This review was initially of a pre-production camera loaned to me by Olympus for testing.At their request I agreed not to test image quality or publish photographs until they could providea production version of the camera. They have now done this and my analysis of the C-8080's image qualityis foundbelow. Please note that I have not altered the first part of this review in any way. My conclusions regarding thecamera's build quality, features, specs and handling remain unchanged, and any additional comments are part of the new section.
Sony Corporationis one of the world's largest manufacturers of CCD imaging chips, used in digital cameras offered by many different companies. In the summer of 2003 Sony announced that it had developed an 8 Megapixel 2/3" CCD imaging chip. Sony themselves launched theirF-828camera utilizing this chip toward the end of that year, and now, in February 2004, four other companies have announced and are preparing to ship 8 Megapixel cameras.
Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.