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Olympus C-5050 Zoom joins the Camedia range - Olympus introduces the C-5050 Zoom, a new high-end model in the compact CAMEDIA digital camera series that follows the popular C-3040Z and C-4040Z.
Olympus have announced their first compact five megapixel digital camera. It offers compatability with the new xD-Picture Cards, as well as the existing SmartMedia and CompactFlash I & II varieties. For a full run-down of features, please see the press release below.
Olympus introduces the C-5050 Zoom, a new high-end model in the compact CAMEDIA digital camera series that follows the hugely popular C-3040Z and C-4040Z. This 5.0 megapixel camera continues to offer superb features and new options as well.
As well as boasting 5 megapixels, the C-5050 Zoom is one of the first Olympus cameras to feature the new xD-Picture Card format. With two card slots for three memory standards, the camera offers the end user the chance to use SmartMedia, Compact Flash and the new xD-Picture Card format. The camera is supplied with 32Mb of xD-Picture Card memory.
But it's not just the memory format that is new. The super bright F1.8 35 - 108mm lens (equivalent in 35mm format), 3x optical zoom and 3.3x digital zoom lens provides up to 10x magnification.
The C-5050 Zoom allows full control of manual settings including Focus, Aperture and Shutter Priority. The built-in flash offers a number of flash modes, or for the would-be professional the C-5050 Zoom offers Hot shoe connection to offer synchronisation with TTL flash system FL-40. The C-5050 Zoom also includes a live histogram function normally only found in cameras targeted at professionals.
On the back, the C-5050 Zoom features a large, bright, sharp 1.8inch colour TFT LCD monitor with 110,000 pixels. In addition to being able to adjust brightness the screen can be tilted so pictures can be framed without the need of seeing the subject through the viewfinder.
Aside from the numerous pre-programmed settings available, users may also save their favourite manual settings in the eight "My Mode" program settings that can be accessed as easily as the pre-set programs. Those keen on sequences will benefit from the C-5050 Zoom's capability to take 11 shots in succession at a speed of up to 1.7 frames per second.
New to the range is the C-5050 Zoom's ability to allow the user to crop and resize images without downloading to a PC. Using the LCD screen to act as a mini-editing suite photographers can achieve the results they want while out on a shoot. Images can then be printed straight off the xD-Picture Card or SmartMedia card direct to a printer.
Like the C-4040 Zoom, the C-5050 Zoom features Olympus' Noise Reduction System. It compares images against a black background to identify and then removes all noise from the image. This is a unique feature in digital cameras to minimise background noise for clearer, more precise pictures.
As with other digital cameras in the Olympus range, white balance has also undergone further development to ensure more realistic reproduction of skin tones under all light sources. This is reflected by the nine pre-set white balance settings, including four fluorescent lighting settings.
The iESP (Intelligent Electro Selective Pattern) auto-focus system automatically determines the distance of the subject and alters the focus accordingly to allow for better pictures. The C-5050 Zoom also features a unique "AF area selection" system that gives the user the chance to move the Focusing point along a horizontal and vertical axis within the viewfinder. This gives the photographer greater control over the cameras autofocus. If a subject is off centre, the system can be guided to focus on that rather than the photographer having to point the centre spot at the subject, lock the focus and reframe.
Availability and pricing
The C-5050 Zoom will be available in October 2002, RRP £699.99.