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I just wanted to point out that 6 years on from buying this camera second hand for £375 via ebay, it is still in use and performs very well. Originally it was around £800-900, I bought mine approx 1.5 years after it was released.
QUALITY OF BUILD:
This is not just evident externally, but the internal circuitry must be welded in securely. I say this because I have dropped it more times than I'll admit, on hard surfaces such as concrete/tarmac. It just keeps going and amazes me how many knocks it puts up with. I'm not really a traveller but I've been unfortunate enough to be in cold conditions (-15C, no wind-chill) as well as hot (over 35C) and it worked faultlessly. The only noticeable
It has multiple functions and settings, all of which provide brilliant rich photographs in any situation. Due to battery drain (4 x AA's) the optical viewfinder is by far the preferred method of taking photographs, even though the LCD display is tiny by today's standards - it has to be appreciated that this is an approx 8 year old camera, i.e. 8 year old technology! There will be instances where the LCD display has to be used, for example in variable ambient lighting situations, as the whiteness may have to be adjusts so as not to wash out the photo.
Compared with modern day mobile phones, this function really isn't worth using. I had a Nokia 6230 which had equivalent performance/quality, a Nokia 6288 surpassed it and the N95 8GB I current have wipes the floor with it. Still, at the time it was a pleasant novelty!
By being super-tight, I have taken approx 300 photographs with one set of batteries (Non-rechargeable quality brand). However if the flash or LCD is used, this greatly reduces the images.
Lenses and adaptors from ebay / china are quite useful, but to be honest they don't allow for spontaneous photos.
NOT VERY FUTURE PROOF:
As far as I know Vista probably won't support it (please check comments in case others know otherwise. XP is OK though, however the downside generally is that you need the Camedia Software version 2.5'ish to access the camera contents. Of course you can remove the memory card and use an adaptor, but I'm generally not keen on removing memory cards as you're very slightly rubbing the contact areas each time. Over time this can cause connectivity problems.
The other minor issue is that it requires a special'ish cable to connect via USB, not the typical mini USB.
So far as I know the maximum memory installable is 128MB but please check any comments people have made - could be 256MB. Pictures are generally slightly less than 1MB depending on variation of colour / contrast / shades of the photograph. A 16MB panoramic card is normally included and this allows full 360 degree photographs to be taken and then stitched together automatically using the camedia software. It works pretty well, shame it requires a specific panorama card.
When this dies I will buy another camera, it does have limitations compared to the current generation of cameras, but it's an enjoyable camera to use and produces excellent results. To replace it I would have to spend over £400 despite the abundance of compact quality cameras such as Canon's offerings. However for the avid though not professional user, compact cameras often have certain limitations.
Want to join the digital revolution ? Itching to get rid of all those out of focus or wrongly framed wasted snaps? Now is the time. I bought the Olympus C3000 one year ago in Malaysia to replace a C830 I had lost and as it was around 100 pounds less than the price back home. This particular model was not available in the UK but I have included it here for reasons that will become apparent. The Olympus digi-cam is targeted toward the amateur photographer who wants to take holiday/ special event photos or ones to add to their web site. Digital photography, like everything else, is a series of compromises; features versus cost, weight versus portability, ease of use versus overall capability, compatibility and function versus resolution and image quality. Unlike Sony who have their Memory Stick and Nikon, Canon etc who use Compact flash, the Olympus uses “smart media” for image storage. Olympus used some ingenuity in creating the Olympus C3000. It is based on the more expensive Olympus C3030 digital camera and they created a slightly stripped down little brother. The major differences between the C3000 and the C3000 are the much smaller RAM buffer, a smaller standard smart media card, and a shorter duration movie feature. To the majority of users this presents no problem. The technical specs are as follows Resolution: 3.34 megapixel LCD Viewfinder: 1.8” TFT Color LCD Optical Viewfinder: Yes (shows approximately 80 per cent of the scene) Lens: 3X Zoom (32 to 96mm 35mm equivalent) Digital Zoom: 2.5 X Apertures: F2.8-F11 Shutter Speed Range: 1 second to 1/800th of a second in Auto Exposure Mode (16 seconds to 1/800th of a second in Manual Mode) ISO: 100, 200, & 400, plus auto Exposure Compensation: Yes, +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments White Balance: Auto, and five manual settings Metering: Digital Matrix (ESP) or Spot Exposure Modes: Prog
