Olympus C-5050 Zoom

Announced Aug 19, 2002 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
JohnCarolan
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Always wondered what the 5050 was like, particularly after reading about pro PJ Alex Majoli using them a few years ago. Seeing the prices on ebay I couldn't resist getting one. Although slow to start up (3 or 4 secs) and takes 4 secs to write raw files, the file quality is excellent and I prefer it to the jpegs I get from my Canon G7, (which whatever you set the parameters to look artificial to me), whereas tones look natural from the 5050, I can uprez files to 13x19 and get excellent ...

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stedeschi
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I have had this camera for almost 5 years and I still love it. I've been toying with getting a dSLR and I'm not sure if it's worth it. This camera has many of the features a dSLR has besides the changeable lenses and the higher megapixels. It can shoot RAW images, has a high range of f-stops amongst other great features. It wasn't until I really started comparing this camera to dSLRs that I realized what a gem I already have. I've taken this camera on many trips (Alaska, Seattle, Miami, ...

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siliconeye
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5050 is still a good camera: handy, sturdy and versatile. With a fine lens (aperture from 1.8) usable also without a flash in dim light. Get a FL-40 flash and this old P&S serves you in most situations. Problems: A bit difficult to use. The flash empties the batteries too quickly. Zoom somewhat restricted (35-105 optical).

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Very good camera for the cost. I still use it for subject photos although purchased D-SLR Nikon D50. Permit make good quality pictures in normal light conditions. Problems: Very slow starting and focusing. Inconvenient system of manual focusing. Bad noices in low light.

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Lenard
 
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Love this camera, after 3yrs and many great picture this camers rocks. Give it any task and this camera will take your dream picture..This has to be the best camera that Olypus ever made...It finally gave out and i miss this camera very much.. Problems: none....

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I have had this camera for years, and can honestly say that the best pictures that I have ever taken have been from this camera. F1.8 lens, excellent optics, easy to use, buttons for most main functions. I have tried other cameras, but keep going back to this one. I've now moved to a Nikon SLR Problems: You can't fit a filter to protect the lens as the filter thread is on the camera, not the end of the lens! I would like info in the viewfinder to save moving the camera from my eye when ...

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dugaduga
 
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after 5 years to use i want to say i love you 5050 Problems: to young to rock'n roll...

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44Magpie
 
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Come Back To Daddy! I purchased this camera back in 2003 and fell in love with it. However, after other cameras caught my fancy I sold it to make other purchases. Just last week I came upon an absolute mint condition 5050 in one of the local camera shops. After some haggling I walked out the door with it at a great price. I should have never sold this camera in the first place. After going through about 8 others I have finally come back home to one of the best pro-sumer cameras ever made. Pro ...

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I bought mine new three years ago and have taken thousands of pictures with it. It's operated flawlessly to this day and produces some truely outstanding images. I love the macro ability of this camera. I also own the FL-40 flash unit, and would highly recommend it to anyone who owns this camera. It will expand your low light picture taking abilities immensly. I have a digital SLR as well, and now use this camera as an alternative when I want to travel light. I love its metal body, rugged ...

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TWBerlin
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Point, Wait & Shoot.... I have been using this camera for more than two years now; however, a recent trip to SE Asia was the first time I dared to go digital completely, not taking any 35mm camera with me. The 5050z is an excellent travel camera, it's rugged, withstands helicopter flying as well as days of travel in an open jeep without any problem and has never let me down. But... If it only wasn't so slow! With the time for switching it on, waiting for the AF to focus plus the shutter lag ...

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