Olympus C-21

Announced Jun 28, 1999 •
2 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 38 mm
Gerry Hanna
 
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A lovely shirt-pocket rocket. Can create good 10X8 (inch) prints. Great viewfinder; an outstanding lens with useable max aperture and other settings, set it apart from other point and shooters. Though fixed lens a handicap at times but you can't have everything. CONS - ISO 200 and above pretty useless. Odd ON/OFF switch. Camera one of the best of its kind. Problems: Biggest problem - only two battery cells! Making for too short use. Another couple would have made a nice handgrip, instead ...

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Unknown user 65837
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Takes excellent quality shots - good resolution & sharpness. I bought mine for £200 about 6 months ago and have used it to take to photos both in England and on a tour of India. I also use an SLR, but bought this because of its small size - there is little difference in the picture quality, but I do miss the optical zoom as the digital zoom included is hard to use and reduces picture quality. Takes some time to upload using the serial lead, so I would recommend you but if you buy a USB card ...

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Unknown user 65077
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This model is quite easy to take everywhere. The only problems are with batteries - always have to carry extra batteries on your pocket. Also the settings are lost when you change batteries or after you close the camera. Anyway the quality of the images is exellent. Problems: Battery hatch broke after nine months - now have to use adhesive tape to keep batteries inside the camera.

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Unknown user 59915
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I Have had this camera for more than a year now. The image quality is superb. The camera is grogrammed like no other that I have tested: You can take photos without flash in almost complete darkness. Unlike others (also e.g. Olympus) this one preferably changes to ISO 200 or 400 in low light instead of slowing down the shutter speed. So you get clear sharp images (even with 400 ISO) without flash. No idea how they do it, but no other camera is so reliable in that respect. Just switch off the ...

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I first bought the new C-100 because the reviews and sample pictures gave me the idea that it was a great camera. But it was realy bad not at all what I expected! So got back to the store and wanted to buy a 2.100.000 pixel camera and one that makes sharper pictures... so I thought of the C-960. The shop had a 'left over' C-21 and in a minute I was sold... I made some macro pictures and some portrets and it was sharp, good color in two words super good! I bought it for about 325 US dollars ...

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what images. What is really amazing about this camera is the quality (for the money) of the images .Sharp, colourful pictures from a tiny camera with a microscopic (!) lens (still a f 2.4). I bought mine for 200pounds, same if not better quality compared to the Canon S10 (no zoom though!),AA batteries (lasting more then avarage considering that it uses only 2 of them),Smart media. Grab it if you can find one and wait (happily shoting around) until the prices of entry level cameras are going ...

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I bought this camera for $450 aprox. about 20 days after it was announced in europe. What made me mad was that it was discontinued in less than 1 year. Another problem i have is that the software that comes with C-21 is "Basic" the least. The front lens cover opens easily and i have quite often problems with the focus, since rubish tend to go inside the lens. Other than that when i bought it (1,5 years ago) it had the largest pixel/size ratio, although even now it isnt bad at all. I find ...

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Unknown user 43766
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Point and shoot comes of age with this excellent little camera, have used this one for 1 year with no problems. Try not to use the screen to much as battery life is below average. Image quality is top notch for such a small package printing up to to A4 size has been a pleasure. All in all, small camera = large smile!! Problems: (battery life) --motto-- if you use digital ( always carry spare batterys as you should anyway!! )

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Lyrce
 
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Truly astonishing, sharp and colorful results from a cute, teeny, go-anywhere 2.1 MP camera. Very simple to use, particularly if you are familiar with Olympus cameras. It uses two batteries, so naturally they do not last long if you use the LCD to compose, review, delete, light your way out of the theatre etc. But if you buy a set of 4 heavy-duty recyclables, you are set for awhile. Now, iinstead of thinking about the shot you missed, you can whip this out and shoot it. Joy! L.

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Adrian Cheong
 
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Battery hatch too easy to break - I own two and both broke Eats batteries for lunch even though I use 1800 mAh nimhs BRILLIANT image quality Tough machine survived 3 drops onto concrete No complaints for a $ 250 camera!!!!! But time to move on.........the battery issue is getting on my nerves

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