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Olympus' Camedia C-4000 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus Introduces *Full* Featured 4 Megapixel for Under $500! (UPDATED)
(Monday, July 8, 2002 - 10:14 EDT)

With an estimated street price of under $500, Olympus' new C-4000 Zoom offers loads of features at an affordable price.

Olympus USA has just announced it's latest "value priced" digicam, the 4-megapixel C-4000 Zoom. In the tradition of its earlier "affordable" models (the highly popular C-3000 Zoom comes to mind), the C-4000 represents a slightly defeatured version of the C-4040 Zoom, Oly's most feature-rich offering in the compact C-series of cameras. Actually though, while some features are missing relative to the C-4040, others have been added, resulting in a camera with a surprising range of features for its under-$500 price point.

This looks like a really prime camera for the "enthusiast" market, offering exceptional value for the range of features it offers. (Including an external flash sync connector, something missing from Olympus' recent bargain-priced camera models.) The earlier C-3000 Zoom made my "Dave's Picks" list as one of the best values for a full-featured, no-excuses digicam, and it looks like the C-4000 is destined for similar honors. (Assuming, of course, that it performs as excpected whenever I get my hands on a test unit.)

For those already familiar with the C-4040 Zoom, here's a brief list of the differences between the C-4000 and the C-4040:

FeatureC-4000 ZoomC-4040 Zoom
Max Aperturef/2.8f/1.8
Max Shutter Speed1/1,0001/800
Audio RecordingNoYes
Flash Range3.5 meters3.8-5.6 meters
New Features
  • Four "My" camera modes
  • Live histogram in record mode
  • static histogram in playback
  • "Virtual Dial" for 6 scene modes.

The table below lists the key features of the C-4000 Zoom. - Click here for the complete specifications from our database.

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Olympus C-4000 Zoom
Model Number:C-4000 
Camera Format:Compact 
Retail Price:$499
Date Available:August, 2002
Image Capture
Image Sensor:4.10 megapixels
Image Resolution:3200x2400 (interpolated), 2288x1712, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Lens Mount:Body Threads, optional adapter 
Optical Viewfinder:Yes (Real Image)
LCD Viewfinder:Yes (1.8 inch, 110,000 pixels)  
ISO Settings:100, 200, 400  
White Balance Settings:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, OneTouch Manual 
Manual White Balance:Yes 
Shutter Speeds:16 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range:2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size:0.33 EV
Metering Modes:Digital ESP, Spot, Multi-Spot Averaged 
Exposure Modes:Aperture, Shutter, Manual 
Self Timer:12 seconds
Internal Flash:Yes 
Flash Modes:Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Off, On, First and Second curtain slow synchro, first curtain slow synchro w/red-eye 
Flash Range Description:0.7 - 3.5 meters (wide), 0.2 - 3.5 meters (tele) at ISO 100 
Ext Flash:Yes, Yes  
Image Storage
Flash Memory:SmartMedia 
Memory Included:16 mb
File Formats:TIFF, JPEGQuickTime, Motion, JPEG 
More Information
Weight:295 g, 10.3 oz
Weight With Batteries?No 
Size:110 x 76 x 70 mm
4.3 x 3.0 x 2.8 in
Notes & Features:Autofocus point is selectable via jog dial, Manual focus is by distance gauge. Macro focus has two modes - Normal macro from 20-80 cm, super macro from 0.8-80 cm. Multi-Spot averaging metering permits selection of up to 8 spots to average across. Optional histogram display available in both shooting and playback modes. USB port is storage-class, auto-connects to Windows ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6 and higher. Sharpness, contrast, and color saturation are all adjustable, in +/- 5 steps, arbitrary units. White balance has +/- 7 step fine tuning range, from red to blue. Captured images may be resized and cropped in-camera for later emailing. Panorama function captures up to 10 frames to be stitched on computer with Camedia software, but only available with Olympus-brand SmartMedia cards. Six Scene Program modes available on Virtual Dial first seen on D-550 model. Four My Modes can create four different custom camera settings. 

(Sorry, no photos yet, we didn't receive any from Olympus.)

UPDATED 2002-07-09 12:21ET: We now have two product photos courtesy of Olympus:

Olympus' Camedia C-4000 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Olympus' Camedia C-4000 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


C-4000 ZOOM Includes 4 Megapixel Resolution, Virtual Mode Dial, Full Manual Operation, Advanced Photographic Features and 3X Optical Zoom Lens

July 8, 2002, Melville, NY -- Olympus America announced today the CAMEDIA C-4000 ZOOM, an affordable, full featured 4 Megapixel digital cameras that offers a world-class Olympus zoom lens, total photographic control and advanced features such as Multi-Point Spot Average Metering, Super Macro focusing, and Histogram in Shooting and Review modes.

