Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom

Announced Feb 12, 2004 •
8 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 140 mm (5×)
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This is a Great Camera and still takes good shots considering its age. Tilting screen has been a big plus for low or high shot framing. Other reviews here pretty much say it all. Second hand ones can sell from £100 to £200, which keeps this 8.0 meg good spec' Camera as good value for money even now. Problems: Grip rubber peals off Close up shots using the pop up flash I get a nice curved shadow in my pic's, it's from the tip of the lens. CF card recognition failed, only recently, I have no ...

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Should have written a review years a go! Oh well, better late than never :-) Plus points: 1. Lens alone is worth its weight in gold. 2. At base ISO, SHQ, JPEG image quality is to die for. Simply superb! 3. SuperMacro mode probably as good as it ever got in any compact 4. Tilt LCD 5. Fast to switch on/off. Negatives: 1. Slow to focus in low light. Slow to re-focus if subject moves. 2. Slow RAW write-to-card time (12-14 seconds) 3. Noise above ISO-200 4. Maximum sensitivity ISO-400 Problems: No ...

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ithacar
 
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Inspired to write this after many years ownership as this camera still has the most satisfying shutter sound of any I have used- a discreet but decisive 'thock', makes the moment of taking the picture a real excitement and pleasure. Oh, and the picture quality, for its age, is great - but it's the shutter sound that still keeps me picking it up and using it. Problems: Many - interminable RAW write time, clunky focus lock, etc. - but for the sake of that shutter sound, who cares?

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Sils
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My 2 C8080s rival any DSLR out there for IQ. What more then that can you say.After 5 years of use, I should know. Once you master the menus :) and that can be frustrating it is a joy to use! Problems: None!

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I've used my 8080 since they first appeared and I still like it. Great lens. Some reviewers complain about slow write times in Raw - 13 seconds is an eternity. Just for fun I used a 2Gb H xD card. Write times came down to 10 seconds. Not much improvement but every little helps. Camera has the 78 firmware. The camera is inclined to miss-focus in low light and sometimes I find using spot focus helps. Now that I'm aware of the focus problem I just check more carefully. Problems: Occasional ...

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Fast becoming a real classic Taking into account that the C-8080 is over 5 years old now (2009), this is an excellent camera. In its day it must have been leading the pack (as many reviewers at that time seem to indicate). Magnesium alloy body, top quality Olympus lens, many user options. Excellent output. Bought second hand (Ebay) complete with battery grip and original extras, plus 2x 2 Gig cards (XD and CF) and 2 batteries. The C-8080 is a miniature E-1 in many respects, quality of ...

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This is the First Digital Camera I've bought, researched it for 3 years, bought a used one off ebay, and if it's picture quality for dollar value you want, this is quite possibly as good as it gets. I've taken 2000 pics allready and most are keepers. Stunning clarity Problems: None so far

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I bought mine second hand on EBAY in October 2006 and have been extremely pleased with it. The lens is superb and the image quality is good for a camera of this type. The low light performance is good for a camera of this vintage but focussing can be painfully slow in poor light, the camera also has a tendency to focus on the background when trying to shoot a portrait or group shot, unless there's a face in the middle of the screen. The camera is generally easy to use but the zoom control is ...

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I have >30 years of photography experience mainly with 35mm Pentax SLR's but got into digital in 2003 when I was loaned a 4mp Sony DSC-S85 P&S with Carl Zeiss optics. In 2005 I bought my first digicam which was a refurbished Nikon Coolpix 5400 and at the time was all the camera I ever wanted, but as the DP bug bit I later added aCoolpix 8700. I now have a Coolpix 8800 and Nikon D40 Dslr having sold the 5400 and 8700 recently. Thanks to excellent advice here in DP Review I had been made well ...

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Cant believe I forgot to put a review here. I have owned this camera for over two years and Im still happy with it. It was purchased as a interim between my compact Minolta F100 and when I finally bought a DSLR. The C8080 has a great lens, great image IQ, fast start up, long battery life, very good low light performance and easy to use. Feels good in the hand and it is built well. Always happy with its results and most mistakes are generally my fault... :) Problems: Was a bit pricey when I ...

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