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Review of the Olympus C7000 Digital Camera

Sep 4, 2008
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 examination you discover that the Olympus C7000 possesses a stylish metal body, finished in a sleek titanium color. Well laid out controls are found on the back of the camera, along with a 2-inch LCD screen that proves easy to see even in bright sunlight due to semi-transmissive TFT technology.

Deep inside the C7000, the CCD sensor is able to capturing 7.1 megapixels of photographic information, which along with a 5X optical zoom lens capable of 35-mm focal lengths from 38mm to 190mm, means this camera makes taking excellecnt, high quality photographs literally a snap!

Thanks to a TruePic TURBO image processor, users can enjoy taking clean and sharp photos with superb color representation and little distortion or noise. As well as a real-time histogram, users can be informed of over and underexposed areas in photos while in any shooting mode via color-coded highlighting. The C7000 can also confidently record VGA video at 30 frames per second, and 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.

For a digital camera with so much to offer it is hard to find the shortcomings amongst all the excellent features. The only issue that stands out as a problem with the Olympus C7000 is the Autofocus - this sometimes has problems when used in low-lit conditions, although it works well in bright light, even if not as fast as similar cameras available for the same price.

One feature not yet cited in this review is the time-lapse setting that can set the camera to take photos automatically at 1 to 60-minute intervals. It is features like this along with the many others that make the Olympus C7000 a highly recommended option.

In conclusion, the Olympus C7000 is nothing less than an excellent camera for the asking price of just under $600. While not the least expensive to be found, the stylish and forceful design, outstanding image quality, and many useful features make this the C7000 impossible to resist.
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