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I brought this camera just so I could have a camera and it was a cheap. It turned out to be the best camera I own even when I decided to upgrade this camera still came out on top.
It is simple to use, to turn it on just open the slider and the flash and lense pop out and its ready to take pictures really quickly.
There are 6 buttons on the back, you press one to bring up the menu then use four for up, down, left and right and then the menu button again once you've selected what you want to change or do. The other button on the back turns on and off the LCD screen which despite it small size is still very clear both in viewing and taking photos. Of course there's a button for taking the pictures and zooming on the top but they are on the right hand side which could be annoying if your left handed but I'm not so I'm not sure.
It has a USB interface and AV interface hidden behind a rubber flap so no light water (rain) could damage the camera. My one did come with leads to plug into the computer and TV but I had to buy the memory card separately and they are hard to get now as SD's seem to be the most popular and widely used. Some printers don't even have a slot for the card.
Great for just taking photos for holiday or eBay but not for photographers. It is only 2.0 mega pixels but the pictures are still just as good as any other.
I bought my C220 with one single purpose in mind - ebay photos. During my first summer on eBay I had been managing quite well with a £10 ebay cheapie - a sub 1mp camera with no flash. But as nights drew in and available light became scarce, I had to upgrade.
I chose the C220 on price - at the time the package was a good buy at £250. I see now the auctions on ebay linked by dooyoo are sub £10 with no bids so for a general purpose digital snap camera with useful half-decent zoom the secondhand buyer could grab a useful bit of everyday kit for peanuts.
So how did it perform?
As a compact digital, the C220 suffered from the faults that all compacts suffer from - direct over-the-lens flash. The camera however did cope decently with close up shots using the macro function - although to get best results when flash was to be used a little care in choosing and setting up a backdrop was needed - and some after-shot work on levels was required in photoshop.
For holiday snaps the camera was absolutely faultless. Daytime outdoor photos in half-decent light came out fine, untampered with in any photo editor. Outdoor night shots? Best forget it.
The optical zoom is fine - again for snaps. Olympus also provide a digital zoom which seemed a plus point over similar models at the time. My advice would be to ignore the function altogether. There are freeware photo editing applications which will do the job of zooming in a picture afterwards to better effect - but if you prefer not to use them and only want snapshot photos, then I suppose the feature is there if you need it. So a half-plus point for the optical zoom then.
I'm still using the camera today - it's not the smallest of things but it fits into a pocket without too much aggro (rounded edges would have been nicer though for those "jump in the car with the camera still in your pocket" moments - ouch!) Although I'm lucky to have access to a far superior digital SLR through my employer so a little spoilt now - I still carry my C220 with me and I will until it finally gives up on me.
Hopefully this review will not be the kiss of death for the camera but I see no reason why it shouldn't last a good few years longer. The build quality is very good - the construction sturdy enough to take a few knocks. A minor niggle is the way the flash automatically pops up out of the side of the housing upon opening the lens cover - but has to be pushed back manually. Niggly I know, but if any accidental damage is ever going to befall one of these cameras, then thios is where I see the damage occuring.
I don't even know if these cameras are still available new - but enough were sold to mean there are always a few on the secondhand market. For anyone wanting a first step into digital (or a cheap upgrade from the bundled freebie keyring cameras that tend to be foisted upon new PC buyers as some kind of worthwhile extra) or needs a basic digital which handles most snapshot condition lighting - or even a cheapie camera for pubs, clubs or parties where damage doesn't matter - for the price a second used C220 would be a far better buy than a brand new cheapie. If this is what you require - get yourself on ebay and bag a useful, if a little utilitarian, camera.
I've had my Olympus 220 for about three years now - I bought it in a Gatwick duty free shop on the way to Italy. I can't remember exaclty how much I paid for it, but it was in the region of £150. It served me very well on that holiday and has continued to do so ever since. I have been very pleased with the picture quality - it's easy to use and small enough to keep in a pocket or handbag.
I am sure that higher quality cameras would be useful, but for simple holiday and family snapping I simply cannot fault the Olympus 220. A full list of features available is:
- 2 megapixel resolution
- 3x zoom, and a 2.5x digital zoom
- Bright zoom lens f2.8/4.9
- Optical real-image viewfinder
- TFT LCD monitor, 3.8 cm
- QuickTime motion JPEG
- Exposure compensation +/-2EV
- User-friendly menu and easy arrow key operation
- USB AutoConnect and TV interface
Now please dont ask me what all these mean because frankly, I havent a clue; indeed I dont think I have looked at the instruction manual since the day I bought it - but frankly, I dont need whizzy features in a camera, I need to be able to take photos that I can store on my PC, and play around with if I need them.
The feature on it that I do like is the automatic lens cover mechanism, which pushes the lens back underneath the cover as soon as you nudge it with the sliding cover. That probably sounds confusing, but it gives me hours of fun!
The camera came with a Camedia Master Pro photo management system which you can use to store, sort email and even play about with the photos. To get full functionality you have to pay extra money- which is a bit of a bind - but is well worth the extra few pounds investment.
Like I said - if its a simple digital camera for holiday and family snaps that you are after, you wont go far wrong with this little baby. Happy snapping.