Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom Review

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Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom




Features & Controls (cont.)



Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

Angled on the left are the Exposure Compensation and Flash mode "direct" buttons. Press any "direct" button and rotate the Control Dial to change its setting. Press both of these buttons to adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation.

The Control Dial is in the upper right, just below the Mode Dial. It is used to with "direct" buttons and to vary the aperture and shutter speed depending on exposure mode and and can be reconfigured to perform other tasks in the Setup menu. The AEL is used to lock the exposure, in review it is used to delete images. The Quick View button is for fast review of the image taken last. The INFO button controls the amount of information displayed on the color LCD and also turns it on or off. The 4-way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. The OK button accepts menu selections and calls up the menu. The CF/xD button selects the desired storage media device.


Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

When changing any of the settings with the "direct" buttons you will see a virtual dial display like this on the color LCD.



Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

Top controls: On the left are the Focus and Metering "direct" buttons. On the right side is the shutter release/zoom lens control (functions as the index and zoomed playback in review mode.) Just below is the Selftimer/Remote button, to the right is the Drive Mode button - press both at same time to perform a Reset to default settings. The Mode Dial has positions for Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, My Mode (4 customizable settings), Movie, Scene and Playback mode. The Power on/off switch is under the Mode Dial.

Also located on top is the monochrome data LCD display. The most important settings such as shutter speed, aperture, flash mode, metering mode, drive mode, remote / selftimer, exposure compensation, image quality, media type, ISO, white balance, pictures remaining and more can be seen at a glance.



Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

By enabling the option "Dual Control Panel" in the Setup menu you can have all of the camera and exposure data displayed on the color LCD by toggling the Monitor button. This is a realtime display and changes as you change the various settings on the camera. This display is VERY readable in the dark and makes up for the lack of a light on the monochrome data LCD.




Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

On the left side are the I/O ports:

A/V output, video is NTSC or PAL, audio is monaural





USB 2.0 (full speed, not high speed) data port





DC INput for optional AC adapter



Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

The C-7070 stores its data on xD-Picture Card or CompactFlash Type I or II cards including Microdrives. The C-7070 is FAT32 file system compatible so it can make use of the latest high-capacity CF cards and Microdrives that exceed 2GB.

The CF2 and xD card slots can be occupied simultaneously, the desired media is selected by pressing the CF/xD button. Olympus includes a 32MB xD-Picture Card with panorama function. The first thing you need to buy is a much larger xD or CF memory card, I highly recommend at least a 512MB size card.


