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Olympus C-50 Zoom
Olympus C-50 Zoom

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Olympus C-50 Zoom

Editor's Review

The 5-megapixel Olympus C-50 offers the relatively rare combination of high resolution and compact size. Though it should appeal to those in need of a simple, 5-megapixel camera with both an auto and a manual mode, the C-50 does have a number of drawbacks for a camera of its price, including no manual white balance and difficulty focusing in low-light conditions. The Canon PowerShot S50 may offer a better alternative.


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF format
  • ISO range 80 - 320
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • remote control
  • UPC: 00050332137950
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2003

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Olympus C-50 Zoom Reviews

Olympus C-50 Zoom Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
overall pretty good camera (Kristen — 01/18/2007)

I bought this Camera at Christmas time of 2003, and I've never had any major problems with it, except like the other people said the sliding lens cover could use some work.. I have no problem with the quality or the battery usage and I think it takes excellent pictures. My only problem is I dropped it the other day and now it won't work.. i'm sure repair prices will be pretty large so now I am in the market for a new camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Flimsy Sliding Cover (Craig Carter — 10/03/2006)

And I thought I was the only one that had a problem with the cheap sliding lens cover. It broke once and I sent it back to be repaired only to have it fail again. Will never buy another lens cover camera with this design again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Major Design Flaws- Poor Olympus Support (Eric Greenwood — 08/09/2006)

This camera has a major design flaw in the sliding cover. It is very flimsy. Mine broke and Olympus found an excuse to not cover it. I paid for the fix, only to have it break again. I will not buy another Olympus.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Major Design Flaws- Poor Olympus Support (Eric Greenwood — 08/09/2006)

The camera's slidding cover is a major design flaw. It is very flimsy. It broke the first time and Olympus would NOT fix it under the warranty. I paid for the fix only to have it break again. I will never buy another Olympus!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Expensive repair after warranty expired (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera, with the exception of the red-eye problem, until the lens stopped extending in the middle of a vacation to San Francisco. We ended up using a disposable camera to record important family memories on vacation! When we arrived home I shipped the camera to Olympus to discover that the repairs would cost just shy of $160.00. (And, no, I didn't ever drop the camera. It never got banged or bumped in any way.) The message I received from the company was pretty much, "These things happen with electronic equipment". Anyway, I passed on this repair. The cost of cameras is coming down enough to just purchase a new one - - and NOT an Olympus.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent compromise (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The best combination I could find of portable size, good lens & 5mp resolution. I wanted an optical viewfinder & simple menu. I have taken thousands of photos on a number of trips, & have been happy. Not perfect, but I am glad I bought this one. Liked it so much, I bought another for my daughter.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy this camera!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Two years on and three cameras later and still more than 50% of my photos are ruined by stripes covering anything from 10-50% of each frame.
I cannot believe that no-one else has seen this problem. Olympus technical support have been un-supportive and now that it's out of warranty, this camera is going in the bin!!! Olympus no more!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Viewfinder is useless!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have found that the eyelevel viewfinder only covers 75% of the actual frame. This means that, because as with most 3X zoom cameras there is no true wide angle lens, you must use the LCD screen to frame all but the simplest shots. This means trying to see what you're doing in the sun light and shortening battery life. This alone makes this camera undesirable for me.