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Olympus C-3040 Zoom

First Look posted 3/8/01
Full review posted 3/31/01

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The Olympus C-3040 Zoom is a 3.34 megapixel digital camera with 15 different still image capture modes in five different image sizes (2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480.)   It also offers QuickTime Movie capture at 15fps with sound. Sound can be recorded during video filming or a 4 second sound byte can be recorded and attached to a still image. The C-3040 is built around the popular C-3030 Zoom and retains all of its features plus a newly designed Super Bright F1.8 - F2.6 3x optical zoom lens.

A 32MB SDRAM buffer allows for rapid shooting at 3.5 frames per second. The builtin 6-mode flash has a new slow syncro mode plus red-eye reduction plus a connector that provides true TTL control of the Olympus FL-40 external speedlight. Shutter speeds from 1/30 to 1/10,000 second plus longer shutter speeds of up to 16 seconds in Manual mode. The Manual exposure mode allows both the shutter speed and apertures to be selected independently.

Olympus C-3040 Zoom

Major C-3040 Zoom features:

  • New Super Bright F1.8 - F2.6 3x (35-105mm 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens which boosts the camera's low light capability and extends the range of the flash coverage.
  • 15 different image capture modes including QuickTime video at 15fps with sound.
  • 32MB RAM buffer allows for 3.5 frames per second burst rate (excluding TIFF) and QuickTime movies up to 5 minutes in length with sound (160x120 w/32MB card.)
  • Spot AF for highly accurate focusing as well as iESP AF and manual focus modes.
  • Multi-Spot metering takes the precise exposure readings of up to eight individual areas to calculate the final exposure value. It also has the iESP multi-pattern and spot metering modes found on the C-3030.
  • Program AE, Shutter- or Aperture-priority or full Manual exposure control.
  • Sharpness (Hard, Normal, Soft) and Contrast (High, Normal, Low) settings allow for a wide range of control over how the images come out of the camera.
  • ISO sensitivity can be fixed at 100, 200, 400 or automatic.
  • White balance options now include a custom one-touch function for quick and easy calibration to the existing lighting temperature.
  • Storage Class USB connectivity insures quick and simple image downloads to Windows 2000 or Me or Mac OS 8.6+ computers. You just plug it in, no drivers required. Drivers are included for Windows 98 SE users. The camera appears as a removeable drive resource and data can be transfered with no special software being installed or used.

Olympus C-3040 Zoom

On the back is a 1.8-inch WideView TFT color LCD. It can serve as the viewfinder, picture review, menu and data display.  The backlight is adjustable via the setup menu. The control layout is identical to the C-3030Z.

Olympus C-3040 Zoom

Olympus C-3040 Zoom

Olympus C-3040 Zoom Olympus C-3040 Zoom

Olympus C-3040 Zoom

If the C-3040 Zoom is not fast enough for your requirements then be sure to check out the E-100 RS with its 15 frames per second high speed capture rate and the awesome 10x (38-380mm) stabilized zoom lens.

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Olympus C-3040 Zoom Specifications

Product Type

Digital Camera with 1.8-inch color TFT LCD monitor

Image pickup element

1/1.8 inch CCD solid-state image pickup 3.34 MegaPixel (effective 3.24 MegaPixel)


3V (3.3V) SmartMedia (SSFDC) Card (4M, 8M, 16M, 32M and 64MB)

One 16MB card including Panorama function is supplied with camera

Recording system

Still image ; JPEG (DCF: "Design rule for Camera File system"), TIFF (non-compress), DPOF support

