Olympus C-4040 Zoom review

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PerryMc New Member • Posts: 14
Olympus C-4040 Zoom review

Beware of this camera. I purchased one brand new a month
and a half ago & it's an absolute piece of junk. Nine days after
I purchased it, the pixels on the LCD started dying. It also had
problems reading the smart media card. You would have to
insert it nine or ten times before it would see it. It also has the
worst color balance of any camera I've ever used, especially in
low light situations (and I've owned 7 digital cameras so far). I
sent the camera in to be repaired, 10 days after I bought it
and recieved it back this past week. They fixed the defective
LCD screen and the problem with the card not being read, but
the color balance is now even worse than before. Basically,
when you take photos in low light situations, without a flash,
everything turns magenta. Orange is magenta. Red is
magenta, magenta is magenta. Blue is purple and green is
grey. People shot in low light appear to have a bad magenta
sunburn. I have just boxed the camera up again and am
sending it back to the repair shop, with hopes that they can
improve its hideous color reproduction. Olympus advertises
the camera, with its new fast lens as being great for low light
situations. In my opinion, this camera produces the worst low
light images I've ever seen and is way overpriced, for such
poor workmanship. I would highly warn against making the
mistake of purchasing one of these, especially if you hope to
use it in low light, without a flash. I have owned this camera a
month and a half and it has spent most of that time in the
repair shop. I work as a professional photographer & know a
great deal about how to get a great shot and yet I haven't been
able to take a single shot with this camera that I wouldn't be
embarrassed to show to a client, without major color
correction. Also, the colors it does reproduce are very washed
out, with very little color depth, which means when you do try to
color correct them, you have very little to work with, as the
colors are very flat and monotone. If you're seriously
considering buying one of these, you might as well throw
eight hundred dollars in the trash and save yourself the
frustration of dealing with this poor excuse for a camera.

Problems:

Defective LCD screen - pixels started dying 9 days after
purchase, appearing as bright white dots on the view screen.
Problems with the camera being able to read the Smart
media card.
The camera is incapable of reproducing oranges, reds, and
skin tones in low light, causing them all to appear as bright
magenta- very unflattering when photographing faces in low
light.

Olympus C-4040 Zoom
4 megapixels • 1.8 screen • 35 – 105 mm (3×)
Announced: Jun 20, 2001
PerryMc's score
1.8
Average community score
4.4
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