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The C-8080 Wide Zoom is supplied with CD-ROM containing Olympus Camedia Master 4.2, the C-8080 Wide Zoom reference manual in PDF format and USB drivers. Camedia Master is an application for the transfer, browsing, editing and printing of images. In addition there is also an upgrade to Camedia Master Pro ($19.95 for Olympus Camedia Master owners). Camedia Master Pro in addition allows you to create HTML albums, edit QuickTime movies, stitch images not shot in Panorama mode, print contact sheets, Email images and backup albums and images.

While Camedia Master provides some RAW processing functionality it's a pity Olympus didn't choose to include the excellent and more professional feeling Olympus Studio (read about it in our E-1 review) with the C-8080.


Camedia Master 4.2

Below you can see the Camedia Master Pro main menu, this is the default screen when entering the application although you can choose to skip this menu and go directly to the Browse Images tool. Application tools are split into four categories:

  • Transfer Images (From Camera, From Media)
  • Browse Images
  • Print Images (Photo, Index, Calendar, Postcard, Album)
  • Create and Share (Auto Panorama, Wallpaper)

Transfer Images

You can 'Transfer Images' from either an attached camera or from media (any drive or folder - a card reader for example). In the example below we're simulating a card reader. You can transfer all images or just selected images to either a local folder or an Album. There is no option to rename images as they are transferred.

Browse Images

The image browser is at the heart of Camedia Master, it provides a thumbnail or single image view of images, these can be simply in a folder on a local drive or in an 'Album'. There are five different thumbnail sizes available and you can choose to sort the index of images by either filename or date. Image formats supported are JPEG, TIFF, RAW (ORF) and Movie clips (QuickTime).

Double-click on an image (or select single image view by moving the slider at the top left of the window) to see that image in more detail. In this view mode you can magnify and pan around the image as well as using the previous / next arrows to browse through other images. Note that the thumbnail index moves to the left of the window and so can still be used to select an image. Move the view mode slider (top left of window) to the left to switch back to thumbnail index view. My gripe in this view mode is that there was no indication of current zoom level.

From browse mode you can access various tools as well as transferring the selected image / images to any of the Print or Create functions (as seen on the main menu). These options are available from drop down menus and are shown in the composite image below. A summary of the function of each option can be found below the image.


Menu option Function
Properties Display properties for current image (includes certain EXIF information). Allows you to add comments, modify shooting date and also play / record linked audio clip. (see below)
Rotate
   Clockwise 90° Rotate current image through 90 degrees clockwise *
   Counterclockwise 90° Rotate current image through 90 degrees counterclockwise *
   180° Rotate current image through 180 degrees *
Edit Jump to the edit image tool (see below)
File
   Copy Copy image filename to clipboard, can then be pasted into another folder / album (same as Windows Explorer)
   Copy Image Copies the entire image to the clipboard
   Paste Only available with a filename in the clipboard
   Rename Rename the current image
   RAW Development Launches the RAW Development function within Camedia Master which allows you to re-save RAW images into other formats as well as apply settings such as exposure compensation, white balance and color adjustment.
   Find Provides the ability to search for images based on their filename, shooting date or comments
   Delete Deletes image based on your Windows Explorer settings (either to the Trashcan or permanently)
Print  
   Photo Print individual or multiple photos in various layouts with optional date / time label.
   Index Print an index of images up to 12 x 12 on a single page. Include optional header / footer and filename / date & time.
   Calendar Print a calendar with images in either one month, three months, six months or one year templates.
   Postcard Print a postcard with a single or multiple images in various layouts with text.
   Album Print multiple images in a photo album style, backgrounds, frames, text and stamps can be added to individual pages
Create  
   Auto Panorama Images shot with the camera set to Panorama mode are identified by this tool and correctly arranged.
   Wallpaper Creates a custom wallpaper for your computer with optional faded template, text and background.
Help  
   Index Enter the Help pages starting at the Index.
   Upgrade Jump to the Olympus web site to buy the upgrade to Camedia Master Pro.
   Olympus Web Site Jump to the Olympus web site.
   About Display about box and version number.

* Note that the data in the image file is not rotated but the orientation flag in the file header is modified. Olympus appear to have addressed an earlier gripe with Camedia Master as you can now rotate multiple images in one go.

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Total comments: 7
papillon_65

Recently picked a mint one up for peanuts out of curiosity, so glad I did, it takes superb jpegs and the colour is as accurate as any I've seen on any camera. I'll definitely use it occasionally, ergonomically it's also very nice, fits my hand like a glove and it's built like a tank. Still a camera worth using IMHO.

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alexisgreat

I loved this line of camera! I remember when the Olympus C-xxxx line and the Nikon E-xxx line went mano a mano to rule the compact camera world! I still have my C-7070 and my E-990 which I consider to be the two best (and their full supply of converters), they dont make compact cameras as great as these anymore- with direct live histograms and pixel mapping! The C-7070 super macros even surpassed those of the C-8080 and we all know how great the E-990 (and C-7070) was with macros and digiscoping! Who needs a superzoom camera when one of these can be directly attached to a telescope eyepiece with no vignetting and full use of the zoom of the camera!

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Tord S Eriksson

The C-8080 was my first 'serious' digital camera (had a Konica KD-500Z before that), which I bought when I got a small inheritance (UW house, flash, the works).

A superb compact, with excellent one-hand operation (most buttons within reach with your right hand still holding the camera).

Mine is still in working order, still takes lovely macros, and flash shots, but its flaws were plenty as well (a few samples):

It crashed on the third day of my vacation to the US and Canada with my wife, and had to be sent overseas to get new firmware installed (nowadays we are allowed to do such things ourselves)!

It is still lousy in any kind of back-lighting (I use to call the effect 'lilac rivers', as both the EVF, and the LCD became totally useless, due to floods of lilac color flowing over them) but the prints were not affected, bar a lot of flare problems).

Its powered zoom, that had four steps (wide, less wide, normal, and full telephoto), and nothing in between. Nice macro, though. Cont

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Tord S Eriksson

The inner camera lens barrel is very wobbly, but it doesn't seem to affect the image quality one bit!

Slow, really slow, in every way. Slow update of the EVF, slow saves (about two RAWs per minute, maximum)!
But the majority of reviewers loved it, and I know pros that got one, to complement their Hasselblads, and stuff.

So, till this day, no more C-x0x0 cameras released by Olympus. The camera never earned the company the massive amount they had invested in it, and almost killed Olympus. Happily, the C-7070 was still in production, and earned the company its keep (at least the camera department).

Then came the bold move into m43 (MFT), and another crisis, requiring help from Sony (a lot of money!).

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Tord S Eriksson

The maximum useable ISO is 140!

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KKramer

One of my favorite cameras ever and I use it to this day. It is built like a tank. Slow by today's standards, it was way ahead of its time with a ⅔ sensor.

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ISOFIX

Yes absolutely right, for me too, have it since amazing 8 years and still really good pictures coming out.

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