Price When Reviewed: 425
Pros: Top quality compact digital camera with tough metal body, wide-angle lens, full manual and auto controls and an excellent flip-up/rotating LCD monitor.
Cons: Like its rivals, it’s big and heavy. Flash doesn’t pop-up. Somewhat outclassed by affordable small digital SLRs (including Olympus’ own E-300), some of which cost less.
Why would Olympus introduce a 7.1mp digital camera as a follow-up to its 8mp C-8080? The reason is that this C-7070 is really an improved version of the 5mp C-5060, and is aimed at users who might be considering that model. The C-8080 has a completely different body with a flip-up/down LCD monitor.
The C-5060 and new C-7070 have an excellent articulated monitor that flips up and over to stand above the body, where it can rotate through 360 degrees. It also works as a waist-level or overhead finder. The C-8080 has a pop-up flashgun while the C-7070’s is fixed.