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Behind two plastic doors (with rubber hinges) on the rear of the camera are three connection terminals. From left to right: DC input (for the optional AC adapter), USB (2.0) and A/V output.


As previously mentioned the C-8080's lens is all new and built to the same quality levels as the Zuiko lenses made for the E system (E-1 digital SLR). The lens is the telescoping type although it doesn't have to extend as far as some other lenses, especially if left at wide angle at power off (the camera remembers the last used zoom position). Power up took around 0.9 seconds at wide angle and about 1.9 seconds at telephoto (timed from the moment you press the power button to the moment you can shoot / the live view appears).

The lens provides a wide angle zoom of 28 to 140 mm with a maximum aperture of F2.4 at wide angle and F3.5 at telephoto. Zoom from full wide angle to telephoto takes 1.6 seconds. The camera is supplied with a bayonet fit petal hood. The last image below is a diagram of the difference in barrel length at wide angle and on at telephoto zoom positions.


Lenses compared

Camera Labeled as Zoom range
(35 mm equiv.)
Max aperture
(wide - tele)
Zoom type
Nikon Coolpix 8700 Nikkor ED 35 - 280 mm F2.8 - F4.2 Motor, lever
Minolta DiMAGE A2 GT Lens 28 - 200 mm F2.8 - F3.5 Mechanical, ring
Canon PowerShot Pro1 Ultrasonic L-series 28 - 200 mm F2.4 - F3.5 Motor, ring
Olympus C-8080 WZ ED High Resolution 28 - 140 mm F2.4 - F3.5 Motor, lever
Sony DSC-F828 Carl Zeiss T* 28 - 200 mm F2.0 - F2.8 Mechanical, ring

Base / Tripod Mount

On the base of the camera is a metal tripod mount, unfortunately it's not located in line with the lens nor centrally in the base of the camera (typical but disappointing all the same).

Surrounding the tripod mount is a small rubber foot, four other small feet mean that the camera sits flat on most surfaces.

Remote Control

Supplied with the camera is this Infrared remote control, unlike previous remotes supplied by Olympus this one is fairly basic providing just remote shutter release. That said at least Olympus provide one in the box.

Internal Flash / Auto Focus illuminator

The C-8080's internal flash is a pop-up type and is released by a mechanical button on the side of the camera. The flash has a specified range of 0 .8 - 5.3 m (2.6 - 17.4 ft) at wide angle and 0.8 - 3.6 m (2.6 - 11.8 ft) at telephoto.

Flash Hot-shoe

The C-8080 has a hot-shoe which is designed to be used with dedicated Olympus flash units as well as triggering third party flash units (or studio lights via a PC sync terminal adapter). It's a pity Olympus didn't include a dedicated PC sync terminal.

AF Assist Lamp

The AF assist lamp in the small LED on the left side of this image, the window to the right is the passive AF system which 'estimates' the AF distance for the first step in the AF process. The AF assist lamp emits a bright orange light in low light situations.

Supplied In the Box

The contents of the retail box are:

  • Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Digital Camera
  • 32 MB xD-Picture Card
  • Olympus BLM-1 Lithium-Ion battery
  • Olympus BCM-2 battery charger
  • IR Remote Control
  • Lens cap & string
  • Lens hood (petal type)
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • AV cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User Manual
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Bought mine new at Sam's for $400. Build quality amazing and the camera with original battery still taking nice low ISO shots today.

LOL, get really tired of "loose lens comments" over the years;)


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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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!

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!).

Tord S Eriksson

The maximum useable ISO is 140!

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

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