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Olympus C-5500
Olympus C-5500

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Olympus C-5500

Editor's Review

The 5-megapixel Olympus C-5500 offers an impressive feature set at an attractive price. With a 5x optical zoom, the Olympus 5500 offers better telephoto capability than many similar cameras, while its 2" LCD screen makes setting up and reviewing pictures easy. 15 Preset scene modes take the guesswork out of photography, even though the 5500 also has a wide range of manual controls that allow experienced photographers to fine tune camera settings.


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 5x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file formats
  • ISO range 80 - 400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2005

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Olympus C-5500 Reviews

Olympus C-5500 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We purchased this camera exacty 1 year ago this month along with two sets of NiMh rechargable batteries and a 256 MB card (highly recommended). As a beginer, this camera has been very friendly to use and takes great photos...The camera has a ton of advance settings way beyond my expertice. However, we are disapointed with its capability to take moving pictures ones like at sports events. Even on the sports setting, it takes to long for the camera to focus and we miss the picture every time, or they are blurry. I'm trying to learn more about the advance settings to remedy this problem, such as the shutter speed setting. Video and sound is great for a small camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Better Landscape & Bitter moving/motion picture. Battery problem got solved (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Delay is too much. (Really I don��t know about other brand digital camera also I am not a professional to do manual adjustment!) So if any body wants to take any quick moving picture I don��t suggest it.

For taking nature landscape, sunset, sunrise fixed body it is a good camera.

When I purchased the camera it came with 4 batteries. But using those batteries I was able to take only 14 pictures! (Battery committed suicide!)

Next 2 days I was totally mood off. Then I visited the camera shop (Chennai, India) and told about battery life. They have suggested, me to buy UNIROSE Ni-MH 2100 mah AA batteries that cost Rupees 700 (INR). They said that battery could be recycled 1000 times. So far I have recharged only 4 times. Every time I able to take around 200 pictures with flash.

Now I am happy with battery life.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Crystal Clear! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We just bought this Olympus, after taking a Canon back. We had only opened the box, and shot up close photos of Finely etched crystal, and it picked up every detail. We are just thrilled! All we could manage from other digitals was huge-white-out problems.We have much refreshing on all the manual functioning, but Thankfully they are there to use! We could not be more pleased!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best bang for the buck! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has great potential, if used right. Battery life is excellent, like 6 hours in the field before the red light comes on! Full manual controls as well as WB tweaks, exposure options, focus assist light, 2 inch lcd that gains up in lowlight, no lens cap needed, 5 x zoom, AA batteries and the best "sensor to number of megapixels" ratio in its class means that you will have a very "clean" photo, if exposed properly— I use the histogram. Full auto works too, but isn't as much fun.
You've heard it before, "no camera is perfect" and here are its shortcomings—-the optical viewfinder isn't much, burst mode and grid lines only available at HQ quality and the default contrast is set too high, that said, here is why I gave it a high rating—- The 5.1 meg. SHQ picture has very little compression and is colorful and sharp, right out of the camera and the super macro mode is incredible.
I bought an extend-a-view pro variable from "Photosolve" and attached it with velcro to the lcd and now I can shoot in bright sun- just like using an EVF! My current camera settings are -2 contrast +1 color and default sharpness.

  • 3.0 out of 5
yes it does take great pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use nickel metal hydride batts and have them charged up at all times and tried THREE sets of them today and 5 pics later each— they were dead!! All 12 of them!!!!! Surely I have gotten a lemon but when i take it back for a new one— if the next one does the same- I will dump this thing as fast as a bad habit!!! BAD impression on me Olympus..

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good for family use. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera just two weeks ago. Camera's look is good. Picture quality is good. But the main problem is in night scenes and blur. 16MB xD-picture card is not sufficient at its best resolution. At least 256 MB or more capacity card is required. Battery life is good. Overall a good camera for family users but not professionals.

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

It's a very good camera and very underrated. Perfect for family usage.