Olympus C-60

The C-60 is an addition to Olympus’s highly successful range of digital cameras and also becomes the first 6mega pixel camera designed by Olympus. The C-60 is a 6.1 mega pixel camera with 3 x optical zoom having a 35 mm equivalent of approximately 38mm to 114mm and also involves manual exposure control. The camera has a very compact fell to it and basically meant for novices who love taking photographs. The C-60 has various modes allowing its users to take photographs properly whatever be the conditions.

The C-60 has a delicate look to it but a rugged metal body. 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.6 inches is all that the C-60 measures and has a weight of 8.2 ounces along with battery and memory card making it easily portable from one place to another. It has 1.8 inch LCD screen and an optical view finder along with a 3 x optical zoom the C-60 also has a 4 x digital zoom. The C-60 has a maximum image size of 2,816 x 2,112 pixels. The four-way Arrow Pad is very user friendly and helps during various camera operations.

The C-60 has an Apertures range of f/2.8 to f/8 and when zoomed has a range of f/2.8 to f/4. The focus varies from mode to mode with a range of 1.6 feet to infinity in normal settings and there is also the macro and super macro mode which allows 0.7 to 1.6 feet and 1.6 inches of focusing respectively. The C-60 uses a hybrid approach which allows faster shutter responses. The C-60 has a shutter range speed of 1/1,000 to 4 seconds involving action photography.

The C-60 has a total of 6 Scene modes coupled with automatic mode, manual mode and semi- manual exposure modes. The different scene modes available are Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, Landscape-Scene, Night Scene, Sports, and Self-Portrait modes. For making photo taking easier Full Auto and Scene modes can be used. One can control options such as zoom, image size and use of remote or self-timer but the disadvantage being no exposure adjustments can be made. By making use of program mode the photographer can control options such as ISO, drive mode, metering mode, and white balance while the camera makes the decisions regarding the aperture and shutter speed. The auto focus system is sensitive thus helping while photographing in low light conditions. The manual mode is one which would interest those who want to take pictures having complete control over the camera. In this mode the user will be given the opportunity to control the aperture and shutter speed as well.

The different ISO settings available are 64, 100, 200, or 400. Using higher ISO settings does provide good shooting quality in low light conditions. The noise level increases as the ISO settings go higher with ISO 400 level being extremely noise prone as compared to the others. For best results make use of ISO 200 which would provide good shooting quality with less noise involved. The various white balance options available are Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and Fluorescent settings. One can also use the self timer which can delay the picture up to 12 seconds. Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Slow Sync, and Slow Sync with Red-Eye Reduction modes are the different flash modes available.

There are various exposure modes available which include Movie Mode, Panorama Mode, “2-in-1” Mode, Sequence Mode and My Mode. Quick time movies can be recorded using the movie mode having resolutions of 160 x 120 or 320 x 240 pixels and can capture movies at speeds of 15 frames per second. The time for which the movies can be recorded, depends upon the amount of memory available. In movie mode one can make adjustments in options like Spot metering, macro mode, exposure compensation, focus lock, self-timer, variable ISO, and white balance. In the “2 in 1” photography mode two vertically oriented pictures are taken and saved side-by-side as one full resolution image. This provides a spilt screen view but is not of much use as such.

The C-60 has an impressive 0.30 – 0.36 seconds shutter lag times making it one of the fastest in market currently as opposed to other consumer-level digicams. It has a cycle time of 1.5-1.9 seconds and buffer memory which works even during shooting in TIFF mode. There are a number of different image storing options in the C-60 which includes 2,816 x 2,112, 2,560 x 1,920, 2,272 x 1,704, 2,048 x 1,536, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,280 x 960, 1,024 x 768, or 640 x 480 pixels. It also has USB support thus allowing you to connect the camera to your computer. The C-60 also has a Video Out port and uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power.


The C-60 comes with an Olympus’ TruePic TURBO Image Processor which provides faster image processing and directly printing pictures at any PictBridge enabled printer. The TruePic technology makes images sharper and vibrant with less noise involved. The colours are vibrant but slightly inclined towards the warm color casts. Exposure is good and the sharpness that the camera provides is impressive. The ISO modes are not as good as other cameras of its league while it night shots come out decent. The best trait of the C-60 is its Shutter Lag and Cycle Time and it also excels in the battery life department. Overall the C-60 is a low cost digital camera which can be afforded by one and all.

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