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Olympus C-5050Z digital camera
at a glance
3200 x 2400 (OIE Mode),
3x optical zoom
1.8" lcd viewer
xD, SM, CF I / II
Olympus C-5050Z review summary
camera date Nov 02  out of production
pixels / class 5.2M  compact digital camera
overall rating above average overall camera rating  8 reviews
image quality average it its class image quality rating  
ease of use average it its class usability rating  
camera body good camera body rating  
digital features good digital features rating  3 types memory cards
photogr. ctrls good photographic controls rating  
user profile user profile: digital photography enthusiast
Olympus C-5050Z specifications
lens / zoom  35 mm - 105 mm (3x) (dig: 3.3x)
focus / macro  auto | manual / 80 cm / 20 cm / 2 cm super makro
metering mode  spot / multi-spot
aperture  auto | manual / F1.8 - F8(W), F2.6 - F8 (T)
white balance  auto | manual - 8 presets
shutter  auto | manual / 16s - 1/2000s
exposure  +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
flash / mode  internal / hot shoe - 5 modes / 0.8m - 5m
viewfinder  optical
iso ratings  64 / 100 / 200 / 400
image size  3200x2400 (i) / 2560x1920 / 2560x1696 / 2288x1712 / 2048x1536 / 1600x1200 / 1280x960 / 1024x768 / 640x480
image format  raw / tiff / jpeg (exif 2.2)
image compr.  SHQ / HQ / SQ1 / SQ2
lag/cycle times  
remote control  self timer 12s
video options  Qt m-jpeg 320x240 / 160x120 (15fps)
audio options  sound recording & voice annotation
connectivity  usb / video (NTSC / PAL)
storage  xD / SmartMedia / Compact Flash I / II
platform  Windows 98SE/ME/2000 Pro/XP, Mac OS8.6-9.01/OSX
extra features  histogram display available
Olympus C-5050Z links
Reviews for novices and shutterbugs
30Oct03 Olympus C-5050Z review by PhotographyBLOG
01Jan03 Olympus C-5050Z review by
23Dec02 Olympus C-5050Z review by Digitalkamera (de)
16Dec02 Olympus C-5050Z review by Steves-digicams
Reviews for shutterbugs and professionals
01Oct04 Olympus C-5050Z review by
20Dec02 Olympus C-5050Z review by Dcresource
Introductions, previews and other reviews
01Jan03 Olympus C-5050Z review by Voilelec
News, guides, hints & tips
14Oct05 Olympus Service Advisory on CCD problems
24Aug02 Olympus Europe product information
Forum discussions Olympus Talk Forum  Olympus Forum Olympus Forum
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Olympus C-5050Z announcement clippings

Features Robust All-Magnesium Body, Multiple Memory Media Options, 5.0 Megapixels
Melville, New York, September 24, 2002 - With the release of the new CAMEDIA® C-5050 Zoom, Olympus America introduces the next generation of its popular C-Series family of digital cameras. A state-of-the-art zoom camera, the C-5050 Zoom was designed for advanced digital photographers seeking full manual and advanced photographic control typically found only in advanced SLR and Rangefinder film cameras. With a fast f1.8 lens, 5 megapixels for outstanding image quality, durable all-magnesium construction, and the best optics available today in a compact zoom lens camera, the C-5050 Zoom is an all-purpose photographic tool to get the job done at a price that won't break the bank.
The key trait of the C-5050 Zoom is versatility. Its built-in hot-shoe allows an external flash to be connected without the need for cables, and an Olympus FL-40 flash will provide full 'through the lens' metering so photographers can add more functionality to the C-5050 to get the best lighting conditions for their creations. The camera takes three types of memory media - the new xD-Picture CardTM, SmartMediaTM, and Compact FlashTM Type I or II including microdrives - and can hold two media cards simultaneously for the most storage options. A multi-position LCD for optimized image viewing allows photographers to shoot from the hip or to get the perfect over-the-head shot.

"The rugged look of the C-5050 is reminiscent of traditional 35mm SLR cameras. This camera is the perfect compliment to our professional digital SLR cameras like the E-20N," said Richard Pelkowski, Associate Product Manager, Olympus America Inc. "Overall it provides a level of versatility that allows photographers to customize their craft to the greatest extent possible."

Easy to Use
The C-5050 Zoom is extremely easy to use with controls logically arrayed on the camera body that can be easily manipulated by thumb. Whether navigating with dials, the arrow controls on the back of the camera, or the virtual dial in the LCD, the controls are intuitive and not overly complicated.

The C-5050 Zoom offers an optical viewfinder as well as a bright 1.8" color multi-position LCD display. The high resolution LCD can display aperture, shutter speed, and image quality settings and can be used in playback to review shots.

On the top of the camera, a mode dial enables quick settings for an assortment of shooting situations with a turn of the dial. In fully Programmed Auto mode, the camera offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the easy-to-use Scene Programs on the mode dial provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for Night Scenes, Portrait and Landscape photography. The special "My Mode" feature is a time saver as it enables users to assign frequently used functions for quick and easy access.

The C-5050 Zoom's advanced settings include controls for aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual operation and are ideal for experienced photographers who want to take control. Transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the Auto-Connect USB that does not require software drivers for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television using the video cable.

Features for The Most Realistic Digital Images
Images captured with Olympus digital cameras are known worldwide for their vibrant, sharp and photo-realistic image quality. This is achieved with a host of key technologies including Olympus' high-quality all-glass lens (with aspherical lens elements) that's specially designed for digital cameras. The bright light gathering capability of the C-5050's aspherical f1.8 lens allows for greater flexibility when shooting in low light conditions without a flash in order to maintain the mood of the existing light scene. The super bright lens also extends the range of the built-in flash, and offers extended creative control over depth of focus in the final photograph.

The 5.0 megapixel CCD and Olympus' TruePicTM technology allows users to retain a realistic look to their photographs at all photo sizes e-mailed or printed. The 5.0 Megapixel imager captures the detail needed for true photo quality printing even on large print sizes over 11" x 14".

Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; adjustable white balance; multiple flash settings including slow sync flash; and auto bracketing and exposure compensation, Noise Reduction, and Optimum Image Enlargement modes.

Another great feature of the C-5050 Zoom is its ability to capture QuickTimeTM video and sound so users can create short movies that can be sent over the Internet to co-workers, friends and family.

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