Offering 3.2 megapixels and a high-performance 3x optical zoom lens, the C-350ZOOM produces stunning prints, even in larger formats. In addition, it has a wealth of features which will appeal to users looking for more than just a point-and-shoot digital camera. Four scene programs (portrait, self-portrait, landscape and night scene) are pre-defined with the optimal settings for each type of shooting, so that users can capture beautiful photos with little effort. And for clear images when using the night-scene mode, the camera automatically engages the noise reduction function. Besides auto white balance, this model offers four preset options for different conditions: daylight, overcast, tungsten and fluorescent light. In macro mode, it is possible to focus on objects as close as only 20 cm away.
In order to achieve bold effects without sacrificing ease of use, the CAMEDIA 350ZOOM provides a number of digital editing functions. Shots can be changed to sepia or black and white photos, and a convenient re-sizing option allows reduction of the datas file size. The image rotation feature is particularly useful when viewing photos originally taken in the portrait format, on a TV. To further enhance creative possibilities and practicality for users, the camera also includes: the recording of 15 frame-per-second movie clips in the QuickTime Motion-JPEG format, a panorama and 2-in-1 shooting function, as well as a built-in flash with four flash modes. For storing the data, this model uses the ultra-compact storage medium xD-Picture Card, and a 16 MB card is supplied with the camera.
The CAMEDIA C-350ZOOM supports the new EXIF 2.2 standard as well as PIM II, enabling compatible printers to apply the saved data to produce optimised image printouts.
With the USB AutoConnect interface, images are quickly and easily downloaded to a computer. Thanks to the Olympus CAMEDIA Master software that comes with the camera, the user is able to process, edit and archive the photos.
Offering a range of impressive features, the C-350ZOOM is perfect both for the experienced photographer and the cost-conscious newcomer to the world of digital zoom photography.
I have had the Camera for only a week now, but if I find anything drastically wrong with it I'll update this review.
People have commented on the batteries but I find rechargeables last very well so carrying a spare set or two will do you well. The fact that it takes AAs means you won't be stuck... in an emergency you can buy these common batteries almost anywhere.
At first I was annoyed at overuse of the lens motor when I would have to retract the lens in order to view the photos on screen but then my friend bought one and saw a bit in the manual I had missed. Double press the button to go between shooting and viewing so no need to use power to keep shutting the lens!
In all, a very good buy - excellent value for money and great quality shots in all modes. The light weight and compact size mean you should never get into the 'I wish I had a camera with me' situation when you see the photogenic or unusual! Another 3 people in my work bought the same after seeing my shots and they are all happy.