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Record display

Here, an example of information overlay in Program Auto Exposure mode (P). As you can see from this animation the initial detailed overlay is reduced after approximately two seconds, the detailed overlay appears again if you make a settings change. As indicated on previous pages holding a settings button displays a 'pop-up' overlay such as this, the live view remains in the background.

Histogram modes

You can enable a live view histogram. When active the histogram is overlaid at the bottom of the screen along with a second 'spot histogram' of a selected area (green graph). This area can be moved at will around the frame by holding the exposure compensation button and using the 4-way controller.
This is the C-8080's unique 'direct histogram' mode, it uses a grid of boxes to indicate areas of the image which are overexposed (red box) or underexposed (blue box). These boxes appear live and give you an immediate overview of the exposure levels around the image. Here we have deliberately increased exposure compensation to +2.0 EV, as you can see more areas of the image are now showing up as overexposed. This is a very useful and unique feature, Kudos Olympus.

Example of Program AE exposure mode, the metered exposure is shown at the top of the frame. Example of Aperture Priority mode, aperture is displayed in green and shutter speed is calculated as the aperture changes.
Example of Shutter Priority mode, shutter speed is displayed in green and aperture is calculated as the aperture changes. Example of Manual Exposure mode, roll the jog dial to change shutter speed, hold down the exposure compensation button and roll the jog dial to change aperture. The difference between the metered exposure and selected exposure is shown in the top right of the screen, +/- 3.0 EV.
Example of movie recording, the C-8080 can stream movies (record directly to media without buffering) which means movies which are limited only by storage capacity. An example of a scene exposure mode, in this case night shot. Note that in these modes the exposure (shutter speed & aperture) is not displayed until you half-press the shutter release.
The live view display with 'frame assist' enabled, this provides a 'thirds grid' overlay on the screen which is useful for composition. Here's the live view with one of the function subject framing assist overlays shown, in this case a portrait.

Play / Quick View display

On the C-8080 there are two methods for entering 'Play mode', firstly you can turn the mode dial on the top of the camera to the Play position. Secondly you can press the Quick View button on the rear of the camera. The only difference between these two modes is that using the Quick View method means that the camera returns to shooting mode with just a tap of the shutter release.

Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. The default initial view is this basic overlay: media type, quality, frame no. Press the INFO button to overlay more information.
Press the INFO button once more to switch to a histogram display mode which also includes exposure information.  

Turn the zoom lever to the right to magnify the displayed image. The C-8080 provides magnifications of 2.0x, 3.0x, 4.0x and 5.0x. As with the C-5050 I was disappointed that we couldn't get closer than this. Use the 4-way controller to scroll around the magnified image.
Press the zoom lever to the left to switch to a thumbnail index view. This can be preset to either 4 (2x2), 9 (3x3) or 16 (4x4) images. Press the Self-timer/Trash button to selectively delete an individual image. Note that this requires confirmation.
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marc petzold

Attention C8080 Owners - does someone know where to get a new faux leather for the handgrip? My "8080" is like new, works like a charm, everything perfect, -78 Firmware for ages installed - but the faux leather onto the handgrip got broken within the years, and i'd really love to put a new one onto it, so it looks like new whileas doing fine pictures anyway in 2015.

The cold al-mg body grip is slippery and also not so good looking without that leather attached over the grip.


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.

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marc petzold

+1. No D7000, 5D or alikes in harsh weather conditions.
C8080 is still going strong, looks like mint still, works very reliable. Just be sure to have the "latest" 757-78 Firmware Update installed.

AF Hunts less in lowlight, 16GB CF Cards no problem, and i think a bit less noise than -74 and other Firmware. IQ from ISO 50, 64 is superb. Hence into 2015 great IQ, for Stills photography way good, way long RAW saving times, but alright, still photography is no rush either way...especially on a Tripod. :-)

IQ from this great 5x Zoom is sharper than the 20D with 50/1.4 lens, as the DPR Review said - that's a benchmark, even for early 2004, this cam is almost 12 years old and going way strong.


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;)

marc petzold

yes, the lens tube shakes a bit inside the barrel, but who cares?
It's exactly the same with the Nikon AF-S DX 18-70 lens, but both take great pictures from IQ.

Set it on ISO 50, 64...Tripod, shoot RAW...process with your favorite RAW Converter and be amazed what IQ this baby still delivers into late 2015, almost 12 years after being released! :-)
That lens really delivers the goods, for a Zoom, it's way sharp, even more if you'd think it's 2004 tech.


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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marc petzold

...and it's best at ISO 50/64, ISO 100 also quite well.

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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.

Tord S Eriksson

I use mine as well, although not as often as I used to do! Daylight (not backlighting!), and flash works very well, indeed!

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