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      26.10.2010 13:11
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      good basic choice

      This was the 1st digital camera I ever bought. The Olympus Camedia C-2 is a great choice if you want a cheap, easy to use, basic digital camera.

      Around 5 yeas ago I paid £130 for this camera. However, they are now much cheaper as newer models have come out.

      This camera only has 2 megapixals which is tiny but the pictures that come off it are perfectly fine. If you're looking for a camera that you wont be afraid to take on the beach/to the park etc. this is a great choice.

      Style wise this camera is great. Silver with a bronze/gold lense cover. It looks great but is a little clumpier than newer models of digital camera.

      Olympus has always been a leading brand of digital camera and this addition is no exception. In 5 years it has never broken or lost the sharpness in the pictures. The 2 rechargable batteries charge as they did on day one and lasts a reasonable amount of time for the age of the camera. Of course newer cameras have better lithium batteries and last longer.

      The instructions that come with this camera are very useful and easy to read. You can also ring them if you get stuck with anything.

      Putting your pics onto the computer is also easy via 1 cable and you can insert a standard card to increase the memory size and take more photographs.

      Overall this is a great basic digital camera if you can pick it up at the right price. I wouldn't pay more than £60.

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        24.10.2009 18:13
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        Maybe not right for a main camera, but not a bad backup one

        The Olympus Camedia C-2 dates from 2002. In this field, that makes it quite a dinosaur: you wouldn't be altogether surprised to see a starting handle included in the list of accessories. It certainly has its drawbacks, not least an obsolete and increasingly expensive memory card format, but a little to my surprise I have discovered that this very cheap impulse buy (from eBay for a tenner) is still really quite a capable little thing.

        I suppose "little" isn't entirely accurate: the C-2 isn't particularly tiny. However, it's nicely compact, and personally I find it a very comfortable size to hold. It is a little heavier than most newer cameras, despite the lack of an optical zoom lens (more on this in a minute) and the fact that it takes just two AA batteries. It's hard to tell where the extra weight comes from, therefore, but the extra heft can be reassuring in that you get the impression of a solidly constructed item. It should, however, be noted that the use of only two batteries (four was common in those days) makes battery life less than brilliant, so carrying a couple of spares is a good idea.

        I rather like the design of the C-2, which I find pleasant and almost elegant. Like most Olympus digital cameras of this vintage, the lens is hidden by a sliding panel, as is the flash. The panel acts both as a lens cover and as the power switch: when you slide the panel right across until it clicks, the camera comes to life, and when you slide it back power is cut again. I think this is a good arrangement, especially on a non-zoom camera such as this where there is no risk of the slider knocking the side of the lens.

        Around the back of the camera are the usual control buttons, which are okay but a little too small.. There is quite a lot of blank space here, which makes the 1.5-inch LCD seem a bit of a waste, but given that this was a budget model on its release - which at that time meant £200! - it's hard to criticise it too much for that. There is also an optical viewfinder, which is actually large enough to be useful: not something you tend to see on cameras nowadays! The memory card door is on one side of the camera, along with the wrist strap eyelet; on the other side is the USB socket. The C-2 uses USB 1.1, which is fairly slow, but not unbearably so. I'd still recommend the use of a card reader, though.

        The most important part of any camera is the lens, and thankfully Olympus provided a good one on the C-2. Despite its remarkably small size, the lens is quite fast (f/2.8) and the autofocus is accurate and responsive, although it is rather noisy: this is not a camera that will be much use if you need silent operation. The lack of an optical zoom does inevitably limit the C-2's flexibility, but it also makes the camera very robust; I've happily bumped it around in a coat pocket without a case. I have been pleasantly surprised by the photo quality: of course it's not up to 2009 standards, but it's vivid and colourful, and resolution is noticeably better than even many 3mp cameras of its era. The very edges of photos are a little fuzzy, but the centre of the frame is sharp. On the highest quality setting (SHQ) you can store about 90 photos on a 128MB memory card.

        As befits an entry-level camera, there are not a huge number of options available beyond the usual white balance and exposure compensation options, but there are a couple worth mentioning as less common in this class. For example, you can set contrast and sharpening levels, something even some much newer and costlier cameras do not allow. There is also the option to employ spot metering, whereby the camera calculates the required exposure level specifically from the centre of the image, rather than by averaging it out over the whole frame; this is very useful for stopping bright sunshine making a silhouette of the foreground. I shouldn't bother too much about the movie mode: videos are tiny, low-quality and generally a waste of time.

