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Olympus Camedia C-370 Zoom

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      23.04.2010 19:30
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      Compact digital camera. Good for a spare.

      This is a tiny little camera which will fit easily into a pocket and even fits neatly into the palm of your hand, well a bloke's hand. Best of all, is that it doesn't take up too much space in a glove compartment.

      Despite owning various bits of photography equipment from cheapo up to quite expensive, I still seek out various bits and pieces for various reasons. I always like to have a camera on me - I rarely rely on a mobile phone camera. I like to have a camera proper with me when I go out. Inevitably that day will come when you just can't be bothered lugging a camera about with you, or you simply forget to take one with you.

      This was bought more or less for that last reason in mind. I wanted something that I could leave in the glove compartment of the car, without worrying too much about a big loss if it got nicked. That way I always (providing I have taken the car), have a camera on me if I have forgotten to take one.

      This cost less than a fiver on ebid.net.

      It is only 3.2 megapixels, which is nothing these days, however, you are still going to get a good record of whatever you have photographed, and a reasonably good large print at A4.

      You might find it a little noisy, but that is generally in situations where there is not enough light to overcome the inherent noise.

      There are various image size modes down, though I tend to stick with 2048x1536 SHQ. The others are 2048x1536 HQ, 1800X1200 and 640X480

      It is very straightforward to use. I tend to use it in the P-Auto mode, there is also a portrait mode, landscape, nightscene, and a movie mode. With the movie mode you are limited to 30 seconds. This caught me out when I bought this, as most other cameras I have used, you are only limited by the size of your memory card.

      I also generally use cameras in manual mode wherever possible, that way you have control over as much of the final scene as your camera will allow. You are limited with this in that you can only alter the EV, to give you a bit of control over exposure. It is still useful to have this, so I am not being overcritical.

      If you like taking photos of yourself and your buddies, you can put it on timer, stand it on a handy surface and get into the shot.

      I especially like the 2 macro modes. Although not true macro, it will still let you get in close for those shots where you might need to show a small thing with detail. If I recall correctly it will let you go in as close as 10cm.

      The zoom control will let you get a little closer to the action, though don't expect to get that seashell on the shore, when you are at the top of a cliff. Part of the reach is digital zoom, which is handy for getting a little closer if you can't use a digital imaging package for close cropping.

      On the side you can connect a power supply. I don't have the appropriate one, so have never tried it. There is also a USB for hooking it up to your PC, and an A/V out for hooking it up to your telly for quick viewing.

      Speaking of viewing, the screen on the back is piddly, and there is no viewfinder. Also if it is sunny, chances are you won't see what is in the screen, you will need to guess. Though with a 256mb xD card in there you will have the chance of over 600 guesses!

      Such is society's rush to get the biggest and best, that there are stacks of these older models around for next to nothing, and they are just as good for making a record of a time or a place - maybe not so good for the demand of the dedicated amateur, or semi-pro (although I have sold a few images I took with this camera), but definitely good enough to keep in the glove compartment for that time when there is a stunning sunset and you have forgot to bring a camera out with you.

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        27.07.2009 22:28
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        Absolutely perfect for someone's first digital camera.

        Technical info: 3.2 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, USB, XD-Picture, 140 gram, 1.5 inch LCD.
        Price range for new product: £79.99 - £153.69
        This is my first digital camera, and when I bought it I needed something small and easy to use, for taking close-up pictures.
        After spending a while researching, I decided to buy this camera, and I'm really pleased I did, especially at the £15 it cost me on eBay, for a new one.

        It has the same features most digital cameras have - optical and digital zoom, USB connection to computer, 1.5" LCD, etc.
        The Olympus Camedia C-370 Zoom is extremely easy to use. I looked at the instructions for about 5 minutes before using, just to understand the basics of using it, and I haven't needed them since. All the buttoms are very self-explanatory, and straightforward.
        It has a few different options for taking photos, most of which I don't even need to use, including: portrait, self-portrrait, landscape, normal and video. There is also and option that heps lessen red eye effects.

        The Macro zoom is very useful - using it you can take clear pictures from about 2 or 3 inches away, providing you have enough light to do so.
        You have a choice of a variety of sizes to take your pictures in - 2048x1536 is the largest, but if you don't have enough memory for that, you can use the 640x480 option. Doing that, you can hold about 70 photos at one time using just the 12MB of built in memory. Otherwise, you can buy an XD card for more memory. The photos are saved as JPG files.

        As I mentioned before, you can also take video with the camera, but no audio. The video is seved as a Quicktime file.
        Once you have taken your photos, you can view them by pressing a button next to the screen, and choose wether you want to keep them or delete them.

        Running on 2 AA batteries, you can take a lot of photos. I haven't exctly counted how many, but this year I've only had to change the batteries 2 or 3 times. You can use rechargeable batteries, or plug the camera into the mains if you are at home.
        Connecting the camera to a computer is easy. Just plug in the USB cord that comes with the camera, and transfer your images.

        Basically, I would recommend this camera to anyone that hasn't had a digital camera before, or to someone that wants a very easy-to-use camera for taking simple photos.

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        20.08.2005 09:47
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        Where shall i start?! I love everything about this camera. My old digital camera could not take clear pictures, but this one is professional quality every time!

        Its a sexy little thing, that fits in my bag and does not weigh much. Its 3.2 megapixels mean that you are picking up every detail in the photos you are taking. It has 3x optical zoom and 12x total seamless zoom, you can zoom in for ages! I zoom all the time and the pictures come out just as clear as if it were a normal photo. It has 1.5" Colour LCD Display and everything looks beautiful on it!

        The buttons on the camera itself are pretty straightforward and easy for a beginner to use! The delete button is a icon of a bin, the button to browse pictures is the play icon and to get back to taking photos, you press the button with the camera icon etc...

        It has 6 different shooting modes, 1st is normal shooting mode, 2nd is portrait, 3rd is landscape, 4th is landscene, 5th is self portrait and the 6th and final one is movie mode. On movie mode you can record for up to 30 seconds and can also watch it back on your television, although it does not record sound. You can also load it on to your computer, as it is compatible with QuickTime.

        The software for the computer, is very easy to load and it comes with its own USB cable, which is a decent length.

        Even though it doesnt come with any extra accessories, in shops they usually give you a discount on the pack, when you buy the camera. The pack standardly contains the carry case and another memory card for the camera.

        For around £100 depending on where your shopping, i think its the best digi cam you'll be able to get with that money!
        Happy Snapping!

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