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Camedia Master 4.2

Browse Images: Properties

Click on the Properties menu option with an image selected displays a properties pop-up window with two tabs of information. On the first tab is general information including the shooting date (which can be changed), attached comments and audio annotations. On the second page is detailed exposure information including a full dump of EXIF information, especially useful as it contains certain 'manufacturers fields' which are often difficult to decode (image parameter settings etc.)

Browse Images: Edit

Clicking on the Edit menu option with a single image selected will display the Edit window, this is split into two panes, the left shows a preview of the final image, the left the working image and adjustment controls. Various functions are available in two groups: Image and Filter. Image deals with the rotation, resizing, cropping and distortion of an image. Filter provides control over image balance, color, sharpness and also as a red-eye reduction option. Once you have finished editing you can choose to save over the original image or save a copy of the newly edited image (JPEG, TIFF or BMP). A composite of the Image / Filter menu options is shown below.

RAW Development

Select a RAW file and choose 'RAW Development' from the File menu and Camedia Master switches into its RAW Development mode. The screen is divided into three areas; a thumbnail column of images on the left, a view of the currently selected image and a column of development settings which can be adjusted. RAW adjustments are:

  • Setting (Shooting / Custom)
  • Exposure Compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.1 EV steps)
  • White balance
    • Color Temperature (Shooting, any camera setting)
    • Fine Adjustment (-7 to +7)
    • Gray Point Specification (dropper)
  • Contrast (-5 to +5)
  • Sharpness (-5 to +5)
  • Saturation (-5 to +5)
  • Hue (-5 to +5)
  • Noise Filter (Off / On)

Once the required adjustments have been made you can click on Save to output the image (or images) as JPEG (three quality levels), TIFF, Exif-TIFF or BMP (Bitmap). Saving performance was very fast.

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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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