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C-765 Sample Images

Review First Posted: 06/16/2004

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Digital Cameras - Olympus Camedia Ultra Zoom C-765 Test Images

 

I've begun including links in our reviews to a Thumber-generated index page for the test shots. The Thumber data includes a host of information on the images, including shutter speed, ISOsetting, compression setting, etc. Rather than clutter the page below with *all*that detail, we're posting the Thumber index so only those interested inthe information need wade through it!

 

Outdoor Portrait:

High resolution with a lot of visible fine detail. Good overall color and saturation as well.

The extreme tonal range of this image makes it a tough shot for many digicams, which is precisely why I set it up this way, and why I shoot it with no fill flash or reflector to open the shadows. The object is to hold both highlight and shadow detail without producing a "flat" picture with muddy colors, and the Olympus Camedia Ultra Zoom C-765 did a good job with it, at least with its contrast adjustment dialed down.

The shot at right was taken with a +0.7 EV exposure compensation adjustment and the camera's contrast adjustment set to its lowest value. The result is bright midtones and only a small amount of lost highlight detail, a better performance in this regard than I'm accustomed to seeing on this shot. Contrast is a little high, but the overall exposure still looks good. The C-765's Auto white balance setting produced the most natural-looking results here. The Daylight setting was nearly accurate, though a hint reddish, while the Manual setting resulted in a yellow cast.

Marti's skin tones are about right, but the blue flowers in the bouquet are just slightly more purplish than in real life. (Many digicams have trouble with this blue, which is in reality a light navy blue with just hints of purple in it. Still, I'd call the C-765's results here better than average.) Color looks good throughout the rest of the frame as well, with good saturation. Resolution is very high, with a lot of fine detail visible throughout the frame (even in the shadows). Image noise is moderate to low in the shadows and midtones. To my eye, the C-765's default sharpening setting is a little heavy-handed here, coarsening the finest detail somewhat, but the good news is that it's easily adjusted through a menu option. Anti-noise processing loses a little detail in Marti's hair, but it's not bad. A great performance overall.

To view the entire exposure series from zero to +1.3 EV, see files C765OUTAP0.HTM through C765OUTAP4.HTM on the thumbnail index page.

Contrast Series:
Like most consumer digicams, the C-765's default settings produce rather high contrast. Unlike most cameras though, the C-765 has a contrast adjustment control with both a broad range of control and fine-grained steps across its range. The result is you can make very precise tweaks to the contrast to suit your own tastes, the subject and the scene lighting. Nicely done...
Contrast Series
-5
-3
-1
Normal
+1
+3
+5



 

Closer Portrait:

Excellent resolution and detail, good exposure as well.

Though just a bit dark overall, I preferred the shot taken with a -0.3 EV exposure compensation adjustment here. Even at the default exposure, highlights were very hot on Marti's face. Midtones are in the right brightness range, with good detail. The C-765 offers a generous 10x zoom lens, which helps prevent the "chipmunk" distortion of Marti's features that you'd find with a wide-angle lens. Detail and resolution are excellent, with great definition in Marti's features. Image noise is again moderate in the shadows, but with a small, tight grain pattern that makes it pretty palatable..

To view the entire exposure series from -0.3 to +1.0 EV, see files C765FACAM1.HTM through C765FACAP3.HTM on the thumbnail index page.



 

Indoor Portrait, Flash:
Normal Flash
+1.0 EV
Slow-Sync Flash
+0.3 EV

Good intensity and coverage with the built-in flash, with a fairly exposure boost is required. Good color with the normal flash, but a strong yellow cast with the Slow-Sync setting.

The C-765's built-in flash performed well here, and illuminated the subject well with a +1.0 EV exposure compensation adjustment, pretty typical for this shot. (The default exposure was a bit dim, but coverage was even.) Color is pretty good, with a good white value on the shirt and good skin tones. (The blue flowers in the bouquet also look good considering the lighting.) The camera's Slow-Sync flash mode resulted in a strong yellow color cast, since the longer exposure allowed more of the ambient incandescent lighting into the shot, and the C-765's flash is obviously balanced more to match daylight than incandescent lighting. The best exposure here was obtained with a +0.3 EV exposure compensation adjustment, though the highlights on Marti's shirt are hot even here.

