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Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom
Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom

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Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom

Editor's Review

The impressive Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom is the first Olympus camera with 8-megapixel resolution. Announced at the Photo Marketing Association show in February, 2004, the C-8080 has an integrated wide angle (28mm) lens, an 8-megapixel image sensor, and a curvy new body design -- making the 8080 a standout in the Olympus lineup.


  • 8.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 5x optical zoom/3x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Feb 18, 2004

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Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Reviews

Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
After 15000 pictures (manuel sousa — 09/29/2006)

Viewfinder-5 (after some practice i know exactly lighting behaviour)
Controls-5 (after some prsctice, quite easy to handle with)

Image (detail)-5
Image (color)-4
Image (wide range shadows/highligts)-2
Image (distortion)-3
Image (sharpness)-4
Image (pos-processed)- 4-4.7

B&W mode-4.5
Macro mode 4.5

Focus IEsp-4.8 (i only use on reflective surfaces)
Focus AF-4.8
Focus macro 0-4.8 (sometimes impossible to get focus, depends of the background)
Quite rare to get images out of focus

Zoom-3 (forget to shoot birds)
Noise-4.8 (i d����nt use ����125 Iso)

Advices: Use MyModes
Use tripod (if possible)
Use raw ( if you have time )

If someone want to see some Oly 8080 pictures go to click public folders click

  • 2.0 out of 5
Failed after only 60 shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Capable of taking great images if proper care is used. Focussing is most problematic —must depress button half-way at least twice, three times is better before taking image. Fails on fuzzy objects, bushes or flowers frequently. MacBeth color checker tests show 2-3 chips off-color. Noise is obvious at higher ISO, and a real downer. Camera failed on serious photo-trip to remote area —got nothing but horizontal lines overlain by fuzzy blue and orange stripes. Really weird. Would not recommed for any purpose except high-cost doorstop.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes wonderful pictures. It automatically adjusts the lighting to compensate for low light situations or ones that are too bright. Any amateur can take great shots with this camera. The camera is not compact but is worth its weight for the quality of the photos. This is the first digital camera that I have owned that produces photos comparable to a 35 mm camera. The camera takes 2 different memory cards and so I am able to use an Xd card with a compact flash card for backup. What a great feature - no need to change memory cards at an inconvenient time. The battery lasts a long time - and there is a meter to show how much charge is left. I carry a spare battery just in case.

This camera takes professional looking photos. I crop and enlarge most of my images to 8x10's - the results are clear and crisp.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a really nice camera if you can understand how to work the thing. I cannot get the flash to work on it even after reading the manual.Very had to understand the manual.I'm thinking about trying another camera instead of fussing with this one all the time.If i had it to do over i would not bought this camera .

  • 1.0 out of 5
too complicated (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Despite the fact that I was a photo major in college, I can't aply my knowledge using this camera. Extremely difficult to understand manual and reference software. I can't even tell if my camera is broken or that I'm just not using it properly.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Olympus 8080 unhappy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Finding too much noise in my images. color is good. Have a red "flare" or distortion in the viewfinder randomly, however, doesn't appear in images. uses two cards-compact flash, and SD. Have to have SD in to do photo stitching. controls
difficult to use, and manual is horrible.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This is my third digital camera. The best thing about this camera is all the options. The worst thing is all the options. It is difficult to remember and find all the settings. However, your work will greatly rewarded with the best pictures ever. This is the best camera on the market for the price.