Motion picture; QuickTime Motion JPEG, sound: WAV format

Number of storable pictures with 16MB SmartMedia card

1: TIFF 2048x1536

2: TIFF 1600x1200

4: TIFF 1280x960

6: TIFF 1024x768

16: TIFF 640x480

6 or more: SHQ 2048x1536

20 or more: HQ 2048x1536

11 or more: SQ1 high 1600x1200

31 or more: SQ1 normal 1600x1200

17 or more: SQ1 high 1280x960

49 or more: SQ1 normal 1280x960

26 or more: SQ2 high 1024x768

76 or more: SQ2 normal 1024x768

66 or more: SQ2 high 640x480

165 or more: SQ2 normal 640x480

46 sec of HQ 320x240 Motion JPEG

186 sec of SQ 160x120 Motion JPEG

White balance

iESP full-auto TTL, Pre-set (daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescence light), one-touch


Olympus lens 7.1 – 21.3mm F1.8-2.6, 10 elements in 7 groups

(Equivalent to 35 - 105mm lens on 35mm camera)

Digital Zoom

1-2.5x (up to 5x with VGA)

Photometric system

Digital-ESP metering system with imager, spot metering possible, multi-metering possible

Exposure control

Programmed auto exposure, Aperture priority, Shutter priority

+/- 2Ev by 1/3EV steps exposure compensation

Auto Bracketing: select-able from 1/3EV, 2/3 EV and 1EV; 3 or 5 images

Aperture priority: Wide ; F1.8 – 10.0, Tele ; F2.6 – 10.0, 1/3EV steps

Programmed auto: F1.8-10.0, 1-1/800sec.

Shutter priority: Still image: 4 - 1/800 sec. (used with mechanical shutter), 1/3EV steps Manual exposure: shutter speed up to 16 sec.

Motion JPEG Image mode: 1/30 – 1/10,000 sec

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, fixed approx. 100, 200, 400


TTL system iESP autofocus (contrast detection system) with focusing range: 0.2 m–infinity, spot AF is possible

Manual focus (manual focus setting by gauge) with focusing range: 0.2 m–infinity

Working range

Standard mode: 0.8 m–infinity; Macro mode: 0.2–0.8m


Optical real-image viewfinder (Close-up correction marks, Autofocus mark/Backlighting correction mark). LCD monitor

LCD monitor

1.8-inch wider angle color TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels

Flash modes

Built-in Flash : Auto-Flash (low-& back-light), Red-Eye Reducing Flash, Off, Fill-in

External terminal: Off, Auto, Forced activation

Slow Synchronization (First-Curtain Synchronization effect, Second-Curtain Synchronization effect)

Flash working range

wide ; approx. 0.8 – 5.6m
tele ; approx. 0.2 – 3.8m (ISO 100)

Battery charging time for flash

Less than 6 sec. (at normal temperature with new battery)

Sequence mode

3.3(NTSC) / 3.1(PAL) frames per sec. up to 5 frames excluding Tiff mode

Motion picture mode

Format: QuickTime Motion JPEG with sound

HQ: 320x240 pixels, 15 frame/sec. up to approx. 75 sec. with 32MB

SQ: 160x120 pixels, 15 frame/sec. up to approx. 300 sec. with 32MB

Image effect

Sepia mode, Black & White mode, Black board mode, White board mode

Selftimer / remote controller

12 second delay / 2 sec. after optional remote controller operation

Setting memorization


Outer Connector

DC input terminal, Data input/output terminal (RS232C), USB interface

A/V Output terminal ( NTSC or PAL), external flash terminal for FL-40 (5 pin type)

Operating environment

Operation : 0 - 40 C, 30 – 90 %

Storage : -20 – 60 C, 10 – 90%

Power Supply

Main power source : 2 x Lithium battery LB-01 (CR-V3) included, 4 x AA Ni-MH batteries / 4 x AA Lithium batteries / 4 x AA alkaline batteries / 4 x AA Ni-Cd batteries / Optional AC adapter, (Manganese batteries cannot be used.)


Simultaneous recording onto image data.

Automatic calendar system

Up to year 2030


109.5 (W) x 76.4 (H) x 69.6 (D) (excluding projections)


307g (without battery and SmartMedia Card)

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