To see the full exposure series from -0.3 to +1.3 EV, see files C765INFM1.HTM through C765INFP4.HTM on the thumbnail index page.

To see the same exposure series in the Slow-Sync flash mode, see files C765INFSM1.HTM through C765INFSP4.HTM on the thumbnail index page.



 

Indoor Portrait, No Flash:
Auto White Balance
Incandescent White Balance
Manual White Balance

Really excellent color with the Incandescent white balance setting, good exposure as well.

This shot is always a very tough test of a camera's white balance capability, given the strong, yellowish color cast of the household incandescent bulbs used for the lighting. The C-765's Incandescent white balance setting produced the best results here, leaving just the amount of warmth in the image that I like to see, to preserve the mood of the original lighting. The Auto setting had the usual amount of trouble with the very warm-toned light source, while the Manual setting produced a cooler tint that some users might actually prefer. The shot at right was taken with a +0.7 EV exposure compensation adjustment, which is just slightly less than what's typically required for this shot. Highlights are a bit hot on the white shirt, but detail is still good. (These shots were captured at the C-765's default contrast setting.) Overall color looks good, but the blue flowers of the bouquet are dark and purplish. (Very much to be expected, given the light source.)

ISO Series:
The C-765's image noise is low to moderate, with a fine, tight grain pattern that doesn't interfere with the image. There's still a fair bit of noise at ISO 400, but its fine grain pattern and the camera's effective anti-noise processing delivers a better image than I'd have expected, especially given how much the blue channel has to be boosted to produce a neutral color balance with this light source. Overall, a very good performance.

ISO Series
ISO 64
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400



 

House Shot:
Auto White Balance
Daylight White Balance
Manual White Balance

High resolution with strong detail, but a tendency toward a reddish color balance.

While it was a bit on the cool side, I liked the results produced by the Manual white balance setting here. To my eye, the Daylight setting produce an image that was too yellow, and the Auto setting resulted in a slight reddish cast that I found unattractive. Resolution is very high, with a lot of fine detail visible in the tree limbs and front shrubbery, as well as in the details of the house front. (The C-765's four-megapixel CCD just stretches the limits of this poster as a test target, even though the poster was made from a 500MB scan of a 4x5 negative shot with a tack-sharp lens.) Details are reasonably sharp throughout most of the frame, though the corners are slightly soft. Once again, a very good performance.



 

Far-Field Test

Excellent resolution and detail, reasonable dynamic range.

This image is shot at infinity to test far-field lens performance. NOTE that this image cannot be directly compared to the other "house" shot, which is a poster, shot in the studio. The rendering of detail in the poster will be very different than in this shot, and color values (and even the presence or absence of leaves on the trees!) will vary in this subject as the seasons progress. In general though, you can evaluate detail in the bricks, shingles and window detail, and in the tree branches against the sky. Compression artifacts are most likely to show in the trim along the edge of the roof, in the bricks, or in the relatively "flat" areas in the windows.

This is my ultimate "resolution shot," given the infinite range of detail in a natural scene like this, and the C-765 captures a lot of fine detail. The tree limbs over the roof and fine foliage in front of the house show strong, well-defined detail, as does the brick pattern across the front of the house. The in-camera sharpening here looks slightly coarse, but not quite as strong as it could be. - You can do quite a bit better in Photoshop(tm), working from images shot with the camera's sharpening set to low.) The corners of the image are a bit softer than the center, but not too bad relative to other cameras I've tested. The camera just barely avoids completely blowing out the bright white paint surrounding the bay window, a trouble spot for many digicams. Detail is stronger in the shadow area above the front door, the overall verdict being that the C-765 has pretty good dynamic range. Overall color looks good as well, although the image is just slightly overexposed. The table below shows a standard resolution and quality series, followed by ISO, contrast, saturation, and sharpness series.

