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Olympus CAMEDIA C-3000 ZOOM

Product Type:Digital camera with 4.5cm/1.8-inch color TFT LCD monitor
Memory:3V (3.3V) SmartMedia (SSFDC) card (2MB, 4MB, 8MB, 16MB, 32MB and 64MB). One 8MB card including Panorama function is supplied with camera
Recording System:Still image; JPEG (DCF: Design rule for Camera File system); TIFF (non-compressed); DPOF support (Digital Print Order Form rule); Motion picture; QuickTime movie JPEG with sound, 4 sec. of sound with still image; wave format
Number of storable pictures with 8MB SmartMedia card:
  • 0: TIFF 2048x1536 uncompressed
  • 1: TIFF 1600x1200 uncompressed
  • 2: TIFF 1280x960 uncompressed
  • 3: TIFF 1024x768 uncompressed
  • 8: TIFF 640x480 uncompressed
  • 3 or more: SHQ 2048x1536; 2.7:1 JPEG
  • 10 or more: HQ 2048X1536; 8:1 JPEG
  • 5 or more: SQ1 high 1600x1200 low compression
  • 15 or more: SQ1 normal 1600x1200 std. compression
  • 8 or more: SQ1 high 1280x960 low compression
  • 24 or more: SQ1 normal 1280x960 std. compression
  • 13 or more: SQ2 high 1024x768 low compression
  • 38 or more: SQ2 normal 1024x768 std. compression
  • 33 or more: SQ2 high 640x480 low compression
  • 82 or more: SQ2 normal 640x480 std. compression
Image pickup element:1/1.8-inch CCD solid-state image pickup 3.34 million pixel (effective 3.24 million pixel) (Interlaced CCD-Square Pixels-CMYbG)
White balance:iESP Multi-pattern full-auto TTL, manual (daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light)
Lens:Olympus lens 6.5-19.5mm 2.8, 8-elements in 6 groups (equivalent to 32-96mm lens on 35mm camera)
Digital Zoom:1-2.5x (continuous zooming from maximum optical zoom)
Photometric system:Digital "ESP" Multi-pattern matrix metering system and spot metering
Exposure control:Programmed auto exposure, aperture priority, shutter priority, +/- 2Ev by 1/3EV steps exposure compensation; auto bracketing: selectable from 1/3EV, 2/3EV and 1EV; 3 or 5 images; aperture priority: wide; F2.8-11.0, Tele: F2.8-11.0, 1/3EV steps; shutter priority: still image: 1-1/800sec. (used with mechanical shutter), 1/3EV steps; manual exposure: shutter speed up to 16 sec.; motion JPEG image mode: 1/30-1/10,000 sec.
ISO:Auto, user selectable; 100, 200, 400 equivalent ISO
Focusing:iESP Multi-pattern TTL system autofocus (contrast detection system) with focusing range: 8"/0.2m-(infinity)
Working range:Standard mode: 30"/0.8-(infinity); macro mode: 8"/0.2-30"/0.8 m
Viewfinder:Optical real-image viewfinder (close-up correction marks, autofocus mark/backlighting correction mark); LCD monitor
LCD monitor:4.5cm/1.8-inch wide-view color TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels (made from low-temperature poly-silicon); brightness adjustment is possible
Flash modes:Built-in flash: auto-flash (low- and back-light), red-eye reducing flash, off, fill-in; External terminal (FL-40): off, auto, foced-fill activation; Slow Synchronization: (first-curtain synchronization effect, second-curtain synchronization effect)
Flash working range:Wide; appox. 0.8-5.6m, telephoto; approx. 0.2-3.8m (ISO 100)
Battery charging time for flash:Less than 6 seconds (at normal temp. with new battery), LB-01 performs best
Sequence mode:1.2 frames per sec. up to 2 frames; 1.2 second shot to shot at all times (SQ and HQ only); 7 sec. between shots (SHQ-TIFF)
Motion picture mode:Format: QuickTimeTM Motion JPEG; HQ: 320x240 pixels, 15 frame/sec. up to approx. 15 sec.; SQ: 160x120 pixels, 15 frame/sec. up to approx. 60 sec.
Image effect:Sepia mode, B&W, Black board mode, White board mode
Self-timer/remote control:12-second delay/2 sec. with included RM-1 remote controller operation
Setting memorization:Possible (hold or reset)
Outer connector:DC input terminal, data input/output terminal (RS232C), USB interface; Video/Autio output terminal (NTSC), external flash terminal for FL-40 (optional cable)
Operating environment:Operation: 0

Comments: This camera has encouraged me to really play more with the shots I take. It is very easy to use and has many great features. We've even purchased a few addons for this unit. Addons like a zoom lens and a special lens assembly that mounts over the LCD screen so you can use it more like an optical viewfinder. I never really liked those and seem to always go for the LCD monitors because they, to me, appear to show a truer rendition of what your shot will look like when you take it.

The manual, while physically small, is very comprehensive and covers 235 pages. It is very well written and informative with a good table of contents and even a FAQ section. (by mfl)