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Extremely versatile yet you can start shooting straight away in Program mode. Worth taking the time to practice & experiment with the multitude of manual settings. Picture quality is stunning. Movie mode = fun, amazing low light capabilities, much scope for experimentation and effects. One annoyance. Lense Cap! You must remove it B4 you switch it on or lense jams. Got round that by leaving on a 41 to 43mm extension & 43>46mm ring & a 46mm uv filter + 46mm lens cap. That means the telescoping lens is fully protected and no more juddering lens motor. A little less compact, but it aint a midget anyway. Plus if I want to use the 1.45x lense doubler it clips straight on the end, no fuss. 2nd set of Ni-Mh 1800mah batt's essential, charged correctly can last several hours. If you avoid use of the LCD screen it helps. Overall: I am dead chuffed with it and considering a heavy duty external battery pack for "adventurous" trips. Get at least a 64Mb card, or two. Don't waste power reviewing or deleting, do that on the Pc. Ni-Mh can be nasty beasts when fully charged, keep separate from loose change & keys!!! Want to crossreference/double check? Have a look at http://www.dcmag.co.uk/ Official Olympus Site = http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/digimg/intro.cfm?id=C-3020ZOOM
Packing a wonderful combination of optical and digital features, the C-3020ZOOM assures total shooting enjoyment. It is the ideal choice for those looking for a high-quality, trouble-free start into the world of treble megapixel photography. Experienced photographers will appreciate the creative scope offered by this 3.2 million pixel camera. An ergonomically styled body with elegant aluminum front complements the superb top-performance characteristics. With this addition to the award-winning C-3000ZOOM series, Olympus proves once again that state-of-the-art technology and good looks do not have to cost the earth.
Optical precision and digital excellence are the hallmarks of all Olympus CAMEDIA cameras and the attractively priced C-3020ZOOM is no exception. With an effective resolution of 3.2 million pixels and a bright (F2.8), 3x zoom lens (equivalent to 32-96 mm on a 35 mm model) consisting of eight elements arranged in six groups, it provides the perfect optical and digital basis for dazzling image results. An impressive zoom factor of up to 7.5x is possible when the optical capabilities are joined by the seamless 2.5x digital zoom.