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C-5050 Zoom

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What are the main differences between the C-5050 Zoom and the C-4040 Zoom?

The main differences between the C-5050 Zoom and the C-4040 Zoom is that the C-5050 Zoom offers the following:

  • 5-Megapixel (effective) CCD
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Multi-position LCD
  • Direct Button and Dial design (Less menu driven)
  • 2 in 1 slot & Dual Media slot (xD Picture Card, SmartMedia, CompactFlash & MicroDrive)
  • Hot Shoe for easy connection of external flash (FL-40) without a cable or bracket
  • Virtual Mode Dial for quick selection of 6 Scene Program modes and 4 custom "My Modes"
  • Super Macro for extreme close-ups. You can photograph your subject as close as 1.2 inches
  • AF Area - allows you to select the area that you want to focus on; by changing the position of the AF Target Mark.
  • PAL video output - now you can also view your images on a television overseas. This camera includes both NTSC and PAL video output options.
  • Selectable Language Menu - The menu can be viewed in four different languages (English, French, German and Spanish).
  • 3:2 Aspect ratio - lets you print the entire image without losing its borders; almost the same image size used by photo labs.
  • PW On/Off - Sets the picture displayed on the monitor when the camera is turned on or off.
  • Histogram - displays the brightness and contrast of the subject on your camera monitor during shooting and playback modes.

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When using an AC adapter, does the camera turn OFF or go into stand-by mode?

When the power is provided through AC adapter, the camera will NOT automatically turn OFF or go into stand-by mode.  This is useful when using the camera in a studio environment.

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What do I need to attach a conversion lens to the camera?

You would need the CLA-1 Lens Adapter Tube (stock number 200558) and the appropriate Step-up ring that comes packaged with the conversion lens.

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How do I connect a FL-40 dedicated external flash to my C-5050 Zoom?

The FL-40 dedicated external flash can be attached directly to the hotshoe on the camera. To use the FL-40 flash off-camera, you will need a bracket and appropriate flash cable. Please use the following information as a reference:

  • FL-BK01 Flash Bracket (p/n 200666) - used to mount an external flash to the C-5050 Zoom.
  • FL-CB02 Hot Shoe to TTL Cable (p/n 200663)- this cable is required for the dedicated FL-40 flash.

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How do I use my C-5050 with studio or external strobes?

Please use either of the following options:

Wireless option: Choose the Slave option in the camera mode menu under flash. The camera needs to be switched to the A,S, or M mode for the Slave function to work. The flash intensity can also be adjusted. When using an optical slave on your external flash/studio strobes C-5050's pre-flash is disabled.

Wired option: The Olympus PC Sync Adapter (p/n 200600) mounted to the C-5050 Hot Shoe, will provide a PC sync terminal to attach a PC sync cable to external flash/studio strobes. The hotshoe is active in Manual or Aperture Priority exposure modes only.

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Is sound recording and playback available on the C-5050 Zoom?

Yes, the camera has a built-in microphone and a built-in speaker.

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How does the iESP auto focus work?

iESP autofocus is the default autofocus setting for the C-5050 Zoom camera.  It uses a contrast detecting system, to analyze the entire image by comparing the subject against the background to achieve focus.  When the shutter button is pressed half-way on the C-5050 Zoom, the AF target zone automatically moves the to an area of the image where it finds the optimal contrast.

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In the Super Macro mode, what is the minimum focusing distance to a subject?

Shooting can be performed at a minimum focusing distance of 1.2 inches (3cm). An approximate 1" x 1.5" subject can be photographed within the frame at the full telephoto position.

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How do I make Panorama pictures using the CAMEDIA Master program?

Place the camera on a tripod set the camera in a shooting mode. Select the Panorama function. Shoot up to 10 images overlapping approximately 20%. Use the CAMEDIA Master 4.0 program to stitch the images together.

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What is “My Mode”?

My mode allows you to save customized camera settings. My Mode allows you to save up to 8 different setting configurations. To use the "My Mode" settings, turn the mode dial to the icon shown. The My Mode configuration that is used is selected by the menu selection Mode Menu > Camera > My Mode.

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What is Noise Reduction and how does it apply?

This function reduces the noise that generated during long exposures. When shooting night scenes, shutter speeds become slower and noise tends to appear on images. When noise Reduction is set to ON, the camera automatically reduces noise to produce clearer images. However, shooting time is approximately twice as long as usual. Noise Reduction is only activated when the shutter speed is slower than 1 second.

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What is Exif 2.2?

Exif 2.2 is an image format created by JEIDA (Japan Electronic Industry Development Association) for storing information with image data such as shutter speed, aperture, flash, date, etc. Some printers have the capability to automatically adjust the print quality using this information.

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Does the Olympus C-5050 Zoom camera support Print Image Matching (PIM)?

Yes, the C-5050 Zoom supports this easy-to-use high quality-printing feature. It allows the user to set parameters for printing, such as gamma level, color space, contrast, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow, highlight, and color balance, to ensure optimum print quality. To learn more about Print Image Matching (PIM), please check the following web site addresses:

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How do I download from the camera to my computer?

Instructions for downloading images from the C-5050 Zoom are located on the CD Rom under the "Reference" under "Connecting the Camera to a PC", or at our web site (

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Where is the Reference Manual for the C-5050 Zoom?

The CD-ROM provides a full Reference Manual in PDF format on the CD-ROM. Adobe Acrobat, which is provided on the CD-ROM, is necessary to view the PDF manual. The printed manual that is included with the camera is a "Basic Manual".

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What accessories are available for my C-5050 Zoom?

For a complete list of accessories available for the C-5050 camera, click here

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What do I need to attach a filter to the camera?

You would need the CLA-1 Lens Adapter Tube (p/n 200558) and the 43-55mm Step-Up Ring (p/n 200673).

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Which conversion lenses can I use with the C-5050 Zoom camera?

The following conversion lenses are compatible with the C-5050 Zoom:

  • TCON-14 1.45x Teleconverter Lens - (includes 43-46 mm Step Up Ring), p/n 200540, $199.99 list.
  • MCON-40 Macro Lens - (includes 43-55mm Step Up Ring), p/n 200713, $164.95 list.
  • WCON-08E B-28 Wide Angle Lens - (includes 43-55mm Step Up Ring), p/n 200549, $349.95 list.

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How do I connect an aftermarket external flash and bracket to my C-5050 Zoom?

For off camera flash with the C-5050 Zoom, you will need the appropriate flash cable with your aftermarket flash and bracket. Please use the following information as a reference

FL-CB05 Shoe Mount TTL Flash Cable (p/n 200707) – this cable mounts to the C-5050 Hot Shoe and the opposite end attaches to the aftermarket flash bracket’s flash shoe or to a standard tripod attachment thread (1/4x20).

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What is the battery life expectancy of the supplied Olympus Ni-MH batteries with the C-5050 Zoom camera?

The Olympus Ni-MH batteries would provide approximately 350 shots per charge in typical usage and they can be recharged 300 to 500 times.

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What are the features of each record mode?

The details for each record mode are as follows:

RAW: RAW data is unprocessed image data in its original state to which white balance, sharpness, contrast, color conversion and other processes have not been applied. CAMEDIA Master can be used to display RAW data and save in other image formats. A RAW plug-in is also available for Adobe Photoshop which also provides the ability to process images in 32-bit color depth. Please visit the Olympus America software download webpage at Pictures taken with the RAW data format can be edited on this camera.

TIFF: The highest-quality mode. Images are saved as uncompressed data, which is the best for printing or image-processing on a computer.

SHQ: A high quality mode using the JPEG format. Because the compression rate is very low, high quality images can be stored.