Number of Storable Photos

  Quality Resolution 32MB xD-Picture Card (included) 512MB xD-Picture Card
Still images
(w/o sound)
RAW
TIFF
SHQ
HQ
3072 x 2304
3072 x 2304
3072 x 2304
3072 x 2304
3 shots
1 shot
6 shots
18 shots
49 shots
24 shots
99 shots
293 shots
SHQ
HQ
3072 x 2048
3072 x 2048
6 shots
20 shots
111 shots
329 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
2592 x 1944
2592 x 1944
2592 x 1944
2 shots
8 shots
25 shots
34 shots
139 shots
409 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
2288 x 1712
2288 x 1712
2288 x 1712
2 shots
11 shots
32 shots
44 shots
178 shots
523 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
2048 x 1536
2048 x 1536
2048 x 1536
3 shots
13 shots
40 shots
55 shots
221 shots
652 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
5 shots
22 shots
64 shots
90 shots
363 shots
1030 shots
TIFF
SQ2-High
SQ2-Normal
1280 x 960
1280 x 960
1280 x 960
8 shots
34 shots
99 shots
140 shots
560 shots
1597 shots
TIFF
SQ2-High
SQ2-Normal
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
13 shots
53 shots
153 shots
218 shots
863 shots
2457 shots
TIFF
SQ2-High
SQ2-Normal
640 x 480
640 x 480
640 x 480
33 shots
132 shots
331 shots
541 shots
2129 shots
5324 shots
Still images
(w/sound)
RAW
TIFF
SHQ
HQ
3072 x 2304
3072 x 2304
3072 x 2304
3072 x 2304
3 shots
1 shot
6 shots
17 shots
49 shots
24 shots
98 shots
287 shots
SHQ
HQ
3072 x 2048
3072 x 2048
6 shots
20 shots
110 shots
322 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
2592 x 1944
2592 x 1944
2592 x 1944
2 shots
8 shots
24 shots
34 shots
138 shots
399 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
2288 x 1712
2288 x 1712
2288 x 1712
2 shots
10 shots
31 shots
44 shots
176 shots
507 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
2048 x 1536
2048 x 1536
2048 x 1536
3 shots
13 shots
39 shots
55 shots
218 shots
626 shots
TIFF
SQ1-High
SQ1-Normal
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
5 shots
22 shots
60 shots
90 shots
354 shots
968 shots
TIFF
SQ2-High
SQ2-Normal
1280 x 960
1280 x 960
1280 x 960
8 shots
33 shots
90 shots
140 shots
541 shots
1452 shots
TIFF
SQ2-High
SQ2-Normal
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
13 shots
51 shots
132 shots
218 shots
819 shots
2129 shots
TIFF
SQ2-High
SQ2-Normal
640 x 480
640 x 480
640 x 480
33 shots
117 shots
248 shots
541 shots
1879 shots
3993 shots
Movie
(w/o sound)
SHQ
HQ
640 x 480
640 x 480
17 sec.
35 sec.
283 sec.
567 sec.
SQ1
SQ2
320 x 240
320 x 240
48 sec.
96 sec.
774 sec.
1548 sec.
Movie
(w/sound)
SHQ
HQ
640 x 480
640 x 480
17 sec.
34 sec.
282 sec.
561 sec.
SQ1
SQ2
320 x 240
320 x 240
47 sec.
93 sec.
762 sec.
1503 sec.




Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

The C-7070 is powered by a BLM-1 7.2V 1500mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack. This battery supplies more power than four AA type batteries, is lighter in weight and performs better in lower temperatures. The small and portable BCM-2 AC charger is included.


Olympus C-7070 Zoom

With the Power Battery Holder B-HLD20 your C-7070 (or C-5060) Wide Zoom becomes a powerhouse that has the energy to keep on shooting for hours and hours as it can hold up to two of the BLM-1 battery packs.


Olympus C-7070 Zoom

The B-HLD20 features a portrait mode grip, shutter release button and zoom lever to permit comfortable vertical framing. A lock ensures that users will not accidentally misfire their camera. It also has a port for an optional wired remote control.


Olympus C-7070 Zoom

The B-HLD20 even has a space to store an additional xD-Picture Card to replace the one in use when it becomes full. You'll see where it fits between the two BLM-1 batteries.


Olympus C-7070 Zoom

The battery door must be removed before installing the B-HLD20. Don't worry about losing it, there's a place on the battery holder that "keeps" the battery door with the holder.



Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

The optional PT-027 underwater housing is made of durable transparent polycarbonate with grips and levers fashioned out of distinctive red-colored polycarbonate. The transparent nature of the housing ensures that users can view their shots with ease, as well as show off the stylish bodies of their cameras. It provides waterproof protection to depths of up to 130 feet.

The housing features fluorite (FL) glass lens windows for greater clarity when shooting photos underwater. To reduce glare caused by sunlight on a digital camera LCD, the housings feature an LCD hood located on the outside back of the housing that makes viewing the LCD easier above and below water. The external FL-20 flash placed inside the PFL-01 Underwater Housing and supported by the PTBK-01 flash bracket is also available for the C-7070 Wide Zoom to deliver more flash options under water.

The housings' stainless steel nickel-plated brass mechanical control buttons, also sealed with silicon O-rings, allow full access to the cameras' functions and menus. With the touch of levers, zoom and shutter are easily operated. For crystal clear shots, the integrated flash diffuser panel cuts down on glare from particles suspended in the water that otherwise would create a haze in the image.

The PT-027 will be available in the summer of 2005.



Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom

One of my favorite Olympus accessories is the optional infrared remote control. This allows you to trip the shutter in record mode for self-portraits and is also handy when doing macro shots on a tripod. The RM-1 (shown here with the C-8080 camera) can also control the zoom lens and operate the playback features when connected to a TV set. The RM-2 model remote can only trip the shutter release.





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