Full review posted for Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom!|
(Friday, November 21, 2003 - 19:34 EST)
Even while their C-5050 model is still widespread in the market, Olympus has released its successor, the C-5060 Wide Zoom.
The "Wide" part refers to the fact that the 4x zoom lens reaches the widest angle (AFAIK) of any prosumer model currently on the market, at a 35mm equivalent focal length of only 27mm. (The title of "widest" is by the narrowest of margins though, as some competing cameras go to 28mm.) The lens is also quite sharp from corner to corner, and chromatic aberration is relatively low as well. Color is accurate and appropriately saturated, if not a little less vibrant than that of the previous 5050. (Easily boosted with the fine-grained saturation adjustment though, if you prefer brighter-looking color.) The fine adjustments possible for contrast and saturation make it possible to customize the camera to meet your specific shooting preferences, and the ability to dial-in separate "tweaks" for each of its white balance settings is an unusual and highly welcome feature. All in all, it's hard to find much to fault on the camera, a fact made more remarkable by its $699 estimated retail price. Highly recommended, and definitely a "Dave's Pick." Check it out!