Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Review

October 30, 2003 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 12 Comments |

Olympus Camedia C-5050The Camedia C-5050 Zoom is one of the most advanced compact digital cameras in the Olympus range. It’s clearly aimed at the kind of photographer who requires full control, with a wide range of advanced photographic options. Is the C-5050 Zoom trying to do too much, or is it the perfect compromise between being full-featured and compact? Read my review to find out if the C-5050 Zoom has found the right balance.

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#1 MSkad

Excellent review. Thanks!

1:10 am - Friday, October 31, 2003

#2 Mark Goldstein

Thanks MSkad! Hope you found it helpful. The C-5050 was a great camera to review.

7:53 pm - Friday, October 31, 2003

#3 Tom Morris

Looks like a decent enough camera, but from memory the Camedia software really sucks.

10:12 pm - Friday, October 31, 2003

#4 Peter Lindsay

I bought a C-5050 back in June, 2003 and have used it as a weekend and back-up camera. Most of my shooting is done with an E-20. There are a couple of advantages to the C-5050 that are worth noting. First is that The Adobe RAW plug-in for Photoshop (and now Photoshop CS) do recognize the RAW files from the camera. Second, although chromatic aberation is an issue with the lens, it is not any worse than other cameras I have used and Photoshop CS can take care of it easily. And finally the much discussed noise issue at ISO 100 is just not a problem, even in the larger prints that I have been making. It may seem to be noisy on the screen but I can assure you that the files print very clean.

2:53 pm - Wednesday, December 10, 2003

#5 Joe Shields

Thanks--a very thorough and thoughtful review.

8:55 pm - Sunday, December 21, 2003

#6 Mark Goldstein

Thanks Joe :-) That's exactly the end result that I'm trying to achieve in my reviews.

12:17 am - Monday, December 22, 2003

#7 Deepak Shastri

Very helpful and thorough review. Thanks.

7:18 am - Saturday, March 20, 2004

#8 Chris Turner

Excellent review on the c-5050, you sold it to me!

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Thanks Chris

5:18 pm - Thursday, April 29, 2004

#9 Mark Goldstein

Thanks Chris - glad you found it useful :-)

I have just replied to the email that you sent me.

5:50 pm - Thursday, April 29, 2004

#10 Paul H

An excellent, informative, a thorough and detailed review which will certainly help decide which cameras to consider and which to disregard. I liked the multiple views of the camera and the sample shots.

4:44 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2004

#11 Randy Selestewa

Hello there and good morning. I have this camera unfortunately I do no have the instruction booklet, is there a way I can have one mailed to me please? I take pictures but uncapable of utilizing the full function of my camera. thank you.

7:06 pm - Thursday, June 8, 2006

#12 Enne See

I am a proud owner of this amazing camera and still using it. Bought it back in the summer of 2003 and never had a single problem, never ever complained about things that other cameras' owners complained. Just a couple of days ago I ordered my new camera, which will be a Samsung WB5000 ultra zoom. I hope it will offer me enough photographic satisfaction, just like Camedia 5050z has. Who knows? Only time will tell...

11:22 pm - Saturday, December 19, 2009