Olympus C-50 Zoom Review

Steve's Digicams

Olympus C-50 Zoom

Record Screens & Menus

The very uncluttered screen display when AUTO is selected. This is the "anybody can use it" automatic exposure mode. Most settings are locked into the best ones needed for taking pictures under normal conditions.

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

Record mode screen showing onscreen data. Exposure mode is in the upper left corner, "A" indicates Aperture Priority, "P" for Program AE mode, "S" for Shutter Priority or "M" for Manual record mode.

The aperture is F3.4 and the shutter speed is 1/50 sec. The upper right corner is the EV exposure compensation factor (0.0). The flash is set to red-eye reduction mode and spot metering is selected. The white brackets in the center indicate the focus area. The ISO is manually locked at ISO 80 and the image size is SHQ (2560 x 1920.) The green "45" indicates the number of pictures remaining at the current size and quality setting. The black rectangle next to the pictures remaining number shows the status of the buffer, it fills and empties as you shoot pictures.

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

Manual exposure mode where you set both the shutter speed and aperture to the desired values. The exposure index is displayed (-1.0) continuously so you adjust the controls to achieve as close to 0.0 as possible.

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

This is the screen display when in the My Mode exposure mode. This allows you to build your own pre-programmed mode with all your favorite settings and memorizes them for easy recall via the Mode Dial.

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

The recording screen in the Movie mode. The green 387" indicates that there is enough memory on the card to record a total of 387 seconds of video.

The C-50 Zoom can record up to 16 seconds of HQ (320x240 pixel) resolution QuickTime motion JPEG without audio at 15 frames per second. You can record up to 70 seconds of SQ (160x120 pixel) resolution motion JPEG without audio at 15fps. The optical zoom is not useable in movie mode.

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any of the still image record modes will bring this shortcut menu overlay on the screen. From here you can quickly jump to the DRIVE modes, image size/quality or white balance settings. Choosing the MODE MENU option brings up the entire menu of record options as shown in the next series of animated screens.

The three menu options other than MODE MENU are user-assignable via the "Short Cut" option in the Setup menu.

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

CAMERA menu options.

    - Select selftimer or remote control

    DRIVE - Single, Sequential, AF Sequential, AE Bracketing

    ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 80, 160, 320

    P/A/S/M - Select Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority or Manual exposure mode for the P/A/S/M Mode Dial position

    - Flash output intensity

    DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable/disable digital zoom

    PANORAMA - Panorama mode (only with Olympus brand xD cards)

    2 IN 1 - Takes two "side by side" shots and merges into one image

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

PICTURE menu options.

    - Image Quality: TIFF (2560x1920), SHQ (2560x1920), HQ (2560x1920), SQ1 (2560x1920), SQ2 (1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480)

    WB - White balance: Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Sunny, Incandescent, Flourescent

    SHARPNESS - 5 levels

    CONTRAST - 5 levels

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

CARD menu options.

    CARD SETUP - Format the xD-Picture card

Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom

SETUP menu options.

    ALL RESET - Off, On: On resets all settings to default when power is turned off, the Off setting retains all current settings.

    INFO -

    - Beep sound: Off, Low, High

    REC VIEW - Preview after capture: On, Off or Check (prompts before saving)

    MY MODE SETUP - Setup parameters for up to four custom My Modes

    SLEEP - Auto power off in 30s, 1m, 3m, 5m, 10m

    FILE NAME - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset

    PIXEL MAPPING - Detect and map out bad pixels on the CCD imager

    - Adjust LCD backlight intensity

    - Set the time and date

    SHORT CUT - Assign the desired items to the Record short-cut menu

    VIDEO OUT - NTSC or PAL video standard

Go to
Page Four

Return To Steve's
Reviews Index

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.