Oly C5060 - Why a Proprietary Battery?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Paul D. Sullivan, Dec 13, 2003.

  1. The C5050 is like nearly the PERFECT camera!

    Why would they issue one that appears to be a replacement that
    uses PROPRIETARY batteries instead of the awesome AA
    rechargeables?

    Am I missing something?

    This was one of the best things about the C5050 and one of the
    reasons I bought it. I can't believe that they have done this.

    Anyone know what gives?

    Thanks
     
    Paul D. Sullivan, Dec 13, 2003
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    R2D2 Guest


    They want to make more money by selling you batteries instead of asking for
    a higher price for the camera.
     
    R2D2, Dec 13, 2003
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  3. It's all about money!
    Just be glad they didn't force you into xD-only memory, like they did to
    C-50 and C5000 owners
    Bob Williams
     
    Robert E. Williams, Dec 13, 2003
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  4. I'm so glad I bought the C5050 - it really is a great camera.

    I would never have gotten the C5060 - not at all.

    It is such a versatile, complete camera. I have a 512 CF card
    and will maybe get a 512 xD when prices drop, to supplement
    the CF.

    I am glad I learned so much about the camera here before I bought
    it. You guys were totally helpful when I was learning about what
    camera to get. I'm still grateful for all the help, because as I
    use the Oly C5050 more and more, thousands of pics by now, I
    continue to appreciate what a great camera it really is.
     
    Paul D. Sullivan, Dec 13, 2003
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  5. Bummer man, mega bummer.

    Thanks
     
    Paul D. Sullivan, Dec 13, 2003
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    Mike Hill Guest

    You really should read the specs on the battery though. It is a
    particulary brilliant one :)
    Mike.
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    Mike Hill, Dec 13, 2003
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    Matti Vuori Guest

    But isn't.
     
    Matti Vuori, Dec 13, 2003
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    PhotoMan Guest

    Ever hear of a captive customer?
    Joe Arnold
     
    PhotoMan, Dec 13, 2003
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    peter Guest

    perhaps to make the camera appear smaller or lighter?
     
    peter, Dec 13, 2003
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    Mark Johnson Guest

    Why not ask why they gave you a darker lens than with the C5050?
     
    Mark Johnson, Dec 13, 2003
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    JK Guest

    The C5060 looks like a bad mistake on the part of Olympus.
    Many liked Olympus digital cameras for the fast lenses
    and use of AA batteries. Now that the C5060 has neither
    and is high priced. A Canon G5, or Fuji S7000 at around
    the same price or less than the C5060 seem much more
    attractive. The G5 has an f2-3 zoom lens that is 4x, while
    the S7000 has a 6x zoom that is f2.8-f3.1, uses AA batteries,
    and is 6.3 megapixels. Imo the C5060 is worth under $400
    due to its slow lens(f4.8 at max telephoto. UGH!!!!) If someone
    doesn't mind a slow lens,there are other much smaller cameras
    available from Sony and Canon.
     
    JK, Dec 13, 2003
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    The problem is that the G5 has a plastic body which feels like a toy.
    Horrible tiny keys and it is square like a brick. At least the 5060 has
    an ergonomic high quality metal body with good keys.
     
    Alfred Molon, Dec 13, 2003
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    Double D Guest

    Ummmm, so they could go a little wider and not jack up the price too
    much?

    DD
     
    Double D, Dec 14, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    It's also wider which is why it's slower.
     
    stacey, Dec 14, 2003
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    Mark Johnson Guest

     
    Mark Johnson, Dec 14, 2003
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    gr Guest

    It really depends on what you use it for. If it's mainly for outdoor
    landscape pictures, I think I'd pick the C5060 too. But I use my C5050 quite
    a bit for night shots, indoors, and creatively where I want a shallow depth
    of field. I think the C5050's bright lens make it a more flexible camera
    than the C5060. But, yeah, having a 27mm wide angle (without needing an
    adapter) would certainly be nice.

    The proprietary battery of the C5060 is a deal-killer for me, though.
     
    gr, Dec 14, 2003
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    stacey Guest

     
    stacey, Dec 14, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    Yep that's why I said "I'll" :)

    I had a choice between 2 fuji 6X9 cameras, a 90mm f3.5 and a 65mm f5.6 and I
    chose the 65mm for my type of shooting. I never considered a digi P&S until
    I saw this 27mm version!
    Yea it is a bummer as there is no easy "backup" like AA's provide.
     
    stacey, Dec 15, 2003
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    Mark Johnson Guest

    That's the thing though, isn't it? You can put a lens on that
    extension tube to get a fisheye or panorama. So I'm not sure what the
    'advantage', then, of a darker lens would be. It would seem an overall
    disadvantage. The AA battery thing is convenient in the 5050, there's
    no doubt. It's nice to still have the SM, though for me that wouldn't
    be a 'deal killer', considering how cheap CF is becoming.

    The one advantage of the 4040, btw, over the 5050 is, I think, the
    flash placement. It's good for macro. The tube blocks the 5050 flash.
    But it didn't block the 4040. Again, that's just for very close shots.
     
    Mark Johnson, Dec 15, 2003
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    Mark Johnson Guest

     
    Mark Johnson, Dec 15, 2003
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