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Tee Feb 5, 2003 9:46 AM

Hey all,

I purchased a Sony S-85 not long ago, and am not real happy with it. I am really considering returning it for a c-4000. I have a c-2100 and absolutely love it. If anyone has any input on the c-4000 I would appreciate it. How does the picture quality of the c-4000 fair?

Hyun Feb 5, 2003 10:41 AM


I love my C-4000. Check out the picture quality for yourself:

... then check out:

to see what additional lenses/filters you can add on to the C-4000.

Good luck!

Olivier21 Feb 5, 2003 11:57 AM

I got a c-4000 too and I love it

mtfbwy Feb 5, 2003 12:37 PM

Love my C4000 as well although I kinda wish I would've gone the extra mile and got the C5050. Mainly because of the greater media choices and the adjustable screen.

rych26 Feb 5, 2003 1:19 PM

I'm not the one to be giving very amateur in terms of skills or lack thereof and am brand new to the digital format having just bought my first camera...

Having said that I love my C4000...I cannot believe the flexibility packed into such a small package. When I was traveling with film cameras I had to choose between the flexibility of my SLR with all it's interchangable lenses, external flash, etc., or the portability of my little point-and-shoot.

Agree that the 5050 might be the way to go if you want to spring for the $.

Picture quality seems great to me, but again, I am perhaps not the most discerning. It gets fine reviews.

I assume that you read Steve's review:

Good luck

dave1 Feb 5, 2003 1:35 PM

I must agree that I love the C-4000Z also, but kind of wished I would have gone with the 5050 also, but I couldn't justify the monetary increase since I just point and shoot.

Anyway, here are links to my pictures I have taken:

Hyun Feb 5, 2003 2:25 PM

I just wanted to add a comment or two to the sentiments that have been expressed here re: "of course C-5050 would have been nicer, but C-4000 is great, too."

For about $250-300 more (C-4000 vs. C-5050), you get:

- faster lens. F1.8 (C-5050) vs F2.8 (C-4000). Faster lens means better focusing and shooting in low-light situation (indoors w/o flash)
- adjustable (positionable) LCD viewscreen
- choice of 3 flash media
- hotshoe on C-5050; granted the C-4000 has external flash connector, but you need to get a frame and cables, thereby adding about $60-100 before the flash.
- 1 more megapixel

Of those, the only thing that was significant factor for me was the faster lens on the C-5050. But, having had C-4000 for a few weeks now and having shot well over 1,400 shots with it, I must say I am (for the time being) happy with its indoor-no-flash performance.

The choice for me was either the C-5050 with nothing else, or the C-4000 with external filters/telephoto converters, more flash memory, and a good photo printer. When the C-6060 or -7070 comes out, though, I'll be ready for it!

Tee Feb 5, 2003 2:53 PM

Wow, thanks for the quick and great responses. I just took back the Sony and now have the C4000 ready to go. I should have purchased this camera to begin with, but I got a great deal on the S-85. I am already much happier with the picture quality. Thanks for the information. :)

Note my new sig. :D

HerbertRD Feb 5, 2003 4:09 PM

C4000Z, C5050 better?
A few months ago I was ready to buy a Minolta Dimage7i because of the powerful zoom and the abundance of features.

After going through all available test reports and comparing every available test picture I changed my mind and bought a C4000Z -with no regret.

Money was not the reason. Of all 4 and 5 Megapixel cameras I found the picture quality of the Canon G2 and the Olympus C4000 to be the best, better than any camera with a 5MP CCD, the C5050 included. In all 5 Megapixel sample pictures there was some noise, even at low ISO (grainy sky!) and a limited contrast range. I may be completely mistaken, but this was my impression.

Again, the C4000Z is a great camera, incredible options, superb macro, precise autofocus, sharp lens, very wide angle, and
beautiful pictures.

rych26 Feb 5, 2003 8:47 PM


What photo printer did you settle on and are you happy with it? (sorry 'bout an off topic question).

Agree...C4000 has much more bang for the buck...I may spring for the flash frame, though.

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