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Olympus CAMEDIA C 5050 Zoom

alaTest has collected and analyzed 742 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but the features and shutter get critical opinions. There are some mixed comments about the energy efficiency and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus CAMEDIA C 5050 Zoom is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom


Hot shoe for external flash ; Can store eight custom settings ; Reads three types of memory cards ; Full manual controls ; Excellent movie mode

Manual on CD ; Complex controls and menus ; Performance not as good as the competition's ; Noise and purple fringing too common in images

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Olympus C-5050 Digital Camera Camera Review - PCWorld


A powerful challenger to Nikon's Coolpix 5000, the Olympus C-5050 should be a top choice for advanced photographers. It takes great photos, is easier to use than its rival, and earned a Best Buy when it debuted on our Top 10 chart.

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom


On August 19th (approximately a month before Photokina 2002) Olympus announced their new five megapixel, three times optical zoom prosumer level digital camera the C-5050 Zoom. This camera is one of the first to utilize a 1/1.8" (7.18 x 5.32 mm) 5...

Superb resolution, especially considering smaller sensor and same lens as older cameras ; Generally good metering, tonal balance will be too contrasty for some but easy to change ; Color balance good, nice greens and natural skin tones, red blow outs...

Chromatic aberrations visible in strong contrast shots ; Red overexposure color shift in direct sunlight ; Jagged diagonals / demosaic artifacts sometimes visible ; Color clipped to grey at the highest contrast setting ; RAW format is welcome but not...

The C-5050 Zoom is a first of a kind, it's one of the first prosumer level digital cameras to utilize the new 1/1.8" five megapixel CCD, and to do so with a lens originally designed for lower resolution digital cameras. Credit then where it is due, the...


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Olympus C-5050 Zoom


The C-5050 Zoom is the next generation of Olympus' popular C series family of digital cameras. It's a "state-of-the-art" digital camera for today's photographers that need a full range of real camera controls. Equipped with a fast f1.8 lens and a high res

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Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Review


The recommended retail price of the Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom in the UK is £499.99. The Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom has been on the market for quite a while now, at least ...

The only real downsides are the limited ISO settings, with noise apparent at ISO 200 and 400, and some chromatic aberrations in high contrast shots. Most of the other downsides to the camera...

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Over the past several years, Olympus has been one of the truly dominant players in the digicam marketplace. The company boasts one of the broadest digital camera lineups in the industry, with numerous models ranging from pure entry-level,...

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Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom: Top Contender


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Olympus Camedia C5050 Zoom


It's important to first lock in focus before capturing moments such as this one of my friends' 2-year-old daughter blowing out her birthday candles.

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Olympus C-5050 Zoom


Always wondered what the 5050 was like, particularly after reading about pro PJ Alex Majoli using them a few years ago. Seeing the prices on ebay I couldn't resist getting one. Although slow to start up (3 or 4 secs) and takes 4 secs to write raw...

When batteries changed it loses some custom settings, I understand this is because the internal battery or capacitor designed to retain this info will no longer hold a charge due to it's age. Not a big deal.

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Owners Opinion: Olympus C-5050 Zoom (stedeschi, 3 Jun 07)


I have had this camera for almost 5 years and I still love it. I've been toying with getting a dSLR and I'm not sure if it's worth it. This camera has many of the features a dSLR has besides the changeable lenses and the higher megapixels. It can shoot...

Product Specifications

Professional features abound in the five-megapixel C-5050ZOOM. The ergonomically designed camera incorporates an ultra-bright f1.8-f2.6, 3x optical zoom lens system. Its many manual options give you the freedom to create the images you want. The tilting LCD monitor helps frame scenes when shooting from difficult angles, such as from the floor or above the head. A range of automatic modes is also included, enabling the quick reaction to capture the moment. Furthermore the C-5050ZOOM is compatible with the new digital image storage standard xD-Picture card, as well as SmartMedia, Compact Flash and Microdrive.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / SmartMedia / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Flash Memory

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


Model:5050 Zoom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus CAMEDIA C

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.6
Max Focal Length:21.3mm/23mm
Min Focal Length:7.1mm
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:3.4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode / Panorama mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blackboard / Sepia / Whiteboard
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical