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Olympus C-3040Z Review

April 2001 | By Phil Askey

Review based on a full production C-3040Z

Olympus surprised us all when they announced the C-3040Z back in November last year, the camera, almost identical to it's sibling the C-3030Z is distinguished mainly by the super fast F1.8 - F2.6 zoom lens, spot AF and one-touch white balance otherwise features are almost the same:

  C-3040 Zoom C-3030 Zoom
Lens 3 x zoom
Olympus 35 mm - 105 mm
F1.8 - F2.6
Ten pieces in seven groups
3 x zoom
Olympus 32 mm - 96 mm
F2.8 (fixed across zoom range)
Eight pieces in six groups
Focus TTL ESP AF (0.2m - Infinity)
Spot AF
Manual (0.2m - Infinity)
TTL ESP AF (0.2m - Infinity)
Manual (0.2m - Infinity)
Digital Zoom 1 x - 2.5 x
(up to 5 x in VGA mode)
1 x - 2.5 x
White Balance

Full Auto TTL (ESP)
Four presets
One-touch manual

Full Auto TTL (ESP)
Four presets
Metering TTL ESP
Multi area spot
Aperture Priority Wide: F1.8 - F10
Tele: F2.6 - F10
Wide/Tele: F2.8 - F11
Shutter Priority 4 - 1/800 sec 1 - 1/800 sec
In-camera Contrast can be set -
Movie mode Can zoom Can not zoom
Recording medium SmartMedia
4 MB, 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB
2MB, 4 MB, 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB

Considering which obviously the majority of this review will be based on my review of the C-3030Z, apart from rerunning all the performance / image quality tests on the new camera and exploring some of the cameras new features.

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Photographs of the camera were taken with a Canon EOS-D30, images which can be viewed at a larger size have a small magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the image, clicking on the image will display a larger (normally 1024 x 768 or smaller if cropped) image in a new window.

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This review is Copyright 2001 Phil Askey and the review in part or in whole may NOT be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author. For information on reproducing any part of this review (or any images) please contact: Phil Askey.

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