Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Review

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Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom




Record Screens & Menus

(Note: All screens shown here can be displayed on the LCD or the EVF)


Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide 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.

Shown here is Program Shift "Ps" mode which is Program AE mode but with the shutter speed and/or aperture "shifted" from the normal automatic settings. The auto focus is locked (green dot icon), the flash is ready to fire (red lightning bolt icon), the shutter speed is 1/60s, the aperture is F2.8 and the EV exposure compensation factor is 0.0. The image quality is SHQ (Super High Quality) and the image size is 3264 x 2448 (8 megapixels). The green "49" indicates the number of pictures remaining at the current size and quality setting. The xD-Picture Card media is selected.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

You can enable an onscreen realtime histogram if desired.





Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

Or you can enable onscreen framing guide marks.





Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

In Shutter-speed priority mode the user selects the desired shutter speed and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture value. If the shutter speed is too fast it will be displayed in red which tells you to select a slower speed. Slow shutter speeds allow for moving objects to "motion blur" and fast shutter speeds will "freeze" fast moving objects.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

In Aperture priority mode the user selects the desired aperture value and the camera automatically selects the appropriate shutter speed. Small apertures (large F-stop number) increase the depth of field (range of focus) whereas large apertures (small F-stop numbers) decreases the depth of field.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

In Manual mode the proper exposure value is determined by changing both the shutter speed and the aperture values manually until the exposure compensation indicator reads "0.0". The camera provides no automatic exposure control in this mode.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

You can manually select the AF (auto focus) point by holding the focus mode button down and using the arrow keys to move AF target mark on the screen.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

The C-8080's Macro Focus mode covers a range of 3.9" to 6.5' and the Super Macro allows for shooting as close as 2.0" (5cm) which yields a subject area of 1.9" x 1.4" (4.8 cm x 3.6 cm). The focus can be manually set in normal or macro modes.



Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom

Using the "direct" buttons and the Jog Dial you select the desired metering, focus, flash and drive modes as well as exposure compensation and flash output intensity. On the color LCD or EVF you will see a "virtual dial" as you change the settings.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

The recording screen in Movie mode. The green 239" indicates that there is enough memory on the card to record a total of 239 seconds of video.

The C-8080 Wide Zoom can record SHQ (640x480) or HQ (320x240 pixel) resolution QuickTime motion JPEG with audio at 15 frames per second. The length is limited only by available memory. The optical zoom cannot be used during recording but you can use the digital zoom.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any of the still image record modes will bring this shortcut menu. From here you can quickly jump to the DRIVE modes, ISO sensitivity or Digital zoom settings. Choosing the MODE MENU option brings up the entire menu of record options as shown in the next series of animated screens.

The shortcut menu options other than MODE MENU are user-assignable.



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

CAMERA menu options.

    FLASH MODE -

      Flash Mode - Auto, Red-eye, Forced On, Slow-sync, Forced Off
      Flash Compensation - Adjust flash output level
      Flash Control - Select internal+external, external or slave flash
      Slow-sync - Slow-sync 1st curtain, Slow-sync 1st curtain + Red-eye, Slow-sync 2nd curtain

    FOCUS MODE -
      Focus Mode - AF, Macro, MF, Super Macro, Super Macro + MF
      AF Mode - iESP = AF target moves automatically, Spot = AF target is fixed
      Fulltime AF - On = continuous AF, Off = single AF (default)
      P-AF - Focus system: Off = camera uses contrast detection only,
      On = camera uses contrast detection + phase difference detection

    Metering Mode - ESP, Spot, Multi (up to 8 points can be set), Center-weighted
    Drive Mode - Single, Hi-Speed Sequential, Sequential, AF Sequential, AE Bracketing
    Selftimer - Off, Selftimer, Remote
    ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 50,64,80,100,125,160,200,250,320,400
    Digital Zoom - Enable/disable digital zoom
    Noise Reduction - Enable noise reduction for long exposures
    Function - Off, Panorama, Guideline Shooting, B&W, Sepia
    Frame Assist - Enable overlay guide lines on LCD/EVF display
    - Record 4-sec. sound clip after picture, On or Off
    My Mode - Assign one of eight custom My Modes to the Mode Dial
    Histogram - Off, Display when +/- button is pressed, Always On, Direct


Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

PICTURE menu options.

    WB - White balance: Auto, Preset 1, Preset 2, Custom. Also options for fine tuning the white balance (Red - Blue).
    Image Quality - RAW (3264x2448) with optional JPEG save, TIFF (3264x2448, 3:2 3264x2176, 2592x1944, 2288x1712), SHQ (3264x2448, 3:2 3264x2176), HQ (3264x2448, 3:2 3264x2176), SQ1 (2592x1944, 2288x1712, 2048x1536 High or Normal), SQ2 (1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480 High or Normal)
    Scene Modes - Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene
    Sharpness - 5 levels
    Contrast - 5 levels
    Hue - 5 levels
    Saturation - 5 levels



Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

CARD menu options.

    Card Setup - Format the CF or xD card


Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom

Record 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.
    Rec View - Auto-review after capture: Off, Auto, 3, 5, 10 sec.
    Beep - Button beep sound: Off, Sound 1 or 2 - Low, High
    Shutter Sound - Shutter sound effect: Off, 1 or 2 - Low, High
    Dial - Function of Command Dial: Normal, Custom 1, 2 or 3
    EV Step - 1/2 or 1/3 EV step
    Custom Button - Assign function: Flash mode, Exp Comp, Focus, Metering
    Short Cut - Assign the desired items to the Record short-cut menu
    My Mode Setup - Setup parameters for up to four custom My Modes
    Dual Control Panel - Display camera/exposure info on color LCD



The Mode Dial SETUP options:

    All Reset - Off, On: On resets all settings to default when power is turned off, the Off setting retains all current settings.
    Rec View - Auto-review after capture: Off, Auto, 3, 5, 10 sec.
    Beep - Button beep sound: Off, Sound 1 or 2 - Low, High
    Shutter Sound - Shutter sound effect: Off, 1 or 2 - Low, High
    Dial - Function of Command Dial: Normal, Custom 1, 2 or 3
    EV Step - 1/2 or 1/3 EV step
    Custom Button - Assign function: Flash mode, Exp Comp, Focus, Metering
    Short Cut - Assign the desired items to the Record short-cut menu
    My Mode Setup - Setup parameters for up to four custom My Modes
    Dual Control Panel - Display camera/exposure info on color LCD
    Volume - Speaker volume level 0 to 5
    Thumbnails - Show 4, 9 or 16 images per page
    Menu language - English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Portuguese
    Time/Date - Set the time and date
    Sleep - Go into sleep mode after 30s, 1,3,5,10 min.
    File Name - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset
    Battery Save - On, Off
    Pixel Mapping - Detect and map out bad pixels on the CCD imager
    - Adjust LCD backlight intensity
    m/ft - Manual focus indicator in feet or meters
    VIDEO OUT - NTSC or PAL video standard
    AF Illuminator - Enable/disable AF-assist lamp
    USB - USB mode: Normal or Direct Print





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