ram AE, Aperture & Shutter Priority AE, and Manual Exposure Mode Flash: Built in with auto mode, red eye reduction mode, fill flash mode, slow synch mode, and off External Flash: Yes (PC synch) Self Timer: Yes (12 second delay) Image Capture: JPEG, Uncompressed TIFF, and wave or Quick Time Movie modes Image Storage Media: Smart Media (8 Megabyte card included) Comp Con: USB and Serial Included: Remote Control (2) CR-V3 lithium battery packs (4) AA batteries can also be used. USB and Audio/Video (A/V) cables Lens Cap Carry Strap Instruction Manual: over 200 pages, well written, comprehensive, informative, and helpful. Software bundle Additional Features: Quicktime Movies @ 160x220 or 320x240 resolution, with sound (up to 60 seconds) Remote Control (works at distances up to 15 feet from the camera) You can trip the shutter, set the self timer, or zoom in and out, to list the most important RC options. Direct Print images with (Optional) Olympus Printer, Continuous shooting, Auto-bracketing, B&W/Sepia and other custom special exposure modes. Using the camera The Olympus C3000 is an attractive, light-weight digital camera. Manual exposure is relatively easy. In all modes (except Program) the camera will warn you if your chosen shutter speed/ F-stop combination is likely to produce an image that is under or over exposed. Flash options are very comprehensive for a camera in this price range, and should cover pretty much anything. Low light shooting is enhanced by the excellent range of options provided by exposure compensation settings and the variable ISO (equivalent) settings. The C3000 offers a tremendous amount of manual control for a camera in this price range. The camera is light and feels good in the hands, the controls are well laid out and the superior ergonomic design makes for intuitive handling. The handgrip, top mounted contr
ols (and information display panel), and large LCD screen (with rear mounted controls logically arrayed around its periphery) make the camera easy to use in point and shoot mode. Any changes to manual settings becomes a little fiddly as you have to scroll through options and this is slower than changing options on an SLR. One word of caution, the wide range of manual options offered by Olympus makes this camera especially attractive for tripod mounted shots, so do be careful, since the tripod mount is plastic and could easily be damaged by the metal screw head of most tripods. The C3000 has one of the lowest power consumption rates of any digital camera I have ever used. If you use the LCD sparingly - normally I would only use the display one time out of 10 - the batteries will last more than a couple of days of moderate to heavy shooting. The cycle time (for top resolution images) is about five and a half seconds, about average for most three megapixel digital cameras. The viewfinder’s optics are quite good and images are clear and sharp. The viewfinder zooms with the lens, and there is a dioptric correction for those who wear eyeglasses. The zoom lens on the Olympus C3000 is very good for a camera in this price range, equivalent to (or a bit better than) most digital camera zooms. The C3000’s shutter lag times are only sometimes a problem if you are trying to capture fast moving images. The imaging software included is easily installed onto Windows and is good for all basic picture editing - red eye removal, cropping, resizing special effects and so on. I do have a couple of complaints, one being the optical viewfinder. As with all digital camers, you only see about 80 per cent of the picture area so sometimes you wrongly frame a picture. Normally this is no problem as you check the picture immediately and retake it. The longest shutter time is only 1 second. There are some times ie during a thunderstorm I try
to catch the lightning strike but with such a short exposre its a matter of luck. 15 seconds would be ideal as a max. Also, about a month ago the camera seized, on taking it to the dealer I was told as I had bought it outside the UK the warranty was not valid - it was just inside the standard 12 month warranty - despite the fact I had all the receipts etc. I tried to complain to various people with no joy and reluctantly agreed to pay. I saw why they were reluctant later - they said the main board had to be replaced at a cost of 170 pounds. At this price, it was just under the throw it away and buy a new one or pay it. Although the cost to buy a new one had dropped I decided to shell out. This so far has been the only problem encountered. It would seem that when things do go wrong they will be expensive - probably like every other make. Summary I am very impressed with the quality of the images, and the performance and usability of the camera. The Olympus C3000 is really good value since it is basically a slimmed down version of the Olympus C3000 and so many of the features are virtually identical to the more expensive “big brother”. It offers the opportunity for digital photographers to enjoy the performance and features of a high-end digital point and shoot for less. If you’ve been waiting for digital camera prices to drop to a reasonable level, this camera may be as good as it is going to get. Although this particular model is no longer available, the replacements in the 3000 series have kept up the good work and would still come with a buy recommendation.
