Olympus C-7000 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-7000 Zoom

Review posted 11/01/04

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The C-7000 Zoom measures just 4"(W) x 2.3"(H) x 1.7"(D), and weighs a mere 7.7 ounces, making it the smallest and lightest 7.1-megapixel, 5x optical zoom digital camera as of Oct. 2004. The camera's metal body is finished in a sophisticated Premium Titanium color that has a retro look reminiscent of earlier Olympus digital cameras. While offering the high mobility of a compact camera, the body design assures a level of functional operating ease that is appropriate to a high-performance model.

The C-7000 employs a newly developed 5x optical zoom lens (f2.8/f4.8 - f8.0, 38mm - 190mm equivalent) that is specifically designed to maximize the imaging potential of its high-definition 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor. United with Olympus' exclusive TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor that suppresses noise and boosts image definition to ensure sharper, clearer images, the sensor and lens capture high-resolution images that deliver excellent color definition, clarity, and high contrast. With a fast startup of less than one second and a fast shutter release time, the C-7000 ensures high-speed response that allows users to enjoy high-quality imaging the instant they place the camera in their hands.

Features included to satisfy the needs of advanced users include: Autofocus (AF) Target Selection function allows users to choose from 143 different AF target zones, an AF illuminator to ensure greater focusing accuracy in low-light situations. Interval shooting can be set to take photos at 1- to 60-minute intervals, making it ideal for time-lapse photography. 10 scene program modes including Program Auto, Aperture, Shutter and Manual plus Night Scene, Sport, Landscape, Black & White, Landscape + Portrait, Portrait, and QuickTime Movie mode there's a mode for every occasion. RAW data recording allows totally unprocessed image data to be stored in the camera so it can undergo high-level post-processing later for printing or other applications.

A large 2.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 206,000 pixels allows images to be displayed beautifully in a large size during shooting and playback. Adopting Semi-Transmissive TFT Color LCD ensures that the monitor is easy to view in bright outdoor light, enabling it to be used as a viewfinder for shooting in virtually any location. In addition, the monitor's large size also enhances still image and movie viewing pleasure.

640 x 480 pixel motion video with sound is captured which provides television-quality movie recording, so instead of only being able to view movies in a small size on a computer monitor, they can be enjoyed in a large size on TV screen. In HQ, SQ1 and SQ2 mode, movie recording length is only limited by the available memory on the xD-Picture Card. With a builtin microphone and speaker, movies can be heard as well as seen in the camera.

PictBridge technology makes printing quality photos a breeze. Just connect the camera via the included USB 2.0 cable directly to any PictBridge-enabled printer - such as the Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer - and start printing. In addition, transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the Auto-Connect USB 2.0 that does not require software drivers (for most computers/operating systems) for hassle-free and high-speed image downloads. The C-7000 comes with a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and charger.

C-7000 Zoom Features:

  • 7.1 Megapixel CCD for image sizes up to 3072 x 2304
  • 5x all-glass zoom lens, 38- 190mm equivalent 35mm focal length
  • JPEG, RAW or uncompressed TIFF image formats
  • 2.0-inch color LCD monitor with 206,000 pixels
  • QuickTime video with sound 640x480 or 320x240 at 30/15fps
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing, 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV, 3 or 5 images
  • Macro down to 3.2 inches, Super Macro down to 0.8 inches
  • Digital iESP, Spot or Area Shift metering modes
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed, Aperture, Manual and Scene modes
  • Shutter speeds from 15 secs to 1/2000
  • Sharpness and Contrast is adjustable
  • Sepia, Black & White, Resize, and Rotation editing effects
  • ISO sensitivity can be set at Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent)
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Slow Shutter Synchronized (1st Curtain and 1st Curtain with Red-Eye Reduction), Off
  • 32MB xD-Picture Card removable media
  • USB 2.0 connectivity, Audio-Video output for TV display
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • EXIF 2.2, PRINT Image Matching and PictBridge compatible

The C-7000 Zoom is available now and includes a 32MB xD-Picture Card, Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, an Auto-Connect USB 2.0 cable, Audio/Video Out cable, wrist strap, OLYMPUS Master Software, user manual and Quick Start Guide for an estimated street price of $599.99 (U.S.)

