Olympus have announced the 8 megapixel C-8080 WIDE ZOOM digital camera. They
claim the C-8080 WZ delivers an outstanding performance and confidently measures
up to a digital SLR in its class. Packed with features and offering a wide angle,
5x zoom lens, sunshine LCD technology and a short shutter release lag time,
the C-8080 WZ is capable of even the most demanding of creative photography.
The C-8080 WZ is equipped with a 5x, f2.4-3.5 zoom lens to draw the maximum
performance from the camera's 8 megapixel CCD. The high quality optics include
14 high quality lenses arranged in five groups and two aspherical lenses to
reduce distortion. In addition, three ED elements help minimise chromatic aberration,
an effect that often occurs when shooting in telephoto setting. The focal length
extends from 7.1 to 35.6mm, equivalent 28mm to 140mm on a 35mm camera.
The C-8080 WZ features an electronic viewfinder to guarantee precise framing
of a shot. It boasts a resolution of 240,000 pixels, an image refresh rates
of 60fps and a delay of a mere 50ms. Furthermore, it displays all activated
settings so that the photographer doesn't need to take their eye from a subject
In addition to a release time lag of just 0.3 sec, rapid data processing also
dictates very fast exposure rates. For example, 1.6 frames (each with 8 million
pixels) can be shot per second in the sequence shooting and auto bracketing
settings in any JPEG mode.
Despite the rapid development and optimisation of digital cameras in recent
years, when it comes to LCD monitors, there remains one frustrating problem
- in bright light, it's often impossible to see the picture on the monitor.
The C-8080 WZ boasts a new sunshine LCD to put an end to this. Even under dazzling
spotlights or in the summer sun, it displays bright, clear images, to allow
the photographer to frame and check their shots accurately. The monitor can
also be tilted down 20 degrees or up to 90 degrees to provide a clear view of
a subject when shooting from a difficult perspective.
The C-8080 WZ holds its own against many digital SLR models when it comes to
precision metering technology too. Alongside highly accurate light and white
balance metering systems, the C-8080 WZ features a dual AF system. A TTL contrast
detection system is combined with an additional passive metering system, which
uses a second sensor to calculate the phase difference and thus the subject's
distance. The camera then fine-tunes the readings for optimum sharpness. The
user can select a range of focusing options: iESP, spot autofocus (the metering
spot can be placed in 13 different positions in the frame), full time AF and,
of course, manual focus.
Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Full Manual modes provide full creative
scope to achieve the image required. To capture moving pictures, the C-8080
WIDE ZOOM offers a movie recording option with sound. The sequence's duration
is limited only by the memory card's capacity. Both xD-Picture cards or CompactFlash
cards may be used with the C-8080 WZ and thanks to an USB 2.0 AutoConnect interface,
all results can be downloaded quickly and easily to a PC.
The C-8080 WZ is also compatible with a wide range of CAMEDIA system accessories
and has a bayonet mount system to allow the quick and effortless addition of
tele and wide angle lens converters. A hot shoe connection allows the use of
high performance external flash units for professional lighting effects.
This C-8080 WZ is packaged with the CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software. Perfect for
optimising, editing and managing digital files, this updated version of the
software allows RAW format images to be converted according to the user's requirements.
This offers ambitious photographers the opportunity to "develop" shots
using the optimal PC settings.
The C-8080 WIDE ZOOM - main features:
· 8.0 mega pixels
· Magnesium alloy body
· 5x optical zoom (equiv. 28 - 140mm on 35mm camera), f2.4-3.5
· Very short shutter release time lag of 0.3 sec. and extremely fast
· Sunshine LCD monitor (may be tilted down 20 and up 90 degrees)
· High speed sequence shooting: 1.6 frames per second (except TIFF)
· Auto bracketing: up to 5 images (except TIFF)
· Electronic viewfinder with 240,000 pixels
· Programme, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual modes
· Numerous focusing control options: iESP, spot (manual positioning of
metering spot in frame), full time AF, manual focus
· Dual AF system
· Hot shoe
· Movie recording function with sound
· USB 2.0
· A variety of newly-developed accessories are available, including a
direct filter mount and bayonet mount conversion lens system
· CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software