium batteries, a 16MB SmartMedia card, Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software 4.0, limited warranty card, and user reference manual.

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Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom

Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom

Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom

Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom

Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom

Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom

Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom

The C-4000 Zoom compared in size to a CD.

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C-4000 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 4.0 Megapixel Effective
4.13 Megapixel Gross (Full optical CCD resolution)
Size: 1/1.8" (.55") CCD
Lens Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens 6.5-19.5mm
(32-96mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Seamless Digital Zoom 10X (3x optical and 3.3x digital combined)
Aperture Range f2.8 - f11 in thirteen steps in wide angle or telephoto
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. to 16 sec.
ISO Auto: 100/200/400 (equivalent)
Recording Modes Program AE, aperture priority, shutter priority, and Full Manual Operation
Scene Modes Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene and Sports
Recording File Types Still image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, TIFF (non-compressed), DCF (design rule for Camera File system), QuickTime® Motion JPEG (Movie Mode)
Adjustable Resolutions TIFF:
2288x1712, 2288x1520(3:2 mode - CCD captures at
3:2 aspect ratio to fit 4X6 prints), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480,

3200x2400(Enlarge Size), 2288x1712, 2288x1520(3:2mode)

3200x2400(Enlarge Size), 2288x1712, 2288x1520(3:2mode)

2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960

1024x768, 640x480

SQ 320 x 240 @15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
HQ 160 x 120 @15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Display Date information
Image Effects Sepia Mode
Black and White Mode
Black board Mode
White board Mode
Image Edit Effects Resize - portable file size for E-mail or web
Trimming (Create Cropped Copy)
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand SmartMediaTM
Sequence 1.7 frames per second burst up to 8 frames in HQ mode
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus /backlight mark
LCD 1.8" 110,000 low-temperature poly-silicon used for viewing, reviewing or editing images.
Focusing System iESP Multi-Pattern AF (autofocus) TTL system (contrast detection)Manual focus setting by gauge, Selectable AF Point - Moveable by Jog Dial
Focusing Ranges Standard AF 31" - Infinity (0.8m - Infinity)
Macro Mode 8" - 31" (0.2m-0.8m)
Super Macro Mode 0.8" to 8" (2.0cm to 0.2m)
Exposure Control Program Auto F2.8 - F10, 16 - 1/1000 sec shutter speed
Metering System Digital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter, Spot meter, Multi-Spot Averaged (up to 8 separate points), Histogram display available in Shooting mode
White Balance System iESP Multi-pattern auto TTL,
Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and 3 Fluorescent settings),
"One Touch" custom WB setting available,
Fine WB Adjustment: -7 (red) +7(blue) for very fine changes.
Sharpness Adjustment +/- 5 steps
Contrast Adjustment +/- 5 steps
Saturation Adjustment +/- 5 steps
Flash Built-in Flash, Plus 5 pin terminal for TTL w/FL-40, or sync to studio strobes
Flash Modes Auto Flash for low and backlight
"Red-eye" Reduction Flash
Fill-in Flash (forced on flash)
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (1st or 2nd curtain effect)
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain) w/red-eye reduction
Flash Off (built-in or external flash)
Flash Working Range Wide: 30" - 11.8' (0.7m - 3.5m) @ ISO 100
Tele: 8" - 11.8' (0.2m - 3.5m) @ISO 100
Flash Charging Time Less than 6 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Removable Media Card 3V (3.3V) SmartMediaTM card (4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 MB)
16 MB card included
Selftimer/Remote 12-second delay
Settings Memorization Reset or Hold certain camera settings after power on/power off
Outer Connectors Mini "B" USB 1.1 connector (Auto-Connect), Video Out, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP-MacOS 8.6-9.01/OSX
Image Playback Index display, up to 4X enlargement, Slide-show, Scene rotation, Histogram display
Operating Environment Operation: 32° F - 104°F (0°C - 40°C) 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4° F - 140°F (-20°C - 60°C) 10-90% Humidity
Power Supply Main Power Source:
2 x LB-01 (CR-3V) Lithium batteries (included)
4 x AA Alkaline batteries
4 x AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
4 x AA Lithium batteries
4 x AA NiCd rechargeable batteries
(Manganese batteries cannot be used)
AC Power: C-7AU 6 Volt AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 4.3" (W) x 3" (H) x 2.8" (D)/(102mm x 76mm x 70mm)
Weight 295 g / 10.5 oz. (without batteries and SmartMedia card)
NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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