|*||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 (160×120) mode|
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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.