Digital cameras of this company are rightfully considered one of best, and camera C-3030Zoom — not exception. C-3030 — this first 3 megapixel device in the linee very ingenious and already achieved broad confession of digital cameras of series C-2000, intended for the broad circle of users. As far as disiny of these cameras is well perfect, but famous company in this sense on-good is conservative, exterior and functional possibilities of new camera remind C-2020Z. However style body of black colour more looks like traditional photodevices and looks, certainly, more solid. Camera has not only optical, as well as liquid-cristal viewfinder, moreover is highly spare spends batteries. Including LCD-screen, you get practically same information, as in viewfinders of professional mirror cameras: on the background of remove expressing are seen and install by you parameters, and parameters to exposures, which has choose an automation of camera. Thereby, always knowing endurance and diaphragm, in any one of modes you are to enter expocorrection, installing that values of parameters, which consider necessary. Practically possible realization of even mode of completely manual installing the expositional parameters, truth your choice will be limited by the small detour from values, offered automation. However C-3030Z has and excellent optical viewfinder, which growing dark under locked optics and reminds you on that, that nonbad its open. Optical viewfinder of this camera deserves the most high evaluation, as far as it not only traces all changing a focal length optics, as well as has a turning, allowing people with the bad vision to take pictures without spectacleses. On the viewfinder are situated two leds — upper (orange) shows readiness of flash, but lower (green) signalizes on operating a autofocus. Both are distinctly seen when viewing. As to comforts of control, C-3030 Zoom is much close on its possibilities to the modern usual non-digital cameras. All buttons of control are situated sufficiently suitable, so possible control a removal, holding its one hand. Thick plastic salient for the right of hand much relieves this process, however lion a hand at decotton wool absolutely nonwhere — short body with rather big, removable to the right optics leaves only small point for fingers. And in ditto time a camera such «thick", that even with the removed optics its at all do not put in the pocket. From precending this model distinguishes presence big 3,34-megapixel matrix, allowing get shots with the rezolution before 2048 X 1536. Except the colour of body, are change and some functions of control: instead of the button of including a power supply for instance, which earlier easy was tangle with Go button, camera is include a little wheel choice of modes. Besides, has appear a possibility of removal of video (in the format MOV) and sound commentaries. Choice of modes of removal and image information on the screen will now satisfy even the most strict users. Particularly liked to me method of noise pickup on the sharpness in the mode of manual focusing: when switching in this mode on LCD-screen appears a scale, which displays a distance before the object, but for more clear noise pickup appears magnified central part of the frame. Moreover after changing a focus a camera automatically goes back to the full frame and back. Camera allows write photographies in different formats — 2048 X 1536 before 640 X 480 with the different degree of compression. Besides, is possible record and noncompressed expressing in TIFF format. Connectivity with the computer is realized on USB interface at program OLYMPUS CAMEDIA Master (work with the card, as with the disk, dri
vers of camera do not allow). Incomprehensible, truth, company's love to cards SmartMedia, while practically all its rivals already rewent on CompactFlash (and additionally on Type II). Specifically follows to note a best working a camera with built-in and external flashes: and changed power of pulse, and synchronizing on the beginning and end to exposures. In the new camera has appear a possibility to connect a timed external flash OLYMPUS FL-40, which connection is realized through the special connector of from the side camera. Also necessary to mention of already traditional for cameras Olympus infrared (that is to say unwire) remote control. Camera Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom is a leader for me. Possibility of aquisition of additional adapter for external adjutages and other useful accessories from Olympus does a work with her else more suitable. Features Olympus Camedia C-3030Z is provided with by 0,5-inch, 3,34-megapixel matrix, capable to give a scene with the resolution before 2048 X 1536 pixels. On more comprise of the supply a card of memory 16 Mbytes possible to write one non-compressed shot maximum size 2048 x 1536 in TIFF format (size of file — 9,2 Mbyte) or eight shots in SHQ mode (size of file aproximately 2 Mbytes), or 20 shots in the mode HQ (size of file less 1 Mbyte). Other modes (SQ1 and SQ2) write expressing of else smaller sizes. Sensitivity is price at 100 ISO, but can be install and in 200 or even in 400 ISO without serious worsenning a quality of scene. However, big sensitivity brings about reducing a number of gradations of colour, reproducible camera. Camera possesses a splendid glass optics with optical 3-times swing of focal length (there is and fluent 1-2,5-a multiple digital increase). Focal range from 32 before 96 mms (in 35-mm equivalent). Start diaphragms — 1
