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Olympus C-3030

Olympus extends their high-end compact to 3.3 megapixels, adds sound to its movies!

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 5/18/2000

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3.14 megapixel resolution (3.34 megapixel CCD) for 2048 x 1536 images
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Multiple exposure modes, including full manual
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Total of 5 resolution modes, with uncompressed TIFF format available in all
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Optional manual focus with distance readout on LCD screen
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Sync connection for external flash unit
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Movie recording with sound, up to 300 seconds in SQ (160x120) mode
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Manufacturer Overview
With one of the broadest digicam lineups in the industry, Olympus is a traditional camera manufacturer who's successfully making the transition to the digital era. A little over a year ago (this is being written in May, 2000) they introduced one of the first 2 megapixel digicams on the market, the C-2000 Zoom. It proved to be extremely popular, offering a compelling combination of features and excellent picture quality. They subsequently upgrade it with the C-2020 Zoom, a model offering improved functionality and user interface design. Now, they've extended the same basic (and successful) design to the three megapixel arena, with the C-3030 Zoom. The new model is again evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, but once again, Olympus appears to have listened to customer input and incorporated many of the most-requested features. Overall, the new camera is a very strong entry in the three megapixel arena, and should compete well in that market.
Highlights

  • 3.34 megapixel (3.14 effective), 1/2 inch CCD delivering up to 2048 x 1536 pixel images.
  • 1.8 inch, TFT color LCD display.
  • 3x, 6.5 to 19.5mm lens (equivalent to a 32 to 96mm lens on a 35mm camera) with auto and manual focus.
  • 2.5x digital telephoto.
  • Apertures from F/2.8 to F/11.
  • Shutter speed from 1 to 1/800 seconds in Auto exposure mode (16 to 1/800 in Manual).
  • Variable ISO settings of Auto, 100, 200 or 400.
  • Exposure compensation from -2 to +2 in 1/3 EV increments.
  • Adjustable white balance with Auto, Clear, Cloudy, Tungsten and Fluorescent settings.
  • Digital ESP (matrix) and Spot metering options.
  • Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes.
  • Movie recording mode with sound and shutter speeds from 1/30 to 1/10,000 seconds.
  • Continuous Shooting, Auto-Bracketing, Black & White, Sepia and other special exposure modes.
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Off and Slow-Sync modes.
  • External flash PC sync.
  • 12 second self-timer with remote control.
  • JPEG, uncompressed TIFF, Wave and QuickTime Motion JPEG file formats.
  • Image capture on SmartMedia.
  • USB and serial computer connections.
  • Direct print capabilities with optional Olympus printer.


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