Olympus CAMEDIA C-5050 Zoom 5.0 MP Digital Camera - Black

Professional features abound in the five-megapixel C-5050ZOOM. The ergonomically designed camera incorporates an ultra-bright f1.8-f2.6, 3x optical zoom lens system. Its many manual options give you the freedom to create the images you want. The tilting LCD monitor helps frame scenes when shooting from difficult angles, such as from the floor or above the head. A range of automatic modes is also included, enabling the quick reaction to capture the moment. Furthermore the C-5050ZOOM is compatible with the new digital image storage standard xD-Picture card, as well as SmartMedia, Compact Flash and Microdrive.

Product Review Summary

Based on 61 user reviews
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Consumer Reviews


Lens mechanism weak - otherwise great compact camera

byamhey Dec 12, 2007
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Compact, reasonable lens, raw mode, many options
Cons Flakey lens mechanism
Recommended it? No

This is the third camera of this body family I've had. The lens is good, but the lens mechanism is very weak. The first two cameras - 3 megapixel versions - had lens mechanism failures - one repaired under warranty. I was much more careful with this lens and yet again its failed - too bad as I was... Read full review »


Never trade for anything else!!!...an E-1 maybe?

byhenryzx Jun 11, 2007
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Wide open (1.8) zuiko lens Solid Alloy body
Cons very minor shutter lag
Recommended it? Yes

I have taken more than 10000 (and counting) images of family gathering, trips, and the birth of my 2 daughters, this camera never fail once!

The Zuiko lens with 1.8 aperture is a big bonus, all controls are easy to use (given a long time OM system user maybe?)

And the camera... Read full review »


Great - fantastic - must have!

bysevry Sep 12, 2005
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Clean, versatile, good mid-range alternative to more expensive dSLR kit
Cons Would have liked faster rapid-shot storage, and 6x minimum stabilized zoom.
Recommended it? Yes

It's been a few years since I've contributed to epinions. I thought I should make a note about this particular camera. It's long since discontinued. And I'm on my second or third C5050, and still use it all the time, as we're approaching the end of 2005. It's a good alternative to dSLR, which would... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features


White Balance Auto • Manual
Special Effects Sepia • Whiteboard • Blackboard • Black & White

Other Features

Shooting Modes Panorama Mode • Frame Movie Mode
Additional Features Digital Noise Reduction • USB • With Tripod Mount • Not Interchangeable Lenses • DPOF Support • Date/Time Stamp • Auto Power Save

File Format

Digital Video Format QuickTime


Battery Form Factor Standard form factor

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Supported Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Apple Mac OS 8 • Apple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X


Microphone Operation Mode Mono


Display Rotation Rotating
Display Type LCD


Viewfinder Type Optical (Through-the-lens) • Optical
Optical Viewfinder Type Real-image zoom

Memory / Storage

Supported Flash Memory SmartMedia Card • IBM Microdrive • SmartMedia • xD-Picture Card Type M • xD-Picture Card • xD-Picture Card Type H • CompactFlash

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Type Built-in flash


Exposure Metering Center-Weighted • Multi-spot • Spot
Exposure Modes Automatic • Manual • Shutter-Priority • Program • Aperture-Priority

Lens System

Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Focus Adjustment Autofocus & Manual Focus • Automatic • Manual

Optical Sensor

Sensor Type CCD

Key Features

Type Point & Shoot

Product Identifiers

Brand Olympus

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