Mar 23, 2005

Olympus C-5500 Digital Camera Review

If you're interested in a digital camera with a 5.1-megapixel CCD, a large 2-inch LCD, world-class 5x optical zoom lens, and an inspiring array of manual and automatic functions then have a look at the Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom. Steve's Digicams just posted his review of this camera and says-
Olympus C-5500 Digital Camera

Overall the ergonomics were good, the controls are well-placed and very functional. The camera has a nice comfortable feel in your hands, thanks to a substantial hand grip. The menu system is logically organized, and we liked the ability to customize the Shortcut menus. However, the pop-up flash is located on the far left-hand side. When the flash is extended you have to readjust how you hold the camera. There's just no "natural" place to put your fingers. We also saw this poor positioning on the C-7000 and hoped it would have been corrected. Sony also had this problem with their CyberShot DSC-V1, which they have since corrected on the DSC-V3 model. We hope Olympus will correct this obvious error in the next model upgrade of this camera.

Bottom line - with its wealth of exposure options, good image quality, and versatile 5x optical zoom, the Olympus Camedia C-5500 Sport Zoom offers an excellent "bang for the buck" (value) at around $350. Its SHQ 5-megapixel images have plenty of resolution to create high-quality prints up to 13x19-inches. We feel the C-5500 will make a great digicam for any family, business or tourist user.
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