Olympus C-8080 still viable?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Ray, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. Ray

    Ray Guest

    I'm looking for a good P&S digital to replace my old Olympus C-2500L as a
    take along for hiking and mountain biking but still good enough to get good
    photos (printed up around 8x10) when I have more time to compose a shot. As
    it stands I still have an older Minolta film SLR that I take when
    photography is my main goal but it sits at home way too much due to it's
    bulk etc. At first I was looking at the Canon PowerShot S3 but it looks
    like it's weaknesses are mainly in bright and contrasty situations and those
    are pretty common for me. Even though it's a bit dated the 8080 looks just
    about ideal for me with it's wide angle lense and rugged metal body and it
    received great reviews at the time but that was 2 years ago and I'm not sure
    how well it would compare with newer cameras.

    So, after 2 years is an Olympus C-8080 still worth buying (for $400 - $500
    with accessories on Ebay) or is there something else I should be
    Ray, Sep 8, 2006
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    Matti Vuori Guest

    If you like the general concept of the C-8080, I thing you should buy C-
    7070. It is essentially the same camera, but its 7 megapixel CCD takes
    better pictures than the 8080's 8 megapixel one, mostly due to much less
    Matti Vuori, Sep 9, 2006
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    No, actually, they're not the same by any means. The C-7070 is basically
    the update to the C-5050, while the C-8080 is a different beast
    entirely. The most important difference being the lens.
    Paul Mitchum, Sep 9, 2006
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    Ray Guest

    I'd love to go with a real DSLR but the bulkiness and risk of damage is just
    too high. When hiking and biking it's a real ballancing act keeping a
    camera protected but still keeping it available on short notice. Still, if
    I can't find a good enough compact I may have another look at the Rebel
    350XT and Nikon D50 both of which I've been drooling over for a while.
    Ray, Sep 10, 2006
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    Ray Guest

    Thanks for the comentary and sample images. More below:

    Weight doesn't bother me but the size, especially thickness is going to be a
    farily tight fit in my waist bag and won't leave much room for padding. If
    I have to maybe I can find a very snug fitting neoprene bag with a belt
    loop. I already look like Batman with a Leatherman, gps, pepper spray etc
    so what's one more thing :)
    Definately better than my current Oly 2500 in that regard.
    I've been meaning to hire one but for now I'll just have to make due.
    You meant the FZ7 right?

    Thanks again for the info.
    Ray, Sep 10, 2006
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