Resolution Series:

Wide Angle "Fine"
JPEG
"Normal"
JPEG
2,288 x 1,712
C765FARGF
C765FARGN
2,048 x 1,536
C765FARLF
-
1,600 x 1,200
C765FARMF
-
1,280 x 960
C765FARSF
-
1,024 x 768
C765FARTF
-
640 x 480
C765FARSTF
-


ISO Series:
As with the indoor shots above, the images here show generally low to moderate image noise, with a fairly tight, fine-grained pattern that makes it less obtrusive than it might be otherwise.

ISO Series
ISO 64
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400


Contrast Series:
As we also saw earlier, the C-765 has a slightly high native contrast, but a very effective contrast-adjustment option that tames the contrast for harshly-lit subjects like this one. - The low contrast adjustment does seem to operate by pulling down the highlights though, leaving the shadows alone. This works well, but has the effect of cutting the exposure along with the contrast. I personally prefer to see a contrast control affect the highlights and shadows equally, but the control on the C-765 works well all the same.

Contrast Series
Lowest
Low
Normal
High
Highest

Saturation Series:
Likewise, the C-765's color saturation control offers a very useful range of adjustment with small steps between settings. This is just the sort of color adjustment I like to see on a camera, one that lets you adjust the camera's response to exactly match your own preferences.

Saturation Series
Lowest
Low
Normal
High
Highest

Sharpness Series:
The C-765's options for in-camera sharpening also cover a good range. At the lowest setting, the images take strong sharpening in Photoshop very well. (Try 250%, with a radius of 0.3 or 0.4 pixels.)

Sharpness Series
Low Sharpness
Soft
Normal
Sharp
Very Sharp



 

Lens Zoom Range

Excellent 10x zoom range.

I routinely shoot this series of images to show the field of view for each camera, with the lens at full wide angle, at maximum telephoto (10x, in this case), and at full telephoto with the digital zoom enabled. The C-765's lens is equivalent to a 38-380mm zoom on a 35mm camera. That corresponds to a moderate wide angle to a very substantial telephoto. In addition to the 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, the C-765 also offers a 14x Super Zoom setting. (The "Super Zoom" mode is a bit of a trick, basically a variation on the Digital Zoom theme. It forces the resolution to 1600x1200, and then just crops that many pixels out of the center of the image area. So you get a two megapixel image, but one that's effectively "zoomed" another 1.4x.) Following are the results at each zoom setting.

Wide Angle
10x Telephoto
14x "Super Zoom"
4x Digital Telephoto



 

Musicians Poster
Auto White Balance
Daylight White Balance
Manual White Balance

Slightly reddish color balance, but good color overall. Great detail.

This shot is often a tough test for digicams, as the abundance of blue in the composition frequently tricks white balance systems into producing a warm color balance. In this case, I went with a slightly warmer and reddish white balance, because the overall color appeared the most natural. The C-765's Auto white balance setting produced a very strong warm cast, while the Manual setting seemed too cool, with unnatural, pale skin tones. Though slightly warm, with a reddish tint to the blue background, the Daylight setting looked best to my eye. (This is of course, a matter of personal taste, as someone else may prefer the cooler color balance of the Manual setting.) In addition to the blue background, the reddish cast also gives the deep shadows of the blue robe a purplish tint. Resolution is very high, with strong detail throughout the frame, and great definition in the embroidery of the blue robe. (The original data file for this poster was only 20MB though, so cameras like the C-765 are definitely capable of showing more detail than the poster has in it.)



 

Macro Shot
Standard Macro Shot
Super Macro Shot
Macro with Flash

Great macro performance, especially in Super Macro mode, with good color and exposure. Flash is blocked by the lens, however.

