Olympus C-3030 Zoom

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The new Olympus C-3030 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 for play with a single image. If you look at the photo above you will see five small holes just above the lens on the right, this is the microphone.

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.

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Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

On the back is a 1.8-inch "Wide-View" active-matrix color LCD first implemented on the C-2020. It is much easier to view in all but the extremes of direct sunlight. The LCD is used to access the menus (see next page) and as a real-time viewfinder. It can be switched off to conserve battery power when using the conventional eyelevel viewfinder.

Olympus C-3030
The C-3030 sports a large and bright optical finder complete with a diopter control adjustment knob on the side.

The green LED indicates a focus lock and the amber LED tells you the status of the flash.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

I'm happy to report that Olympus has finally done away with that battery door that required two hands and twelve fingers to close. The new door easily closes and latches securely shut with little to no effort. The bottom of the C-3030 is nice and flat and lends itself well to being mounted on a tripod.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

The 3X zoom (32-96mm equivalent) is an 8-element, all-glass aspherical lens with continuous 2.5X digital telephoto. It's not as fast as the F2 lens on the C-2020 but it's still performs well in low light.

Aperture settings of F2.8 - F11 are selectable in 1/3 step increments. Autofocus or manual focus range is from 8" to infinity.

The lens base is threaded and accepts the optional Olympus CLA-1 lens adapter to attach filters or add-on lenses.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

The mode dial is also the main power switch. Recording modes include "P"rogram automatic, a choice of "A"perture priority, "S"hutter priority or full "M"anual operation (depends on how you set it up in the menu). And the QuickTime movie mode that also captures sound.

The shutter button has the zoom lens control built around it. It also functions as the zoomed playback and thumbnail control when in play mode.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

Access to the SmartMedia memory card slot is via a door on the side.

The tiny cards are easily removed by means of a "push in and pop out" type of ejector mechanism.

The red LED illuminates when the card is being accessed and lets you know when it is unsafe to remove the card.

The C-3030Z accomodates any capacity 3.3v SmartMedia card and comes with an 16MB card.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom The C-3030's I/O ports are hidden behind a small access door.

On the top is the DC input jack for the optional AC power adapter.

Next is the combination Video Out and Audio Out port for playback on a TV set.

New on the C-3030 is a high speed USB port for speedy download of those large, three megapixel images.

An RS-232 serial port for PC and Mac.

The external flash sync port is a dedicated port for the Olympus flash (see below) and will NOT work with other strobes without an adapter cable and it is not yet available (as of 6/14/00).

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

The C-3030 is equipped with a 5-pin sync port that allows connection to the high power Olympus FL-40 speedlight. As of this writing (6/14/00) the cable to use this strobe is still not available, hopefully in a month?

The benefits are longer range, bounce/tilt flash head and true TTL-controlled flash illumination.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

A newly designed door makes changing the batteries a snap now compared to the tug of war we had with the C-2020 and C-2000 models. Flexible power options include four 1.5v alkaline or lithium AA cells, four 1.2v NiMH and NiCD rechargeable AA cells or two of the new CR-V3, long-life lithium cells.

What's in the box?

The C-3030 ZOOM camera, a 16MB Olympus brand panorama SmartMedia card, remote control, 2 CR-3V Lithium batteries, lens cap, strap, USB cable for PC and Mac, video connection cable for TV or VCR, Adobe PhotoShop LE image manipulation and creation software, Enroute Imaging QuickStitch panorama stitching software, Olympus Camedia Master Utility Software, and instruction manuals.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

Still my favorite "included" accessory, the infrared remote control. It not only controls the camera during playback, you can also use it to trip the shutter and work the zoom lens in record mode too.

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

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C-3030 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 1/1.8 inch CCD with 3.34 million pixels
Still Recording Modes TIFF 2048x1536
TIFF 1600x1200
TIFF 1280x960
TIFF 1024x768
TIFF 640x480
SHQ 2048x1536
HQ 2048x1536
SQ1 high 1600x1200
SQ1 normal 1600x1200
SQ1 high 1280x960
SQ1 normal 1280x960
SQ2 high 1024x768
SQ2 normal 1024x768
SQ2 high 640x480
SQ2 normal 640x480
Recording Media 3.3V SmartMedia (SSFDC) Card
(2M,4M,8M,16M 32M and 64MB)
Recording system Still image: JPEG, TIFF (non-compressed), DPOF support
Quick Time Movie (Motion JPEG) with sound.
4 sec. sound on still images; (wave format)
White balance iESP full-auto TTL, Manual (daylight, overcast, tungsten, fluorescent)
Lens Olympus lens 6.5 - 19.5mm f 2.8
(Equivalent to 32 - 96mm lens on 35mm camera)
Digital zoom Continuous 1-2.5x
Photometric system Digital "ESP" Matrix metering system and spot metering
Exposure control Programmed auto exposure

Aperture priority: Wide ; F2.8 - 11.0, Tele ; F2.8 - 11.0, 1/3EV steps

Shutter priority: 1 - 1/800 sec. (used with mechanical shutter), 1/3EV steps

Manual exposure: shutter speed up to 16 sec.

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

Auto Bracketing: selectable from 1/3EV, 2/3 EV and 1EV; 3 or 5 images

Motion JPEG Image mode: 1/30 - 1/10,000 sec
ISO Auto or fixed at 100, 200, 400
Focusing "iESP" TTL autofocus (contrast detection system)
Manual focus range: 8" - infinity in 130 steps
Working Range Standard mode: 30" - infinity
Macro mode: 8" - 30"
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder (Close-up correction marks, Autofocus mark/Backlighting correction mark). LCD monitor.
LCD monitor 1.8-inch wide angle, low temp poly-silicon, color TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels, brightness adjustment is possible
Flash modes Auto-Flash (low- & back-light)
Red-Eye Reduction
External TTL: Off, Auto, Forced
Slow Synch (First-Curtain, Second-Curtain)
Flash working range Wide: approx. 30"/0.8 - 18.6'/5.6m
Tele: approx. 8"/0.2 -12.5/3.8m ISO 100
Battery charging time for flash Less than 6 sec. (at normal temperature with new battery)
Sequence mode 3.3 frames per sec., up to 5 frames in JPEG Modes
Motion picture mode Format: QuickTime Movie (Motion JPEG)
HQ: 320x240 pixels, 15frame/sec. up to approx. 46 sec. with 16MB
SQ: 160x120 pixels, 15frame/sec. up to approx. 191 sec. with 16MB
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 Possible to set camera to remember setting when turned off
I/O connectors DC input terminal
Data input/output terminal (RS232C),
USB interface,
Video Output terminal (NTSC with Audio),
External terminal for FL-40 with TTL cable
Operating environment Operation: 0 - 40� C, 30 - 90� F
Storage: -20 - 60� C, 10 - 90 � F
Power supply Main power source:
2 Lithium batteries CR-V3 or
4 "AA" NiMH batteries or
4 "AA" Lithium batteries or
4 "AA" alkaline batteries or
4 "AA" NiCd batteries or
Optional C-7AU AC adapter
Date/Time/Calendar Simultaneous recording onto image data
Automatic calendar system Up to Year 2030
Dimensions 109.5 mm x 76.4 mm x 66.4 mm
4.2" wide x 2.9" high x 2.6" deep
Weight 300g / 10.7 ounces
(without battery and SmartMedia Card)

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