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Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom / C-55 Sport Zoom

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom / C-55 Sport Zoom. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and price. The zoom and image quality also get good opinions, but there are some less positive opinions about the memory and focus. Comments are divided on the performance.

usability, image quality, zoom, price, portability

shutter, flash, size, focus, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom / C-55 Sport Zoom is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom / C-55 Sport Zoom

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom / C-55 Sport Zoom from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the battery and flash. The portability and performance are also appreciated. The usability and shutter get less positive views.

performance, portability, flash, battery

shutter, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom / C-55 Sport Zoom

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom / C-55 Sport Zoom from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Olympus Camedia C-5500 Sport Zoom

 

If you're looking for a compact camera to slip into your pocket when you're done shooting, this isn't it. Still, we like the camera's long zoom and clean images.

5X optical zoom. Good picture quality.

A bit big for a true compact. Boot-up speed should be quicker.

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Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom Point-and-Shoot

 

While putting the boxy and hefty Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom through its paces, I found much to like about its design. The sizable grip feels comfortable, and the positioning of the buttons and camera navigation wheel allowed me to use the camera...

Accurate exposures Long zoom range

Flash doesn't pop up automatically Auto focusing can be slow

With a 5X optical zoom that offers the equivalent of a 38mm-to-190mm lens--a generous reach for a camera in this class--a movie mode with image stabilization, and an impressive number of manual controls, the C-5500 does little to box you in creatively....

May, 2005

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom

 

Impressive image quality helps this model make its mark, despite some limitations.

Lots of manual controls and great image quality are offset by the C-5500's sluggish response time.

May, 2005

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Olympus C-5500 SportZoom

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Accurate exposures ; Long zoom range

Flash doesn't pop up automatically ; Auto focusing can be slow

Accurate colors, exposures, and long zoom range are this model's strengths. Autofocus locks well on moving subjects.

May, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom

 

Continue on to Features & Controls C-5500 SportZoom Specifications CCD Imager 5.1 megapixel effective, 5.3 megapixel gross, 1/ 1.8" CCD Lens 7.9 - 39.5mm (38 - 190mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 9 lenses in 7 groups Seamless Digital Zoom Seamless...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Olympus C-5500 Sport

 

Continuing the tradition of previous Camedia C-Series digicams, Olympus has released the C-5500 Sport Zoom - a model rather reminiscent of the C-7000 Zoom, but with a somewhat larger, heavier plastic body and somewhat pared-down feature set at a...

Compact size, Solid build, In-camera image stabilization makes all lenses better for low light shooting, Same sensor as 7D, Kit lens covers 18-70mm 35mm equivalent range, Very good to excellent low-light capability, Excellent battery life, Decent...

Proprietary hot shoe, No PC sync port, No video recording (a fact of life with SLRs), Hand grip may be uncomfortably small for some users, Image noise slightly high at ISO 1600, RAW+JPEG option only saves fine-mode JPEGs. (But that's not a bad...

The Olympus 5500 Sport Zoom offers a wide range of user controls, including a one-touch white balance function (with a very useful white balance adjustment feature for minor color tweaks), manual focus mode, selectable autofocus and metering area,...

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom

 

How did the C-5500 perform in our tests? Find out now in our review

Good value: 5MP, 5X zoom for around $320 ; Very good photo quality, though I'd bump up the saturation ; Full manual controls ; Larger-than-average LCD gains up in low light ; Not one, but two live histograms ; Nice macro mode ; AF-assist lamp ; Can...

Colors seem a little dull to me ; Outdated movie mode ; Crummy continuous shooting mode, especially given the name of the camera ; Camera performance lags in several areas (see conclusion) ; Cheap plastic door over memory card slot; pop-up flash gets...

If you're looking for a low-cost camera with lots of manual controls, a little extra zoom, and nice image quality then I recommend the C-5500 Sport Zoom. If you want something stylish, fast, and "sporty", you should probably look elsewhere.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by (machome.com)

Olympus C-5500 Zoom

 

Easy-to-use 5.1-megapixel digicam has room to grow

Easy to use, plenty of features and settings for photographers of all skill levels, 2" LCD screen, PictBridgecompatible.

Slightly bulky, does not include rechargeable battery, slow autofocus and shutter lag.

At least a 256 MB xD card.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Robert Ellis (macworld.com)

Olympus C-5500 SportZoom

 

The 5.1-megapixel Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom takes very good pictures and offers some impressive features, making it a good choice for enthusiasts on a budget.

5x optical zoom ; live histogram ; helpful exposure warnings ; autofocus (AF) illuminator ; Area AF mode

Awkward flash location ; video is only 320 by 240 pixels ; requires more-expensive xD Picture Cards

The C-5500 has a solid feel, and an oversized grip makes the camera comfortable to hold, but the flash is located on the top left of the camera, leaving no comfortable place for your left hand when the flash is open. The generous 2-inch LCD is bright...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by (digicamera.com)

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The Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom is for people who want more than just the basics in a digital camera, but without going to extremes. Itâs for those who want more than the standard 3X optical zoom but donât want to shlep around a camera with a huge zoom...

In playback mode you can zoom in up to 5X in five steps, and pan around in very small steps (42 x 32 steps in maximum zoom). You can also trim and resize pictures, get rid of the dreaded redeye syndrome, and add up to four seconds of sound to each picture

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