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Olympus C-4040 Zoom

Olympus introduces a top-of-the-line 4-megapixel model with noise reduction technology, optimum image enlargement, and newly designed interface

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 07/23/2001

4.1 -megapixel sensor, delivering 2,816 x 2,112-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 past several years, Olympus has been a dominant player in the digicam marketplace. It boasts one of the broadest digital camera lineups in the industry, with numerous models ranging from pure entry-level, point-and-shoot digicams to the incredible "near-professional" E-10 SLR. With the Camedia C-4040 Zoom, Olympus has improved upon the recent Camedia C-3040 model, by increasing CCD resolution to 4 million pixels, introducing advanced noise reduction and interpolation functions, and incorporating Olympus' new "user selectable" menu interface. Changes to the camera's electronics also provide improved color rendition and better low-light performance.

The Olympus C-4040 Zoom is among the first in a new generation of 4-megapixel "prosumer" digital cameras intended for the advanced amateur and professional market. Priced at less than $1,000, the Camedia 4040 delivers images measuring 2,272 x 1,704 pixels, which when combined with Olympus' new noise reduction technology and "optimum image enlargement" function, can produce quality prints as large as 16 x 20 inches.

High Points

  • 4.1-megapixel CCD delivering up to 2,816 x 2,112-pixel resolution images (3,200 x 2,400 pixels with Optimum Image Enlargement).
  • 1.8-inch, wide view, color LCD display.
  • Super Bright 3x, 7.1 - 21.3mm, f1.8 - f/10 zoom (equivalent to a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm camera)
  • 2.5x Digital Zoom.
  • Manual, Auto, and Spot Auto Focus control.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/800 to 16 seconds for still images; 1/10,000 to 1/30 second for movies.
  • Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
  • Spot, Multi-Spot, or ESP multi-patterned 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, two Slow Sync modes, and extended working range to 18 feet.
  • Noise Reduction for improved image quality.
  • QuickTime Movie mode.
  • Five-pin external flash socket.
  • Infrared remote control included.
  • JPEG and uncompressed TIFF file formats.
  • Images saved to SmartMedia memory card (16MB card included).
  • USB Auto-Connect for fast image download.
  • 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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