Olympus C-5000 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-5000 Zoom


Review posted 11/17/03



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The Camedia C-5000 Zoom is the successor to Olympus' 4-megapixel C-4000 Zoom. It's now 20% smaller and lighter and features a 5-megapixel imager with a high quality Olympus 3X optical zoom lens. This compact, stylish and light weight camera is simple enough for novices yet is loaded with advanced exposure, focus and metering modes for the more skilled photographers. With a unique ergonomic design, and a hot shoe for more flash options, the C-5000 Zoom provides great value in a compact form.

The C-5000 Zoom employs a precision Olympus all-glass 38mm - 114mm equivalent lens, which is matched to a 5.0 Megapixel CCD. The Noise Reduction mode facilitates noise-free photos during long exposures. All together, these features allow users to produce consistently crisp, high-quality prints up to 11" x 14".

The Program Auto mode allows beginning photographers to take flawless pictures using basic point-and-shoot techniques. Users can select from six different Scene Program Modes with the mode dial, including settings for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene and Sports photography. The "My Mode" feature allows users to create their own user-customizable setting for shooting under specific conditions. 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 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. Other advanced controls include: Selectable AF Point, moveable with the menu navigation arrow pad and Super Macro mode for photographing subjects as close as one inch. A TTL flash hot shoe is provided for easy attachment of the Olympus FL-50 or FL-20 flash units. Adjustable White Balance and One Touch White Balance provide maximum shooting versatility.

A dedicated "Quick View" button on the back of the camera allows users to instantly review their photographs on the 1.8-inch color LCD, and then quickly return to shooting by pressing the shutter button. It is also possible to configure the camera to "sleep" after a set period of non-operation time. This helps to prolong the camera's battery life.

For easy, software-free photo downloads, the C-5000 Zoom features Olympus' USB Auto-Connect capabilities so images can be downloaded quickly and easily in all current Mac and Windows operating systems. The supplied CAMEDIA Master Editing software gives photographers all the basics they need to edit, print and share their photos.


C-5000 Wide Zoom features:

  • 5-Megapixel CCD for images up to 2592 x 1944
  • Olympus 3x zoom lens with 38-114mm equivalent coverage
  • Stylish, compact and light weight body
  • Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority or full Manual
  • Six Scene Program modes plus customizable My Mode
  • Shutter speeds from 16 secs to 1/1000 sec in Manual mode.
  • Noise Reduction for high-quality images even in low-light situations
  • Sharpness, Contrast and Saturation is adjustable
  • Color, Sepia and Black&White modes
  • ISO sensitivity: 50, 80, 160, 320 or AUTO
  • White balance: 8 presets (4 fluorescent) and one-touch custom
  • 1.8-inch color LCD monitor
  • 1.7 frames/second burst in HQ up to 5 frames
  • iESP multi-pattern AF with Spot AF option
  • Macro focus and Super Macro focus down to one inch!
  • Digital iESP multi-pattern and Spot metering modes.
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Red-eye and Slow-sync modes
  • 320x240 QuickTime movies w/out audio at 15 fps
  • 32MB xD-Picture Card removable media
  • TTL hot shoe for Olympus FL-50 or FL-20 flash
  • Storage Class USB connectivity insures quick and simple image downloads to Windows XP, Me, 2000 or Mac OS 8.6+ computers
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger included
  • Exif Print and Epson PRINT Image Matching II compatible


The C-5000 Zoom has an estimated street price of $499 and is available now. Camera outfit includes 32MB xD-Picture Card; Li-10B Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger; USB cable; Video Cable; Carrying strap; Lens cap; RM-2 Wireless Remote Control; QuickStart Guide and Printed Basic Manual; Limited Warranty Card; CD-ROM (CAMEDIA Master and User Reference Manual).




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Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Olympus C-5000 Zoom





Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The 5-Megapixel duo, the C-5060 Wide Zoom and the palm-size C-5000 Zoom





Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The C-5000 Zoom and a standard CD for size comparison.








