In the year 2000, Olympus updated its enthusiast-friendly digital zoom compact. The C-3040 Zoom bears the adorably 90’s ‘Camedia’ logo, and when it was introduced updated the previous model with some cosmetic improvements, a faster lens and a couple of feature updates like one-touch manual white balance. This 3.3MP powerhouse fetched $800 when we reviewed it in 2001 – here’s what all those clams got you:
- 3MP 1/1.8″ CCD sensor
- Built-in optical viewfinder
- 320 x 240 video at 12.5 fps without audio
- 3.5 fps burst shooting
- 1.8″ LCD
- Auto, 100, 200, 400 ISO settings
- Full manual exposure modes
The C-3040 Zoom offered a 35-105mm equiv. F1.8-2.6 zoom, a boost over its predecessor’s 32-96mm equiv. F2.8 constant aperture lens. When we reviewed it we found the new lens to be noticeably sharper, and welcomed the minor improvements, but considered Olympus to be trying to extend the shelf life of an already aging design without bringing anything new to the market. Still, for $800 in its time it was a good bargain.
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