This was my first digital camera and it is still a great performer. Great starter camera, the 3040 and the 4040 both have about the fastest lenses EVER put in any small consumer camera, and that means right up to today. Technically the lens is an F1.8 lens, but what does that mean.
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I also have an attachment lens Vitacon 2.5X included, as well as a sturdy camera bag.
These cameras will take better pictures without a flash in low light than ANY other modern camera. Simply put, they don't need as much time to gather the light they need, so exposure times are faster, and you get less blur. Oh yes many modern cameras use fancy programs to enhance their pictures, but the quality suffers more than it does with these cameras.
In addition the fast lense makes it possible for the camera's small internal flash to cover a much longer range than most modern cameras internal flash can cover. You can usually get a good indoor flash picture accross a medium size empty room, without any other flash equipment, and that's something most other cameras can't do at all. The usually have a tough time with anything over 10 feet away and that is very limiting. Here are the specs:
C-3040 3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
3.34-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
3x optical plus 2.5x digital zoom lens with autofocus
Included 16 MB SmartMedia memory card holds 20 images at default resolution
Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
Uses 2 CR-3V batteries, included, or 4 AA batteries, not included; features QuickTime movie mode with audio recordingProduct description
If it ain't broke... The Olympus CAMEDIA C-3040 Zoom uses a 3.34 megapixel, 1/1.8-inch CCD matched to its digital optical zoom to provide outstanding picture quality. Offering the same award-winning compact design and features of the best-selling C-3030 Zoom, the C-3040 Zoom has further improved the performance of its high resolution CCD with its newly designed world's first super-bright F1.8 multi-element aspherical glass 3x zoom lens. This new design allows the C-3040 Zoom to achieve an extended flash working range and better low-light shooting capability to help deliver one of the highest levels of picture quality available in a 3-megapixel camera.Though the C-3040 Zoom includes features found in its predecessor such as auto and manual white balance, black-and-white or sepia shooting modes, auto exposure bracketing and QuickTime movie mode, there are also many enhancements. These include the new USB Storage Class Connectivity; the possibility to do a one touch white-balance; an increased digital zooming range in VGA mode (up to 5x); and a Scene Rotation function when viewing images on either the LCD or on a television.
Model C-3040 Zoom
UPC 0050332132306, 50332132290
Camera Type Point & Shoot
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 3x
Sensor Resolution 3.3 MP
Screen Size 1.8"
Sensor Size 1/1.8"
Sensor Type CCD
Macro Focus Range 20-80cm
Focus Adjustment Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 105mm
Max Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 16 sec
Exposure compensation ÃƒÃ¢€šÃ‚ÃÂ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi-spot, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture-Priority, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
Light Sensitivity Max 400
Flash Type Built-in flash
Camera Flash Features Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
Flash Modes Auto Mode, Backlight Mode, Fill-in Mode, Night Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash Memory SmartMedia, SmartMedia Card
Viewfinder Type Optical
Optical Viewfinder Type Real-image
Depth 2.7 in.
Height 3 in.
Width 4.3 in.
Weight 10.6 Oz.
Display Type LCD
Display Rotation Built-in
Screen Details LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - color
Display Size 1.8"
Microphone Type Microphone - built-in - electret condenser
Connector Types 1 x DC power input, 1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type B ), 1 x composite video/audio output ( mini-phone 3.5 mm ), 1 x flash terminal, 1 x serial ( mini-phone 3.5 mm )
Expansion Slot 1 x SmartMedia Card
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Supported Apple Mac OS 7, Apple Mac OS 8, Apple Mac OS 9, Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows NT
Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific
Digital Video Format MJPEG, Motion JPEG, QuickTime
Still Image Format DPOF 1.1, JPEG, TIFF
Max Video Resolution 160 x 120
Min Operating Temperature 0 ÃƒÃ¢€šÃ‚ÃÂ°C
Max Operating Temperature 40 ÃƒÃ¢€šÃ‚ÃÂ°C
Additional Features Not Interchangeable Lenses, Serial, USB, With Tripod Mount
Shooting Modes Digital Photo Mode, Frame Movie Mode, Normal Movie Mode, Panorama Mode
Special Effects Black & White, Sepia
White Balance Auto, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Overcast (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed 5 frames per second
Analog Video Format NTSC, PAL