The C-700UZ came to the market as a surprise announcement (to those who didn't already know) made almost exactly a month after PMA 2001. The C-700UZ is a 2 megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens built into a relatively compact case.
Olympus have waved their typical feature laden wand over this camera to ensure it's fully loaded with a good set of manual controls (and exposure modes) as well as several pre-programmed scene modes and a movie clip ability (with audio). The other important detail of the C-700UZ is its price, with a street price of just US$650 it appears to offer an amazing amount of substance for your hard earned dollar (pound / euro etc.).
Taking a look at the current market at this price level there's nothing at this price with this resolution and features... That must make the C-700 UZ a top pick for users who don't need more than 2.1 megapixels and are looking for a compact camera, the 10x optical zoom looks like a deciding factor.
Compared to the C-2100UZ
|Olympus C-700 UZ||Olympus C-2100 UZ|
|Body||Front magnesium alloy, back plastic||All plastic|
|Street price *||US$ 650||US$ 750|
|Lens||10 x optical zoom,
5.9 mm - 59 mm
35 mm equiv: 38 - 380 mm
F2.8 - F3.5
|10 x optical zoom,
7.0 - 70 mm
35 mm equiv: 38 - 380 mm
F2.8 - F3.5
|Lens type||Extending||Fully enclosed|
|Lens thread||55 mm with optional adapter||49 mm|
|Sensitivity||Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400, 800||Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400|
|Sensor||1/2.7" 2.1 megapixel (1.92 effective)||1/2" 2.1 megapixel (1.92 effective)|
|Resolutions||1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Image formats||TIFF, JPEG||TIFF, JPEG|
|Digital Zoom||1.1x - 2.7x||1.1x - 2.7x|
|AF assist lamp||No||Yes|
|WB manual preset||Yes||No|
|Exposure modes||Auto, S-Prg (3 modes), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual||Auto, S-Prg (4 modes), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual|
|Movie clips||Yes, 320 x 240 / 160 x 120||Yes, 320 x 240 / 160 x 120|
|Shutter speed||16 sec - 1/1000 sec||16 sec -1/800 sec|
|Flash range (max)||W: 5.5 m, T: 4.4 m||W: 4.0 m, T: 3.2 m|
|Ext. Flash||Yes, synch terminal||Yes, synch terminal|
|Remote control||No||Yes, supplied Infrared|
|Power||4 x AA batteries||4 x AA batteries|
|Storage||SmartMedia (up to 128 MB)||SmartMedia (up to 128 MB)|
|Storage included||8 MB SmartMedia card||8 MB SmartMedia card|
|Viewfinder||Electronic viewfinder (mini LCD)||Electronic viewfinder (mini LCD)|
|LCD||1.5" (114,000 pixel)||1.8" (110,000 pixel)|
|Weight||410 g (14.5 oz)||540 g (19 oz)|
|Dimensions||108 x 76 x 78 mm (4.3 x 3 x 3.1 in)||113 x 78 x 141 mm (4.5 x 3.1 x 5.6 in)|
|Review||You are here||Click for review|
* Correct at time of review
That's how it looks on paper. Lets examine this digital camera in a bit more detail to see if it lives up to its billing.
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