Last year, megapixel digital cameras were the rage. Now it’s time for models that produce images with two million pixels, or more. The new Camedia C-2000 Zoom – the first two megapixel camera from Olympus – is a point-&-shoot model that captures images at up to 1,600-x-1,200 pixels. It makes great images, but falls a little short of the Nikon Coolpix 950.
We looked at images captured under a variety of lighting conditions: daylight, on-board electronic flash, and tungsten lighting in a studio environment. With all three, images came out clear and sharp.
The camera provides a 3x-optical zoom, and lets you automatically, or manually, select an ISO rating of 100, 200, or 400. There’s a manual viewfinder – which is nice, because the LCD is a true battery hog. The optional NiMH batteries and recharger are a must. However, the centre-point of the viewfinder lens is 1.5 inches from the centre-point of the picture-taking lens.
This causes problems when shooting up-close.
The C-2000 Zoom uses 3.3v SmartMedia cards for storage. It ships with an 8MB card, but you’ll need higher capacity if you want to save files in the uncompressed TIFF format, as the files approach 6MB apiece. The card holds about seven images in the highest-quality JPEG mode and 15 images in the medium-quality mode.
Camedia C-2000 Zoom continues the Olympus tradition of good-quality digital cameras. It captures great-looking images at high resolution, and is reasonably priced. However, I think Nikon’s Coolpix 950 still has the edge.