Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Review
Timing & Performance
The C-8080 Wide Zoom is a fast camera for its type, indeed its sub-one-second startup time is better than some digital SLR's, it's still faster than the competition even at telephoto. Kudos Olympus. Auto focus felt fast and was truly fast in a point-and-shoot situation, if you 'half press' the camera returns with an AF lock indication somewhere between three quarters and one and a half seconds. However this isn't the whole story, if you skip the half press and simply take a shot in one action (full depression of shutter release) the C-8080 auto focuses, measures AE and takes the shot much more quickly. In a good AF situation (wide angle, good light) we managed it in 0.3 seconds, that's almost twice as fast as the competition.
The C-8080's slowest function is playback, image to image times with an SHQ quality JPEG were around two and a half seconds which can get a bit tedious for reviewing.
All times calculated as an average of three operations. Unless otherwise stated all timings were made on a 3264 x 2448 SHQ JPEG image (approx. 3,500 KB per image). The media used for these tests was a 1 GB SanDisk Ultra II Type I Compact Flash card.
|Power: Off to Record||Lens to wide angle||0.9|
|Power: Off to Record||Lens to telephoto||2.2|
|Power: Off to Play||Image displayed||3.2|
|Power: Record to Off||Lens at wide angle||1.1|
|Power: Record to Off||Lens to telephoto||1.8|
|Power: Play to Off||<0.1|
|Record Review||Image displayed||1.5|
|Mode: Record to Quick View||Depends on image size||3.1|
|Mode: Record to Play||Depends on image size||3.1|
|Mode: Play to Record||Lens already extended (wide angle)||0.8|
|Mode: Play to Record||Lens not extended (wide angle)||1.7|
|Play: Magnify||To first level of magnification||<0.1|
|Play: Thumbnail view||2 x 2 thumbnails||1.1|
|Play: Thumbnail view||3 x 3 thumbnails||1.8|
|Zoom from Wide to Tele||28 to 140 mm (5 x)||1.6|
|Half-press Lag (0->S1)||Wide angle||0.5 - 1.5|
|Half-press Lag (0->S1)||Telephoto||0.8 - 1.9|
|Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2)||Wide angle (LCD / EVF)||0.1|
|Full-press Lag (0->S2)||Wide angle (Auto AF Area)||0.3|
|Off to Shot Taken||Wide angle (Auto AF Area)||1.9|
|Shot to Shot||Record Review On||2.1|
|Shot to Shot||Record Review Off||2.1|
Lag Timing Definitions
|Half-press Lag (0->S1)
Many digital camera users prime the AF and AE systems on their camera by half-pressing the shutter release. This is the amount of time between a half-press of the shutter release and the camera indicating an auto focus & auto exposure lock on the LCD monitor / viewfinder (ready to shoot).
|Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2)
The amount of time it takes from a full depression of the shutter release button (assuming you have already primed the camera with a half-press) to the image being taken.
(Take shot, AF/AE primed)
|Full-press Lag (0->S2)
The amount of time it takes from a full depression of the shutter release button (without performing a half-press of the shutter release beforehand) to the image being taken. This is more representative of the use of the camera in a spur of the moment 'point and shoot' situation.
(Take shot, AF/AE not primed)
The tables below show the results of our continuous shooting test, indicating the actual frame rate along with maximum number of frames and how long you would have to wait after taking the maximum number of frames before you could take another shot. Media used for these tests was a 1 GB SanDisk Ultra II card. Shutter speed was kept above 1/250 sec during these tests.
