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      13.10.2001 19:44

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      I would never have thought of spending £400 on a digital camera 2 years ago, which is what the going price for my Olympus 830L was then. It came as part of a computer package from Tiny, and I was doubtful as to the use of this camera. Since learning to use it (Yes, it DOES help to spend half an hour with the instruction manual...!!!), I have hardly used conventional film at all. I store all my snaps on the computer, view them on my 19" screen, which gives a fantastic clarity and quality. It opens such opportunities when it comes to sharing photos with friends and family who live far away. For those without PC facilities, I simply visit one of the many net photo printing companies, who for a small fee will download your picture(s), print it off and send directly to your chosen recipient. Pictures can be deleted straight away to ensure only the best ones makes ot back to the editing desk, and you can show them off there and then in the LCD window at the back of the camera. It's really fun being able to take a snap and seconds later, it is in the Emailbox of my parents in Norway. No more waiting for processing to take place.

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      28.05.2001 18:38

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      I have only had my camera for a week and i have not stopped taking pictures. - Advantages: easy to use, excellent picture quality, great photos - Disadvantages: none

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      25.02.2001 07:30
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      I was lucky enough to have won my Camedia in a competition. Okay, the bare facts about the camera: My C 830L came with 2 Smart Media cards 1 x 4mb & 1 x 8mb, carry case, strap, batteries, great user manual, connection leads for hooking up to the PC (serial port), power lead & software. The C 830L uses AA pencil batteries which isn't as good as having a rechargable battery pack, but still does the job all the same. The serial port connection lead isn't as fast as USB but still transfers your pics onto your PC quick enough. There's some great features on the C 830L, which I use all the time, like the abilty to hook your camera up to your tv as well as your PC. You can zoom in on objects, but this takes a while to get used to & takes a while to master the art of zooming. The Camedia software is so simply to use that you'll be a master in a matter of minutes like you will with the camera after using it for a short while. You can see some of the examples of the quality of pics by looking atr some on my homepage as all the pics were taken with the C 830L. Just go to http://www.tomyoung.net & there's plenty of photos for you to look at there. Don't let the pics scare you too much! The timer function is great, allowing you to finally get into those family pics that you've always been on the other end of before! There's too many functions to list, but if the shop has one, just ask for a demonstration & you won't be sorry!

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      19.01.2001 02:57

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      I received this attractive camera as a gift this Christmas and having experimented with it, I am really pleased with its performance. You have the option to capture images at normal, high quality or super high quality and the camera takes up to and stores 122 normal pictures! You can take 40 high quality pictures. The camera comes complete with a display on the rear so you can view your images and you can also zoom in to enlarge images on this screen. Although, the camera itself doesnt have a zoom function when taking the initial photo! You can also take sequence and times shots. The software that came with the camera is very easy to use and after uploading your photos to your PC there are loads of features you can use, eg turning your photo into a black and white image, sharpening the image, red eye reduction, removing parts of the image - ie removing someones face and replacing it with another, which could be fun!). It came complete with instruction manuals which I think are very helpful. Since this camera was a gift I am not too sure of the price that was paid for it! I would, however, recommend this for someone moving from a normal compact camera to a digital camera for the first time due to its ease of use and impressive results.

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      03.01.2001 06:34
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      The ultimate in camera's must be a digital camera, And the Olympus Camedia C-830L has everything you need to take great photo's, It is missing one thing though, A FILM. Hurrah for that. No more waiting to see if that holiday snap turned out, or the picture of your loved one has there head still on there shoulders. Or just completely blank set of prints. This camera package includes a camera (it would be pretty useless without one) a carry strap (but no case, oh well can't have it all), software CD Rom, PC serial cable, Macintosh connector, video cable (pal), Smart media 8MB card, 4 batteries and an instruction manual. Did I say manual, sorry I meant encyclopaedia. LOL The main features include a high recording mode lens, a removable smart media card, video cable to view photo's on a television or tape to video if you don't have a PC, a 1.8inch LCD monitor to review the photo taken or see what you are about to take, A direct printing mode and a 1,310,000 pixel ccd that delivers high quality pictures. But what does all that mean I hear you cry, It just means it takes great pictures you can see instantly and store them how you like, On your PC, Your TV or print out on paper. You can take up to 122 pictures on the standard SQ recording mode, which are of good quality. Or you could take 36 pictures on HQ, 18 on SHQ or 2 pictures on non compressed SHQ the highest quality mode. The higher the quality the longer it takes to download to a PC, But its still a lot quicker than the postman. Other features include multi flash modes such as red-eye reduction and fill in flash, type of picture like standard or panoramic, normal or telephoto, an index feature to allow you to scan your photo's quickly. A self timer when there is nobody to take the picture for you. Basically everything you need. The software and cable's are easy to set up and install and quite quick. Hey, If I can do it then anyone can. A Phot
      o Album programme is provided on a separate CD Rom so you can make up different albums for different occasions and store photo's in groups or types. The album has many functions including a slide show, This shows selected photo's in a selected order. Battery life can be a bit of a pain at times so it is recommended you carry a spare set around just in case so you don't miss that photo opportunity, The more you use the LCD the quicker the batteries run down. All this may seem complicated at the start but you soon pick it up, And it will be worth it as you'll never have to rely on a photo development company again.