:2,8 before 1:11, moreover regardless of the focal length. Shutter ensures endurances from 1/800 before 1 seconds, but in the manual mode — 16 seconds. Optics has a thread, so possible use different filters and adjutages. Measurement to exposures is realized by two systems: given by default or point, on the frame centre. In automatic (software) mode LCD-screen by default is not actuate, but striking one button (without needing leaving in the menu) possible go from one type of exposure to other. Useful also so-called mode of expositional fork (Auto Bracketing), which allows to do three or five shots with the different exposure. It is first done shot with the normal exposure, but then, if you continue to retain a button pressed, camera does a series a shots, herewith changing exposure each following with the step in 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV. In this camera possible manually to install both an endurance, and diaphragm, but particularly follows to note a best method of focusing with use matrix. When switching in the mode of manual focusing on the screen of camera appears a scale, which displays a distance before the object, but for more clear noise pickup on the sharpness on LCD-screen appears magnified central part of the frame (as when using Zoom). Moreover as soon as you stop a process of focusing, camera automatically returns a scene to the full frame. Regrettably, in the camera is not provided by manual installing a balance white on the chosen field, that allows to get a qualitative shots under any non-standard luminosity. Contrast liquid-cristal 4,5-sm display possible to use, as as a viewfinder, so and for viewing scenes. From new functional possibilities beside cameras now has appear a mode of removal of video of format QuickTime, including and with will write a sound. Look their possible and on the screen
of camera, but here is to hear with the sound, will come to connect a camera to the television set. Unlike some other cameras with such possibility, this model is equip with only mike, place on the backboard. Mode of removal of video is choose by the tumbling wheel choice of modes in the position a cinema. Choice of length of roller is realized in accordance with installing a quality (HQ or SQ) and capacity of card of memory. On the card 32 Mbytes fits 93 seconds video with the sound accompaniment. Discriminating particularity of camera C-3030Z at the removal of rollers is a possibility of editing in the mode of reproduction (removing unnecessary parts or dismemberments of film on two fragments). Presence of mike on the camera will be also evaluated and one, wants to add a speech abstract to some photographies. Olympus C-3030 Zoom uses SmartMedia-cards and will sold with the card by the volume 16 Mbytes. It is situated for the hard door on the side of camera and has very suitable extraction system (darts out when striking). Regrettably, company Olympus in series models Camedia does not move to cards CompactFlash, as other producers, that has allow to use IBM microwinchesters. Like some other cameras of company Olympus C-3030 Zoom offers a mode of removal of panorama (only on cards of company Olympus), which, however, not so is suitable, as beside Casio devices or Canon. Note on LCD-screen of frame for the overlapping (which will later be used in the program of fabrication a panorama) happens to to remember. On-former, format of videooutput (NTSC or PAL) depends on country, where was obtained camera. Power supply unit is stipulate, but in the supply does not enter. Connection to the computer possible on the archaic serial port or on quick USB interface (cords for the connection — different). Photo quality Ph
otos received on the camera Olympus C-3030 Zoom, pleasantly liked: they not only rich details (either as in other cameras of high permit), as well as the least «noisy". Even in JPEG-modes of photography have no visible defects of compression, but choice of noncompressed format TIFF is possible under any permit of scene. Measurements to exposures rather exact, however received colour are not always identical original (additionally, in default of the manual setting of balance of white, this position not always manages correct). As a whole Camedia C-3030 Z — very friend in turning and flexible on its possibilities a camera. Even when using only in the automatic mode it creates perfect expressing, one for the others, under different conditions of removal. AutoFocus beside cameras similarly tone. Crosshairs in the viewfinder centre help choose a mark, and focusing occurs enough quickly under first striking an button. Due to presence 32-megabyte DRAM-a