Camedia C-2100 at a Glance
Used: G4 400; Mac OS 9.0.4.
Impression: This camera feels good and captures some beautiful images.
It's a bit on the light side, and some features are not easy to access on the
spot, being menu-based.
Benefits: The C-2100 is comfortable to hold. The 10x optical zoom is
quite nice. Features are abundant. Battery life is excellent, and it ships with
a battery charger. And, bottom line, the thing just takes nice pictures.
The color viewfinder is a bit difficult to focus with; black and white would have
been much better. And I don't like push-button focusing.
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Olympus Camedia C-2100 Ultra Zoom
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For transfer, it includes
a USB connection, which is pretty speedy. (I myself always use an external USB
SmartMedia reader from SanDisk to spare my batteries from the taxing process of
Controls accessible through
the onscreen display (visible on the 1.8" screen or the viewfinder to save
- Image stabilization on/off;
- Digital zoom on/off;
- White balance;
- Flash brightness;
- Slow flash on/of;
- Multimetering on/off;
- Autofocus mode;
- Full-time autofocus on/off;
- Microphone on/off;
- Special effects settings
(sepia, black and white, etc.);
- Card setup options;
- Mode setup;
- Scene setup;
- Capture mode.
All other functions are
accessed through external buttons. Some can be found through the onscreen menu
as well as external buttons.
So what do I not like about
this camera? As I said, I'd like to be able to swap out lenses, though the standard
lens is quite nice. My biggest complaint would have to be the manual focus. It's
not particularly difficult to work with. It's just that traditional focus rings
are better. My last complaint is the viewfinder. I like SLRs. But when the viewfinder
is digital, it just better for it to be black and white to achieve sharper focus.
I'm not going to go too far into specifications. If you want them, you can find
them at the Olympus Web site. But here's a rundown of some of its more important
auto exposure; Aperture priority; Shutter priority; S-Program mode with Portrait,
Landscape, Sports, Night Scene; Custom set-up modes and Manual Exposure. ±2 steps
EV by 1/3 steps EV exposure compensation
- Auto Bracketing: selectable
from ±1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV; 3 or 5 images
- Aperture priority: Wide
- F2.8-11.0; Tele - 3.8-11.0, 1/3 EV steps
- Shutter priority: Still
image - 1/2-1/750 sec. (used with mechanical shutter); 1/3 EV steps; Program,
S-Program, Aperture Priority 4 sec. to 1/750 sec.
- Manual exposure: shutter
speed 16-1/750 seconds
user selectable, 100, 200, 400 equivalent ISO
TTL or spot system autofocus (contrast detection system) with focusing illuminator
aid. Focusing range: 24"/0.6m-infinity; Wide 78"/2m-infinity; Telephoto stepless
Macro Focusing 4.3"/0.1m-24"/0.6m Wide/39"/1m-78"/2m Telephoto (iESP AF is off
in rapid shooting mode);
Manual focus (manual focus setting by gauge) with focusing range: 4.3"/0.1m-infinity,
Wide 39"/1m-infinity, 240 steps
(Electronic Viewfinder) SLR viewfinder (Full information/Mode AV, SV/Spot/CW/ESP/+/-/AF/Flash/Buffer);
.55" Color LCD EVF
cm/1.8-inch wider angle color TFT LCD monitor with 113,500 pixels (made from low-temperature
poly-silicon), brightness adjustment is possible
flash: Auto-flash (low- & backlight), Red-eye reducing flash, Off, Fill-in, Slow
Synchro and Slow Synchro with Red-eye reducing flash modes; External terminal:
Off, Auto, Forced activation; Slow Synchronization (First-Curtain Synchronization
effect, Second-Curtain Synchronization effect); 5-pin TTL connector for FL-40
or PC sync, (Optional Bracket and cable needed)
approx. 24"/0.6m-18'/5.6m, telephoto; approximately 8"/0.2m-9'/2.8m (ISO 100)
input terminal, Data input/output USB interface/RS-232C Serial Video Output terminal
(NTSC), external flash terminal for FL-40 (not shoe type) or PC sync with optional
cables and bracket
Emotionally, I'm sold on this camera. I like carrying it around. I like the pictures
it takes. It's a very solid camera. I'd like to be able to swap out lenses; I'd
like a shoe for hooking up my own external flash unit; and I'd like a focus ring
on the lens, rather than buttons on the back of the camera. But the bottom line
is that the pictures this camera takes are excellent.
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