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Left side controls

On the left side of the camera on an angled piece of the body and also just beyond this on the flat side are a range of button controls. The majority of these controls are operated by holding the button and turning the jog dial on the rear of the camera. The right column of the table below shows the pop-up overlay which appears when holding that particular button (note that this overlay is normally shown with the live view behind it, we used a black background for clarity). Note that in some of these settings modes you can press SET to display a sub menu.

Controls (Record mode)

WB White balance

 • Auto
 • Preset 1
 • Preset 2
 • Custom
 • Manual preset
SET: sub menu
Image size & quality

 • RAW
 • HQ (JPEG)
 • SQ1 (JPEG)
 • SQ2 (JPEG)
SET: sub menu
Focus mode

 • Auto Focus (normal)
 • Macro Focus
 • Manual Focus
 • Super Macro Focus (zoom locked)
 • Super Macro & Manual Focus (zoom locked)
SET: sub menu
Exposure compensation

 • -2.0 to +2.0 EV
 • 0.3 EV steps
SET: sub menu
Flash power compensation

 • -2.0 to +2.0 EV
 • 0.3 EV steps
Flash mode

 • Auto
 • Auto with red-eye reduction
 • Flash on
 • Flash on with Slow Sync
 • Flash off
SET: sub menu

Metering mode

 • ESP metering
 • Spot metering (AF target area)
 • Multi-metering (up to 8 different points)

Controls (Play mode)


Pressing the protect button toggles the protection of the current image (on or off). Protecting an image sets the read-only flag on the storage media so that the image can not be accidentally deleted. This does not protect the image from a full media format.
INFO Information

Switches display modes between normal with brief information overlay, normal with detailed exposure information overlay and small image with histogram and exposure information.

Pressing the rotate button rotates the displayed image through either 90 or 270 degrees. This rotation is then recorded in the file header and subsequent playback of the image will be in this orientation. Note that this option does not actually rotate the JPEG image data.

DPOF print mark

Enters print mark mode where you can mark images for printing on DPOF compatible equipment (such as kiosk print stations).

Rear of camera controls

The rear of the C-8080 is fairly straightforward, Olympus has moved the majority of the camera settings buttons to the left side leaving only the navigational and playback controls on the rear. This is a nice, logical and simple design.

Controls (Record mode)

Self-timer / Remote mode

 • Off
 • Self-timer (12 seconds)
 • Remote control

Quick View

Press the Quick View button to enter a shooting priority play mode, all the normal play functions are available (browsing, deletion, magnification etc.) the only difference being that a half press of the shutter release (or pressing Quick View once more) returns the camera to shooting mode.

OK / Menu

This button is used to enter / leave menus and confirm menu options. In record mode pressing it enters the record menu.
4-way controller (Arrow pad)

Used to navigate menus or change settings. In Program AE mode press up or down to change the program shift amount.

Single click the Quick View button to switch between the LCD monitor, Electronic Viewfinder and Control Panel display (if enabled).

Media select

Press this button to switch between Compact Flash media xD-Picture Card. This will only work if you have media inserted into both slots, otherwise the camera uses whichever slot is populated.

Controls (Play mode)


Deletes the currently selected image, requires a Yes / No confirmation.
OK / Menu

This button is used to enter / leave menus and confirm menu options. In play mode pressing it enters the play menu.
4-way controller (Arrow pad)

Used to browse through images, navigate menus or change settings. Note that you can also use the Jog Dial to browse images in play mode.

Single click the Quick View button to switch between the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder.

Media select

Press this button to switch between the SmartMedia/xD-Picture Card slot or the Compact Flash slot. This will only work if you have media inserted into both slots.

Front of camera controls

On the front of the camera is the shutter release button and the AEL (AE Lock button). Press the AEL button to lock the exposure for the next shot, hold the AEL button to 'memo' the exposure which means that the camera keeps the exposure setting for multiple shot.

Press the AEL button in manual exposure mode to display a graphical 'digital meter' indicating the difference between the selected exposure and the metered exposure.

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I have mine already for ten years. And still, when I go traveling abroad, I leave my Nikon D7000 with all the best lenses for it at home without any regrets and take my lightweight C8080 with me. With all the shortcomings of the C8080, it is still a great camera which delivers great sharp pictures with very nice collars. And like somebody here already have mentioned, it's macro is very good.
Besides, my credo is: Don't zoom to much, but move yourself more. For me, taking pictures means walking around and looking first. How to press the shutter-release-knob you can teach any monkey.


My father bought this great professional camera at US a few years ago.It was an excellent choise and this camera gave us a lot of family memories!However he is old now and not interested in taking professinal photos anymore.It's really pitty for this camera to stay unuseless, so i'd like to sell it to someone who need a camera for a professional resultThere's already someone who is intersted in buying it but i think that this camera deserves more careful research!Contact me for more information.Thank you.

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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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