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Olympus C-50 Zoom

alaTest has collected and analyzed 709 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and battery. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. The memory and screen get mixed views. The contrast and shutter get negative reviews.

portability, usability, image quality, battery, performance

focus, low-light, features, shutter, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus C-50 Zoom is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus C-50 Zoom


Olympus revealed the metal clad CamediaC-50 Zoom at Photokina 2002, a camera with a clean design it maintainedthe Olympus compact family appearance with the sliding front cover butimproved the finish level thanks to its magnesium alloy body. The...

Good resolution at moderate shutter speeds, noise affects resolution of longer exposures ; Good color reproduction, tonal balance has tendency to be too contrasty ; Low image noise with moderate shutter speeds, increases slower than 1/8 sec ; Automatic...

Jagged diagonals / demosaic artifacts sometimes visible ; Automatic white balance occasionally drifts (only subtle) ; Too easy to power off the camera accidentally ; Slow startup if you leave zoom in telephoto position ; Slow image write times ; Poor...

The C-50 Zoom is a capable five megapixel compact digital camera. It offers a fairly good combination of point and shoot easy of use with manual controls should you want to get more creative. Image quality was generally good with excellent resolution...

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Olympus C-50 Zoom


Compact, well-designed metal body ; Lots of manual controls ; Can save favorite settings ; Fast performance

Purple fringing on image edges ; No manual focus or white-balance options ; Images slightly noisy ; No AF illuminator ; Limited movie mode

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Versatile 5-Megapixel Performer


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Olympus C-50 Zoom Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: We haven't seen any other camera with the Olympus C-50 Zoom's combination of 5-megapixel resolution and sophisticated controls in a small, lightweight body. Cameras like Kyocera's FineCam S5 and Konica's Digital Revio KD-500Z have the same...

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Olympus C-50 Zoom Digital Camera (Olympus-225360)


On paper, the C-50 Zoom is very attractive: It's a small camera with high resolution, manual exposure modes, and a lower price than most other 5-megapixel models. But difficult controls and so-so image quality make the C-50 less spectacular than its...

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Olympus C-50 Zoom


The CAMEDIA C-50 Zoom is an ultra-compact 5.0 megapixel digital camera with a sleek, all-metal body. The C-50 is as easy-to-use as a point and shoot, with features that support advanced photographic control. It's an ideal camera for anyone who wants to ta

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Olympus C-50 Zoom Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Optical Distortion: Optical distortion on the C-50 is rather high at the wide-angle end, where I measured approximately 1.05 percent barrel distortion. The telephoto end fared much better, as I found only three pixels of barrel distortion there (about...

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Olympus C-50 Zoom Digital Camera


The C-50 Zoom digital still camera is a great camera for any photographer.

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Olympus C-50 Zoom


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Small, well-designed metal body ; Impressive 5 Megapixel images ; Many manual controls ; Can store your favorite settings to My Mode ; Customizable menus ; Good playback, scene modes

No AF illuminator ; No manual white balance or manual focus ; Redeye problem -- typical of ultra-small cameras ; Poor movie mode ; Some "jaggies" and noise in images ; Sliding door makes it too easy to accidentally turn camera off ; Manual is on CD

The closest competition is probably the Canon PowerShot S45 -- a camera which I'd probably rank a little higher than the C-50Z despite having a lower resolution -- but both are worth a close look.

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My C-50 zoom


Takes good photos

Cover flimsey, repair very expensive MIn $150.00 redick

Product Specifications

Combining first-rate photo technology with a compact metal body, C-50ZOOM will thrill the design enthusiasts as well as quality-conscious photographers looking for a state-of-the-art digital camera. Incorporating a five-megapixel CCD, bright (f2.8) 3x zoom lens and precision metering systems, it allows effortless shooting and provides sharp, well-exposed, life-like results. More ambitious photographers will appreciate the creative freedom enabled by the manually adjustable features, such as aperture, shutter and white balance. Finally, this model uses the new digital image storage standard xD-Picture card.

Audio Input

Type: None

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night mode / Portrait mode / Self-portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:50 Zoom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus CAMEDIA C

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.8
Max Focal Length:23.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):320
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 80
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode / Panorama mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical