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Solid performer - but not as light or compact as rivals
on 12 October 2004
I've generally been pleased with the results from my Olympus. However, unlike other digital cameras i've used - its not point and shoot - and i've had a few out of focus pictures. Of course this is partly my fault - need to select appropriate setting eg. landscape, portrait etc (but you'd expect the automatic mode to pick this up) and also need to allow the camera to fully focus before pressing the shoot button (something which can be overlooked - when 'capturing the moment'). However, i've never had this problem with my old AF Pentax 35mm or for that matter with a Fuji 1.4mp camera.
If you've got time to set the camera up - and be patient then fine - results are good (especially close ups with macro)
But if your'e looking for a 'party' camera then i'm sure there are better options out there. Especially, as although build quality is high - the camera isn't the smallest or lightest i've seen.
This camera uses xD cards - which can 'stitch' panoramic shots together using the supplied camedia software (which is pretty basic). However, the results have been a bit hit and miss - and i've stuck with overlapping shots in photoshop or powerpoint. Given that these cards are generally more expensive (and not compatible with most PC card readers - although you can connect with USB) than their sD counterparts - its something to think about.
Overall, a good performer (especially at under £150) - but not one for party snaps.