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I bought my 2040 secondhand which meant I missed out on the 'extras' in the box such as the cable for pressing the shutter button remotely and the relevant software but I still couldn't have made a better buy. It's basic features are a preview LCD screen, digital zoom x3 and three settings: automatic, shutter priority and aperture priority. If you're familiar with a professional SLR you'll appreciate the scope available within the aperture and shutter priority modes. You can drop the speed down to 1/2 which makes for reasonable light trails in night shots, use a full variety of F stops, go for a fast shutter or let the camera set the speed while you choose the aperture you prefer. Whilst you don't get the full range of paramaters associated with SLRs, you can pretty much take most shots including action sports shots and low level light night or concert pictures. The results are good enough to go directly to print or be blown up to 10x8 on pro dye sublimation machines before any pixelation becomes visible. Overall, a neat camera, suited to most tasks for a good price.
The CAMEDIA C-2040 Zoom is a perfect example of how some things get better with age. Offering all the functions of its elder C-2020 Zoom digital camera, the Olympus C-2040 additionally provides the world's first Super Bright 1.8-2.6 3x Optical zoom lens which extends the flash working range for shooting at greater distances and in lower-light conditions. For greater flexibility, the CAMEDIA C-2040 Zoom features up to a 2.5x digital zoom and up to a 5x digital zoom in VGA mode.
Helping to capture these images at a high-quality image resolution is the camera's 2.11 megapixel 1/2-inch RGB CCD. These images can then be transferred more quickly than in previous models due to the "Storage Class" USB design to instantly mount the camera to your USB Mac or Windows computer. As for power, the C-2040 Zoom can be used with CR-3V (LB-01) batteries as well as AA Ni-MH, alkaline, lithium or NiCd to provide a longer life battery capability.