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        03.10.2000 03:59

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        I recently got a great deal from PC World on a ex-demo of this camera, I was looking for something slightly cheaper than the retail price of this model but they knocked me £100 of the price which brought it into what I was looking for and boy am I glad they did this camera is superb. The LCD view finder is one of the crispest I have ever seen and the speed at which it saves the pictures is great. I like the way it uses Smart media cards rather than compact flash. I like the size of the camera although some mite say that is a little bulky seen as it has no zoom. The battery life is seriously shortened when using the LCD screen, that is the only bad point. If you can get this camera at a good price snap it up

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        22.08.2000 22:57

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        I recently received an Olympus C-830L digital camera as a present. I find that it’s facilities are excellent and it has many advantages. It allows you to view the picture seconds after you take it. You can also erase it straight away if you do not like it, and take it again. Up to 60 photos can be stored on the SmartMedia Card, which is included in it. Once you take the picture, you can load it on to a computer, and edit and print it, saving money on developing. Also, if you run out of space on the Card, pictures can just be saved on your computer. I would strongly recommend this product for any prospective buyers as it is one of the best, most stylish and easiest to use digital cameras currently on the market It costs about £200, which means that it is also affordable.

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        23.07.2000 22:05
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        I got my Camedia free with a pc system, so I can't comment too much on the price. It is my first digital, and an excellent camera. This Olympus is very easy to use with a simple point and click system. It comes with an in built flash and useful finger guard to stop you from obscuring the lens and taking pictures of your thumb. 1.3 million pixels meant nothing to me, but it is certainly high enough resolution for my needs. There are three different quality levels. The highest only allows three shots per memory card, but is certainly up to SLR standard. High quality gives 6 shots, and standard allows for 24. I usually stick with 24 shots. You can buy additional memory cards if you need them , but as I download mine regularly I have not yet bought one. There is no need to waste shots with this Camedia because it has a small screen allwing you to preview your pictures, and it is easy to delete unwanted shots. The accompanying software is easy to load, and allows you to clean up your pictures, adjusting lighting, contrast etc, after you have downloaded them to your pc. # The Olympus, like all digital cameras, does eat batteries, and you should always carry 4 spare AA batteries with you. You can extend battery life by not using the viewing screen. I have dropped the camera several times, and it withstood all surfaces. It is bigger than my old compact Olympus SLR, and is too heavy for anything other than a combat pants pocket. The great thing about any digital camera is that you can publish pictures on the web, or e-mail them to friends and family minutes after taking them. This makes it great for family occasions, particularly if you have relatives all over the world. I would certainly recommend this camera to the novice user.

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        06.07.2000 22:17

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        I have an Olympus 420L camera that I bought early last year and it is excellent!! I has two quality settings, 320x240 and 640x480 (minimal by todays standards!) but it is really good. Memory cards (flash cards) can hold anything from 10 high quality on a 1 meg card to 160 on a 16 meg and anything upto 300/400 small pictures! It's just point and click (even my mum can use it!!) and its really easy to upload to your PC if you buy a flashpath adapter that you just plug your card into and then put the whole thing into your floppy disk drive. Retrieving pictures then is as easy as getting them from a floppy disk. The models available today are even better with the ability to take pictures upto over 1million pixels! and take really good quality A4 pix if thats what you want! Definitely buy one!

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