Olympus C-5500 Brief Review


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  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 5x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file formats
  • ISO range 80 - 400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: 2005-03-14
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus C-5500
5.0 megapixels (effective); 5x optical zoom/4x digital zoom; auto and manual focus; program and manual exposure; JPEG and TIFF file formats; ISO range 80 - 400; 4 AA batteries; movie mode with sound
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The 5-megapixel Olympus C-5500 offers an impressive feature set at an attractive price. With a 5x optical zoom, the Olympus 5500 offers better telephoto capability than many similar cameras, while its 2" LCD screen makes setting up and reviewing pictures easy. 15 Preset scene modes take the guesswork out of photography, even though the 5500 also has a wide range of manual controls that allow experienced photographers to fine tune camera settings.

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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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