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Olympus C-2000 Zoom Digital Camera@DASHING THING REVIEW

10 Jul




 

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1,600 x 1,200 pixel resolution
 

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3X optical zoom, + 2.5X digital
 

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Optical and LCD viewfinder
 

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Spot or Average light metering
 

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Program, shutter-, aperture-priority exposure modes, in 1/3-stop increments(!) FULL external-flash support! (with 1/3 stop aperture control)
 

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Large RAM buffer for rapid shot-to-shot cycling, for up to 10 full-resolution images.

Preface

We were very fortunate to receive for evaluation a pre-production prototype of a new 2.1 megapixel digital camera from Olympus, the C-2000 Zoom. Because the unit we received was so early in its life cycle, Olympus initially asked us to not publish any pictures captured by it, as the color-management software was still in a relatively early stage of development, and image quality would therefore not be at all representative of the final production units. (From our experience with a number of manufacturers, this appears to be a common development process: Cameras are designed from a functionality standpoint first, and the color is tweaked into line only after the final hardware configuration has been fully defined.)
We’ve now had the opportunity to test a full-production model of the C-2000 Zoom, and have found it’s image quality to be absolutely first-rate: Image sharpness and low-light performance are both significantly improved over the preproduction prototype we intitially tested.


Perspective
Olympus has long been a leader in digital photography, with a line of distinguished products stretching back to their original D-200L VGA-class compact digital camera. Recently, their focus (no pun intended) has been on “filmless photography”, rightly recognizing that people buy cameras to take pictures with, not merely as jazzy adjuncts to their computer system. With the goal of making the filmless photography experience more like the film-based one, their recent product introductions (notably the compact-format D-400 Zoom, and the SLR D-620L) have incorporated many “real camera” features, such as spot metering, and more-rapid shot-to-shot cycle times. (A persistent bane of digital photography has been the long delay between shots, mandated by the camera’s need to process the information from one shot before proceeding with the next.)

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2011 in cameras

 

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