Full review posted for Olympus C-60 Zoom|
(Thursday, June 10, 2004 - 16:07 EDT)
Olympus found a winning formula in last year's C-50 Zoom model, and repeats it with some additional refinements this year, in the form of the subcompact C-60 Zoom.
Usually, going with a compact digicam means having to give up lots of features, or settling for low resolution and/or poor image quality. The Olympus C-60 Zoom avoids these pitfalls, delivering great color and resolution and really excellent shutter response and cycle times, all in a very compact case. It also offers dead-easy operation in its fully automatic modes, while at the same time providing the "enthusiast" user with a full range of exposure controls (save only a manual white balance option). Macro capability is also excellent, thanks to a "Super Macro" mode.
My one reservation about the C-60 is that its images are quite noisy at ISO 400, and the camera's auto ISO option tends to jack the ISO up to that level whenever the lighting gets even slightly dim. This trait has to be balanced against the sheer size of the C-60's images though: Unless you're printing at sizes larger than 8x10 inches, chances are that the noise won't be all that noticeable. Still, I'd really like to see less image noise at high ISO, so my recommendation of the C-60 as a Dave's Pick is somewhat qualified by that factor.
If you're looking for a great compact camera with a really fast shutter response though, and particularly one that'll please enthusiast and novice alike, the C-60 will make a great choice. Check it out!