Olympus C-3040Z Review
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)
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|
Full Auto TTL (ESP)
|Full Auto 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|
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.
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