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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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Review First Posted: 5/18/2000

3.14 megapixel resolution (3.34 megapixel CCD) for 2048 x 1536 images
Multiple exposure modes, including full manual
Total of 5 resolution modes, with uncompressed TIFF format available in all
Optional manual focus with distance readout on LCD screen
Sync connection for external flash unit
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.

  • 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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