Max Focal Length: 23.4 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2816 pixels
Max Aperture: 8 1/f
Image Format: JPEG|TIFF
Average User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 11
Reviewed by: PG500 on Aug 31, 2004
Experience: 3 Months
Strengths: 6.1 MEGAPIXELS! UNBELIEVABLY HIGH QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHS!! EASY AUTOMATIC MODE FOR BEGINNERS / GREAT LOOKS, SOLID FEEL ALL-AROUND WINNER YOU CAN DEPEND ON TO PRESERVE YOUR ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MEMORIES
Weaknesses: Protective cover/power switch closes too easily, shutting off camera at worst possible times. Powering back up takes critical seconds you may not have. Spare batteries (LI-12B) are unavailable.
Summary: The Olympus C-60 Zoom is my first digital camera, and I am extremely pleased with it. I held off, waiting for digital quality to match 35mm film, and it was definitely worth the wait. The quality of the photographs is simply breathtaking, so good they're scary. This is a great, go-anywhere camera you can always have with you. There are so many features and shooting modes that it's a little overwhelming at first. I haven't even begun to try everyting out yet, so I rely heavily on the automatic mode which is great for beginners right out of the box. In addition to great photographs, it's a great looking camera, too! It's brushed-silver finish is first class all the way. The controls are also easy to manipulate, although somewhat confusing at first with all the available features. Overall, it's a fun camera that won't let you down. Take the time to learn all of its capabilities and relax, knowing your precious memories will be well documented and preserved for a lifetime.
Some caveats worth mentioning:
1. The sliding protective cover / power switch can close too easily, shutting down the cammera just when you least expect or want it to. Powering the camera back up then takes critical seconds which you may not have. This is easily the most, if not the only, serious and aggravating shortcoming of this camera. I've read other reviews that said the same thing, and it's worth mentioning again. If there's one thing I could change on this camera, this would be it.
2. Shutter lag time has so far been difficult to master. I understand there may be a faster way to shoot, but I have yet to learn how. For me, this just makes the camera that much more enjoyable to learn.
3. The camera is sometimes difficult to focus in "super macro mode", where the subject is just inches away. A manual focus would be helpful in these situations.
4. Incredibly, spare batteries (LI-12B) are unavailable from any source, including Olympus itself. That's just not right. That's a problem that Olympus needs to address immediately.
Overall, though, I highly recommend this camera and look forward to years of enjoyment with it, learning and using its myriad features and capabilities along the way. And when I mention the amazing quality of the photographs I've taken so far, I should also add that there are still two even higher resolutions available. By the way, I bought mine at Beach Camera over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and was overwhelmingly impressed with their price and customer service. A first class operation all the way!
Reviewed by: corvetmike from CA on Dec 21, 2004
Experience: 7 Days
Strengths: Small, lightweigt camera that takes a 7"X9" 300 dpi photo on HQ setting. So many features that I probably won't get to use all of them.
Weaknesses: Need to be careful when taking pictures with your hand on the sliding lens closure. Camera will shut off if moved. Would have been nice if the reference manual was in print form instead of on the CD.
Summary: For the price you can't buy a better 6 megapixel camera. With the 256 MG card that I bought with the camera, it allows me to shoot 175 photos on HQ setting. I was looking for a camera that would give me larger photos than 4x6 at 300 DPI. At the HQ setting I get 7"x9" photos at 300 DPI. I can't believe I waited so long to get this camera.
Reviewed by: palompoJ from CA on Mar 15, 2005
Experience: 3 Months
Strengths: Easy to use. Good battery. Great pictures. Fantastic price.
Weaknesses: The flash is a little weak.
Summary: I am in no way shape or form a "photographer" - this camera is great for the average person who takes a few pictures a week. My first camera was an Olympus with 2megapix and this was a nice step up. For under $300 you can't beat it.
Reviewed by: AC9384 from CA on May 15, 2005
Experience: 2 Months
Strengths: 6.1 MP, Remote control, long lasting rechargable battery, sliding lens cover, and many different picture modes.
Summary: I purchased this camera a while ago and it works great. I bought this after my friend lost my Olympus D-565 which uses double A batteries. When i had that camera, new batteries always ran out in less than 2 hours, which got annoying. The C-60, however, has a longer lasting rechargable battery which is just what I needed. The camera also comes with a remote so you can take the picture without having to hold on to the camera. The pictures come out great and low resolutions and even better at higher resolutions. The many features make this camera great for taking different types of pictures such as portraits, scenery, night-scenery, sports shooting, etc... This camera uses xD digital media cards which are my favorite.
Reviewed by: askali13 from MD on Oct 11, 2004
Experience: 5 Months
Strengths: -Good on battery life -lens is covered by a door -6.1 megapixel is amazing on the super high quality! -easy to use -as much video as memory card allows
Weaknesses: Cannot zoom in while taking video and flash does not go automatically on video.
Summary: I used this camera for two hours a day for a month straight in Europe this summer. It is amazing quality even on the second best! My videos and audio on them is great except for the inability to zoom. I love this camera and find it much better than my archaic 3.2 mp. I got such a good deal that I used the money I saved to buy a 512-mb card and youCAN use a 10-b battery, this is what Olympus told me and it is TRUE! I am purchasing a 2nd of this camera since my sister found it SO easy to use. Definitely a great buy!
