C-50 Zoom

C-50 Zoom

Olympus C-50 Zoom Review

By Movable Type Admin


Steve's Digicams


Olympus C-50 Zoom


Review posted 10/29/02



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The CAMEDIA C-50 Zoom is an ultra-compact 5.0 megapixel digital camera with a sleek, all-metal body. The C-50 is as easy-to-use as a point and shoot, with features that support advanced photographic control. It's an ideal camera for anyone who wants to take great pictures on the fly at any occasion. The C-50 Zoom offers a 3X optical zoom (12X total seamless zoom when combined with the 4X digital zoom), which is optically the equivalent zoom range of 38mm to 114mm. Sporting a fast shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second for action photography, the extensive shutter speed range also allows long exposures of up to 8 seconds, enabling photographers to express their creativity when capturing night scenes or sunsets.

The C-50 Zoom features a mode dial that enables quick settings for an assortment of shooting situations with a turn of the dial. In fully Programmed Auto mode, the camera offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the easy-to-use Scene Programs on the mode dial provides fully automatic exposure adjustments for Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, and Sports or Action photography. The special "My Mode" feature is a time saver as it enables users to assign frequently used functions for quick and easy access.

Olympus C-50 Zoom

The C-50 Zoom has an optical viewfinder as well as a 1.5" color LCD display which displays aperture, shutter speed, and image quality settings and can be used in playback to review shots The C-50 Zoom's advanced settings include controls for aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual operation and are ideal for experienced photographers who want to take control. Transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the Auto-Connect USB that does not require software drivers for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television with the video cable.

Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; adjustable white balance; multiple flash settings including slow sync flash; and auto bracketing and exposure compensation. The camera comes with a built-in flash that offers 6 settings to provide the widest range of options.

Another great feature of the C-50 Zoom is its ability to capture QuickTime video (without sound) so users can create short movies that can be sent over the Internet to co-workers, friends and family.


Olympus C-50 Zoom features:

  • Ultra-compact all-metal body provides durability and a stylish look
  • 5-Megapixel CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920
  • 3x all-glass zoom lens, 38mm to 114mm equivalent focal length
  • JPEG or uncompressed TIFF image formats
  • 1.5-inch color LCD monitor
  • 320x240 QuickTime motion video at 15fps up to 30 secs.
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing, 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV, 3 or 5 images
  • Macro focus down to 7.8 inches
  • Digital ESP multi-pattern and Spot metering modes.
  • Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority or full Manual exposure control.
  • Shuter speeds from 8 secs to 1/1000 sec in Manual mode.
  • Sharpness and Contrast is adjustable
  • Sepia, black & white and resize editing effects
  • ISO sensitivity can be fixed at 80, 160, 320 or automatic.
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Red-eye reduction and Slow-sync modes
  • xD-Picture Card removable media
  • Storage Class USB connectivity insures quick and simple image downloads to Windows XP, Me, 2000 or Mac OS 8.6+ computers
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • EXIF 2.2, PRINT Image Matching compatible


The C-50 Zoom will be available in November 2002 for an estimated street price of $599. It includes an Auto-Connect USB cable, Audio/Video Out cable, carrying strap, Li-B10 Li-ION battery and charger, a 32MB xD-Picture Card, RM-1 Remote Controller, Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software 4.0, user manual and Quick Start guide.




