Written on: 07/03/2002 by Felix T. Wu.
Very strong flashlight that is sufficient for dark places. The exposure level of the photos is accurate and functions are well designed. The pictures are great in outdoor, and is quite good in indoor environment. I personally think that this one has better picture quality than my Sony Mavica.
The white balance and exposure level adjustment are not fast enough. Although the functions and modes are not difficult to use and change, they are not very convienient that can be used by a single click. This camera does not have Motion picture mode which is quite a standard function of the current DSCs.
I bought this Olympus C1 zoom digital camera to replace my compact camera Ricoh FF7Z as well as the very old Sony Mavica FD-71. After I have took several pictures with this camera in the retailer, I determined to buy this C1. I found that this camera provides much much better images than my old Sony DSC especially in dark enviromnent and a similar images quality compared with the Ricoh one in 3R photos. I cannot say anything to criticize the image quality but I think that Olympus can do something to simplify the functions.
For me, I bought this camera at USD204, the price is cheap among 1.3Mega pixel candidates with optical zoom. Comparing the price, I would say the strongest competitor in this class should be the Fujifilm A101. The A101 contains more and simpler functions than the Olympus, but the image quality is worse than C1Z in dark situation.
In the light of these, I would suggest C1-zoom for you first DSC.