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Olympus C-8080 better than E-300?? - Photography

I noticed in resolution tests that the lens of this prosumer camera produced sharper shots than either the low or higher end ZD Olympus DSLR zoom lenses. In fact (on DPreview, anyway) it's picture quality was on-par with a Canon D20. Not bad for a fixed-lens prosumer. It looks like they hit some kind of lens "sweet spot" with it. I know the conventional wisdom is that you don't pick a fixed-lens camera if you can get a DSLR, but that one seems to be a good choice, and there is no dust problem to worry about. -Rich...

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    Default Olympus C-8080 better than E-300??

    I noticed in resolution tests that the
    lens of this prosumer camera produced sharper
    shots than either the low or higher end ZD
    Olympus DSLR zoom lenses. In fact (on DPreview,
    anyway) it's picture quality was on-par with
    a Canon D20. Not bad for a fixed-lens prosumer.
    It looks like they hit some kind of lens "sweet
    spot" with it. I know the conventional wisdom
    is that you don't pick a fixed-lens camera if you
    can get a DSLR, but that one seems to be a good
    choice, and there is no dust problem to worry about.
    -Rich
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    On Thu, 03 Feb 2005 18:32:58 -0500, RichA <com> wrote: 

    I own an 8080. I have taken some shots with it that I like very
    much. It is indeed capable of creating very sharp, clean images,
    at least by my subjective standards.

    It has ceased to be my primary camera because of its low-light
    performance, or lack thereof. The ISO only goes to 400, and ISO
    400 is pretty noisy. And the autofocus is slow in low light, so
    I used to miss a lot of shots. The manual focus wasn't much of an
    alternative, as I think I mentioned here recently in another thread.

    Of course with the 8080's small sensor, you have limited dynamic
    range, and an unavoidably large depth of field, blah blah blah. But
    the short version is: great camera, don't try to use it in the dark.

    --
    Ben Rosengart (212) 741-4400 x215
    Sometimes it only makes sense to focus our attention on those
    questions that are equal parts trivial and intriguing.
    --Josh Micah Marshall
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    RichA wrote:
     

    The "problem" the E300 has af far as sharpness is from excessive/poor in
    camera processing trying to silence the noise police looking for noise at
    100% on screen images (which has nothing to do with how they look on an
    8X10 print).The sensor used has a higher dynamic range than the Cmos
    sensors other DSLR's use which helps keep highlights from being n out
    etc. Yes it has more noise but of the two, I'll take noise over a narrow
    dynamic range as the noise can be fixed, missing information can not.

    The raw files processed in the right raw conversion software are REALLY
    sharp and the higher end ZD lenses are noticably better than the 14-45 made
    in china kit lens.

    That said the 8080 is a good camera but has slower AF and trying to manually
    focus a non-SLR camera is a PITA. Plus It can't go as wide as the 11-22 ZD
    which is what killed it for me.

    BTW there is no dust problems to worry about with the E300 either....

    --

    Stacey
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    On Sat, 05 Feb 2005 00:44:29 -0500, Stacey <com> wrote:
     
    >
    >The "problem" the E300 has af far as sharpness is from excessive/poor in
    >camera processing trying to silence the noise police looking for noise at
    >100% on screen images (which has nothing to do with how they look on an
    >8X10 print).The sensor used has a higher dynamic range than the Cmos
    >sensors other DSLR's use which helps keep highlights from being n out
    >etc. Yes it has more noise but of the two, I'll take noise over a narrow
    >dynamic range as the noise can be fixed, missing information can not.[/ref]

    Compared to film cameras, I figured all digitals were still a pathetic
    joke when it comes to containing "white out."
     

    What is the upload time for them? I know with my prosumer C-3040, a
    tiff file (the few it can hold) takes a huge amount of time to store
    in the camera. The little red light flashes for about 30 seconds.
    And that is only a 3.3meg image.
     

    Speed for me isn't much of an issue. Widefield shots could be. But
    more likely telephoto shots would be an issue. 100mm equivalents just
    aren't enough and those "clip on" adapter tele lenses give me the
    creeps. 

    I wondered about how well that ultrasonic thing worked.
    -Rich

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    > I wondered about how well that ultrasonic thing worked. 

    I have the E-1, which has the same (I believe) ultrasonic as the E300. I
    have
    4 different lens, change constantly and never had a dust problem. (Then
    again
    maybe I am just lucky because I am non-too careful where and when I
    change the lenses.)


    Steven Guest

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