Reviewed by: scotty321 from CA on Jun 19, 2004
Experience: 3 Months
Strengths: Very compact & light, quick startup (slower with bigger XD Media cards), lots of great features (like continuous shooting mode and red-eye reduction), long battery life.
Weaknesses: Weak flash.
Summary: This is overall a great camera (see list of main strengths above). My biggest complaint is that the flash is pretty weak, and cannot be brightened in "auto" mode. However, if you switch the camera to one of the manual modes, you have more control over the brightness of the flash -- but I've found that increasing the brightness washes out the subjects too much. So you're stuck between a rock & a hard place. The perfect flash I ever used was on a Nikon Coolpix 995 camera, but that camera is big & bulky & slow compared to this camera. So if you're going to be doing a lot of daylight shooting or outdoor shooting that doesn't require heavy use of a flash, this camera is for you. If you're doing a lot of nighttime or indoor shooting (like me), you'll be hard-pressed to get rid of this spritely little camera that's chock-full of features, and instead you'll find yourself turning on lots of overhead lights to flood more light into the room.
Reviewed by: Dollgirl610 from MI on Apr 27, 2004
Experience: 2 Weeks
Strengths: 6.1 Megapixel is excellent for doing large portraits. Portraits are very clear and sharp!
Weaknesses: None that I have discovered so far.
Summary: Makes very good pictures. Very pleased. No red eye. Like the compact feel and light weight. Does everything I want well. I am not a professional photographer but I do know great pictures when I see them, and this camera gives me just that. Does wide angle shots well also. We have done a family portrait using a tripod, and it turned out so well that we are going to use the picture on our Christmas cards for this year.
Reviewed by: Uomo on Jul 25, 2004
Experience: 14 Days
Strengths: High quality pictures, 6.1 MP currently among highest pixel specs, wireless remote control.
Weaknesses: Somewhat fragile, lens protrudes at power-on, slide cover/power switch easily turned off unintentionally, menu response not fast enough, size too big.
Summary: The 6.1 MP quality shows. You also have TIFF format option which is great vs. only having JPEG, a lossy format. TIFF is lossless and higher quality. Olympus point and shoots are the only ones on the market that come with a wireless remote control. Fantastic way to take unattended pictures without worrying about when the self-timer is going to go off.
If you don't mind a slightly bigger size than the usual compact then you may not mind the size. It's a bit bulky, like a small brick and a bit heavy vs. the competition.
The build feels like if I drop it even 6 inches it'll be gone.
Although there a couple of user assignable shortcuts, menu response is sometimes slow, not great if you don't have a lot of time to take a shot. And on power-up the camera takes a couple of seconds just to boot up.
The LCD panel is too small vs. the competition.
I would've preferred smaller, lighter, faster menu response, bigger LCD, non-protruding lens unless zoom is activated, more solid build and an option for black body color.
Reviewed by: mfauls from NJ on Dec 11, 2004
Experience: 3 Days
Strengths: Ease of use, picture quality, battery life
Weaknesses: Battery is difficult to remove for charging, a charging cradle would have been nice
Summary: All in all a good camera. Got this one on sale at Sam's Club for around $300. There is a lot of intelligence built into the camera so that you can use the proper setting to correlate to the condition of lighting or subject. There is also an excellent setting for taking short video and sound clips. The quality is quite staggering when goes a full 6MP. Good 12x combined zoom as well for tight spots. I'm pleased with the camera and would buy it again.
Reviewed by: snickertysnick from FL on Mar 28, 2005
Experience: 5 Days
Strengths: Excelent Pics with auto feature. Manual Modes -Macro n shutter speed. Battery lasts all day despite over 150 pics taken-video, and constant reviewing. Compact.
Weaknesses: hmmm .. Can't think of any rigt now. Some reviews say there is no flash with the video, but I dont now any dig cam that has. If it did you would be paying $$$$$ for it :)
Summary: I have been searching for a dig cam for years. I was reluctant to give up my 35 mm because all the digital cameras that I tried just did not add up. If the picture quality was fine then either the camera had slow delay between pictures, blurred too easily w/ the slightest movement, good action shots were impossible and I was at the camera's mercy! NOT THIS ONE! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I am glad I waited and did all the research! I read a review where someone returned the camera because of the Lithium battery and he would have to buy too many. Well, this individual obviously didn't try the camera. Had he done so, he would notice it lasted all day and is better than double A or nick batteries. It even charges quickly (within two hours or so) Those othr batteries do not. The only problem I see with this camera is that the less technical consumer may not enjoy the camera's full capabilities because you have to access them on the screen. However, DO NOT let this disuade you from the purchase becasue the most important features have readily available buttons on the camera. The Macro button (exceptional close up pics cm's away), Buttons to control Shutter speed (for those great action shots- I caught this excelent pic of the kids in the pool mid splash. The details were amazing) etc etc I could go on.
FOR ALL THOSE LOOKING FOR A GREAT POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA.... this is the one for you. The Auto mode works just as well. You'll love it!
I got an excelent deal in St. Thomas that can't be beat here in the States. So be prepared to buy and additional picture card because the one supplied is only a starter.
Reviewed by: pamverm from KS on Jan 10, 2005
Summary: I almost didn't buy this camera after reading that batteries were not available. However, I went to Olympus web site and discovered Li12b batteries are available for this camera for about $50.00.