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Olympus C-2040 Zoom

Olympus updates an old favorite, producing a "third generation" two megapixel digicam.

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 2/20/2001

2.11 megapixel sensor, delivering 1,600 x 1,200 pixel images
Fast (f/1.8-f/2.6) 3x optical zoom lens
Improved user interface
Excellent image quality and low light capability

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Manufacturer Overview
Over the last several years, Olympus has been a dominant player in the digicam marketplace. They boast one of the broadest camera lineups in the industry, with numerous models ranging from pure entry-level designs to the incredible "near-pro" E-10 SLR. With the C-2040 Zoom, they've updated their perennially popular C-2000 two megapixel design, incorporating some user interface enhancements and a new, very "fast" lens (f/1.8 at wide angle). Changes to the camera electronics also provide improved color rendition and low light performance. This is now the third generation of the C-2000 design, and the experience shows in the form of a camera with many strengths and very few weaknesses. Given that two megapixel cameras like the C-2040 Zoom have enough resolution to produce sharp prints as large as 8x10 inches, the C-2040 Zoom could constitute a nearly ideal camera for the advanced user who'd like to save a little money relative to a three megapixel model, but who doesn't want to give up any control or exposure flexibility in the process. Overall, an excellent design, and a very strong entry at the two megapixel resolution level.

High Points

  • 2.11-megapixel CCD delivering up to 1,600 x 1,200-pixel resolution images.
  • 1.8-inch, color LCD display.
  • Super Bright f/1.8-2.6 3x Zoom 7.1-21.3mm aspherical glass lens (equivalent to a 40-120mm lens on a 35mm camera).
  • 1-2.5x Digital Zoom (up to 5X in VGA mode).
  • Manual and Automatic Focus control.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/800 to 16 seconds for still images; 1/10,000 to 1/30 second for movies.
  • Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
  • Spot or Digital ESP metering systems.
  • Auto Bracketing, Sequence Shooting, and Panoramic capture modes.
  • Adjustable White Balance with six settings, plus a WB color adjustment function.
  • Built-in flash with four operating modes, plus Slow Sync mode.
  • QuickTime Movie mode with edit function.
  • Five-pin external flash socket.
  • JPEG and uncompressed TIFF file formats.
  • Images saved to SmartMedia (8MB card included).
  • 8MB internal memory buffer (SDRAM)
  • USB cable for fast connection to a computer.
  • NTSC video cable.
  • Software CD with Olympus' Camedia Master 2.5 utility software (includes QuickTime and USB drivers).
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility and print settings.
  • Power from two CR-V3 battery packs (included), or four AA batteries (AC adapter optional).

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