98.4% of Users Would Recommend this Digital Camera
1.6% of Users Would Not Recommend this Digital Camera
TOTAL USER RATINGS: 62
PROS: The number one feature for me is the ergonomics of the 8080 and it is the best improvement by Olympus so far. At the end of the day I was zipping through ISOs, macro/normal, flash/no flash, auto/manual focus, reviewing recently shot pic. etc. without ever taking my eyes off the viewfinder. It's set up so that you don't have to go through millions of menus, but you can if you want. Learning curve is no problem if you've owned e-20, 5050 or 5040 and they've made an effort to make the manual on the CD-ROM clearer. The 8 mp does make a big difference compared to 5mp of 5060 or E20. Big 13 x 17 images are absolutely no problem. I could see the difference immediatly just by looking at the thumbnails in Photoshop File Browser. Another big plus (especially living in the southwest, where there is too much light) is the LCD which is clear and readable no matter what the situation.
CONS: Strt-up time, shooting and focusing were great but only after I spent time reading the sections in the manual and setting up the camera accordingly. The electronic viewfinder takes some time getting used to and I disabled the feature where you view the pic. right after you've shoot it so as not to get dizzy. Not a big issue as there is a quick-view button to quickly review the pictures you've just shot. If this camera had a manual zoom like the E-20 it would be the absolute perfect perfect camera. I would not recommend this camera to anyone shooting fast moving or sports photography. Too much electronic zooming and focusing. However, wonderful for portraits, macro, and landscape photography
PROS: Easier to use, battery life, image quality, features.
CONS: Few IF ANY.
PROS: great, fast (2.4-3.5) lens super-fast operation superb image quality strong flash flexible media 2.0 USB
CONS: only nit-picks a bit heavy power button in a bad place
PROS: The camera was designed with the prosumer in mind. It has all the key features needed so that I only need to take one camera when I travel. I especially enjoy the close-up or macro focusing features. The end results using a tripod are stunning. The camera is very fast in recycle time. I especially like being able to use either the viewfinder or monitor when shooting and reviewing saved photos. I have been involved in photography for almost 40 years and have own almost as many cameras and I must say that the Olympus C-8080 is the best handling camera with the most complete set of usable features I've ever owned. The instruction manual is extremely well done and covers all the camera's features in a very thorough manner.
CONS: The on/off button is located where the shutter button is usually located. I've turned the camera off several times when trying to take a picture. This could be a problem when there isn't time for a second shot.
PROS: This product puts the final nail in the 35mm coffin for any "prosumer". Image quality is simply awesome! The camera feels like a dream in your hands - ready to capture life in all its visual glory. Wow! I've looked hard at all of the 8MP on the market, and if you read all of the reviews, Olympus always comes out on top. I'm a first-time Olympus customer... and they've already won my heart and mind.
PROS: High quality product. Excellent pictures. Strong and very well finished camera casing. Easy to use. (Note: some reviewers complain about the complexity of the menus. This is true: menus are rather complex. But with the MyMode option you can keep your most convenient settings.) Fast start-up.
CONS: 400 ISO is not sufficient to make most indoor pictures, so you must use the flash (which is not very powerful + creates shadows). I was also surprised by the shutter delay: according to reviews it should not be noticable, but it is still longer than I expected. Storing RAW and TIFF images takes very long. In short: excellent camera (I'm happy with it), but you must know where you want to use it for (and consider the other 8 MPX cameras when choosing).
PROS: Tons of manual controls, focuses great in low light with autofocus illuminator.
CONS: power zoom a little touchy.
PROS: Great Camera! Best picture. Best overall in 8 Megapxiel class.
CONS: There is nothing that I dislike about this camera!
PROS: I did a lot of research before purchasing an 8 Megapixel camera. I checked Steve's digicams, DPR, and digital imaging, and they all gave high marks to this camera. If image quality and control are what you want, this is your camera. Over all it was better reviewed then the other, though particular features( like anti shake in the Minolta) may make you pick a different camera.
CONS: I love the full swivel lcd on my g3 canon and really miss it on this camera. I also miss the full ******* remote. Having to use button combinations to access funtions is sort of a drag a drag as well. I haven't had to try this yet but some reviews mention long RAW image processing times.
PROS: 1) incredable picture quality, resolution, color balance 2) manual controls for everything available 3) movies with sound as long as the card has memory 4) less purple fringing on high contrast shots than any other camera I have used 5) fat32 CF formating 6) magnesium case and great build quilty 7) battery life: at 834 shots I have yet to find the limits of battery life 8) the lens: the big lens gives great low light performance 9) fantastic auto-focus performance
CONS: 1) slow CF write speed. This camera will not utilize the full speed of a ultra CF card. I microdrive would be a better choice in MB/$ for this camera 2) ungodly slow RAW performance (due to the slow CF write speed) 3) camera locks durring RAW file write 4) zoom is locked while in movie mode
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