The Good Good image quality; broad exposure latitude; long battery life.
The Bad Too menu intensive; a bit pricey.
The Bottom Line While it's a great 4-megapixel camera, the C-4040 is a little pricey, especially if you don't really need the high resolution.
Olympus Camedia C-4040 Zoom
With a price of almost $1,000, the Olympus C-4040 Zoom might appear to be targeted toward the deep-pocketed amateur photographer. In reality, though, the camera is better suited to point-and-shooters who won't play around too much with the camera's manual settings and who simply care about getting good photos under the widest variety of conditions. Fortunately, you can now find this model for a decent price.With a price of almost $1,000, the Olympus C-4040 Zoom might appear to be targeted toward the deep-pocketed amateur photographer. In reality, though, the camera is better suited to point-and-shooters who won't play around too much with the camera's manual settings and who simply care about getting good photos under the widest variety of conditions. Fortunately, you can now find this model for a decent price.
Olympus has stuck with the same boxy, mini-SLR design of its 3-megapixel C-3040 Zoom. The C-4040 Zoom isn't as sleek or compact as the upcoming 4-megapixel D-40 model, but this 14.9-ounce camera feels solid and comfortable in your hand.
We had no complaints about the C-4040 Zoom's ergonomics, but we were a little disappointed with the camera's LCD, which offers acceptable performance but has a few glitches. Not only did it update jerkily during motion capture and when we were changing subjects, but it also displayed interference when we were shooting very bright scenes.
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