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“The Olympus Camedia C-2, also known as the D-230 Brio,...”

Written on: 05/09/2009 by Loganberry (1 review written)

The Olympus Camedia C-2, also known as the D-230 Brio, is a surprisingly good camera considering that it was launched way back in 2001. Although a little on the chunky side, the design still looks quite good today, and the sliding lens-cover/power switch works very well. There's no optical zoom, but the f/2.8 lens seems well made, giving bright images with attractive colour that are sharp in all but the extreme corners of the picture. For a 2mp camera it's really quite impressive. Others have reported poor battery life, but with high-capacity NiMH rechargeables it's acceptable, if not fantastic.

As well as white-balance and exposure-compensation settings, you can alter sharpness and contrast, and there's even a limited burst mode. There are a few drawbacks to be aware of, though. Firstly, the C-2 uses SmartMedia memory cards, which are increasingly scarce and expensive - a 16MB card will give about 32 pictures on the second-highest (HQ) setting. Also, the camera is fairly noisy in operation, with a very noticeable stuttering sound as the autofocus operates. Finally, as usual for 2001, videos are low-res, low-fps and silent.

The C-2 has aged quite well: unlike some of its contemporaries it is not embarrassing to use in 2009. As a simple snapshot camera, or one to take on outings where you don't want to risk something more expensive, it should do a good job.

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