The Olympus C7000 Digital Camera in Review

by Dan Feildman

At first glance you might not even notice this little camera among the others, but don’t let its looks fool youthe Olympus Camedia C7000 is a powerful digital camera in a small package. Boasting a 7.1 megapixel range, very user-friendly controls, and excellent quality output, this camera is hard to beat.

With its innovative and useful new features and you have a rival to challenge most others for the best digital cameras available. Let’s take a closer look at the Olympus C7000

Coming in at a mere 7.7 ounces, the Olympus C7000 is the smallest camera in its class. Lightweight and small becomes deceiving once you discover all that is packed into this camera.

Upon closer inspection you find that the Olympus C7000 boasts a rather stylish metal body, finished in a sleek titanium color. Well laid out controls grace the back of the camera, along with a crisp 2-inch LCD screen that remains easy to see even in bright sunlight thanks to semi-transmissive TFT technology.

The CCD sensor buried deep inside the C7000 is capable of capturing 7.1 megapixels of photographic data, which coupled with a 5X optical zoom lens capable of 35-mm focal lengths ranging from 38mm to 190mm, mean that this camera should be capable of taking some very high quality photographs – and fortunately, it succeeds!

Having a TruePic TURBO image processor enables users to take clean and sharp photos with fantastic color representation and little distortion or noise. As well as a real-time histogram, users can be alerted to over and underexposed areas in photos while in any shooting mode through color-coded highlighting. With the ability to record VGA video at 30 frames per second, the C7000 has both a microphone and speaker built in for recording and playback.

When you press the power button on the top of the C7000 you will be pleased with the time it takes to fire up coming in at under a single second. The feeling doesn’t stop with just speed. You will find the controls to be where you want them to be located and the user friendly external controls will never leave you second guessing how a function is performed.

Find the way through the menu controls using the LCD is also kept simple, and advanced users will be delighted to have many appealing features such as Autofocus Target Selection and Red-Eye Fix so easily accessible.

Photos are stored using xD-Picture Cards, and Olympus has added a 32MB card with the camera so you can begin taking photos right away. A USB 2.0 connection is used to transfer photos to your computer, and the cable is also included.

Also included in the box is a lithium ion rechargeable battery that powers the Olympus C7000 along with a compatible charger. You should be able to take approximately 200 with this camera between battery charges depending on the camera settings.

The shortcomings in this camera are hard to find. In fact the only one we could come up with is in regards to the Autofocus. You may find that it sometimes has problems when used in low-lit conditions but it still works well in bright light, even if not as fast as comparable cameras available for the same price.

In summary, the Olympus C7000 is nothing less than an excellent camera for the asking price of just under $600. It may not be the cheapest camera of this kind available, but the stylish and robust design, excellent image quality, and many useful features make this camera stand out amongst the others.

One feature not yet mentioned in this review is the time-lapse setting that can set the camera to take photos automatically at 1 to 60-minute intervals, and it is features like this combined with everything else the Olympus C7000 has to offer that make it a highly recommended choice.

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