Olympus C-5050 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom

Record Screens & Menus

Record mode screen showing lots of onscreen data. Exposure mode is in the upper left corner, "A" indicates Aperture Priority, "P" for Program AE mode, "S" for Shutter Priority or "M" for Manual record mode.

The aperture is F1.8 and the shutter speed is 1/30 sec. The upper right corner is the EV exposure compensation factor (0.0). The ISO is locked to 64. We have flash intensity set at +2.0. The white rectangle tells you it is in single frame drive mode. The image size is 2560 x 1920. The green "2" indicates the number of pictures remaining at the current size and quality setting. The xD-Picture Card media is selected.

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

You can manually move the AF (auto focus) point using the arrow keys. And you can enable the real-time histogram display.

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

The C series family of cameras have always had a good Macro mode, the C-5050 has both a Macro mode and a new Super Macro mode with a focus range of 1 to 8 inches.

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Using the "direct" buttons and the Jog Dial you select the desired metering, focus, flash and drive modes as well as exposure compensation and flash output intensity. If the color LCD is on you will see a "virtual dial" as you change the settings.

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

The recording screen in the Movie mode. The green 56" indicates that there is enough memory on the card to record a total of 56 seconds of video.

The C-5050 Zoom can record up to 33 seconds of HQ (320x240 pixel) or up to 148 seconds of SQ (160x120 pixel) resolution QuickTime motion JPEG with audio at 15 frames per second.

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

When manually focusing you get an onscreen distance gauge (in feet or meters) and a magnified center view which makes it easier to actually "see" the proper focus.

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any of the still image record modes will bring this shortcut menu overlay on the screen. From here you can quickly jump to the DRIVE modes, image size/quality or white balance settings. Choosing the MODE MENU option brings up the entire menu of record options as shown in the next series of animated screens.

The three menu options other than MODE MENU are user-assignable.

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

CAMERA menu options.

    DRIVE - Single, Hi-Speed Sequential, Sequential, AF Sequential, AE Bracketing

    ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400

    MY MODE - Select one of four custom My Modes for the Mode Dial

    - Select internal+external, external or slave flash

    - Flash slow-sync: Slow1 (leading), Slow1+Red eye, Slow2 (trailing)

    NOISE REDUCTION - Enable noise reduction for long exposures

    DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable/disable digital zoom

    FULLTIME AF - Enable/disable continuous autofocus

    AF MODE - Autofocus mode: iESP or Spot

    - Record 4-sec sound clip after picture, On or Off

    PANORAMA - Panorama mode (only available with Olympus brand SmartMedia cards)

    2 IN 1 - Takes two "side by side" shots and merges into one image

    FUNCTION - Off, B&W, Sepia, White Board, Black Board

    - Histogram display: Off, On

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PICTURE menu options.

    - Image Quality: RAW (2560x1920), TIFF (2560x1920, 2560x1696 3:2, 2288x1712, 2048x1536), SHQ (2560x1920, 2560x1696 3:2, OIE 3200x2400), HQ (2560x1920, 2560x1696 3:2, OIE 3200x2400), SQ1 (2288x1712, 2048x1536, 1600x1200), SQ2 (1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480)

    WB - White balance: Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Sunny, Incandescent, Flourescent 1,2,3,4

    - White balance fine tune between Red and Blue.

    CUSTOM WB - One-Touch custom white balance (4 memories)

    SCENE MODES - Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene

    SHARPNESS - 5 levels

    CONTRAST - 5 levels

    SATURATION - 5 levels

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CARD menu options.

    CARD SETUP - Format the SmartMedia card

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SETUP menu options.

    ALL RESET - Off, On: On resets all settings to default when power is turned off, the Off setting retains all current settings.

    - Menu language (English, Japanese, French, German)

    PW ON SETUP - Picture/Sound effect for startup screen

    PW OFF SETUP - Picture/Sound effect for shutdown screen

    REC VIEW - Preview after capture: On, Off

    - Beep sound: Off, Low, High

    SHUTTER SOUND - Shutter sound effect/volume

    MY MODE SETUP - Setup parameters for up to four custom My Modes

    FILE NAME - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset

    PIXEL MAPPING - Detect and map out bad pixels on the CCD imager

    - Adjust LCD backlight intensity

    - Set the time and date

    m/ft - Manual focus indicator in feet or meters

    VIDEO OUT - NTSC or PAL video standard

    SHORT CUT - Assign the desired items to the Record short-cut menu

    CUSTOM BUTTON - Assign the desired function to the Custom Button

    DUAL CONTROL PANEL - Display same info on top LCD as the monitor if the monitor is not in use

    AF ILLUMINATOR - Enable/disable AF-assist lamp

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