Olympus C-50 Zoom Brief Review


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  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF format
  • ISO range 80 - 320
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • remote control
  • Release Date: 2003-04-28
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus C-50 Zoom
5.0 megapixels (effective); 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom; auto focus only; program and manual exposure; JPEG and TIFF format; ISO range 80 - 320; proprietary Lithium-Ion battery; movie mode (no sound); remote control
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The 5-megapixel Olympus C-50 offers the relatively rare combination of high resolution and compact size. Though it should appeal to those in need of a simple, 5-megapixel camera with both an auto and a manual mode, the C-50 does have a number of drawbacks for a camera of its price, including no manual white balance and difficulty focusing in low-light conditions. The Canon PowerShot S50 may offer a better alternative.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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