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This quite frankly is a stunningly good camera, and produces pictures that will take your breath away. 2.1 Megapixel resolution might not seem too great these days, but the optics on this camera keep it firmly ahead of the pack. A x10 optical zoom (before using the digital zoom trick mode) with image stabilisation, makes it easy to get superb crisp shots every time. Battery life is average (these cameras all drink power!) and suffers if you use the power zoom and preview LCD screen often. A couple of sets of NiMH batteries (it takes 4 x AA size) will prove an excellent investment. The viewfinder is unusual in that it is a little LCD screen - so what you see is what you get - although the refresh rate makes the view a little jerky. Shutter and aperture information is displayed dynamically in here. You can choose between several exposure modes much as you would on a high-end 35mm camera. The flash in my opinion is very good. I previously had an Olympus 860, which had an atrocious flash (red-eye,burnt faces), so it was a relief to find that this camera almost *never* gives red-eye - instead giving a very nice white glint in the subject's eyes. I was surprised to find that this camera also makes movies! Rotate the exposure dial to movie mode and it will record a one-minute movie (with sound) and store it as a quicktime movie. It's only 15 frames a second, but it's not half bad! Whilst on the subject of sound, you can also add voice notes to each picture as you take a picture. Overall, an excellent camera. I wouldn't part with mine - only depressing thing is that the price of this model has dumped!! Good job I'm not selling...
This has to be the best camera I've ever bought. It's easy to use in "point & shoot" mode and it has manual anything and everything so you can be as creative as you need to be. Image quality is first-rate, the zoom lens is terrific, it's fast and easy to use. I wanted a digital version of my Olympus OM-1 35mm camera, one that would look and feel like a real camera, and I figured that a camera made by a camera company would be better than one made by an electronics company. After a lot of research I decided to stay with Olympus, a brand I have used for 20 years, and I finally decided that the hugely versatile zoom lens on the 2100 was the thing. I love this camera! The bad points first - the on-board flash is a bit small and none too effective, and the external flash connector is an Olympus proprietary one - they want huge amounts of money for a connector. The lens casing feels like the plastic it is, and I wish they'd used some metal for this part. And the price in the UK is ridiculous - I saved £300 buying it for US$ in America. But the good points - well, the picture quality is outstanding even in JPEG and uncompressed TIFF is even better. It's just so good! The automatic mode is very well set up and takes good pictures even when you don't have time to think. The lens is just excellent - 38mm to 380mm (35mm equivalent) optical, but the 2.7x digital zoom is so seamless and so good that you effectively have a 38mm to 1026mm lens in your hands. And that takes some beating!! Overall, if you want a good zoom lens on a digital camera, or if you just want a good digital camera, you won't be unhappy with this one.
Who do you wish you could get closer to? Your soccer star kids? A 375-lb. offensive lineman? A family of squirrels? Well, no need to lug a 15-lb., 3 ft., f2.8 telephoto lens around. Just sling the Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom over your shoulder, and away you go. The C-2100 Ultra Zoom features a 10x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 - 380mm) and 2.7x digital zoom, to bring you the equivalent of 1080 mm closer to the action. Optical stabilization ensures your pictures are sharp and jitter-free. And 2.1 million megapixels make for exceptionally clear 8"x 10" enlargements. Take a look at the C-2100 Ultra Zoom. If you're looking for perfection in a full-featured zoom camera, you won't get any closer.