I've had my Olympus C-40 Zoom for a few months now and I take it with me everywhere! I can, because it's so small (for such a good quality digital) and lightweight. When I was looking for a new digital camera my main concerns were reliability, picture quality, and an optical zoom. My friend had an Olympus 3030 and it took very impressive pictures, and that's what convinced me to look at the Olympus. I like the C-40z because it's compact (some digital cameras are still so bulky), is 4 Mexapixel, has a 2.8 Optical Zoom, plus the option to shoot short movie clips (although in .MOV format). Also it uses Smart Media, which is handy for me because my MP3 player does as well. Another plus is the fact that you can use 2 AA batteries with it rather than needing to spend a fortune on special ones. It does eat through them though so I have 8 rechargeable batteries and I keep at least 4 charged at any one time. It will use less battery power if you turn off the LCD screen when you can use the viewfinder instead. I found it very user friendly and I was up and running in about 10 mins. In fact I still haven?t read the manual. The only slightly negative thing I could say about the C-40z is that edges can look a bit odd when photographed against a strong light ? e.g. sunlight behind leaves, but I don't know if this is specific to this model. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone and I wouldn?t be without mine :D
Soooooo user friendly! - Advantages: Great instructions, easy to load software WITH EXTRAS! Great choice of settings incl. great quality night pictures, aperture and shutter speed can be set manually, Great choice of quality settings, invest in a 128mb memory card and you can take approx 400 pictures of fantastic quality just on the standard quality setting. Sound settings available for stills pictures as well as movies!, The battery consumption is low except in movie mode which is expected for a camera of this size - Disadvantages: Not really worth using for movies as even the 128mb card can only hold a couple of minutes, You need to invest quite a bit of time setting up the initial settings and preferences but it's worth it, A tripod is a must if you take nighttime pictures so there's an added expense.
This a 4 mega pixel compact, very light digital camera with lots of features! Not mentioned the different size of the pictures you can take (the larger the size, the better the photos you can print out, the less number you can fit into a smart media card, of course). It has a movie function with sound recording too. The movie is in Quick time format: the software can be downloaded free. Another cool thing is the panorama function where two or more pictures can be stitched together with the software provided! I've tried it and it works very well. The batteries are 2 AA size but preferably the high capacity NiMH (nickel metal hydried)rechargeable ones. AC adapter is not included though, which is quite annoying. I've tried an multiple ouput type ac adpater but it couldn't fit! Must try to see if I can find a cheaper one rather than the Olympus own brand adapter as it's expensive (>30GBP)! USB connection where under windows 98, win ME, win2000 and Windows XP it just recognised as a new drive and trnasfer the files easily. I got it when Olympus is offering a 128MB free smartmedia card to each C40Z purchase, good value really. Update: 10/5 The price has just dropped again for this camera (internetcamerasdirect) form where I bought it. But the 128mb smartmedia card offer has ended. :-( GBP428. Well, i have to agree with most reviews on this camera that it does have some problem with sharp edges, it somehow looks a bit unnatural when you take photos with sharp edges. A minus point really.