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Old Mar 10, 2003, 4:35 PM   #1
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Default Don't know which digicams to get? Try Olympus C-4000

Thinking about getting a digital camera and feel overwhelmed by the vast number of choices available? Let me make it easy for you--I heartily recommend Olympus C-4000Z.

I have been using mine for two months now. IMHO, it's an excellent camera that can be purchased for well under $400 (www.buydig.com has it for $346). 4mp, 3x optical zoom, superb macro (close-up) capability, great picture quality... I love my C-4000. I've compiled some online resources for those who are thinking about getting it.

Here are some pictures I've taken with it:

www.pbase.com/hyunyu

If you think 3x optical zoom is limiting, you can add a Tiffen 2x MegaPlus telephoto converter to increase the optical zoom to 6x. Not as elegant or sharp (picture-quality wise) as those cameras with built-in 6x zoom lens, but good enough for casual use. Here's how the setup works and some sample pictures:

www.pbase.com/hyunyu/tiffen

Wonder how polarizing and UV filters work with the C-4000? Here you go:

http://www.pbase.com/hyunyu/filters

Want to see just how close the C-4000 can get to the subject being photographed? Well, it's 2cm/0.78 inch, but don't take my word for it, take a look at these:

http://www.pbase.com/hyunyu/closeups

Ever wanted to experiment with IR photography? Check out:

http://www.pbase.com/hyunyu/infrared

... and here are some online reviews:

Here at Steve's Digicams http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/c4000.html

At Imaging Resource http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/C40/C40A.HTM

At Megapixels http://www.megapixel.net/reviews/oly...00-review.html

Have fun!
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Old Mar 11, 2003, 4:33 AM   #2
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A lot of effort in support of this camera and very helpful to share it it with the less dedicated and inexperianced like me.

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Old Mar 12, 2003, 5:26 PM   #3
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How is the c-4000 with black and white pictures? Is the b/w mode adjustable?

I know it's possible to change color pics to b/w but I'm looking for a digital camera that takes good b/w pictures. If the c-4000 doesn't, do you have any suggestions that compare to the oly?

Thanks!
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Old Mar 12, 2003, 5:52 PM   #4
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The C-4000 can take photos in B&W, but I've never tried it... anyone else here try it?

I'll take some today and post link to them later.
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Old Mar 12, 2003, 5:55 PM   #5
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Oops, my mistake... apparently the C-4000 cannot take native black and white pictures.

What confused me was that it has a feature where you can turn, with the camera, a color photo to either black and white or sepia.

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Old Mar 12, 2003, 7:03 PM   #6
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Ahh, so that's how it works. Thanks for the help.
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Old Mar 12, 2003, 7:52 PM   #7
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Default thanks for the help

you are to kind with all the help can u tell me just a few things more if you can How is The LCD outside in sunny conditons battery life and any problems that you have norticed with it that you would share with us also what about lens attactments.
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Old Mar 12, 2003, 8:23 PM   #8
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How is The LCD outside in sunny conditons
Same as all other digital cameras with non-positionable LCD display: lousy.

Of course, it's not that the LCDs that are positioinable are inherently better at displaying--it's just that you can usually reduce glare by adjusting the position of the LCD.

Battery life is fine (for me, in my opinion--your mileage may vary). I once ran a test on it with a fully-charged set of 1800mAh NiMH batteries, and with the LCD on, I was able to take 260+ shots.

No other problems that I can think of, other than the ones that typically plague all consumer digital cameras in this range--shutter lag, etc.

For the lens attachment question--did you check the link to my webpage that deals with it? Not sure what I can answer here that's not been posted on the website.
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Old Mar 14, 2003, 2:19 PM   #9
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Hyun what is the compression on the pictures like u got an estimate since all pictures of the same size range in file size, despite that could u tell me roughly how many and at what on high res is and how many pictures u get on your stick what ever the you MB stick is too thx.
Almost got me sold on this camera!
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Old Mar 14, 2003, 2:26 PM   #10
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can the 4000 manual automatic settings easy to use with some time and playing around with????
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