Olympus C-60 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-60 Zoom


Review posted 04/15/04



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Olympus' first 6 megapixel camera, the CAMEDIA C-60 Zoom combines a 6.1 megapixel imager with a 3X optical zoom lens (12X seamless zoom when combined with the 4X digital zoom) that has a 35mm equivalent of approx. 38mm to 114mm. The C-60 features Olympus' TruePic TURBO Image Processor for speedy image processing as well as PictBridge technology for printing directly to any PictBridge enabled printer. The C-60 Sports an extensive shutter speed range of 1/1000th for action photography or up to 8 seconds for night and sunset scenes.

The C-60 features a mode dial that enables quick settings for an assortment of shooting situations with a turn of the dial. In full Auto mode, the camera offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity. For users who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the C-60 offers seven Shooting modes to choose from (Auto, Portrait, Night-Scene, Self Portrait, Landscape Scene/Portrait, and Sports) that provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for the selected scene. The "My Mode" feature enables users to assign frequently used functions for quick and easy access. The C-60 also allows users to take more contorl over the exposure process with four shooting modes (Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Manual).

The C-60 has sports a 1.8" color LCD which displays aperture, shutter speed, and image quality settings. The LCD is also used in playback mode to veiw images. Images can also be viewed on your TV with the supplied A/V cable. The C-60's includes advanced settings for aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual operation for experienced photographers who want complete control over the exposure process. Other controls include spot metering, auto white balance, and exposure compensation. Multiple flash settings on the built-in multi-mode flash provide the widest range of options. The C-60 also features the ability to capture QuickTime video (with sound) so users can create movies that can be sent over the Internet to co-workers, friends and family.


Olympus C-60 Zoom features:

  • Ultra-compact all-metal body with brushed finish
  • 6.1 Megapixel CCD for image sizes up to 2816 x 2112
  • 3x all-glass zoom lens, 38mm to 114mm equivalent focal length
  • JPEG or uncompressed TIFF image formats
  • 1.8-inch color LCD monitor
  • 320x240 QuickTime motion video with sound at 15fps, the length is limited only by the capacity of the memory card
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing, 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV, 3 or 5 images
  • Macro down to 1.9 inches, Super Macro down to 1.6 inches
  • Digital ESP multi-pattern and Spot metering modes
  • Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority or Manual exposure control.
  • Shuter speeds from 8 secs to 1/1000
  • Sharpness and Contrast is adjustable
  • Sepia, Black & White, Resize, and Rotation editing effects
  • ISO sensitivity can be set at Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent)
  • Built-in flash with Auto for low light and backlight, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Slow Shutter Synchronized (1st Curtain and 1st Curtain with Red-Eye Reduction), Off
  • 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 - OS X 10.10 computers
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • EXIF 2.2, PRINT Image Matching and PictBridge compatible






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Olympus C-60 Zoom

Olympus C-60 Zoom

Olympus C-60 Zoom

Olympus C-60 Zoom

Olympus C-60 Zoom

Olympus C-60 Zoom

Olympus C-60 Zoom





Olympus C-60 Zoom

The C-60 Zoom compared in size to a standard CD disc





Olympus C-60 Zoom

The C-60 Zoom and the Stylus Digital 400





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Olympus C-60 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 6.1 megapixel effective
6.4 megapixel gross
1/1.8" (0.6") CCD
Lens 2 Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lenses 7.8 - 23.4mm (38 - 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
7 lenses in 6 groups
Seamless Digital Zoom Seamless to 12x (3x optical and 4x digital combined)
Aperture Range f2.8-f8.0 (adjustable in 1/3 EV steps)
Shutter Speeds Auto: 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec.
Manual: 1/1000 sec. - 4 sec.
Night Scene: 1/1000 sec. - 4 sec.
ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s) Still image: EXIF 2.2 TIFF (non-compressed), EXIF JPEG, PIM II, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
Movie mode: QuickTime® motion JPEG with WAVE
Adjustable Resolutions 2816 x 2112 TIFF, SHQ, HQ
2560 x 1920 TIFF, SQ1 (HIGH, NORMAL)
2288 x 1704 TIFF, SQ1 (HIGH, NORMAL)
2048 x 1536 TIFF, SQ1 (HIGH, NORMAL)
1600 x 1200 TIFF, SQ1 (HIGH, NORMAL)
1280 x 960 TIFF, SQ2 (HIGH, NORMAL)
1024 x 768 TIFF, SQ2 (HIGH, NORMAL)
640 x 480 TIFF, SQ2 (HIGH, NORMAL)
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print reserve (single, all, number of copies), All print reserve, Date/time
Optimum Image Enlargement N/A
Image Adjustment Modes 2-in-1 picture mode
Image Effects Black and white, Sepia, Resize (portable file size for e-mail or Web), Rotation
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable automatically with CAMEDIA® Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Sequence 1 frame per second burst up to 4 frames in SHQ mode
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus/backlight mark
LCD 1.8" (4.6cm) low-temperature poly-silicon LCD (approx. 134,000 pixels)
Focusing System Spot autofocus
Focusing Ranges Normal mode: 15.7" - infinity (0.4m - infinity)
Macro mode: 1.9" - 19.7" (4.8cm - 50cm)
Super Macro mode: 1.6" (4.0cm) fixed in wide-angle position
Exposure Control Auto/Program/Priority modes: f2.8 - f8.0, 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec.
(Night Scene mode: 1/1000 sec. - 4 sec.)
Manual mode: f2.8 - f8.0, 1/1000 sec. - 8 sec.
Metering System Digital ESP multi-pattern, Spot
White Balance System iESP multipattern auto TTL, Manual, Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent)
Flash Built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto for low light and backlight, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Slow Shutter Synchronized (1st Curtain and 1st Curtain with Red-Eye Reduction), Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 7.8" - 9.8' (0.2m - 3.0m) @ ISO 64
Tele: 12.0" - 6.6' (0.3m - 2.0m) @ ISO 64
Flash Charging Time Approx. 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 Selftimer: 12 second delay, Remote: 4 second delay
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB 2.0 connector (Auto-Connect), DC input, video out (NTSC/PAL switchable)
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP
Mac OS 8.6 - OS X 10.10
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 PCMCIA xD-Picture Card reader
Image Playback Still: Index display, Up to 4x enlargement, Slide-show, Scene rotation
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-12B Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger (included)
(Manganese batteries cannot be used)
AC power: D-7AC 4.8V AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, automatic up to year 2099
Calendar Automatic up to year 2099
Size 3.9" W x 2.22" H x 1.6" D (99.1mm x 56.4mm x 41mm)
Weight 7 oz. (198g) without batteries and xD-Picture Card
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 32MB xD-Picture Card (included) 512MB xD-Picture Card
TIFF 2816 x 2112 1 shot 29 shots
SHQ 2816 x 2112 7 shots 118 shots
HQ 2816 x 2112 21 shots 351 shots
SQ1 1600 x 1200 66 shots 1065 shots
SQ2 640 x 480 398 shots 6390 shots
HQ 320 x 240 movie Over 80 seconds Over 22 minutes
SQ1 160 x 120movie Over 5 minutes Over 83 minutes

All capacity figures are approximate. Movie recording times are based on not using sound. With sound, lengths are slightly reduced.


(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)



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