        The single biggest drawback of the C-2 is in the memory cards it uses - and as it has no internal memory, you can't do anything without a card. The format employed is SmartMedia, one of the earliest commercially successful types. These cards are larger and thinner than the now-ubiquitous SD cards, and require a little more care in their inserting into and removing from the camera, which may stop this camera from being a good choice as a young child's first, a shame as otherwise it would be perfect in that role. For adults, though, of much more concern is that SmartMedia is well and truly obsolete. Cards are not hard to find second-hand - eBay is full of them - but they are becoming expensive: a 128MB card, the highest capacity made, tends to sell for £15-20, which may well be more expensive than the camera itself! If at all possible, buy a camera with at least a 16MB card bundled.

        If the C-2 used a memory card format that was still current, I would recommend it (as a very cheap second-hand model) without too much hesitation. It really is a remarkably good camera for its vintage, so long as you bear that 2mp resolution in mind and don't expect it to perform miracles, especially in difficult lighting. However, I can't overlook the problems that SmartMedia brings, and while they are not by any means insurmountable, they do prevent my recommending the C-2 whole-heartedly for those who want a completely no-fuss, no-frills camera. Worth a look, but go in with your eyes open.

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        29.11.2008 21:13
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        overall its a cool cam

        was given this digital camera as a present over 3 years when I started going on several camping holidays and became really interested in photography. My sister has since brought a newer digitial camera but mine is still proving to take clearer photographs and is easier to use.

        The reason for chosing Olympus was that the reputation of the company is very good. They have been manufactoring cameras for over 50 years and have a vast range of simple shutter cameras to top of the range digital cameras. My brother in law has always sworn by this company for great quality products.
        The instruction manual that came with the camera was well set out and in several languages. The contents page is really easy to follow and whole format of the book really informative. I was able to scan through quickly to find the information I need.

        APPEARANCE
        My camera is a silver colour all over apart from the shutter on the front that has a slightly bronze effect to it. The bold name on the front of the camera also make it clear that the camera is made by them!

        The sliding shutter protects a flash bulb and the lense (af 5.5mm 1:2.8.

        On the top of the camera there is a large button which also automaticly focuses the picture as you press .
        To the right there is a usb port and dc in 3.4v socket, all of this covered by a rubber seal.

        To the left is a memory card slot protected by a plastic door.
        Under neath the camera there is a battery compartment and a tripod mount.
        On the back are there four directional buttons, ok button, view button and a 2.5 inch lcd screen.

        MENU
        When the menu button is pressed a bright blue box appears with to the left three sub menus CAMERA (which is used to change the camera settings such as shutter speed), PICTURE (this is used to change picture settings such as quality and brightness) and SET UP (to be used for setting up your new camera)

        EASE OF USE
        This great product can't get much easier to use - a simple point an shoot design with auto focus. The main power souce is two AA batterys, from experience i would either use rechargables, alkaline or a decent brand name because cheap ones last a few photos and die.

        Viewing photos is also easy, you can see them by a film stip or by thumbnails. Being able to view the photos in this way makes them easier for editing. You can edit them by using the 3 sub -sections which are:
        PLAY
        EDIT
        SET UP
        These various sections can be used to change the visual elements of the photos to give a profeesional look to any photo, even when taken by a amateur.

        PLAY section - contains options for delating, protecting and locking photos to avoid accidental delation. A slideshow option will also allow you to view your photos as a powerpoint show. There is also an option for using a built in self timer for self portrait.
        EDIT section - this is a basic and easy to use editing section that allows you to change the colour to black / white or sepia, which can add character to photos. There is also a re-size and rotate option to move your image around.

        SET UP section - this section provides you to be able to delate all photos in one go or select pictures individually. There is also a red-eye reduction setting for a more professional appearance to your photos. There is a brightness button that adjusts the lightness of your screen for easier use. There is also a time and date setting that you can adjust for labelling photos.
        I have really enoyed using this camera over the last few years and have produced some fab photos for my friends and family.

        I would recommend this camera for all user - whether experienced or ameteur - it is a great product to have. Thanks for reading.

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          19.03.2006 17:29
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          This Comapany has greater name in the field of the Cameras

          This company has a greater name in the field of Cameras. So by buying this camera you will feel no regreat. Specially, it has an eye catching colour.This product is easy to use. Even an illetrate person can use it. I think this is the main advantage of this prodcut.I think you should surely buy it and should enjoy its modes.It has excellent faetures. It has greater picture quality. It works very good specially in the Sunshine. It has greater quality of zooming.The quality of any camera depends on the zooming. So greater will be the zooming greater will be the quality of a camera.