The C-765 performed pretty well in the macro category, capturing a minimum area of 2.20 x 1.65 inches (56 x 42 millimeters). The camera's Super Macro setting produced even better results, capturing a minimum area of just 1.37 x 1.02 inches (35 x 26 millimeters). Resolution and detail are excellent, with strong detail in the dollar bill, coins, and brooch. Details are softer in the brooch and coins (especially in the Super Macro shot, from the very close shooting distance), but definition is good. As is often the case with digicam macro shots, all four corners of the frame are somewhat soft, particularly in the Super Macro shot. The position of the C-765's flash directly above the lens results in a dark shadow in the lower portion of the frame, so plan on using external lighting for your closest macro shots.



 

"Davebox" Test Target
Auto White Balance
Daylight White Balance
Manual White Balance

Good overall color and saturation.

Both the C-765's Auto and Manual white balance settings produced nearly accurate color here, though I chose the slightly reddish tint of the Auto setting over the cooler cast of the Manual setting. (The Daylight setting resulted in a stronger yellow cast.) The colors in the MacBeth chart are bright and appropriately saturated, although I'd say that the bright red and blue primary color blocks just slightly oversaturated. The shadow area of the charcoal briquettes shows pretty good detail, with low noise, and the camera almost distinguishes the last step on the gray scales, while at the same time holding onto the subtle pastels of the Q60 target. A very good job.

ISO Series:
Similar results to what we saw above. Numerically, the image noise here is higher than that of the best cameras out there, but its fine "texture" makes it less objectionable than that of many cameras with lower absolute noise magnitudes.

ISO Series
ISO 64
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400


Contrast Series:
More of the same.

Contrast Series
-5
-3
-1
Normal
+1
+3
+5

Saturation Series:
- And yet more. (I repeat these adjustments though, because the standardized colors of this target make it easier to see quantitatively what the camera is doing.)

Saturation Series
-5
-3
-1
Normal
+1
+3
+5

Effects Series:

Effects Series
Blackboard
Whiteboard
Black and White
Sepia
Normal



 

Low-Light Tests

Good low-light performance, with good color balance. More noise than I'd have expected, based on the daylight shots from this camera though. Autofocus was effective down to 1/4 foot-candle, 1/4 the brightness level of typical street lighting. EVF is usable to very low light levels.

The C-765 performed pretty well here, and produced clear, bright, usable images down to the 1/16 foot-candle (0.67 lux) limit of my test, at the 100, 200, and 400 ISO settings. (The image shot at 100 ISO is little dim, but still usable.) At ISO 64, images were bright down to the 1/4 foot-candle (2.7 lux) light level, though you could arguably use the image captured at the 1/8 foot-candle (1.3 lux) light level. Color balance was slightly warm, and the warm cast increased as the light level dimmed. While by no means terrible, there's definitely more image noise here than I would have expected, based on the fairly low levels in the daylight shots from this camera. The noise reduction processing's effect is a little odd: While it does a good job of eliminating "hot" pixels, it clearly seems to increase the random noise in the flat tint blocks of the MacBeth(tm) chart. The camera's autofocus works down to about 1/4 foot-candle, a light level about a quarter as bright as typical city street lighting at night, and the EVF is usable at levels quite a bit darker than that, so the camera should work fine for typical outdoor night photography. NOTE though, that AF times increase dramatically under very dark conditions, to the point that it can take 4-5 seconds for the camera to focus at the darkest levels it's capable of, with the lens set to the telephoto end of its zoom range. What's more, the camera has to be held absolutely still while it's focusing, or it won't be able to tell when it's achieved proper focus. - So plan on using a tripod if you have to shoot under very dark conditions. All things considered though, a pretty good job. The table below shows the best exposure I was able to obtain for each of a range of illumination levels. Images in this table (like all sample photos) are untouched, exactly as they came from the camera.

(Note: If you'd like to use a light meter to check light levels for subjects you might be interested in shooting, a light level of one foot-candle corresponds to a normal exposure of two seconds at f/2.8 and ISO 100.)

