Best of Oly Colours
Yes, I agree with you. I used to have the C-8080WZ and I always liked the colors it produces, like your shots, there's a touch of realism in the rendering of colors that is hard to equal, let alone surpass them.
I don't find this anymore with the newer cameras like the E-5 E-P3, E-PM1 which I bought and returned. Too much reddish hue nowadays in Oly colors.
Yes, the 5060 is an excellent camera. I still have its predecessor, 5050.
The colours are great in your samples, but I remember that both cams needed to be lowered in their contrast setting.
Today I like the colours of my XZ-1 also a lot.
Am I right to think that the 5 MP C5060 has one of Oly's best colours?
A subjective topic, but your pix are good evidence for your point of view. Your examples in different colors and situations show the versatility of the camera. It's so comfortable to shoot with a camera that can be relied upon to deliver.
The only Oly comparison I can make is between my C-8080 and E-420, which the older camera wins hands down.
Having said that, I've been impressed and pleased with the quality and consistency of non-PPed color output of the many Canon P&S models I've used.
I like your lone apple shot; I'll borrow the idea to use on my Jonagolds next fall.
Here's one picture taken with the 8mp Olympus E-500 this autumn. Even though there's many technological advancements since this camera was made about six years ago, the JPEG colors are great even in cloudy weather. It's hard to not use it (as long as there's enough light) even though my new Canon DSLR has more than twice the number of megapixels.
Olympus E-500, Zuiko 14-42mm lens, ISO400, F8, 1/50, 22mm FL
I think most would agree most Oly cameras have great colour range. My old Uzi and the SP570UZ have a great colour dynamic range.
In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,
the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.