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Getting started in digital photography - effortlessly: the CAMEDIA C-100 from Olympus. Those who still believe digital photography is complicated and ...

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Review of "Olympus CAMEDIA C-100"

published 03/04/2002 | CaptainKidd
Member since : 10/05/2001
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Pro Inexpensive entry level digital camera
Cons Heavy on batteries / DC adaptor extra
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"LOOK - instant photographs ."

OLYMPUS - 'CAMEDIA' C-100 digital camera .

Why this one ?

Our Residents Association has gone from strength to strength , and with an Awards for all Wales Lottery Grant available for IT equipment amongst other things , we decided to purchase a new PC system , c/w priter , scanner and digital camera .

Being in charge , I checked out the various local retailers to see what was on offer in the camera range . Boy oh boy are there lots to choose from ! The most common and preferred sale for all salesmen were the Kodak range . Ok they had their benefits , esp. the docking station , but I found them a little bulky and quite heavy .

What did catch my eye was the C-100 from Olympus , which was of similar proportions and weight to a standard 35mm point and click camera . The average price for this was £145.00 , and with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels was on a par with the rest , yet a good £35.00 lower than the nearest equivilents .

And a little about appearance.....

As I said previously , styled on a 35mm camera , this is a sleek looking silver piece of gear . On the front you have the shutter which acts as the on/off switch , and when in the open position shows the viewfinder and 4,5mm 1:4 lens . Immediately to the right of the shuuter is a small red LED which is put to use when using the flash feature. To the upper right corner is the built in flash.

On the top of the camera you have just the shutter button .

At the back you find the view finder , 2.5cm * 2.cm monitor screen , and a total of 6 push buttons for various functions that wil be detailed later on.

When looking from the rear , the left hand side of the camera has a rubber cover that protects a USB port and DC adaptor socket . The right hand side has a flip cover that protects a smart card socket , and a hook for a strap .

The underside provides a standard tripod screw fixing and the battery compartment.

As for size , without going into exact measurement details , lets just say it fits into the palm of my hand ( not much use to you though ! ) . Without batteries , the camera weighs in at just 190 g ( 0.4lb ).

What you get - basics......

Ok , so I've bought the camera and unpacked it and what do I get . . . the camera , 1 * USB cable , 4 * alcaline batteries , 1 * strap , 1 * accessories booklet , 1 * guarantee , 1 * multi-language instruction manual and finally 1 * software disk .

Now the software is suitable only for Win 3.x/95/98 , and limited in ME/NT. However since most windows applications are plug and play compatible , and this is no exception , then use of the software is limited and can be omitted . I myself do not use the software supplied , Win. XP easily recognises the camera and is easy to access your photo's .

Additionally the camera comes complete with 1 meg of built in memory .

In use.....

This camera is able to take pictures in four qualities , namely SHQ , HQ , SQ1 , SQ2 . At SQ2 the quality is easily acceptable for mass photography for reproduction in home made news letters etc. SHQ is publicity quality . Quality is selected from the the menu , and is simplicity in itself once you learn the basics of digital photography.

To give you a clue as to photo quality , with the built in memory , you can store :

1 * SHQ photograph
3 * HQ photographs
4 * SQ1 photographs
7 * SQ2 photographs

With this in mind I recommend purchasing a smartmedia card . These come in various sizes from 8 meg up to 128 meg. I personally opted for a 32meg card which cost an additional £29.00 , which pushed my storage capabilities to : 51 (SHQ) , 99 (HQ) , 132 (SQ1) and 221 (SQ2) . Obviously mixing qualities of stored images will adjust the amount of storage available.

This camera has date and time facility , which can be toggled easily on and off , dependant on your photo requirements .

As well as standard photographs , the camera can also take sequential photographs using the inbuilt timer function , and also moving images . the latter will however require the optional smartmedia cards as these are ram hungry .

Taking photographs / moving images can be made via the view finder or with the use of the LED screen , which is activated by the press of a button . NOTE however that the use of the LED does wear out batteries very quickly ( in two weeks I have gone through 4 set of duracell batteries ) .

The flash is fully automatic , but can be programmed via the menu for special conditions .

Zoom is via standard formats as well as digital zoom that is available at 1.6 * , 2 * , 3.2 * and 4 * current settings , again easily accessable when taking your photographs .

For those of a professional standard , you also have exposure compensation, white balance and a spot metering mode.

Viewing your masterpieces....

To view your masterpieces and to access the majority of menu driven settings , you need your shutter closed . This done , a press of a single button , and on comes you LED , complete with last image taken ( or beginning of movie if motion capture used ) . Using the buttons , you can now view your stored images . Pressing certain buttons will then allow access to the main menu , form which you can afjust these images or for matter delete them . It really is very easy.

Transferring to PC...

Dead simple , just connect the USB lead from camera to PC . Your Pc will recognise the camera as a removable hard disk and allocate a drive letter to it , which can be accessed as any normal drive . It is then simply a matter of copying all or selected files to you PC hard drive , from which you can use your chosen software to adjust / print or whatever . Nothing could be simpler . As for the software supplied , can't say as Win XP was sufficient to access my photographs .

