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alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the build quality and battery are generally positive. The value for money and zoom also get good comments. There are some less positive opinions about the focus and features.

image quality, zoom, value for money, battery, build quality

responsiveness, flash, shutter, features, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus CAMEDIA C 55ZOOM is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Great camera for its price - Olympus C 55


I've bought Olympus CAMEDIA C 55 as a present for my parents. They are not sophisticated technically (it's not the easiest camera to use), but only takes amateur photos, so, despite some learning curve, it was clever choice to buy exactly this camera,...

5x optical zoom, good battery life, great price

oldschool looks

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Olympus C-55 Zoom


While putting the boxy and hefty Olympus C-55 Zoom through its paces, I found much to like about its design. The sizable grip feels comfortable, and t...

Very good pictures, comfortable to hold, generous set of features

Erratic focus, flash is not automated, shutter lag

Lots of manual controls and great image quality are offset by the C-55's sluggish response time.

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Olympus C-55 Zoom review


The Olympus C-55 Zoom offers lots of features and very good image quality at an affordable price, although inconsistent performance lets it down, particularly the autofocus

Solid build ; Long telephoto range ; Strong image quality ; Broad feature set

Poorly placed pop-up flash ; Indecisive autofocus ; Limited continuous-shooting capabilities

The automatic white balance performed nicely both outdoors and in, making it generally unnecessary to take advantage of the C-55's many white-balance settings. Flash-lit photos were exposed properly too. Neither barrel nor pincushion distortion was...


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Olympus C-55


Olympus C-55 Review. If you are looking for a step up in length of lens without going for a super zoom digital camera then this could be an option. It has a 5x optical zoom lens rather than the standard 3x.

Picture quality ; Extra zoom power ; Good set of feature for the price

Shutter lag ; Small xD card provided

"The Olympus C-55 is a clear step up from the typical, standard digital camera. One area that really stood out for me was its ability to take good shots indoors as well as outside. Highly recommended."

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Olympus Camedia C-55 Zoom


Natural colour rendition, albeit with a tendency to overexpose; a 5x optical zoom and a sharp lens; good battery life and a solid, sturdy feel to the build. All in all, this machine offers a lot for the price despite its rather dull, old-fashioned appeara

Product Specifications

Its 5x SportZoom lets you discover every detail. Its 2.0" LCD keeps subjects and menu options in full view. Its appealing ergonomic design means every feature - both automatic and manual - is just a click away. With 15 shooting modes. A 5.1-megapixel CCD. An anti-shake function for steady movie recording. And just about anything else you could want. With the camera's built-in Red-Eye fix feature, you can improve the red-eye in your photos with just the push of a button. Grab it and feel the energy - the C-55 Zoom.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA / CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:55 Zoom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus CAMEDIA C

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.8
Max Focal Length:39.5mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:5
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:5.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto (80-400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical