Introduction: The Olympus Camedia C-310, also know as Olympus
D-540 in the US is available for £95
- the Olympus C-310 is a compact 3 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x
optical zoom lens (equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.8"
TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a compact plastic body. It records
320x240 / 15fps videos without sound. The camera is compact with the following
size: 102 (W) x 55.5 (H) x 36.5 (D) mm (without protruding parts), and
only weighs 150g (without batteries and memory card).
Olympuz have this
to say about the camera:
"The C-310 ZOOM
is perfect for newcomers to digital photography and the ideal companion
at any party or on holiday. Its automatic functions and helpful scene
programs show you how easy digital photography can be."
More information can
be found on their
The Camera: It's
fairly compact and made out of plastic.
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Size comparison photos:
- 3.2 million pixels
- 3x optical zoom
- 3.3x digital zoom
- Super macro mode
(as close as 2cm)
- Large LCD (1.8
- PictBridge compatible
- 320x240 unlimited
movies without sound
- ISO: Auto ISO 50-320.
can be found on their
- 16MB xD-Picture
- Alkaline batteries
- USB cable
- Instruction manuals
- Warranty card
- Software CD-ROM
Average box contents
- a case and some rechargable batteries and a charger would have been
a nice thing to find in the box.
The Camera in use:
Speed: Switch on time
is quite good, however they is about a 6 second delay while the camera
charges the flash. Shutter lag is okay. Shot to shot time is also quite
good as long as you don't have to wait for the flash to charge.
Ease of Use: The camera
is very easy to use - switch on, and start taking photos. The numerous
scene modes also help make this camera easy to use for newcomers.
Ergonomics and Buttons:
The camera feels quite solid and is just about pocketable, depending on
the size of you pockets. The camera is easy to hold, and the buttons are
of a decent size. The main Off / Play / Photo control is very easy to
understand and makes it easy to switch between photo mode, play mode and
off. The quick view button is useful to have. The zoom control, although
different to most other cameras, is easy to use.
Battery Life: The
camera can use AA batteries (rechargable or alkaline), and can use CRV3
batteries. There's also a rechargable Lithium-Ion battery available. Battery
life seemed okay when using rechargable NiMh 2100mah batteries - I managed
about 100+ photos.
Screen / Viewfinder:
The 1.8" screen is clear and updates very smoothly - the optical
viewfinder is a bit small, especially for someone like me who wears glasses.
generally: (Inside, outside, macro) Outside the camera does a good
job, with good colour, saturation and detail - although a slight
sharpen may improve some of the images. Inside the camera does a
good job, however noise is sometimes quite visible especially in
dark areas, and the camera occasionally struggles to focus. Red-eye
seemed very low. The macro mode is good, and allows you to use the
flash - however the super macro mode is very good, allowing you
to get very close to the subject, but unfortunately doesn't let
you use the flash. Auto-white balance (there is no manual white
balance) and metering seemed to be very good.
issues to look out for: Noise: Could be better. There are no manual
ISO settings, leaving the camera to automatically choose the ISO
setting - noise did seem visible in a lot of photos, however, it
looks more like film grain rather than multi-coloured dots. Purple
Fringing: Seemed quite low, however I did notice it in one of the
photos taken (you can view the 'burnt out church' photo in the gallery).
Zoom: The camera's
3x optical zoom is quite noisy, and has 7 steps between wide and
telephoto. The camera also has a 3.3x digital zoom, however it is
best avoiding using this, as using the digital zoom will reduce
image quality drastically.
Movie: The camera
has an average / poor video mode that records 320x240 videos at
15fps without sound. If you do not use the video feature then you
do not need to worry about this, however if you need sound on videos
then this camera isn't for you.
Size + Compression
options: There are 4 choices, 3mp Super High Quality (SHQ), 3mp
High Quality (HQ), 2mp Standard Quality, and VGA Standard Quality.
There isn't much choice here, but it should suffice for the majority
The flash performed well in the photos I took, however I wouldn't
expect the camera to light up large rooms.
/ 3x optical zoom digital cameras: Olympus
C-370, Canon Powershot A400,
Canon Powershot A75, Canon Powershot A510 (4x optical zoom), Kodak
Easyshare DX7330, Pentax Optio
S30, Fuji Finepix A330, Nikon Coolpix 3200, HP
Photosmart M307. Check amazon.co.uk
/ kelkoo.co.uk or amazon.com
for the latest prices. View
all my reviews to see more cameras.
Olympus Camedia C-310 is a compact 3 megapixel digital camera with a 3x
optical zoom lens and a decent 1.8" screen. Even though the camera is
nearly a year old, the camera takes good quality pictures and is very
good value for money. The camera records unlimited 15fps videos without
sound. It is very easy to use, and produces good images with good colour,
saturation and detail. The camera is quick enough, although the camera
does have a slow flash charging time. For around £95 (UK) this camera
is very good value for money, especially with the free case and battery
charger from Amazon. The camera has a very good macro mode, and is very
easy to use.
If you don't mind
videos without sound, then this camera is excellent value for money, and
consistantly produces good results - Recommended! Check out the full set
of photos in the gallery to see for yourself.
Camedia C-310 Rating: Recommended!
Buy now from Amazon: £95*
*with free case and battery charger!
forget to buy an XD memory card to go with the Olympus C-310: 128mb xD
256mb xD - £23.99,
512mb xD - £39.99
- Good image quality
(good colour, detail and saturation)
- Good ergonomics
- Takes AA batteries
- Super Macro mode
- Very easy to use
- Low red-eye
- Good size screen
What I don't like:
- Slow flash recharge
time (officially 6 seconds)
- Quite high noise
- No custom white
- Displays low-battery
warning even though I can continue to take a number of photos.
Remember to have
a look at the test photos in the new
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