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Olympus C-50 Zoom

Olympus C-50 Zoom

Olympus C-50 Zoom

Olympus C-50 Zoom

Olympus C-50 Zoom

Olympus C-50 Zoom

Olympus C-50 Zoom





Olympus C-50 Zoom

The C50 Zoom compared in size to a standard CD disc





Olympus C-50 Zoom

Olympus' 5-Megapixel duo, the C-5050 Zoom and the C-50 Zoom







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Olympus C-50 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 5.0 Megapixel Effective
5.2 Megapixel Gross
Size 1 /1.8" (0.55") CCD
Lens Olympus multivariator aspherical glass 3x zoom lens 7.8-23.4 mm
(38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Seamless Digital Zoom 12x (3x optical and 4x digital combined [5x in VGA mode])
Aperture Range F2.8-10 (W) / 4.8-10 (T); adjustable in 1/3 steps EV
Shutter Speeds 1/1,000 sec. - ½ sec.
Night Scene Mode: 1/1,000 sec. - 4 sec.
Manual Mode: 1/1,000 sec. - 8 sec.
ISO Auto: 80 - 320
Manual: 80, 160, 320 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s) Still image: EXIF 2.2 TIFF, PIM (non-compressed), EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (design rule for Camera File system), QuickTime® Motion JPEG (Movie Mode),
Adjustable Resolutions 2,560 x 1,920 TIFF, SHQ/HQ JPEG
2,048 x 1,536 SQ1 JPEG-High/Normal
1,600 x 1200 SQ2 JPEG-High/Normal
1,280 x 960 SQ2 JPEG-High/Normal
1024 x 768 SQ2 JPEG-High/Normal
640 x 480 SQ2 JPEG-High/Normal
320 x 240 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG HQ
160 x 120 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG SQ
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reservation (Single, All, Number of copy), Date/Time
Optical Image Enlargement Yes
Image Adjustment Modes Sharpness: Hard/Normal/Soft; Contrast: High/Normal/Low; Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Image Effects 2 in 1 Picture Mode
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable automatically with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture cardTM (for Mac number of frames stitchable may fewer than 10)
Sequence 1 frames per second burst in HQ mode
Viewfinder Real Image Optical Viewfinder
LCD 1.5" (3.8cm) Color TFT LCD (134,000 pixels)
Focusing System TTL system (contrast detection)
Focusing Ranges Macro Mode 7.8" - 23.6" (0.2m - 0.6m) (W); 11.8" - 19.7". (0.3m -0.5m) (T)
Normal 19.7" - Infinity (0.5m - Infinity) (W), 19.7" - Infinity (0.5m - Infinity) (T)
Exposure Control Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual
Exposure compensation: +/- 2EV in 1/3 steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing: Selectable from 1/3 EV and 1EV steps, 3 or 5 images
Metering System Digital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter, Spot
White Balance System Full-auto TTL
4 Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent)
Flash Built-in (GN 8m /26 ft.)
Flash Modes Auto Flash for low and backlight
"Red-eye" Reduction Flash
Fill-in Flash
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (1st curtain, 1st curtain w/red-eye reduction)
Flash Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 7.8" - 11 ft (0.2 m - 3.4 m) @ ISO 160
Tele: 11.8" - 6.6 ft (0.3m - 2.0 m) @ISO 160
Flash Charging Time About 7 seconds (at normal temperature with charged battery)
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card, 32MB included
Selftimer/Remote 12-second delay Selftimer/4-second delay
RM-1 Remote control
Setting Memorization On, Default, 1 My Modes (Custom camera mode)
Outer Connectors USB connector (USB Auto-Connect), Video Out, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000 Pro/XP-MacOS 8.6-9.1/OSX (10.1+)
Image Playback Still: Index display (4/9/16), 3x enlargement by 0.5x steps, Slide-show, Scene rotation; Movie: Normal Playback, Reverse Playback, Frame by Frame
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:
LI-10B Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (3.7v)
LI-10B Battery and Charger Included
AC Power: D-7AU AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 3.9" W x 2.3" H x 1.6" D (99.5 mm W x 58.5 mm H x 41.5 mm D)
Weight 8 oz./227.4 g with battery and media
6.84 oz./194 g without batteries and media
Number of Storable Photos
Resolution 32MB (included) 128MB
TIFF: 2,560 x 1,920 2 frames 8 frames
SHQ: 2,560 x 1,920 13 frames 52 frames
HQ: 2,560 x 1,920 26 frames 105 frames
SQ 1: 2,048 x 1,536 30 frames 122 frames
SQ 2: 1,600 x 1,200 33 frames 266 frames
SQ 2: 1,280 x 960 52 frames 420 frames
SQ 2: 1,024 x 768 76 frames 614 frames
SQ 2: 640 x 480 199 frames 798 frames

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)






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