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C-5000 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 5.0 megapixel effective
5.4 megapixel gross
Size 1/1.8 (.55 type) CCD
Lens Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens 7.8 - 23.4mm (38 - 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Seamless Digital Zoom 12X (3x optical and 4x digital combined)
Aperture Range f2.8/f4.8 - f8.0
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. - 16 sec.
ISO Auto, 50/80/160/320 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s) Still image: EXIF 2.2 TIFF (non-compressed), EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), PIM2 (Print Image Matching), Movie mode: QuickTime® motion JPEG
Adjustable Resolutions 2560 x 1920 TIFF, JPEG (SHQ, HQ)
2272 x 1704 TIFF, JPEG (SQ1)
2048 x 1536 TIFF, JPEG (SQ1)
1600 x 1200 TIFF, JPEG (SQ1)
1280 x 960 TIFF, JPEG (SQ2)
1024 x 768 TIFF, JPEG (x1) (SQ2)
640 x 480 TIFF, JPEG (x1) (SQ2)
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reserve, Date/time
Optimum Image Enlargement N/A
Image Adjustment Modes Sharpness: +/- 2 steps
Contrast: +/- 2 steps
Saturation: +/- 2 steps
Image Effects Resize (portable file size for e-mail or Web)
Rotation
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Sequence 1.7 frames per second burst up to 5 frames in HQ mode
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus/backlight mark
LCD 1.8" (4.5cm) low-temperature poly-silicon LCD (approx. 134,000 pixels)
Focusing System Spot AF (contrast detection), Manual focusing by gauge
Focusing Ranges Normal mode: 19.7" - infinity (50cm - infinity)
Macro mode: 7.9" - 19.7" (20cm - 50cm)
Super Macro mode: 1.6" to 7.9" (4cm - 20cm)
Exposure Control Program auto (f2.8 - f8.0, 16 sec. - 1/1000 sec.), Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Metering System Digital ESP Multi-Pattern meter, Spot meter
White Balance System Full Auto TTL, Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent), One-touch custom
Flash Built-in flash, hot shoe for optional FL-20 TTL flash, FL-50 TTL flash or sync to studio strobes with optional cables
Flash Modes Auto for low and backlight
Red-Eye Reduction
Fill-In (forced on)
Slow Shutter Synchronized (first curtain)
Slow Shutter Synchronized (first curtain with red-eye reduction)
Slow Shutter Synchronized (second curtain)
Off (built-in or external)
Flash Working Range Wide: 30" - 12.8' (0.7m - 3.9m), Tele: 8" - 7.5' (0.2m - 2.3m)
Flash Charging Time Approximately 7 seconds at normal temperature with fully charged battery.
Removable Media Card 3v (3.3v) xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256 or 512MB), 32MB card included
Selftimer/Remote 12-second delay/2-second delay
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/ Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB connector (Auto-Connect), Video Out, DC input, hot shoe external flash
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP and Mac OS 8.6 - OS X 10.2
Windows 98 rev 2 driver provided on CD
Mac OS 8.6 requires USB mass storage driver 1.3.5 available at apple.com
Downloading to computer without USB port possible with optional card readers
Image Playback Still image: Index display, Up to 4x enlargement with image scrolling, Slide show, Scene rotation, Protect
Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-frame
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30 - 90% humidity
Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10 - 90% humidity
Power Supply Li-10B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger included
AC Power: D-7AU 4.8V AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to the year 2099
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 4.1" W x 2.9" H x 1.8" D (105mm x 74mm x 46mm)
Weight 8.5 oz. (240g)
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 32MB xD-Picture Card (included) 128MB xD-Picture Card
TIFF 2560 x 1920 to 640 x 480 2, 33 8, 135 shots
TIFF, SHQ, HQ 2560 x 1920 2, 8, 26 shots 8, 35, 106 shots
SQ1 (High, Normal) 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200 13-66 shots 55-266 shots
SQ2 (High, Normal) 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 35-398 shots 142-1596 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15fps 32 sec. max per movie 32 sec. max per movie
SQ 160 x 120 15fps movie 140 sec. max per movie 140 sec. max per movie

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)





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