HQ: A high quality mode using JPEG format, with medium compression. Because the compression rate is higher than SHQ, file sizes are smaller, so more images can be saved to a card. Also, its file size can be changed in the 3:2 or Enlarge size mode as well as SHQ.

3:2 mode: Ordinarily the image aspect ratio is set to 4:3. Due to change the ratio to 3:2, the picture size become 2560 x 1696 so that the image can be printed without losing the image borders at a photo lab. 3:2 can be set in the TIFF, SHQ, or HQ mode.

SQ1/SQ2: The most compressed modes. For each one, you can also choose HIGH (to reduce noise) or NORMAL (to save more images). Please select the best settings for your purpose (printing, internet pages, etc.).

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What is the AF Illuminator and how is it used?

The AF illuminator allows the auto focus system to focus on dark subjects. When the shutter button is pressed halfway, the AF illuminator will light up the subject. The default setting is "ON".

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Is the Panorama feature available on the C-5050 Zoom camera?

Yes, provided that you use an Olympus SmartMedia or xD-Picture Card, you can use the Panorama feature on the C-5050 Zoom.

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What exposure control options are available?

The following exposure options are available: P (Program auto), A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), M (Manual). Additionally, there are five scene programs modes available:

  • Landscape+Portrait: Suitable for taking photos of both you subject and background. The picture is taken with the background as well as the subject in the foreground in focus. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
  • Landscape: Suitable for taking photos of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. Both the foreground and the background are in focus. Since blues and greens are reproduced vividly in this mode, the landscape mode is excellent for shooting natural scenery. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
  • Portrait: Suitable for shooting a portrait-style image of a person. This mode features an in-focus subject against a blurred background. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
  • Sports: Suitable for capturing fast-moving action (such as sports scene or moving vehicles) without blurring. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
  • Night scene: Suitable for taking night scenes as its shutter speed is set further slow. When you shoot a night scene of a city in bright light illuminations at full-auto mode, the picture shows the blinking dots in darkness because of the lack of brightness. With the Night scene mode, the camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions. Please use a tripod or equivalent when shooting to avoid blurring since the shutter speed becomes slower.

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How can I use White Balance when taking picture?

Color reproduction differs depending on the lighting conditions. For instance, when daylight, the setting sun or indoor lighting is reflected on white paper, the shade of white produced will be slightly different for each. By setting the WB (White Balance), you can achieve more natural-looking color. You can also preview different color tones by trying the different settings under the actual light source, and checking the result on the viewfinder/monitor. You can choose mode from Auto, Preset 1, Preset 2, Custom, and One-touch.

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What kind of sequential shooting modes can I use to take pictures?

There are four modes: Sequential shooting, High-speed Sequential shooting, AF Sequential shooting and Auto Bracketing. Sequential shooting modes can be selected from the DRIVE mode menu:

  • Sequential shooting: A maximum of 11 frames can be shot sequentially at approximately 1.7 fps in HQ mode. Focus, Brightness (exposure) and White Balance are locked at the first frame.
  • High-speed Sequential shooting: A maximum of 4 frames can be shot sequentially at approximately 3.3 fps. Focus, Brightness (exposure) and White Balance are locked at the first frame.
  • AF Sequential shooting: Focus is individually locked for each frame. The AF Sequential shooting speed is slower than for normal sequential shooting.
  • Auto Bracketing: When Auto bracketing is set, exposure is changed automatically for each frame when you start shooting. The exposure differential can be selected in the menus. Focus and white balance are locked at the first frame.

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Does the Olympus C-5050 Zoom camera support the new Exif image format standard?

Yes, the C-5050 Zoom supports Exif 2.2 image format. The Exif 2.2 image format records data tags for specific camera settings and functions.

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How do you use Exif Print or PIM Print feature to achieve better print quality?

