Olympus C-5000 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Features and Controls

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The C-5000 Zoom employs an Olympus 3x zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography). It features a seamless Digital Zoom of 12x (3x optical and 4x digital combined). The aperture range is f2.8 - f8 (Wide angle) and f4.8 - f8 (Telephoto) and is adjustable in 1/3 EV steps.

The focusing system is an iESP AF (autofocus) TTL system using contrast detection. The default mode is Spot AF, manual focusing by gauge.

    Standard AF 19.7" - Infinity (50cm - Infinity)

    Macro Mode 7.9" - 19.7" (20cm - 50cm)

    Super Macro Mode: 1.6" - 7.9" (4cm - 20cm)

The eyelevel viewfinder is a real image zoomed type, it does not have any dioptric adjustment. The two LEDs indicate flash and focus status.

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The built-in flash has Auto (low and backlight), Red-Eye reduction, Fill-In, and Slow shutter sync modes. The working range in Wideangle is 30 in. - 12.8 ft. and in Telephoto it's 8 in. - 7.5 ft at ISO 100. The flash charging time is approximately seven seconds with a fully charged battery.

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Thanks to the TTL hot shoe you can easily attach an external flash like the new and compact Olympus FL-20. Or the more powerful FL-50 with bounce flash for more pleasing looking photos and a motorized zoom head that matches the focal length of the zoom lens.

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The three buttons across the top are: Flash mode (Delete in playback), the Macro / Spot metering button (Protect / Unprotect in playback), AEL Auto Exposure Lock / Custom (Rotate image in playback.) Next to the LCD is the Monitor button, it turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of information overlayed on it. The 1.5" color LCD monitor has 114,000 pixels of resolutionand can be used for preview, review or menu operations. The 4- way selector is used to navigate the menus, change the shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation values in record, in play mode it lets you select images for display. The OK button calls up the onscreen menus (see next 2 pages) and accepts menu selections.

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

On top is the Mode Dial (AUTO, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night, Night Portrait, Movie, MyMode, A/S/M, Program AE, Play), the Power switch is built into the base of the Mode Dial. The shutter release button with the zoom control around it (which also functions as the thumbnail index and zoom control in play mode). On the angled back corner is the Quick View button for image review.

Olympus C-5000 Zoom The I/O ports are on the side:

Video Out for connection to TV. Video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL.

USB 1.1 port for image downloads to the host computer

DC IN for optional AC power supply

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Images and movie files are stored on xD-Picture Card media. The camera comes with a 32MB xD-Picture card and is compatible with all capacity xD cards. We have tested it with the latest 512MB size card and it works great.

Quality Pixel Resolution 32MB xD-Picture Card (included) 128MB xD-Picture Card
TIFF 2560 x 1920 to 640 x 480 2, 33 8, 135 shots
TIFF, SHQ, HQ 2560 x 1920 2, 8, 26 shots 8, 35, 106 shots
SQ1 (High, Normal) 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200 13-66 shots 55-266 shots
SQ2 (High, Normal) 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 35-398 shots 142-1596 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15fps 32 sec. max per movie 32 sec. max per movie
SQ 160 x 120 15fps movie 140 sec. max per movie 140 sec. max per movie

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The C-5000 Zoom is powered by the proprietary 3.7V 1090mAh Li-10B Li-ion battery. Olympus includes the external LI-10C AC charger. The maximum charging time is two hours. Olympus does not specify the battery life figures for this camera.

Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Olympus includes the handy RM-2 infrared remote control. Useful for both self-portraits and for tripping the shutter when you have the camera in macro mode and on a tripod. Note that the receiver port is on the front but you can often reflect the infrared beam off of something in front of the camera to use it from behind.

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