Product Reviews (8)
Awesome camera, my wife took a...
Strengths: Bang for the buck. so much quality in a reasonable price. super fast lens. Great pics in low light. easy to use
Weakness: Batteries (we fixed that by buying monster power) to little memory included (16mb) we fixed that when Costco had a sale (128 mb for $43)
Awesome camera, my wife took a picture on the beach at dust and she accidentally turned off the flash, the picture came out clear as a whistle. We had no problems setting up the camera or downloading to our computer. The pictures taken were outstanding even the macro shots were of very high detail. Their defaults are set so all you have to do is point and shoot. But yet they give you the power to tweak any shot you take (Powerful). The camera feels good in our hands and is definitely a keeper.
By aeloa - Jul 9, 2002
I've used many of my friends...
Strengths: packed with features, hand grip, fast lens, ease of use, versatility of lens add-ons., clean and crisp professional pictures at an affordable price
Weakness: Battery hog, lens cap blockage, add on longer lenses may cause shadow in lower left corner, smartmedia being phased out of use may cause availability limitations, shutter a little slow for quick shots
I've used many of my friends digital cameras before, but none truly feel as substantial and of great a quality as the Olympus 3040. I did plenty of research on the various cameras available, but decided on the 3040 for the reasons listed above. The super-bright f1.8 lens was a big factor in choosing the camera, since, inherent with many digital cameras is having a weak stock flash. The brighter lens compensates for much of the flash insufficiencies, though the flash is pretty good on its own. My 3040 has seen a multitude of shooting situations around the world and has performed superbly. The availability of manual settings truly helps once you know what they all mean. Tweaking manual settings can help you achieve greater effects and get better pictures when shooting conditions are not ideal or unique. The other day, I was shooting in an auditorium in low lighting and using the zoom feature. I noticed the pitures were a bit blurry (probably due to the strong add-on zoom and no tripod, or so I thought). I decided to move the ISO setting manually to 800. Apparently the 3040 auto settings had chosen something lower because my subsequent shots were much better. Both point and shooters as well as serious photography enthusiasts will appreciate the 3040. It's a highly rated camera and serves well in almost all conditions. The phasing out of smartmedia is of concern, but just buy some more to stock up and you should be okay.
By khchao - Jul 12, 2003
Other than the thing with the lens...
Strengths: Many Features, Lens, Easy to use, Feels good in hands, solid.
Weakness: the Lense Cap thing.....
Other than the thing with the lens cap having to be removed before you turn the cam on, I have nothing bad to say about it. It works great, Takes super clear pictures. Very easy to use.. The Remote Control is cool.
By Barrybuss - Mar 9, 2003
This camera outshines all cameras...
Strengths: The f1.8 Super Bright Lens, size & weight, Zoom lever being attached to shutter release button on the top front of camera.
Weakness: Lens Design/Lens Cap: You can ruin the camera motor by accidentally turning the camera on without removing the lens cap. Bought tube adapter and UV filter; keep them on at all times.
This camera outshines all cameras in its class because of the fast f1.8 lens that compensates for low light. Also purchased 128 Mb SmartMedia card, Monster Rechargeable Battery Kit, SanDisk Card Reader, and a Casio Dig. Camera case. Most of my shots are done on "P" (automatic) mode and are excellent. I did lots of research before purchasing this camera and am very pleased with it. It handles nicely and there's a place to put your fingers, unlike some of the tiny cameras out there.
By Ginsnap - Dec 6, 2002
Great camera for the price. I've...
Strengths: Quite a bit of photo power for its size
Weakness: No panoramic function unless Olympus media is used.
Great camera for the price. I've already burned quite a few CD's of photos. Obviously the 16M card that comes with it will need to be upgraded, but smart media is relatively cheap. The 3 megapixel range is great for printing out 8X10's. Connecting the camera via USB to my G4 was a breeze.
By joe37 - Apr 23, 2002
Great camera! I am not a camera...
Great camera! I am not a camera buff, but this is the easiest camera I'ver ever used and takes incredible pictures. The only problem I've had with it is that the lens cap comes off easily. Other than that, it offers features with great ease of using. I've had complicated cameras in the past, but it is so hard to determine if the settings come out because you would have to wait until developing the pictures (using film). With the 3040, you can see immediately how well or poorly your shot is. What amazes me the most is that it takes much better pictures with the flash off even in poorly lit areas because it is so sensitive to the existing light that you can shoot a picture and not get a reflection of the flash. I would highly recommend the Camedia 3040. I do recommend playing around with it and discovering all the features prior to serious use such as on a trip. This way, your enjoyment with be much greater without the frustration of learning as you go.
By rbweiss1 - Mar 13, 2002
The C-3040 is a great camera, I...
Strengths: Ease of use. Picture quality. File transfer. Size. Price.
Weakness: The lens mechanism.
The C-3040 is a great camera, I bought it after reading all the reviews here and at other sites. I have owned the camera for over a month and haven't regretted buying it from day one. The pictures it takes are just awesome. And now with companies like wal-mart selling digital reprints, I can still send pictures to the in-laws at Christmas.
Everything is there that you would ever want to adjust as far as exposure/shutter/etc. Or you can leave it on auto for quick shots without much thought. An hour with the camera and you basically have the whole thing figured out.
The only drawback to the camera I have seen is the lens mechanism which pushes the lens out about an inch when the camera is turned on. This makes it difficult to use filters because you need to have an adapter tube that sticks out another inch or so from the camera body. And you have to leave the adapter tube on if you want to protect your lens with a U/V filter all the time.
So, if I lost my camera or it was stolen would I buy another one? Absolutely!
By afaivre - Feb 26, 2002
I throw this camera in a bag and...
Strengths: Feature-packed, compact and rugged with a high image quality.
Weakness: Battery life. Lens cap easy to knock off. (You can see I'm having trouble finding faults!)
I throw this camera in a bag and it's with me all the time. The cameras I looked at in the same price/quality range were delicate and cumbersome.
The image quality is very high even on the lower settings. So high in fact that it is taking the place of my 35mm SLR in some quality-critical situations that I did not expect. You can even get away with using it in automatic for nearly everything - I only do a white balance for a posed shot. The camera is so forgiving (even in poor light) that the only time I really have to tweak a setting or two is when I use the flash which can sometimes be a little overzealous.
The camera runs on 4 AA size batteries which I consider a bonus for those traveling to remote places where more specialised batteries, or charging outlets, may not be easy to come by. Battery life is short though and good planning is needed. Of course, this is a problem with most feature-packed digital cameras and is easily overcome with rechargeables.
Given the power hidden under the hood of this rough-and-ready compact I thoroughly recommend it.
By Blackthorne - Sep 21, 2001