Those of you familiar with Olympus already know the high quality with which their imaging products are manufactured. For those still living under a rock, allow me to elucidate. Olympus began life as Takachiho Seisakusho, a Japanese company started in 1919 to produce, what else, Japan’s first microscope. Yes, that’s right, microscope. It’s not as big a stretch as you would think, moving from microscopes to digital cameras. In fact, it’s more of a natural evolution. Olympus still maintains a large presence in medical imaging and technology. Their product catalog ranges from cameras and printers to chemistry immuno systems and blood bank systems. Chances are if you’ve ever heard the term aliquotting, you’ve heard of Olympus. But that is another story for another day. We’re here to discuss cameras and the C-5050 in particular. SO without further ado, let’s have a look at the Olympus C-5050 Digital Zoom.
In the above photo you can see the front and back of the camera. Stylish, yet rugged, it consists of an all magnesium body with rubberized grip for easy handling and less slippage. Best of all is the sleek, handsome black color. That’s right gents; prepare to be mobbed by the ladies when you whip this beauty out. Well, maybe not mobbed, ok probably just an “Oh, that’s cute” is all you are going to get, but you take what you can and move on. One of your first impressions is that of options. The key word about this model is flexibility. Think of a bell or whistle and this one has it. Although all the programming can be a little intimidating for the novice, not to worry. Don’t want to spend a weekend getting familiar with it? Just set the mode dial on top to auto and point and shoot. Your images will look professional, even if you’re not. Another great addition to this camera is the swivel LCD screen. This allows you to shoot from virtually any angle and still catch a clear view of your subject. It is also handy when you need to maintain your peripheral vision while shooting. You can use the menu button on the rear to access specific functions or the multitude of buttons and dials located around the camera, there are plenty. There is an LCD located on the top of the unit also, though it isn’t lighted. This is one area of the camera that needs to be addressed. It displays the status of all the current functions you have selected/altered.
I would be remiss in discussing any Olympus product if I didn’t mention the plethora of instructions and components that come bundled with them. In the picture below you can see some of the accessories you get when you choose this camera.