Olympus CAMEDIA C-2500L

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Olympus CAMEDIA C-2500L

Before the C-2500L, no standalone digital camera in the world produced results that could truly be considered on a par with those produced by a film c...

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Review of "Olympus CAMEDIA C-2500L"

published 13/03/2004 | hawklady99
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Pro Manual features, great photos, everything
Cons battery drain, need to package with bigger capacity memory cards
Picture Quality
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"One hot camera!"

Have had the C2500L for almost a year now. Bought it as an upgrade from the D500L (see separate review)

Great camera and now the price is coming down with the newer models coming out. This camera takes incredible pictures. One drawback is that you have to have a great photo printer to be able to get the real benefit out of it. Photos taken with this camera not just digital images they are real photos.

Reasons for buying this camera over other cheaper models (D500L for instance): Better flash capabilities, tons of creative options for taking pics in all types of different situations, manual options for almost all areas of use (aperture, f-stop, flash sync, zoom etc)

Takes awesome Macro photos. Takes optional removable lenses (wide angle, zoom, macro) Olympus is definitely the leader in digital photography. They leave Kodak, Sony, Nikon etc in the dust with this one.

The camera comes with the normal assortment of features one would expect from a high end camera. the 5% spot metering mode is particularly useful when trying to achieve good exposures in difficult lighting situations. one nice, though odd, feature of the camera is that it accepts both compactflash and smartmedia cards. the camera comes equipped with a CF+ type I slot, so it cannot take ibm microdrives. A remote control is included to operate the camera from afar. this remote control comes in handy when taking pictures with long exposure times, so you won't shake the camera and get blurry images.

Price is a bit high (but coming down), but you can't come close to this camera's capabilities for anything close to its price.

Few drawbacks: There will always be a new camera coming out with newer features (more pixels, higher zoom) didn't come with big enough media card. (although some sites are bundling the camera with lenses and bigger media cards now) Batteries drain fast. Need to buy two sets of rechargables NiMH and a charger.

Who should buy: anyone who wants to take great pictures. Need to know some photography basics though. you can get it from


for just $399.95 which is very cheap

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  • hotcritic published 20/03/2004
    Too complicated and big for me .
  • carminator published 13/03/2004
    It looks quite large! I like a camera that can fit in my handbag!
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Product Information : Olympus CAMEDIA C-2500L

Manufacturer's product description

Before the C-2500L, no standalone digital camera in the world produced results that could truly be considered on a par with those produced by a film camera. But now - for the first time - the compact Olympus C-2500L produces photographic results suitable for prints 8 x 10 inches and larger with true colors, true contrast and true gradations. At a price that's almost too good to be true. This ability is the result of exclusive TruePic technology that adds an entirely new dimension to the process of translating pixels to images. Along with other advances that include a superior CCD, an improved image aspect ratio and a fast f.2.8 - f 3.9, all-glass, aspherical 3x zoom lens that delivers crystal-clear images. All of which is exactly what you'd expect from Olympus - world leader in film and filmless photography. The C-2500L's advanced imaging capabilities are housed in the industry's smallest and lightest all-in-one SLR filmless camera - along with a host of advanced features that provide a true photographic experience. In addition to the industry's most accurate optical viewfinder and spot-metering system, it also offers full manual controls for focus, shutter speed, aperture and white balance with selectable ISO. It also has an intelligent, multi-mode flash system and a hot shoe for the optional Olympus FL-40 or other flash units. Creative shooting options include manual and automatic exposure control, manual or automatic white balance and burst shooting mode with 16 MB of RAM buffer for rapid shooting. The threaded lens mount allows you to use accessory lenses and filters. An infrared remote control and for the first time in a filmless camera - dual card slots - accept both SmartMedia and CompactFlash media. With one of the industry's most accurate viewfinders, what you see is truly what you get with the C-2500L for the full range of its entire 36 - 110 mm equivalent zoom lens - and beyond. Whether it's a super macro shot from as close as .8 inches or a 160 mm equivalent telephoto image captured using the optional telephoto lens extender, the view is always fantastic.

Product Details

Product Description: Olympus CAMEDIA C-2500L - digital camera

Product Type: Digital SLR Camera

Localisation: English

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, SmartMedia Card

Sensor Resolution: 2.5 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 9.2 - 28 mm - f/2.8-5.6, 3 x zoom lens - 9.2 - 28 mm - f/2.8-3.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom, Optical - real-image, Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Display: None. - 1.8", LCD display - 1.8"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA, 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Colour: Black, metallic silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11 cm x 13 cm x 8 cm, 11 cm x 12.8 cm x 8 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty


MPN: C-2500L, 127852U, 013135, 225090

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR

Enclosure Colour: Black, metallic silver

Localisation: English

Sensor Resolution: 2.5 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 2,500,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 2/3"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Recording Format: JPEG, TIFF

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Effective Sensor Resolution: 2,300,000 pixels

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200

Exposure Metering: Centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

White Balance: Automatic, presets

Max Shutter Speed: 1/10000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

White Balance Presets: 3000K, 4000K, 4500K, 6500K, 5500K, 3700K

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 9.2 - 28 mm - f/2.8-5.6, 3 x zoom lens - 9.2 - 28 mm - f/2.8-3.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 36 - 110mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Macro Focus Range: 2-60cm

Zoom Adjustment: Automatic, Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 7 elements

Filter Size: 43 mm

Features: Aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.7 m, 0.3 m - 3.6 m

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Additional Features

Additional Features: Auto power save, Auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support

LCD Display Information: Shutter speed, aperture, manual focus mode, red-eye reduction, self-timer mode, film speed, photo quality, photos remaining, memory card status, distance, remote control indicator, picture resolution, exposure compensation, Metering Mode, battery condition, flash mode

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Self Timer Delay: 2sec, 12sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames per second


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom, Optical - real-image, Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

LED Information: Flash ready, autofocus ready

Field Coverage: 95%

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame


Type: 1.8" none., 1.8" LCD display

Resolution: 122,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x DC power input ¦ 1 x serial ¦ 1 x composite video output

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, SmartMedia Card


Software: Enroute Quickstitch, Olympus Camedia Master


Included Accessories: IR remote control

Body Material: Plastic, metal


Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA, 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, SmartMedia Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash, SmartMedia

Included Memory Card: 32 MB SmartMedia, SmartMedia

Image Storage: Super-fine 1712 x 1368 : 13 - with 8MB card ¦ Normal 1280 x 1024 : 24 - with 8MB card ¦ Economy 640 x 512 : 83 - with 8MB card

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 11 cm

Depth: 13 cm, 12.8 cm

Height: 8 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 20 - 90%

Min Storage Temperature: -20 °C

Max Storage Temperature: 60 °C

Humidity Range Storage: 10 - 90%

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: CD-ROM Drive, serial port


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