The printing information that is included as part of the Exif 2.2 header in the JPEG file, is read and used by a Print Image Matching enabled printer. If you have a compatible printer that has a built in media slot, you can insert the digital camera's memory card into a card reader and then into a printer's media slot. If you do not have a printer that accepts a card directly, you can use a plug-in for a graphics program such as Adobe PhotoShop 7.0, to utilize this information. CAMEDIA Master 4.03 and above (supplied with the camera) supports Exif Print and PIM.

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The camera specifications say that the maximum shutter speed is 1/2000th of a second. I can’t seem to select more than 1/1000th of a second. How can I select the maximum shutter speed?

1/2000th of a second maximum shutter speed is available in Manual shooting mode and the aperture is set to f/8.0.

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When performing a RESET on the camera, how do you know the procedure is complete?

A RESET is performed on the camera by pressing and holding down the two buttons on the top of the camera (next to the shutter button). A beep will sound once the RESET procedure is complete. All camera shooting settings will revert back to factory defaults.

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How many pictures can be taken with a 32 MB SmartMedia or xD-Picture Card and what are the compression rates and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Image Record Mode Record Size Compression Rate Storable numbers of pictures in a 32MB media card *2 File size (approx.)
w/ sound w/o sound
Still Picture RAW(ORF) 2560 x 1920 1/1 6 6 4.9
TIFF(TIFF) 2560 x 1920 1/1 - 2 14.7
2560 x 1696 1/1 - 2 13.0
2288 x 1712 1/1 - 2 11.8
2048 x 1536 1/1 - 3 9.4
1600 x 1200 1/1 - 5 5.8
1280 x 960 1/1 - 8 3.7
1024 x 768 1/1 - 13 2.4
640 x 480 1/1 - 33 0.9
SHQ(JPEG) 2560 x 1920 approx. 1/2.7 8 8 3.6
(3: 2)
2560 x 1696 approx. 1/3.3 9 10 3.2
Enlarge *1
3200 x 2400 approx. 1/2.7 6 6 4.7
HQ(JPEG) 2560 x 1920 approx. 1/8 25 26 1.2
(3: 2) 2560 x 1696 approx. 1/8 28 29 1.1
Enlarge *1 3200 x 2400 approx. 1/8 16 16 1.9
SQ1 (JPEG) High 2288 x 1712 approx. 1/2.7 11 11 2.7
Normal approx. 1/8 31 32 1.0
High 2048 x 1536 approx. 1/2.7 14 14 2.3
Normal approx. 1/8 39 40 0.8
High 1600 x 1200 approx. 1/2.7 22 22 1.4
Normal approx. 1/8 60 64 0.5
SQ2 (JPEG) High 1280 x 960 approx. 1/2.7 33 34 0.9
Normal approx. 1/8 90 99 0.3
High 1024 x 768 approx. 1/2.7 51 53 0.6
Normal approx. 1/8 132 153 0.2
High 640 x 480 approx. 1/2.7 117 132 0.2
Normal approx. 1/8 248 331 0.1
Movie HQ 320 x 240 - 93 sec. 96 sec. -
SQ 160 x 120 - 374 sec. 424 sec. -

*1: If the mode is set to the Enlarge Size.
*2: The number of frames may vary due to the shooting subject matter.

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What is the maximum length of time a QuickTime movie that can be saved on media cards in the C-5050 Zoom camera?

The following table shows estimated maximum length per movie shot using a SmartMedia or xD-Picture Card.

Smartmedia Card/ xD-Picture Card Resolution Shooting Speed Estimated Times
without sound with sound
16MB 320 x 240 15 frames/sec. 48 sec. 46 sec.
160 x 120 15 frames/sec. 211 sec. 186 sec.
32MB 320 x 240 15 frames/sec. 96 sec. 93 sec.
160 x 120 15 frames/sec. 424 sec. 374 sec.
64MB 320 x 240 15 frames/sec. 193 sec. 187 sec.
160 x 120 15 frames/sec. 849 sec. 749 sec.
128MB 320 x 240 15 frames/sec. 387 sec. 375sec.
160 x 120 15 frames/sec. 1,702 sec. 1,502sec.

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