High / Standard / AF continuous drive modes
per sec *1
|Frames in one burst *2||
|3264 x 2448 RAW||High||1.8 fps||5||61.8 sec|
|3264 x 2448 SHQ||High||1.8 fps||5||8.7 sec|
|3264 x 2448 HQ||High||1.8 fps||5||7.1 sec|
|2288 x 1712 SQ1||High||1.8 fps||5||7.6 sec|
|1600 x 1200 SQ2||High||1.8 fps||5||6.7 sec|
|3264 x 2448 SHQ||Standard||1.2 fps||12||5.0 sec|
|3264 x 2448 HQ||Standard||1.2 fps||22||3.0 sec|
|2288 x 1712 SQ1||Standard||1.2 fps||14||4.7 sec|
|1600 x 1200 SQ2||Standard||1.2 fps||40||2.5 sec|
|3264 x 2448 SHQ||AF||0.8 fps||12||5.0 sec|
|3264 x 2448 HQ||AF||0.8 fps||22||2.7 sec|
|2288 x 1712 SQ1||AF||0.8 fps||14||5.0 sec|
|1600 x 1200 SQ2||AF||0.8 fps||41||2.5 sec|
|*1||This is an average over the entire burst, all shooting modes 'stutter' after first exposure before reaching full speed.|
|*2||In a single "burst" (finger held down on shutter release).|
|*3||You can take a frame as soon as there is space in the cameras internal buffer (writing continues "in the background") - apart from RAW mode.|
A consistent, reliable if average performance from the C-8080. Thankfully at least Olympus has chosen to be conservative in its marketing material, it labels high speed as 1.6 fps (we achieved 1.8 fps) and standard speed as 1.0 fps (we achieved 1.2 fps).
File Write / Display and Sizes
Timings shown below are the time taken for the camera to process and "flush" the image out to the storage card, the timer was started as soon as the shutter release was pressed and stopped when activity indicator beside the Compact Flash compartment door went out. This means the timings also include the cameras processing time and as such are more representative of the actual time to "complete the task". The media used for these tests was a 1 GB SanDisk Ultra II Type I Compact Flash card.
on a *3
1 GB Card
|3264 x 2448 TIFF||16.6||11.5||23,424 KB||42|
|3264 x 2448 RAW||13.0||10.4||11,800 KB||85|
|3264 x 2448 JPEG SHQ||3.6||2.3||3,500 KB||255|
|3264 x 2448 JPEG HQ||2.5||1.5||1,630 KB||508|
|2288 x 1712 SQ1||2.7||1.8||2,200 KB||349|
|1600 x 1200 SQ2||2.2||0.9||840 KB||710|
|*1||Subtract 0.9 seconds for the actual CF write time.|
|*2||All file sizes are an average of three files. As is the case with JPEG it's difficult to predict the size of an image because it will vary a fair amount depending on the content of the image (detail and noise).|
A respectable performance, the C-8080 processes images quickly and begins writing them about a second faster than some other eight megapixel digital cameras. In addition it had an approximate CF interface throughput of between 1 and 1.5 MB/sec.
Low Light Auto Focus
This test is designed to measure the minimum amount of light under which the camera can still focus. The focus target is our lens distortion test chart (shown here on the right), camera is positioned exactly 2 m (6.6 ft) away.
Light levels are gradually dropped until the camera can no longer focus. This is carried out at both wide angle and telephoto zoom positions (as more light reaches the focusing systems with a larger aperture).
AF assist lamp
The C-8080 has an orange AF assist lamp positioned on the camera body which it uses to illuminate the scene in low light situations. This extra illumination is designed to assist the contrast detect portion of the hybrid AF system to achieve a good AF lock.
at focal len.
|AF assist lamp||Lowest light focus||Time
|Wide (28 mm equiv.)||F2.4||Yes||Darkness||2.1 sec|
|Tele (140 mm equiv.)||F3.5||Yes||Darkness||3.7 sec|
|Wide (28 mm equiv.)||F2.4||No||-0.4 EV||2.4 sec|
|Tele (140 mm equiv.)||F3.5||No||1.1 EV||3.3 sec|
|Light intensity (Lux) = 2.5 x 2^EV (@ ISO 100), 10.76391 Lux = 1 foot-candle (fc)|
Low light AF was as we had expected, AF lock in complete darkness with the AF assist lamp enabled and AF lock with a little light with it disabled. AF times were noticeably slower in these low light situations but again approximately what was expected for this type of camera.
