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Olympus C-8080 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Wide Zoom by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Olympus C-8080 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Wide Zoom
Report Date: 09/28/2015
Based on 48 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 8.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Image4.6   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Lens4.2   exceptional
Speed3.4   average
Light3.1   below average
Focus1.2   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Power zoom seems a waste to me, it is never as accurate nor fast as manual zoom and uses battery power in the bargain."
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"It works great from micro mode to wide zoom and the battery life is great it just goes and goes."
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"It has great battery life."
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"I do plan on purchasing a second battery only because it is just a good idea to have one on hand."
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"The battery on this camera is also very good."
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"Very good battery life."
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Button

Button:
"I was a little worried about the placement of the off and on button, but i got used to it."
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"(This does take some of the sting out of hitting the power button accidentally)I *HATE* the manual focus."
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"Many have complained about the placement of the power button."
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"I've seen some complaints about the position of the power button and exposure button, but I find them very well placed."
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"When you have to choose between what looks good in the EVF and what the AEL button gives you, trust what the AEL button gives you--even if the view is very dark."
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"The 8080 is nice -- hit the right button, spin the wheel to the value you want without being required to dig through menus."
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"I particularly liked the button on the top that allows you to make a custom setting."
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"The large number of buttons and menus posed no real problems for me."
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"I've seen some complaints about the position of the power button and exposure button, but I find them very well placed."
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Focus

Focus:
"In lower light, one cannot pick out, say, a reflection on a subject's shirt button or other small point of reference to use as a manual focusing reference (the screen does not display well in very low light).One offsetting advantage, though, is that the image display plate on the back of the C-8080 can be 'pulled out' and positioned (adjusted) so the photographer can hold the camera overhead to make shots in crowds of people, or it can be adjusted to view the image at waste level - kudos, Olympus!"
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"The other disadvantage that I find is the focusing in lower light."
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"I have discussed problems with the focus below BUT I wanted to point out that when you do get the camera in focus the pictures turn out fantastic (see butterfly photo in album)."
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"I, like many other reviewers, am not real pleased with the focusing on this camera."
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"The manual focus is not fantastic and you usually have to sit there for several minutes trying to get it to focus and, occasionally you will wind up taking several blurry pictures before you get one that will work."
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"One disappointment with the C-8080--the manual focus functions."
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"I have discussed problems with the focus below BUT I wanted to point out that when you do get the camera in focus the pictures turn out fantastic (see butterfly photo in album)."
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"I should note, that in the two days in the field in Yellowstone, I did not have any problems with auto focus--it worked fast and reliably."
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"Since I am mostly shooting landscapes , all I really want is confidence in the exposure and focusing functions of the camera--and after a few days of experimenting and a 2 day trip in Yellowstone shooting scenics, I'm quite pleased with how the C-8080 handles."
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"Everything else is great about the camera but what does it matter if the metering is excellent if the shot is out of focus?"
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Image

Image:
"The cost of a greaterpower would be of not much value if they had to compromise the image quality."
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"In auto focus mode, the camera can be a little slow to focus and you can miss your intended photo moment - frustrating!"
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"I have had this camera for over 10 years and it is still going strong after 100's and 100's or pics taken with it, in fact it works so well I do not have any plans to replace it."
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"the software Olympus master 2 can be found online and can be down loaded for free works well with transferring pics from your camera to your pute."
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"I am very happy with the image quality of the C-8080, and with a 2-gig card, this unit can hold just over 1,000 high quality photograps, making vacation and family photography enjoyable and almost flawless."
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"For outdoor use..Pros:Picture quality is very good (Best for daytime use)."
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"I have discussed problems with the focus below BUT I wanted to point out that when you do get the camera in focus the pictures turn out fantastic (see butterfly photo in album)."
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Lens

Lens:
"Generally, the greater power, the moreapochromatic problems with the lens."
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"The higher the zoom ratio i. e. 2x vs 7x, the more problems with the lens."
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"Cons:-Slow playback (but I rarely use it, so ho hum)-You must have a micro drive for images-Lens cap doesn't fit well with lens hood (nitpick).I am particularly impressed with blues and greens."
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"Generally, the greater power, the moreapochromatic problems with the lens."
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"Olympus did a very good job with this lens."
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"You have the best lens (for 8MP camera's today)"
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"I enjoyed the lens that came with it."
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"The C-8080 has a physical sensor size that is somewhere between those tiny point and shoot and a DSLR APS sized sensor - the bigger the sensor (not the megapixels), the better the picture (lens quality applies as well)."
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Light

