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The Olympus has everything you want and a load of stuff you dont. A bit like my Nikon F601.
8Mp gives a realy good picture. Best of the 8Mp bunch.
However, digital even at 8Mp is not as good as film, but digital is the future, so I'm told.
But with raw files around 30Mb and JPG at 3.5Mb its going to have to do, as I dont want to work with bigger file sizes - ever!
The camera fires up very quickly, but takes pictures slowly, especially with both auto-focus system and anti-red-eye flash engaged.
Handling is fast and easy. The shutter button and other controls are much more comfortable than the Nikon, Fuji, Sony competition.
The menu takes a while to get used to, but then I still dont understand how to get to all of functions of my Nikon F601 after 12 years!
This is a respectable camera, that will give years of use and is unlikely to become obsolete. It will get cheaper though.
Okay, eight million pixels is impressive but it's not just the pixels that make the picture. That's why Olympus combines the high resolution with an optical system of the highest caliber. This camera's 5x wide zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 28 - 140mm) includes 3 ED lenses and has been designed to draw maximum performance from the CCD for spellbinding results. Wherever you are, no matter how bright the light, the innovative sunshine LCD makes sure you can check the captured image and share it with others. Protected by a magnesium alloy body, the C-8080 WIDE ZOOM brings the convenience, size and lightweight of a compact with performance and photographic versatility to rival many digital SLRs.