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Review #3
updated November 5, 2002

Olympus C - 5050 zoom
$1199.98 Canadian $999.99US


Olympus C-5050zoom is another digital still camera winner. Almost identical to the
C- 4040 the new including the Super bright f1.8, 3x all- glass a spherical zoom lens is able to capture shots during low lighted areas.This is a 5-Megapixel CCD camera which produce an excellent high quality pictures. The cameras' all-magnesium body provides durability and a comfortable hold. By using the LCD screen on the back lets you capture overhead, low - angle, and other usually difficult shots. The camera is completely automatic or  you can use the manual setting to fit your own preference and have them saved so that you can use them each time the camera is turned on. New to this model are four scene program modes which make it easy to setup a shot in Sports, Night scene, Portrait and Landscape. A new media is supported which is the xD-Picture Card. Other media that is supported is the: SmartMedia, CompactFlash type I or II, and 512MB/1GB IBM.

Auto- Connect is USB computer compatible. All you need to do is connect the camera to the computer by the supplied cable and that is it. When the camera is in view mode a untitled folder will show up on the computer desk top. Also is compatible with Windows XP and Mac OSX.

The C-5050 has a TTL hot shoe which can except an external flash (FL-40 flash ) which cost just under $500.00 in Canadian money.

The C5050 / C4040 can be said to be truly remarkable cameras. Fun to use and captures excellent sharp images. Battery life was several weeks using just 4 AA NiMH Batteries. On average every shot used the built in flash and on over half the telephoto was used. If your looking for an easy to use camera and takes great pictures. You can print your photos on a ink jet for a great picture use glossy paper or compress the photo to fit in your email or a web site. Designed for the professional it is great for any consumer wanting that perfect shoot.

Over View

Here is an outline view of what this beautiful camera has to offer you:

CCD Image (Pixel)

  • 5.0 Megapixel Effective
  • 5.2 Megapixel (Gross)
  • Size 1/1.8 inch (.55") CCD


  • Olympus aspherical glass
  • 3x zoom lens 7.1mm- 23mm
  • Equivalent in 35mm photography to a 35 -105mm

Seamless Digital Zoom

  • Seamless to 10x (3x optical and 3.4x digital combined)

Aperture Range

  • F1.8 ­ F10

Shutter Speeds

  • Auto: 1/1000 sec. ­ 1/2 sec.
  • Manual: 1/1000 sec. ­ 16 sec.
  • Night Scene: 1/1000 sec. ­ 8 sec.


  • Auto: 100/200/400 (equivalent)

Recording Mode(s)

  • Still image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, TIFF, and Raw file formats
  • DCF (design rule for Camera File system)
  • QuickTime® Motion JPEG (Movie Mode)
  • Wave format support

Adjustable Resolutions

  • 3200 x 2400 (OIE Mode)
  • 2560 x 1920,
  • 2560 x 1696 (3:2 aspect ratio mode)
  • 2288 x 1712
  • 2048 x 1536
  • 1600 x 1200
  • 1280 x 960
  • 1024 x 768
  • 640 x 480
  • 320 x 240 @15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG in HQ mode
  • 160 x 120 @15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG in SQ mode

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)

  • Print Reserve, All print reservation, Display Date information

Optical Image Enlargement

  • Yes

Image Adjustment Modes

  • Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Each adjustable +/- 5 steps

Image Effects

  • B&W, Sepia, Black board, White board


  • Up to 10 frames changeable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus
    brand xD-Picture Card


  • 1.7fps for max of 11 frames in HQ recording mode


  • Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus/backlight mark


  • 1.8" 110,000 low-temperature poly-silicon used for viewing, reviewing or editing

Focusing System

  • iESP multi-pattern AF (autofocus)
  • TTL system (contrast detection),
  • Spot AF,
    Selective Spot AF,
  • Full Time AF,
  • Manual focusing by gauge

Focusing Ranges

  • Standard AF 31" ­ Infinity (80cm ­ Infinity)
  • Macro Mode 8" to 31" [20cm to 80cm]
  • Super Macro 1" to 8" (.02m - 0.2m)

Exposure Control

  • Program auto/Aperture priority/Shutter priority (f1.8 - f10, 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec.)
  • Manual (f1.8 - f10, 1/1000 sec. - 16 sec.)
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 2 steps EV by 1/3-stop settings
  • Auto bracketing: 3 or 5 images +/- 2 steps EV by 1/3 stop settings
  • AE lock (exposure lock)

Metering System

  • Digital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter, Spot meter, Multi-point spot

White Balance System

  • iESP Multi-pattern auto TTL
  • Pre-set manual settings: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and 4 Fluorescent settings
  • Manual "one touch" white balance settings


  • Built- in Flash,
  • TTL hot shoe for optional FL-40 TTL flash, or sync to studio strobes
    with optional hot shoe to PC sync adapter and cables
  • Flash Working Range: 15' at wide, 11' at tele
  • Flash Charging Time: Less than 6 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)

Flash Modes

  • Auto Flash for low and backlight
  • "Red- eye" Reduction Flash
  • Fill-in Flash
  • Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain)
  • Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain) w/red- eye reduction
  • Flash Off
  • External Flash with FL- 40 and new flashes

Removable Media Card

  • 3V (3.3V) xD- Picture Card TM card
  • Optional allowable sizes (16, 32, 64, and 128 MB)
  • 32-MB card included
  • 3V (3.3V) SmartMediaTM card
  • Optional allowable sizes (8, 16, 32, 64, 128 MB)
  • Compact Flash Type I
  • Compact Flash Type II
  • IBM Microdrive 512MB/1GB


  • 12- second delay with built in self-timer

Setting Memorization

  • Reset to default settings, Hold changes

Outer Connectors

  • Mini "B" USB connector (Auto-Connect)
  • Video Out, DC input for optional AC Adapter

Auto-connect USB

  • Compatible with Windows 98 rev2
  • ME/2000
  • Pro/XP
  • MacOS 8.6-9.01/OSX

Image Playback

  • Index display, up to 4X enlargement
  • Slide- show
  • Scene rotation

Operating Environment

  • Operation: 32°F -104°F (0°C - 40°C) 30-90% Humidity
  • Storage: -4°F - 140°F (-20°C - 60°C) 10-90% Humidity

Power Supply Main Power Source:

  • 4 AA NiMH Batteries with Charger Included
  • 2 LB01 (CR3V) Lithium Batteries
  • 4 AA Alkaline Batteries
  • C-7AU AC Adapter

Date / Time Calendar

  • Simultaneous recording into image date
  • Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099

Size Demensions:

  • 113.5mm W x 79.5mm H x 69.5mm D
  • 4.5" W x 3.0" H x 2.7" D


  • 380g.
  • 13.4 oz
  • Without batteries and media card


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