~Olympus Trip AF30~
At the time of purchasing my Olympus Trip AF 30 camera I recall it was a mid ranged piece of user friendly photographic equipment that provided me with a quick and easy way to take off the cuff photographs as required. In use I found that the camera was very easy to get to grips with and it offered a simple solution for fair quality holiday snaps etc, that could be taken with minimum fuss and effort. In terms of the finished results obtained from the camera I would say that it could at times produce very nice photographs, however I did find that results could be rather varied at times and getting the best pics was highly dependent on light conditions etc.
~ Ease of use~
In use I found this camera very easy to handle as it had a nice weight and balance to it that made it fit well in the palm of your hand, without it feeling too small and flimsy or too large and bulky. The easy to use features built in to the camera were something that took very little time to get used to and whilst these features would be considered minimal at best these days, when this was new this camera was considered a good mid range buy for snapping family photos etc. The camera doesn't have a super fancy lens fitted and does have limited abilities which limit what it can produce, although when I was using this as my main quick snap type camera a number of years ago I felt it was a fair choice to take with me on days out etc, as it was always quick and simple to use.
The camera could be used with a 35mm film in either colour or black and white which was easy to put in place, as the camera had a simple winding mechanism that wound the film on to the right spot once the film had been set in to the casing correctly. This worked as soon as the camera case had been closed up after placing a new film inside. The number of shots left to use was displayed on the top of the camera and was easy to see when this was in use, with the number of remaining potential shots moving forwards and decreasing with each use as the camera film wound on automatically. I found the auto wind on feature very helpful and recall that at the time it was considered to be pretty high tech as many other general use cameras had yet to include the feature as a standard thing.
~Are you ready for your close up?~
There was a simple push button selection feature with this camera which allowed me to go from close up to long range shots, although I often found this a little awkward as the buttons were small and hard to press down accurately on at times. This made the switch from one type of shot to another a little more time consuming some times, although to be fair I feel this may have been a little of my own fault as well as it was down to the placing of the hard to use camera setting buttons. The slide across/ ready to use feature built in to this camera was something I liked however, as I felt it worked well. The slide action was smooth and easy to use and once it closed down after use the camera became neat and compact enough to be able to fit in to a small camera case that could be placed in to a large pocket or small bag if wanted.
The camera had an auto focus feature that was meant to be able to produce good quality photos without the need to know what settings to use and whilst this could work well, I did find that some shots could end up being fuzzy and out of focus in poorer light conditions. I often noticed that when taking a close up shot this same fuzzy finish could arise even in good light conditions which was a shame. As with many of these simple point and shoot type cameras that were on sale at the time, the finished results could be varied with there being a number of nice clear photos being produced as well as a few fuzzy ones with each film developed.
The camera used disposable batteries and I found the battery life was not as good as I would have hoped. If I was out and about taking photos I tended to take a spare set of batteries with me and I often had to replace the batteries with the spare set after using a full film, as once the power levels had died down to their lower levels the camera would not work for very long at all. This did make using the camera a little more expensive than I would have liked which was something that I felt could have been improved upon.
~A very durable case~
The simple and neat looking black plastic case that the camera came in was very durable and of a good quality, with it never having any real damage to it even after a number of knocks and bumps. All that could be seen damage wise after a number of years worth of use were a few light scratches to the plastic, as the slide and close feature made sure that anything really important was protected when the camera was not in use. The price of the camera at the time was around £70/£ £80 which I felt was reasonable at the time, with the cost of a standard 35mm film coming in at around £2 to £3 depending on the type and quality bought.
Over all this camera was a quick fix solution for anyone wanting to take holiday snaps etc with the minimum of fuss and effort and on many levels I feel it worked well enough. There were some issues with a degree of fuzziness noticed in some finished shots at times which was hard to avoid and this effected both long range and close up photos at times. As a simple point and shoot solution the camera worked as well as it could in order to produce reasonably good photos, which is why I want to give it a 3 star product rating over all.
This camera whilst not the best budget buy still offers reasonable results and is ideal as a starter camera for kids or those who are not looking for top quality results. It performs quite well giving fairly even exposures but is let down by the lens which can never in my opinion provide a sharp picture except in extremely good lighting. In overcast and poor light conditions the images appear 'fuzzy' this is due to the fact that the lens is f5.6, using a 400ISO film helps a lot and given the low price point which averages around £40 it's good value for money.
i bought this camera for the trip of a lifetime, when i went travelling in india. It was the best i could afford at the time costing £70. It is reasonably small and compact and takes a universal 35mm film found pretty cheaply almost anywhere. It is what i tend to call a Phd camera (push here dummy) as i am not very technically minded, i wanted a camera that was easy to set up and just point and shoot. The camera has a good sized lens cover that just slides away and is easy to operate, although you do have to be careful about putting it into pockets and bags as it can slide back and waste the batteries. Once the lens cover is opened, the flash will be automatically be activated if it is needed. When looking through the view finder a red light can be seen flashing to tell you that the flash is not yet ready. When this light turns green you can take you picture. A slight depression of the large easy to find button on the top of the camera, sets the focus and a full depression takes the picture. It is a very robust camera and never failed me once when abroad despite the rigourous conditions it was put through. The prints themselves were excellant (apart from the ones with half a thumb in the way) and my camera didnt seem to suffer the problems with humidity like my friends seem to have done, ie foggy pictures, a great all rounder that is still going strong after 4 years.