ANOTHER NOTE - when finished copying , remove the USB lead , or your batteries will drain , alternatively use the optional PSU adaptor .


A great lttle camera , let down only by the excessive demand on batteries . If only Olympus could include an adaptor in the initial package , or at least provide a decent warning about power consumption.
The manual supplied is well thought out and simple to follow . As with any item of this type , practice makes perfect . I'm not a profesional , but have got to grips with the essentials very quickly , as has my wife .
Well worth a close inspection .

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  • Fiz_whiz published 09/07/2002
    Excellent op! I have this very digital camera and love it to bits. I agree it's a shame they don't supply an adaptor for it as the batteries are very easily drained. :) Fiz
  • ppotter published 20/04/2002
    I love taking pictures, mine of my hometown study at http://www.worldisround.com/articles/8331 click on my name for more pictures..
  • MRSCANADA published 04/04/2002
    Great op..LL
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Product Information : Olympus CAMEDIA C-100

Manufacturer's product description

Getting started in digital photography - effortlessly: the CAMEDIA C-100 from Olympus. Those who still believe digital photography is complicated and expensive should take a good look at the latest CAMEDIA model from Olympus. The C-100 is surprisingly affordable and straightforward to use. With this innovation, even the automatic camera photographer with little experience can take impressive digital photos from go - without puzzling over the handbook or lengthy instructions! And to assure that the striking display or screen image results stay just as convincing when printed on photo paper, Olympus equips the C-100 with a 1.31-megapixel CCD chip, as well as a high-quality optical system consisting of five lenses in five groups. The camera even features a movie function for recording moving images. The CAMEDIA C-100 will enthuse not only the beginner, but the ambitious digital photographer who wants to influence and control the photographic process as well. A broad range of variable camera adjustments and six flash modes can be selected to suit shooting conditions. One feature guaranteed to arouse enthusiasm is the panorama function conceived for - among other purposes - extraordinary landscape photography. By joining numerous individual shots taken from slightly different angles, it is possible to create a single panorama image that reveals a completely new view of the subject. The user-friendly menu assures effortless and precise camera operation. The TFT LCD informs the photographer about more than the current date, exact time and the chosen shooting parameters. It also allows immediate review and presentation of the picture just taken. The user can delete unwanted shots straightaway. Olympus provides the C-100 with a precise lens. Thanks to its digital zoom function, however, the subject can be enlarged up to four times. With the movie function, short action sequences can be captured at a speed of 15 frames per second. The camera stores picture files plus additional information (e.g., printing instructions for a photo lab, if required) onto a SmartMedia card. When the card is full, it can be changed in a matter of seconds. In comparison with the other CAMEDIA models, the C-100 also features an internal memory with capacity for up to seven SQ images. Thanks to USB compatibility, the camera can be automatically recognized as an external drive when connected to a computer or notebook. That is why copying the digital shots onto the hard drive for editing or mailing is just as quick and easy as transferring files from a CD. The CAMEDIA C-100 proves to be a very well equipped, versatile and easy-to-operate digital camera, offered, moreover, at an extraordinarily attractive price.

Product Details

Product Description: Olympus CAMEDIA C-100 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Localisation: English

Memory Card Slot: SmartMedia Card

Internal Storage: 1 MB flash

Sensor Resolution: 1.3 Megapixel

Lens System: Lens - 4.5 mm - f/4.0

Focus Adjustment: Focus free

Min Focus Distance: 60 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image

Display: LCD display - 1.5"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Colour: Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.3 cm x 4.5 cm x 6.5 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty


MPN: C-100, 013159

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Silver

Localisation: English

Sensor Resolution: 1.3 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 1,310,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 1,250,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3.2"

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Digital Video Format: QuickTime, MJPEG

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200

Exposure Metering: Centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Automatic

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia

White Balance: Automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec, 1 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps

Lens System

Type: Lens - 4.5 mm - f/4.0

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 mm

Focus Adjustment: Focus free

Min Focus Distance: 60 cm

Macro Focus Range: 25-60cm

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 5 elements

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode

Effective Flash Range: 0.25 m - 2.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 12sec

Additional Features: Date/time stamp, DPOF support


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image

Field Coverage: 85%


Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 114,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SmartMedia Card


Included Accessories: Hand strap, software kit, USB cable


Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SmartMedia Card

Supported Memory Cards: SmartMedia

Internal Storage: 1 MB flash

Image Storage: Basic JPEG 640 x 480 : 7 - with 1MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 4 - with 1MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 3 - with 1MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 1 - with 1MB built-in memory ¦ Basic JPEG 640 x 480 : 58 - with 8MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 32 - with 8MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 24 - with 8MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 12 - with 8MB card

Video Capture: QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 12.5 fps - 15 sec - with 8MB card ¦ QuickTime - 160 x 120 - 12.5 fps - 62 sec - with 8MB card

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 12.3 cm

Depth: 4.5 cm

Height: 6.5 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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