Light:
"The cons: Does not do well in low light."
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"In lower light, one cannot pick out, say, a reflection on a subject's shirt button or other small point of reference to use as a manual focusing reference (the screen does not display well in very low light).One offsetting advantage, though, is that the image display plate on the back of the C-8080 can be 'pulled out' and positioned (adjusted) so the photographer can hold the camera overhead to make shots in crowds of people, or it can be adjusted to view the image at waste level - kudos, Olympus!"
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"The other disadvantage that I find is the focusing in lower light."
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":)Low light problems?"
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"The slow performance in low light has made it a dissapointment for me, and I will return it."
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"theres nothing in my opinion like the glass of olympus, great for daytime shots, too slow in low light situations."
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"It works the best in bright light whether indoor or out."
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"In good light or when using flash, the C8080 takes great pictures, with very respectable resolution and clean, bright, vibrant Olympus style colors."
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"It was even as good as the V3 in low light wich really surpised me!"
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"Two months of great pictures, except in low light situations (poor focus)."
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Photo

Photo:
"Olympus C3020-The best at 3MP, very good for small photo printsOlympus C4040-The best at 4MP cameras, but had some issues with skin colorsOlympus C50-Horrible focus and not happy withOlympus D510-Good camera for web photos, very poor color though."
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"Like it so much that I've used it for normal photos as well."
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"Its not too big, takes fantastic photo's (that lens and bigger sensor size) and just works."
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"I used this tunneling effect in my photos with good results."
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"Even with its fixed (non-interchangeble) lens, the variety of focal lengths was quite enough in 98% of the photos, and the exposure meter is exceptional."
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"Because in its class there really isn't anything out there that can touch it as far a form, function, and the ability to take amazing photos!"
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Power

Power:
"Generally, the greater power, the moreapochromatic problems with the lens."
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"Power zoom seems a waste to me, it is never as accurate nor fast as manual zoom and uses battery power in the bargain."
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"(This does take some of the sting out of hitting the power button accidentally)I *HATE* the manual focus."
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"Many have complained about the placement of the power button."
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"But I suppose this is a problem found on most power zoom cameras."
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"I am used to manually zooming an SLR camera, and the power zoom on the c-8080 is a bit frustrating."
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"Generally, the greater power, the moreapochromatic problems with the lens."
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"Love the camera - fits my hand well, everything except POWER SWITCH in acceptable position."
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"I'm having no problem with the power switch."
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"I've seen some complaints about the position of the power button and exposure button, but I find them very well placed."
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Quality

Quality:
"The cost of a greaterpower would be of not much value if they had to compromise the image quality."
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"Older Olympus needed for good quality closeups at a reasonable price."
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"The C-8080 has a physical sensor size that is somewhere between those tiny point and shoot and a DSLR APS sized sensor - the bigger the sensor (not the megapixels), the better the picture (lens quality applies as well)."
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"I am very happy with the image quality of the C-8080, and with a 2-gig card, this unit can hold just over 1,000 high quality photograps, making vacation and family photography enjoyable and almost flawless."
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"For outdoor use..Pros:Picture quality is very good (Best for daytime use)."
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"The pictures are exceptional quality."
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Speed

Speed:
"Olympus C5050-Great camera and slow, not so good for big prints."
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"But, unfortunately, I have found this camera to be very slow focusing indoors, and that focusing is often inaccurate."
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"The slow performance in low light has made it a dissapointment for me, and I will return it."
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"Power zoom seems a waste to me, it is never as accurate nor fast as manual zoom and uses battery power in the bargain."
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"It isn't as easy as it sounds -- slow, painful, inaccurate, and tedious."
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"Speed in all departments and well, what you read in the specs is all true."
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"theres nothing in my opinion like the glass of olympus, great for daytime shots, too slow in low light situations."
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"Raw mode storage is slow, but the results can be wonderful---you can sqeeze one more level of resolution and color depth from raw."
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"I hope Olympus is reading this--they ought to design an easy, fast, one-step, get-me-there-now!"
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"I should note, that in the two days in the field in Yellowstone, I did not have any problems with auto focus--it worked fast and reliably."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The higher the zoom ratio i. e. 2x vs 7x, the more problems with the lens."
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"Power zoom seems a waste to me, it is never as accurate nor fast as manual zoom and uses battery power in the bargain."
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"But I suppose this is a problem found on most power zoom cameras."
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"I am used to manually zooming an SLR camera, and the power zoom on the c-8080 is a bit frustrating."
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"It works great from micro mode to wide zoom and the battery life is great it just goes and goes."
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"You will love the results and the wide angle 5x zoom is like have 3 lenses in one."
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"Great picture quailty but not enough MP and zoom."
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"Olympus C700 - Good zoom, very good color, bad contrast."
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"Panasonic DMC-FZ10K - Great optical zoom, but very poor image."
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