buffer of memory C-3030 Zoom is very fast (less than 2 seconds on the frame), and, see, due to same buffer, this device of vastly more economical their own rivals. However presence of additional memory raises a camera cost, and for wanting to spare a company Olympus releases a cheap model without the buffer of memory — Camedia C-3000 Z. Interface of user In the mode of record a menu is display on two separate screens, and any option is easy comprehensible. Interface is well designed and is comprehensible. At the joystick and button "OK" easy change main parameters for 2-3 striking, but for the choice of less frequency installation possible to move to the embedded level a menu. Other function of screen — this overlay, allowing is operative to display the current parameters of removal even in the automatic mode, as well as chosen modes. But in the
mode of reproduction on LCD-screen possible to look adjustment for each photography, be kept in the file of scene. Software Olympus traditionally delivers with its camera an utility Camedia Master (running version 2.0, which allows now, aside from accustomed functions of show and removing shots, "suture" panoramas). The same CD-ROM is kept QuickTime 4 for viewing MOV-files, done by the camera. On the separate disk — popular graphic editor Adobe Photoshop 5.0LE. Regrettably, in software practically is not marketed function of camera governing from the computer and no possibility to remove under governing a computer. Single available possibility — this synchronizing hours of cameras and computer. However and here you are to get a full-fledged control and removal from the computer, having use for this variety of available programs for chipset Sierra Imaging (including free and conditionally-free).
I bought an Olympus 3030 after reading the usenet group rec.photo.digital for some time, to replace an SLR that was getting quite old. I've found the smaller size excellent, but the 3030 is not as compact as some other digital cameras. Any camera is a compromise; at this price you should expect very good quality and I have been very happy with computer images and prints. It takes a while to learn, and the shutter seemed to have a delayed action until I got used to it. I find the screen at the back not as good for taking pictures as the viewfinder, and noses rub against the screen leaving a smear which makes the screen even less useful. The detail captured is incredible; even a small part of a picture can be used (on a monitor at least) to give a useful image. The Camedia software is easy to use, and reasonably straightforward to install; there was only a little 'Japanese English' to get past on the way. You do need a case to put the camera in - I didn't have one for a while and the screen got a bit scratched. I bought the Olympus case that is made for the camera (may be fairly new out) and am fairly happy with it - it has room for spare batteries and memory card. The lens cap falls off fairly easily but there are solutions tpo that (the easiest is to fix a short cord to the cap and camera with removeable glue). I bought the camera from digitalfirst (www.digitalfirst.co.uk) and have bought from them since (for batteries and the camera case). They had the lowest prices (and when another site lowered price just as I was making enquiries they matched the price). All that sounds like I've had a lot of problems - I haven't really, and I'd recommend the camera to others.
The Olympus 3030Zoom is my first foray into digital cameras. What a great camera it is. With so many options in terms of manual control and also image formats (there are 15 options in all) then this camera is the one to go for. I am not a photographer but wanted a camera that would give good quality pictures with little effort on my part. This camera does that as it has many automatic options - that can be set manually - and the picture quality at 1600 x 1200 is absolutely superb up to A4 size on Photo Quality paper. At around £700 it is not cheap, but should be the only digital you would need to buy. The menu system could be better, but as i say there are numerous options and a hot shoe instead of a sync. lead would have helped. All in all I recommend this to anyone who wants superb results with little effort from a digital camera
The new Olympus C-3030 ZOOM is a 3.34 megapixel digital camera with 15 different still image capture modes in five different image sizes (2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480.) It also offers QuickTime Movie capture at 15fps with sound. Sound can be recorded during video filming or a 4 second sound byte can be recorded for play with a single image. A 32MB SDRAM buffer allows for rapid shooting at 3.5 frames per second. The builtin 6-mode flash has a new slow syncro mode plus red-eye reduction plus a connector that provides true TTL control of the Olympus FL-40 external speedlight. Shutter speeds from 1/30 to 1/10,000 second plus longer shutter speeds of up to 16 seconds in Manual mode. The Manual exposure mode allows both the shutter speed and apertures to be selected independently.