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Olympus C-7000 Zoom

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The C-7000 Zoom compared in size to a standard CD disc

Olympus C-7000 Zoom

The C-7000 Zoom and the Stylus Verve

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Olympus C-7000 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 7.1 megapixel effective
7.41 megapixel gross
Lens 7.8 - 39.5mm (38 - 190mm equivalent in 35mm photography),
consists of 9 lenses in 7 groups
Digital Zoom Seamless to 30X (5x optical and 6X digital combined)
Max. Aperture f2.8-f4.8
Shutter Speeds AUTO, 15 to 1/2000 sec.
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
Recording Mode(s) Exif2.2, JPEG, TIFF, RAW
Adjustable Resolutions 3072 x 2304 (RAW)
3072 x 2304 (TIFF)
3072 x 2304 (SHQ, HQ)
3072 x 2048 (3.2 SHQ, HQ High or Normal)
2592 x 1944 (SQ1 High or Normal)
2288 x 1712 (SQ1 High or Normal)
2048 x 1536 (SQ1 High or Normal)
1600 x 1200 (SQ1 High or Normal)
1280 x 960 (SQ2 High or Normal)
1024 x 768 (SQ2 High or Normal)
640 x 480 (SQ2 High or Normal)
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print reserve (single, all, number of copies), Date
Image Adjustment Modes Single, Index, Enlargement, Auto, Calendar, Rotation, Protect, Slide-Show
Image Effects Panorama 2 in 1 picture mode, Black & White and Sepia
Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD Picture Cards
Sequence High Speed: 2.27 shots per sec.
Normal: 1.5 shots per sec.
Movie Capture SHQ 640 x 480 or HQ/SQ 320 x 240 resolution QuickTime motion video with sound, 15fps or 30fps selectable framerate. SHQ is 20 secs. maximum, HQ or SQ is limited only by available memory.
Viewfinder Coupled optical zoom type viewfinder
LCD 2.0" Semi-Transmissive TFT color LCD (Approx. 206K pixels)
Focusing System Contrast gradient AF
Focusing Ranges Normal: 47in. (120cm) - infinity
Macro mode: 3.2 - 24in. (8 - 60cm)
Tele: 24 - 47in. (60 - 120cm)
Super Macro mode: Wide only .8 in. (2cm)
Exposure Control ±2Ev (step 1/3 Ev)
Metering System iESP/Spot/Area Shift
White Balance System iESP multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set Manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent)
Flash Pop-up
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions), Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, Slow, Red-eye Reduction + Slow, Off
Flash Max. Range Wide/Tele = 5m/3.5m at ISO Auto
Flash Charging Time 5 seconds
Removable Media xD-Picture Card, 32MB included
Selftimer/Remote 12 seconds
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB (Auto-Connect), Audio/Video out and DC input
Auto-connect USB 2.0 (full speed), mini B connector
Image Playback Still image: Single Frame/Index/Zoom/Auto
Movie: Normal, Frame by Frame, Slide Show, Rotation, Calendar and Enlargement
Operating Environment Operation: 32 ~ 104°F (0 ~ 40°C) 30 ~90% humidity
Storage: -4 ~140°F (-20 ~ 60°C) 10 ~ 90% humidity
Power Supply Olympus Li-12B Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Optional AC adaptor
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Calendar Automatic up to 2099
Size 4 in. (102mm) x 2.3 in. (59mm) x 1.7 in. (42.5mm)
Weight 7.07 oz. (220g)
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 32MB xD-Picture Card (included) 512MB xD-Picture Card
RAW 3072 x 2304 3 frame 49 frames
TIFF 3072 x 2304 1 frame 24 frames
SHQ 3072 x 2304 6 frames 98 frames
HQ 3072 x 2304 17 frames 287 frames
SQ1-HIGH 2592 x 1944 8 frames 138 frames
SQ1-HIGH 2048 x 1536 13 frames 218 frames
SQ2-HIGH 1280 x 960 33 frames 541 frames
SHQ 640 x 480 30 fps movie 00:16 Over 4 minutes
HQ 640 x 480 15 fps movie 00:34 Over 9 minutes
SQ1 320 x 240 30 fps movie 00:47 Over 12 minutes
SQ2 320 x 240 15 fps movie 01:33 Over 25 minutes

All capacity figures are approximate.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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