The C-4000 ZOOM combines a wealth of the kind of features accomplished photographers need, with the ease of use and low price that makes it appealing to all kinds of consumers. The C-4000 ZOOM combines a 4 Megapixel CCD and a high-performance f2.8 3X Optical Zoom lens that functions with a smooth 3.3X digital zoom for seamless 10X total Zoom capability. The C-4000 ZOOM delivers all these features and more in a compact, stylish package––plus the latest in Olympus image quality and exposure technologies that provide consistently crisp, high-quality prints up to 11" X 14".

The C-4000 ZOOM’s wide range of accessories, including an assortment of lenses, external flashes and powering solutions, make it ideal for the photographer who wants a complete camera system at a price that makes sense. Developing photographers will appreciate the ease of use provided by Automatic and Scene Program modes, while the C-4000’s full Manual control offers advanced photographers a highly precise photographic tool.

Picture Quality

Olympus’ high-quality photos are known worldwide for their exceptionally vibrant, sharp and super-realistic photo image quality. This quality comes from the latest optical technologies such as the C-4000 ZOOM’s superior Olympus all-glass 6.5mm-19.5mm f2.8-f11 lens (the equivalent of 32-96mm in 35mm photography), which is matched to a 4.0 Megapixel CCD. Six unique Scene Program modes optimize image quality by biasing exposure, tone and color to provide the best match for specific shooting situations, including everything from Landscape, to Night Scene, and Sports photography. The C-4000Z’s Noise Reduction mode facilitates noise-free photos during long exposures.

Ease of Use

The C-4000 ZOOM is extremely easy to use. Standard Program Auto mode allows photographers to take flawless pictures in typical situations using basic point-and-shoot techniques. Users can easily access six different Scene Program Modes with the exclusive new "Virtual Dial™" feature, first seen on the Olympus D-550 ZOOM earlier this year. The "Virtual Dial" feature gives the shooter instant access to settings such as Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene and Sports. Olympus’ newly enhanced "My Mode" feature now offers 4 separate user-customizable settings for more creative options. The menu also features three Shortcut Buttons that save menu navigation time by letting the user assign the most frequently used menu categories to these three buttons.

For easy, software-free photo downloads, the C-4000 ZOOM features Olympus’ USB Auto-Connect capabilities so images can be downloaded quickly and easily in all current Mac and Windows operating systems. Supplied CAMEDIA Master 4.0 software gives you everything you need edit, print and share your photos.

Style & Design

The newest addition to Olympus’ C-Series, the C-4000 ZOOM’s elegant, ergonomically designed body is comfortable, lightweight and easy to work with, even during extensive shooting sessions. It features a polished silver finish with metallic top and front covers for extra durability.

Advanced Features

Experienced photographers will appreciate the C-4000 ZOOM’s manual settings with individual controls for aperture priority, shutter priority, and Full Manual Operation with manual shutter speeds ranging from 16 to 1/1,000 of a second. Multi-Point Metering enables up to 8 separate points in the image area to be averaged for proper exposures in the most difficult lighting conditions – a feature not typically found on cameras at this price point. Dynamic Histograms are visible on the LCD in both Shoot and Review modes to accurately display the photo’s brightness across the image area. Other advanced controls include: Selectable AF Point, moveable with the menu navigation arrow pad and Super Macro mode for photographing subjects as close as one inch. An External TTL Flash Terminal is provided for the FL-40 TTL flash or for syncing to studio strobes. Adjustable White Balance and One Touch White Balance provide maximum shooting versatility.

New C-4000 ZOOM features:

  • Four "My Modes" to create four different custom camera settings.
  • Selectable AF point.
  • "Multi-Point Spot Average" metering mode.
  • Super Macro focusing to 1".
  • Histogram in Shooting and Review Modes.

The C-4000 ZOOM will be available August 2002 for $499. It comes supplied with an Auto-Connect USB cable, Video cable, carrying strap, lens cap with retainer cord, 2 LB-01 CR-V3 Lithium batteries, a 16MB SmartMedia card, Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software 4.0, limited warranty card, and user reference manual.

U.S. Pricing:

C-4000 ZOOM Street Price: $499 (U.S.)

For more information, contact Olympus America Inc, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY 11747-3157, ph: (631) 844-5000 (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 844-5262 or the Olympus Web Site: http://www.olympusamerica.com.

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