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I have owned this super little digi-cam for a few years now and have been extremely pleased with the pictures it takes.
Because you can vary the quality of each picture - obviously the higher quality the pic the more memory it occupies - you can be sure that when you upload to the internet or to a photo program you won't end up with highly pixelated or blurry results.
It is a lightweight little camera, extremely easy to use - all the functions work on a staged basis with a very visible menu on-screen so that nothing is left to happenstance. It also, crucially, will double-check you if you are about to erase a single pic or the entire memory card.
New cards are relatively inexpensive so it is probably helpful to upgrade from that installed in the camera so that you aren't constantly having to upload/review/delete pics taken.
Batteries are rechargeable and a full charge actually lasts for quite a long time. You can opt-in to flash, to portrait and other functions to make your pictures better - but if you don't want to bother or find that too complicated just point/click and let the camera do its best for you - it really is that good!
Once you have taken your pics there is a cable to connect the digi-cam to your pc and it is super easy to upload - the pc merely identifies the digi-cam as an additional drive so you just find the pics you want to upload in the same way as you would look for any file in a folder.
All in all this is great value for money and its ease of use makes it perfect for all ages (the young and the very old!).
Copyright 2008: shibainudogpersn
A form of this review has also been published on Ciao.com
I bought my C-1 Zoom a couple of summers ago and I think that it is a great piece of kit. I have had the camera back to olympus on one occasion, I had let a friend borrow the camera and on return it refused to work , it just wouldnt power up no matter what. It is unknown what had happened to it but I have never personally had it go wrong on me before or since the incident and it does take a lot of batter having travelled a lot over its two year life. The c-1 zoom is not intended as a fantastic expert camera, I think this is more of a point click and save your image camera, it is a very easy to use camera. All you have to do is point and click the image will appear in the lcd window for a few seconds,but if you shut the lens and power up the camera you can browse all the images that you have taken. There are three image settings (SQ,HQ and SHQ) which stand for standard quality, high quality and super high quality. to be honest I wouldnt use the SQ setting very often as the quality is good but not great like HQ and SHQ are. the only problem is that the card supplied by olympus is only 8Mb in size and so you can only store about 8 images in SHQ mode and about 30 in HQ. I would definately say that it would be worth your while buying a smart-media card for the camera before you buy it 64Mb or 128Mb if you can afford it which would cost about £20 for the 64 and £40 for the 128Mb card. That way you ensure that you have enough memory for plenty of SHQ images. another disadvantage of the camera is that the battery consumption is terrible, the camera only uses two AA batteries but it eats them like crazy. I only use the best Duracell batteries I can get but they are gone after about 30 shots. For the best results get yourself a charger and a set of those NI-MH batteries they are usually bright green not the red ones. a couple of those last a lot longer and you can charge them when you get home. Dont let those issues
put you off though as the camera is great, its easy to use not too heavy or large for a handbag or a pocket for that matter. The image quality is good and the ease of connection to a PC is also good with the supplied cable. In fact if your running XP then it is extra simple just plug in the camera and windows allows you to browse the smart media card like a removable hard drive which makes cut and paste so much simpler. also even though it is called a zoom camera I think the Zoom feature could have been better. it is not bad but not massivley improved from the standard C-1 Supplied with the camera I got a user Manual A cable to attch the camera to a pc or video to see the photos on a TV a USB cable to transfer the files to your PC A CD of drivers for the camera and a free Olympus battery (also short life span) Overall a great little family camera to take to the beach or to the zoo for the day. A modern replacement for your old point and click 35mm
The C-1 ZOOM [c-you] is ideal for those looking for the best start in digital photography. Besides a bright, 3x zoom lens it also includes the exclusive TruePic image optimization system which guarantees impressive true-color results with amazing clarity. Furthermore, automatic operation and the user-friendly menu ensure effortless shooting. This affordable digital compact camera comes in a sleek, stylish design. Sporting a stylish, flowing design and compact form, the C-1 ZOOM is sure to get noticed. It slips comfortably into just about any pocket. The opto-digital specialist Olympus has made sure this digital camera offers the level of photo performance and enjoyment found in analog compact models at a price the first-time user can afford.
The bright lens provides the photographer with more versatility when shooting in low-light conditions, such as at dusk. By using the 3x optical zoom together with the 2x digital zoom, the user can move in 6x closer for more detail or pull out for the big picture. Precision metering systems ensure effortless operation. While the Through-The-Lens (TTL) autofocus delivers superb sharpness, the camera's ESP light metering system takes readings from numerous points in the frame to find the optimal exposure settings. In tricky lighting conditions, the photographer may also use the exposure compensation. Life-like colors are assured by automatic white balance. Four pre-set white balance modes (sunlight, overcast days, tungsten and florescent light) are also available. To improve the picture's gradation, color and contrast, this model also utilizes the innovative Olympus TruePic algorithm. Olympus has paid special attention to making this camera very user-friendly. Automatic settings offer trouble-free, single button operation. The first-time user will also find it easy to try out the manually-adjustable features thanks to the well-laid-out menu, displayed in the color TFT LCD monitor on the rear of the camera. The arrow-key makes scrolling through the options fast and comfortable. "Shooting digital" lets the photographer check - and enjoy - the results immediately on the LCD monitor. If the photo is not as intended or does not show the desired effect, it can be deleted and a new shot taken. Olympus has pooled its opto-digital experience to make the C-1 ZOOM [c-you] a camera that incorporates top performance and ease-of-use at an attractive price. With the second model in the [c-you] series planned for this summer, Olympus presents a superb opportunity for everyone to discover digital photography.