We ran the camera through our new battery life test. This test is designed to be fair and comparative to each camera and battery type:
- Take 4 shots without flash
- Wait 2 minutes (50% of the time powering the camera off)
- Take 1 shot with flash
- Wait 1 minute
Batteries are fully discharged and recharged before the test and all cameras were reset to their factory default settings. Here are the results:
Prosumer / SLR-Like
|Battery||Power||Battery life||Number of shots|
|Minolta DiMAGE 7||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||1 hr 14 mins||125|
|Minolta DiMAGE 5||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||1 hr 56 mins||195|
|Nikon Coolpix 5700||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||2 hr 08 mins||215|
|Canon PowerShot S40||NB-2L||3.9 Wh||2 hr 13 mins||225|
|Minolta DiMAGE S304||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||2 hr 18 mins||235|
|Canon PowerShot S45||NB-2L||3.9 Wh||2 hr 28 mins||240|
|Nikon Coolpix 4500||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||2 hr 27 mins||250|
|Fujifilm FinePix 6900Z||NP-80||4.1 Wh||2 hr 29 mins||250|
|Nikon Coolpix 990||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||2 hr 30 mins||255|
|Nikon Coolpix 995||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||2 hr 30 mins||255|
|Nikon Coolpix 5000||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||2 hr 32 mins||260|
|Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||2 hr 33 mins||260|
|Canon PowerShot Pro1||BP-511A||10.2 Wh||2 hr 36 mins||265|
|Canon PowerShot S50||NB-2L||3.9 Wh||2 hr 39 mins||270|
|Minolta DiMAGE S404||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||2 hr 39 mins||270|
|Sony DSC-V1||NP-FC11||2.8 Wh||2 hr 39 mins||270|
|Olympus C-7000 Zoom||LI-12B||4.5 Wh||2 hr 44 mins||280|
|Nikon Coolpix 8700||EN-EL1||5.0 Wh||2 hr 45 mins||280|
|Minolta DiMAGE 7i||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||2 hr 46 mins||270|
|Olympus E-20||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||2 hr 48 mins||285|
|Canon PowerShot G1||BP-511||8.1 Wh||3 hr 00 mins||300|
|Nikon Coolpix 5400||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||3 hr 06 mins||315|
|HP Photosmart 850||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||3 hr 12 mins||325|
|Sony DSC-S75||NP-FM50||8.6 Wh||3 hr 15 mins||330|
|Nikon Coolpix 8800||EN-EL7||8.1 Wh||3 hr 27 mins||350|
|Fujifilm FinePix S602Z||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||3 hr 29 mins||350|
|Canon PowerShot G2||BP-511||8.1 Wh||3 hr 32 mins||355|
|Casio QV-4000||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||3 hr 38 mins||365|
|Olympus C-5050 Zoom||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||3 hr 48 mins||380|
|Casio EXILIM EX-P700||NP-40||4.5 Wh||3 hr 48 mins||385|
|Sony DSC-S85||NP-FM50||8.6 Wh||3 hr 50 mins||400|
|Sony DSC-F717||NP-FM50||8.6 Wh||4 hr 02 mins||405|
|Pentax Optio 750Z||D-LI7||6.6 Wh||4 hr 03 mins||415|
|Sony DSC-V3||NP-FR1||4.4 Wh||4 hr 05 mins||415|
|Nikon Coolpix 8400||EN-EL7||8.1 Wh||4 hr 09 mins||420|
|Sony DSC-F707||NP-FM50||8.6 Wh||4 hr 20 mins||440|
|Fujifilm S7000 Zoom||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||4 hr 23 mins||445|
|Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2||NP-400||11.1 Wh||4 hr 26 mins||450|
|Canon PowerShot G3||BP-511||8.1 Wh||4 hr 32 mins||455|
|Canon PowerShot G5||BP-511||8.1 Wh||4 hr 33 mins||460|
|Pentax Optio 550||D-LI7||6.6 Wh||4 hr 36 mins||465|
|Minolta DiMAGE A1||NP-400||11.1 Wh||5 hr 02 mins||515|
|Leica Digilux 2||BP-DC1-E||10.1 Wh||5 hr 05 mins||515|
|Sony DSC-F828||NP-FM50||8.6 Wh||5 hr 28 mins||540|
|Fujifilm FinePix S5000||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||5 hr 31 mins||555|
|Canon PowerShot G6||BP-511A||10.3 Wh||5 hr 38 mins||570|
|Olympus C-8080 WZ||BLM-1||10.8 Wh||5 hr 52 mins||595|
|Other test notes:|
| LCD monitor is left on during
the battery test
The camera is powered off half of the time and left on half of the time (switch every 10 iterations)
There are now higher capacity AA NiMH batteries available, however in the interests of fair
comparison we will continue to use our 1600 mAh test set
The C-8080 Wide Zoom lasted for almost six hours on its BLM-1 Lithium-Ion battery. Not only was this the best performance of any of our eight megapixel group but also was the longest lasting camera we've ever tested. Sufficient to say that even if you shoot all day the C-8080 and a single battery will last and probably even into the next day.
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