  1 fc
11 lux
1/2 fc
5.5 lux
1/4 fc
2.7 lux
1/8 fc
1.3 lux
1/16 fc
0.67 lux
1/16fc
No NR
ISO
64
Click to see C765LL06403.JPG
2.5 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL06404.JPG
5 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL06405.JPG
13 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL06406.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL06407.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL06407XNR.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
ISO
100
Click to see C765LL10003.JPG
2 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL10004.JPG
4 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL10005.JPG
10 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL10006.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL10007.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL10007XNR.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
ISO
200
Click to see C765LL20003.JPG
1 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL20004.JPG
2.5 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL20005.JPG
5 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL20006.JPG
8 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL20007.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL20007XNR.JPG
15 sec
f2.8
ISO
400
Click to see C765LL40003.JPG
1/2 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL40004.JPG
1.3 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL40005.JPG
2.5 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL40006.JPG
4 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL40007.JPG
8 sec
f2.8
Click to see C765LL40007XNR.JPG
8 sec
f2.8



 

Flash Range Test

A powerful flash, only a little falloff at the 14 foot limit of our test.

In my testing, the C-765's flash illuminated the test target all the way out to 14 feet, with only a slight decrease in intensity, a great performance that exceeds that of most digicams I test. Below is the flash range series, showing the results at distances from eight to 14 feet from the target.

8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft 12 ft 13 ft 14 ft
Click to see C765FL08.JPG
1/100 sec
f3.2
ISO 64
Click to see C765FL09.JPG
1/125 sec
f3.2
ISO 64
Click to see C765FL10.JPG
1/160 sec
f3.2
ISO 64
Click to see C765FL11.JPG
1/160 sec
f3.2
ISO 64
Click to see C765FL12.JPG
1/200 sec
f3.2
ISO 64
Click to see C765FL13.JPG
1/200 sec
f3.2
ISO 64
Click to see C765FL14.JPG
1/200 sec
f3.2
ISO 64



ISO-12233 (WG-18) Resolution Test

High resolution, 1,100 lines of "strong detail." Lower than average barrel distortion at wide angle, virtually no distortion at telephoto.

The C-765 did pretty well on the "laboratory" resolution test chart, its 1,100 line resolution being pretty typical of four-megapixel cameras I've tested It started showing artifacts in the test patterns at resolutions as low as 700 lines per picture height, in both horizontal and vertical directions. I found "strong detail" out to at least 1,100 lines. "Extinction" of the target patterns occurred between 1,250 and 1,300 lines.

Geometric distortion on the C-765 is quite a bit lower than average at the wide-angle end, where I measured approximately 0.4 percent barrel distortion. The telephoto end fared better yet, as I measured approximately 0.02 percent barrel distortion (about half a pixel) there. Chromatic aberration is higher than average though, showing several pixels of pretty strong coloration on either side of the target lines. (This distortion is visible as a slight colored fringe around the objects at the edges of the field of view on the resolution target.)

Resolution Series, Normal Focal Length (~50mm equiv)
Wide Angle "Fine"
JPEG
"Normal"
JPEG
2,288 x 1,712
C765RES2288F
C765RES2288F
2,048 x 1,536
C765RES2048
-
1,600 x 1,200 C765RES1600 -
1,280 x 960 C765RES1280 -
1,024 x 768 C765RES1024 -
640 x 480
C765RES0640
-

 

Resolution Test, Wide Angle

2,288 x 1,712
(Fine, Wide)
C765RESW

Resolution Test, Telephoto
2,288 x 1,712
(Fine, Tele)
C765REST

 

Sharpness Series
Sharpness Series
-5
+5



 

Viewfinder Accuracy/Flash Uniformity

Excellent accuracy from the electronic viewfinder.

The C-765's electronic "optical" viewfinder (EVF) is very accurate, showing 99+ percent frame accuracy at wide angle, and about 100 percent at telephoto. As you'd expect, the LCD monitor is also very accurate, since it shows the same view, just on a larger screen. Given that I like LCD monitors to be as close to 100 percent accuracy as possible, the C-765's LCD monitor is essentially perfect in that regard. Flash distribution is fairly even at wide angle, with just a little falloff at the corners and edges of the frame. At telephoto, flash distribution is more uniform, though dim.




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