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I purchased my Olympus Camedia C-360 Zoom digital camera around two years ago. I have bought others since but this remains my favourite. When I bought it I paid £199 for it in a specialist camera shop but the same camera can now be purchased for under £150 and I notice that, when Amazon.co.uk stock it, their price is just £110. I have just checked and, needless to say, they do not have any in stock at the time of writing. The smooth silver-coloured camera needs just two readily-available AA batteries - I use rechargeable ones to ensure that I do not have to keep buying replacements. The XD-Picture Cards for it are also available in all camera shops and many other places, including supermarkets and pharmacies. These have come down in price over the last couple of years. I paid around £28 for my first 128MB card, yet the most recent one I bought, the H 1GB, cost only £19. This 16MB memory camera is simplicity itself to use. The card slots in sharply and positively and you just point and shoot. It has a zoom of 3.3X, built-in flash and built-in red-eye reduction, panoramic, macro facilities and video record with sound, too. The 'quick view' feature allows you to view the photos you have taken on a 1.8" LCD screen, without having to open the lens; in this mode, you can do several things by calling up the various menus, including deleting the pictures you do not want to keep. Weighing 0.2kgs, it is well-balanced and comfortable to hold and operate even for small hands. Printing pictures from the camera is very easy and straightforward either by inserting the picture card in the relevant slot of your computer, or using the Pictbridge facility to link it to a photo-printer, and the results are clean and sharp. My Olympus Camedia C-360 Zoom camera is one of my prized possessions and I would hate to be without it.
Are you looking for a digital camera with a range of advanced features, zooming flexibility and great image quality at a moderate price? Look no further. The 3.2 million pixel C-360ZOOM makes quality shooting a snap. With a 3x optical zoom for close-up fun, this camera really brings your shots to life. You can even focus down to 7cm for truly eye-opening detail in the camera's super macro mode or record video clips with the integrated movie function plus sound.
Whatever your particular locations, conditions or subjects may be, five special scene programs make sure you master every photographic situation. For example, the landscape setting is often handy when on holiday. And for capturing the beauty and atmosphere of the bay after sundown, simply switch to night scene. Even the tiniest details, such as the intricate pattern of a shell on the beach, can be recorded in Super Macro mode, which lets you shoot from just 7cm away.
There are times, however, when a static image just can't convey the magic of the moment like video. For instance, that one-off moment on the summer holiday when dolphins came to play alongside the boat. Don't worry, the C-360ZOOM can record the spectacle in a video sequence with sound.
Digital technology of course makes it much easier to share these special moments. The image and video files may be effortlessly downloaded to the computer and emailed to friends and relatives anywhere in the world. Printing is child's play too. Since the camera supports the PictBridge communication standard, you don't even need a PC for printing. Just connect the camera to the PictBridge compatible printer CAMEDIA P-10. This produces laminated prints that really impress with their stunning photo-realism. Alternatively, you just need to take the xD-Picture Card containing the data out of the camera and bring it to your photo dealer. The store will be able to provide you with first-class prints in no time at all.
The CAMEDIA C-360ZOOM is also compatible with the Olympus Software Development Kit (SDK). This lets you control all the camera's functions from a computer, such as zoom, exposure and camera release.
The C-360ZOOM delivers ease of use, an attractive, compact design and high quality photos you'll really want to keep - all at a truly modest price.