Apr 25, 2005

Olympus C-5500SZ Digital Camera Review

If you don't mind the fact that this camera uses xD memory cards, this nice little unit from Olympus does pack a powerful zoom lens. The C-5500 has a 5X zoom lens extending from 38 - 190 mm. It also has a 2-inch LCD display, full manual control, AF-assist lamp, in-camera redeye reduction, and an anti-shake function for recording movies.

DCResource today posted their review of the Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom and summarize by saying-
" The Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom is a good camera with a silly name. When I think of what a "sport zoom", I think of something stylish and responsive. The C-5500 is clunky and sluggish at most tasks. But it does have a bang for the buck -- remember that this thing costs just over $300.

The C-5500SZ is a fairly bulky camera made mostly of plastic. It feels sturdy, though, especially considering its price. There are a few design annoyances, such as a pop-up flash that takes up valuable finger space and a flimsy plastic door over the xD memory card slot. The C-5500 has an AF-assist lamp and it focuses well in low light. Speaking of which, low light visibility on the larger-than-average 2.0" LCD display is good as well.

If you're looking for a low-cost camera with lots of manual controls, a little extra zoom, and nice image quality then I recommend the C-5500 Sport Zoom. If you want something stylish, fast, and "sporty", you should probably look elsewhere."

Click to read the full review by DCResource of the Olympus C-5500SZ.