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            07.07.2002 02:55
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            I’ve always been interested in photography. About twenty years ago I was the proud owner of a Rollieflex SLR and a friend and I went into the wedding photography business as a sideline to earn a bit of extra cash. We did about half a dozen weddings mainly for people who wanted a record of the great day but couldn’t afford to employ a ‘professional’. Cheap and cheerful was the order of the day, and I still cringe when I think about some of the embarrassing moments we had. On one occasion we were in the church waiting for the bride to arrive when I kept insisting that I took a pre wedding photo of the bride’s mother and her husband until she eventually managed to get through to me that it was customary for the bride’s father to arrive with the bride. On another occasion there were two weddings in quick succession at the local registry office and we managed to get the guests mixed up. I can still remember the look on the poor bride’s face when we produced this tacky looking album with one of the photos showing a group of guests some of whom were from the ingoing wedding and some from the outgoing party. Still we can laugh about it now, and most of our customers were well pleased. We eventually gave it up after getting warned-off by the local photographer for pinching his business! If my memory serves me well I can remember one of the difficulties was getting a black and white print off quickly to meet the deadline for the weekly local paper. We hadn’t the expertise or the equipment to develop and print the photographs ourselves and had to rely on Boots who charged an extortionate rate for black and white photos and took several days to come up with the goods. Nowadays it wouldn’t be a problem because I’ve just bought one of my best ever bargains – an Olympus C-2 digital camera. I bought it by ‘accident’ at Argos in Wrexham. Po
            pping in to get a new Golf trolley (£14) I noticed a digital camera on display for £139. That’s cheap I thought and looking in the catalogue I saw it was priced at £249. I had a word with the manager who said the wrong model was on display but agreed to sell it to me for that price. Money well spent - believe me its fantastic value and I’ve since seen the same model periodically on offer at both Dixon’s and Jessops for what I still believe to be a very reasonable £169. I take it everywhere with me. Its very sturdy, slim and compact and stylishly designed with 2.1 megapixels, not bad quality at all for what is probably the most appropriate entry level in the digital range. Being an Olympus, it features a good quality sensitive 2.1 megapixel CCD chip combined with a high quality optical system and produces impressive, high-resolution prints. It is equipped with a bright F2.8, 5.5 mm lens; equivalent to 36 mm on a conventional 35 mm camera. It has a digital zoom which provides the versatility of 2.5x magnification (up to 5x in SQ2 mode) which is incredible for the price and weight of an equivalent optical zoom. Measuring only 110 (w) x 62 (h) x 35 (d) mm and weighing just 165 g (without batteries), the C-2 slips comfortably into a handbag or pocket. I bought a leather case for it for £7.99, which you can attach to your belt. In addition, the C-2 has features such as sepia and black and white modes. The user can give their images an artistic flair by shooting in monochrome mode and a panoramic function enables you to to create fantastic 360° images. The special "2 in 1" / "Crop and Merge" function produces one image by combining two consecutive shots. With this feature you can take two successive shots of the same person to produce an image of them standing next to their "twin", though I can’t personally see why anyone would want to do that.
            Recording in the QuickTime Motion JPEG format, the C-2 can also save up to 60 seconds of short film sequences at a resolution of 160 x 120 pixels on the 16 MB SmartMedia card supplied with the camera, which also gives you 11 super high quality prints, 32 high quality 58 standard quality and 90 low quality. I bought a 32 MB SmartMedia card to use as a back-up and that was only just over £20 I’ve taken over 70 high quality prints on it and its still not full. The camera is extremely user-friendly and presents a range of fully automatic operations. Autofocus measurements are carried out Though-The-Lens (TTL) for sharpness and ESP metering takes readings from various points in the frame to determine the optimum exposure settings. Exposure compensation is also available for shooting in more tricky lighting conditions. Further features include: Automatic white balance - achieves lifelike colour by adjusting the settings to suit the surrounding colour temperature. Pre-set modes are available for daylight, overcast conditions, tungsten and florescent light. The flash is designed to fire automatically when the flash setting is ‘auto’ and you can take picturesunder low light conditionsor against strong backlight. You can change the flash mode to suit different shooting situations. USB AutoConnect* - downloading image files from the camera to PC is quick and uncomplicated. The CAMEDIA Master software, provided with the camera, helps archive and manage the files. Ideally though you need a decent imaging programme to play around with it. I’m using Picture it! or Kodak Imaging both of which I find OK for my needs. You can actually edit the picture on the camera view screen using the telephoto controls. The only problem I had with the camera was with the batteries provided. After taking three pictures and having a quick go with the video, the camera seized up. I
            was all for taking it back and demanding a refund when I realised the batteries were exhausted. I’ve sorted that problem now by buying Uniross rechargeable Ni-MH which last forever (or seem to). I’m really pleased with the camera, and if you can pick one up cheap you definitely won’t be disappointed. Perhaps I’ll renew my career as a wedding photographer. Any takers? PS the photo of York on my profile page was taken with the C-2 on the trip I recently wrote about. The size doesn't really do it justice but full size it looks real quality.

