Olympus C-5050 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom

Features & Controls (cont.)

The Mode Dial has the On/Off power switch mounted around it. New on the C-5050 is the Jog Dial which is operated with your thumb. You press and hold one of the "Direct" buttons and turn the Jog Dial to change the settings.

Olympus C-5050 Zoom

Next to the flash hot shoe is the Metering mode direct button. Press and hold it while turning the Jog Dial to select ESP, Spot or Multi metering. Above that is the Focus mode direct button. Focus options are: AF, Macro, Manual Focus, Super Macro and Super Macro MF.

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom

On the top left side of the camera are the Exposure compensation and Flash mode direct buttons. Hold the Exposure compensation button down and turn the Jog Dial to select the desired exposure override value (+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps). The Flash mode button cycles through: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, Slow Synch (first curtain), Slow Synch (first curtain) w/red-eye reduction and Flash Off.

Holding down both the Exposure comp and Flash mode buttons lets you adjust the amount flash output power.

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom

Controls on the back: AEL auto exposure lock, Quick View for image review and it also turns the color LCD on/off. The 4-way "Arrow Controls" for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. The OK button accepts menu selections and calls up the menu. The CF/xD-SM button selects the desired storage media.

Off to the right is the Jog Dial, internal speaker and the "Card Busy" indicator lamp.

Olympus C-5050 Zoom On the left side are the I/O ports:

A/V output, video is NTSC or PAL, audio is monaural

USB 1.1 data port

DC INput for AC adapter or battery pack

Olympus C-5050 Zoom

The C-5050 stores its images on 3.3v SmartMedia, 3.3v xD-Picture Card or CompactFlash Type I or II including IBM Microdrives. On the back side of the handgrip are the multiple media card slots.

The CF2 and xD/SM slots can be occupied simultaneously and swapped by pressing the storage button on the back of the camera. Olympus includes a 32MB xD-Picture Card with panorama function.

Storage Capacity

Quality Pixel Resolution 32MB xD-Picture Card (included) 128MB xD-Picture Card
OIE: SHQ, HQ 3200 x 2400* 6, 16 shots 27, 67 shots
3:2 TIFF, SHQ, HQ 2560 x 1696 2, 10, 29 shots 10, 40, 117 shots
TIFF 2560 x 1920 to 640 x 480 2 to 33 shots 8 to 135 shots
RAW 2560 x 1920 6 shots 26 shots
SHQ 2560 x 1920 8 shots 35 shots
HQ 2560 x 1920 26 shots 105 shots
SQ1 (high, normal) 2288 x 1712 to 1600 x 1200 11 to 64 shots 48 to 257 shots
SQ2 (high, normal) 1280 x 960 to 640 x 480 34 to 331 shots 140 to 1330 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps per movie 33 seconds (33 sec. max per movie) 264 seconds (33 sec. max per movie)
SQ 160 x 120 15 fps movie 148 seconds (148 sec. max per movie) 1184 seconds (148 sec. max per movie)
All capacity figures are approximate.
*Optimum Image Enlargement resolutions interpolated from
maximum optical resolution of 2560 x 1920.

Olympus C-5050 Zoom

The C-5050Z is powered by four AA size batteries (NiMH rechargeable preferred and supplied) or two of the Olympus CR-V3 one-use lithium. The battery door has a safety latch and thanks to the side by side design, battery changes can be swift.

Olympus supplies a set of high-capacity NiMH batteries and a charger.

Olympus C-5050 Zoom

One of my favorite Olympus accessories, the ever handy RM-1 infrared remote control. This allows you to control the zoom and trip the shutter in record mode and control playback while connected to a television.

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