|*||Five-megapixel sensor, delivering 2,592 x 1,944-pixel images|
|*||Super wide angle lens, with 4x optical zoom, equivalent to a 27-110mm lens on a 35mm camera|
|*||Enhanced histogram function for better exposures|
|*||Bulb shutter setting for long exposures|
|*||Accepts xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash memory card formats|
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The Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom digital camera is the latest in a long line of Olympus Camedia models stretching back to the earliest days of the consumer digicam industry. Olympus is one of the truly dominant players in the digicam marketplace, with a current product line that ranges from bare-bones entry level models like the D-390 to their “from the ground up” all-digital SLR, the E-1.
With the Camedia C-5060 Wide Zoom, Olympus has improved upon the recent Camedia C-5050 Zoom model just slightly (an outstanding digicam in its own right), by incorporating a 4x, super wide angle lens. The C-5060’s tilting LCD monitor offers more angles than the previous C-5050, and the camera’s histogram feature has been enhanced for better exposure control as well. The C-5060 Wide Zoom now supports CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card recording media formats. (While the previous C-5050 Zoom also supported SmartMedia on top of these, Olympus dropped SmartMedia in the C-5060 due to its 128 MB capacity limit and reduced usage in the marketplace.) Like the C-5050 Zoom, the C-5060 Wide Zoom also features a RAW data mode, and the ability to extract JPEG images with adjusted image parameters from RAW files in the camera, as well as all of the extensive exposure control that I so enjoyed on the C-5050 model.
The Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom is clearly one of the leaders in the new generation of five-megapixel “prosumer” digital cameras intended for the advanced amateur and professional market. Aggressively priced at just under $700 as of its introduction, the Camedia 5060 delivers uninterpolated images as large as 2,592 x 1,944 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.
All in all, the Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom is an impressive package of picture-taking technology, well deserving of serious consideration by anyone looking for a capable “enthusiast” camera in the 5-megapixel category.