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              29.04.2002 23:42
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              This is a good digital camera. It is a point-n-shoot camera in the same lines as the Olympus 35mm Mju-II. It is 2-megapixel camera giving you the ability to print pictures up to 8x10. For someone who doesn't really want to play around with settings, the camera takes most pictures well on Auto. Occasionally, usually indoors you might have to tweak the settings a little to give a better picture like Force Flash, or exposure compensation. The great thing about this camera, and all digital camera is that you can delete any pictures that didn't turn out too well! Also if the pictures don't come out the way you want it, you can always photo edit it with a program like Photoshop or Paint shop pro. A thing to note. Because the camera has a fixed wide angle lense, taking closeups can often result in a picture with some barrel distortion. So, if you want to tak lots of close-ups, but a camera with a zoom lense (the zoom lens will compensate for barrel distortion). Also, buy Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. Preferably 2 pairs. And, since the Smart Media cards are cheap, buy a 64MB one when you have the chance. I bought one at dabs.com. And another thing, the picture quality at the best setting and normal setting, for a normal user (like me), is difficult to tell apart. So, the 16MB card which comes with the camera should be sufficient for 30 or so pics at the normal setting and should be enough for an outing, say to the sea side.

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                01.04.2002 21:56

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                The Olympus C-2 camera gives outstanding quality prints for the money. It boasts plenty of features including 2.0 million pixels, 1.5?colour LCD monitor, date and time, self timer, built in flash, 5x digital zoom and a quick time movie feature which allows you to record animation up to about 20 seconds this is quite a nice feature but do remember it is only 20 seconds and that it will not record sound so don?t throw away your video camera just yet. You also get a 16MB Smart Media card with it, which gives you 11 super high quality prints, 32 high quality 58 standard quality and 90 low quality. The camera also comes with all software, 2 batteries and USB lead for you to attach it to your pc. The only down point about this camera is that it eats the batteries and when I say eats I mean it the batteries down seem to last 5 minutes, so I would defiantly suggest you invest in a couple of sets of rechargeable batteries and keep using the veiw finder down to a minimum. But dont let this put you of the camera I find is first class with loads of features to keep even the biggest kids amused.

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              Olympus expands its entry-level range of user-friendly digital cameras with a new double-megapixel model in an extremely compact and stylish design. As well as boasting a number of creative and fun features such as a panorama function and movie mode, the CAMEDIA C-2 radiates universal appeal and clearly embodies the Olympus philosophy: digital photography for everyone! Within a very short time, digital imaging has advanced tremendously in both quality and user-friendliness. As a result, an ever increasing number of people are looking for a digital camera that marries the reasonable cost and ease-of-use of their original analogue camera with the versatility of the new digital photo technology. The CAMEDIA C-2 is the perfect camera to fulfill these expectations. Characterized by a compact, flowing form, this model is the stylish accessory for everyone.

              The elegant new CAMEDIA houses a two-megapixel CCD that, together with a quality optical system, guarantees delivery of impressive, high-resolution prints. Olympus has equipped the C-2 with a bright lens with a special aspherical lens element that heightens optical precision. By using a digital zoom, the camera provides the versatility of 2.5x magnification (up to 5x in SQ2 mode) yet avoids the increase in weight and price an optical zoom would entail. While maintaining the essence of easy and enjoyable digital photography - where the camera automatically takes care of parameters such as focus and exposure levels - this model introduces new features, such as sepia and black and white modes. By shooting in monochrome, the photographer can give photos an artistic flair or shroud them in an enhanced atmosphere of romance and mystery. With the panorama function, the more adventurous photographer is able to create fantastic 360-degrees images. By joining a series of slightly overlapping shots, evening cityscapes, gardens in bloom or ornately decorated interiors acquire a spatial continuity astonishing to the eye.