Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Review
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Production sample photos posted 3/20/04
Full review posted 3/29/04
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The C-8080 employs a super-sharp, through-the-lens electronic color viewfinder (EVF) that rivals optical viewfinders with 240,000 pixels of resolution. This is a full information viewfinder and allows you to view all of the camera settings without taking your eye off of your subject. And on the back is a multi-position 1.8" LCD monitor that swivels upward from the camera body 90 degrees allowing you to shoot from the hip or 45 degrees downward to get the perfect over-the-head shot.
The camera's high quality Olympus glass lens features three extra-dispersion (ED) lens elements and is designed specifically for digital capture. Two new conversion lenses have been specially created for the C-8080 Wide Zoom, the WCON-08D is a 0.8x wide-angle converter lens that reduces the focal length by a factor of 0.8x (35mm conversion of 22.5mm) and to get closer to the action, the TCON-14D, a 1.4x teleconverter lens, increases the focal length by a factor of 1.4x (35mm conversion of 196mm). To attach the TCON-14D or WCON-08D, the CLA-8 adapter is required.
Photographers will appreciate the C-8080's wide range of exposure modes, scene program modes and control options thanks to the easy to operate Mode Dial and 13 direct control buttons located around the body. Eight customizable "MyMode" settings enable users to have quick and easy access to frequently used settings they assign. Plus a dedicated Custom button allows users to jump into the feature they use the most with just the press of a button.
The camera allows you to store your images on a wide variety of media with its xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash Type II card slots. xD-Picture Cards are available up to 512MB (soon to 1GB) and CF cards go up to 4GB as well as microdrives. Both media slots can be occupied simultaneously and are easily switched by a button on the back of the camera. Transferring images to the computer is easy with the Auto-Connect USB 2.0, no software drivers are required (for most modern computer operating systems).
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The 5-Megapixel C-5060 Wide Zoom and the C-8080 Wide Zoom.
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C-8080 Zoom Specifications
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