Olympus C-2500L Features and Specification Review

The Olympus C-2500L certainly converted a few leads when it was declared. Quite a few I’d think about from their opponents. Olympus have always damaged the mold, look at their variety of conventional movie electronic cameras and you’ll see electronic cameras that are far from the normal, yet are well accepted by customers. Think outside the box.

Olympus C-2500L Review
Olympus C-2500L Review

The unique electronic SLR was the Olympus D-600L, modified later as the D-620L (AKA. C-1400XL). The only electronic SLR on the market it presented a real TTL (through the lens) viewfinder perspective and ideal picture top quality, a mixture which assured good revenue and a cult-like following.

The C-2500L then as the immediate alternative for the D-620L has big shoes to complete.. Since the D-620L large developments in quality, functions and picture top quality mean that Olympus had to do something really unique to unseat those electronic cameras which have placed themselves at the top of individuals record.

Olympus C-2500L Design

With angular features the C-2500L gives a lot of its design to traditional SLR’s and Olympus’s previous digital SLR the D-620L. The lens gun barrel is a little bit bulged in front side by the addition of a focus assist light, at the rear again the viewfinder is balanced out on the remaining (remember the viewfinder on the C-2500L gets its picture from the lens through a prism arrangement), on the top we find a specific informative LCD display and three multi-purpose management control buttons. In keeping with the C-2000Z the C-2500L’s zoom capability manages are to be seen as spinning musician around the shutter launch button, all other manages are to be available on the rear again such as the primary method switch.

Olympus C-2500L Review Body And Design
Olympus C-2500L Review Body And Design

First opinions are that although this isn’t a small digital camera it’s not as heavy as you’d expect, it fits perfectly into your hands, the primary hand-grip having a rubberized remove down the top side and being just the right size to fill up the average side. The lens gun barrel serves as a perfect keep for your left-hand and makes the C-2500L an simple digital camera to support continuously. Bodyweight balance is good, the battery power in the side keep controlling the load of the lens. The zoom capability management on the top side of the handgrip becomes second nature and overall it’s an simple digital camera to get used to.

Olympus C-2500L Features


The pop-up display on the C-2500L works well, with higher variety and a well calculated outcome you can be certain that a display taken will end up well, color stability is great (some of the best I’ve seen) merge that with the capability to add another display on the hot-shoe and display and studio room photography should be seen as on of the C-2500L’s strong points. In addition, you can add the FL-40 which is a separate exterior display meant to be used with the C-2500L, unfortunately this was not provided available for evaluation.

ISO sensitivity

The C-2500L facilitates three understanding configurations, ISO100, ISO200 and ISO400. With each comes more disturbance, that’s because when you boost the understanding of a CCD you’re basically increasing a sluggish indication and all the digital disturbance associated with that. Normally I discovered the disturbance on the C-2500L to be certainly more recognizable than on other contemporary digicams and at ISO400 the picture is very loud.

Aperture Priority

Disappointing, that’s what I’d contact the variety of available apertures on the C-2500L. Generally you have two, start up and “something else”. At Extensive position you can select between F2.8 or F5.6 and at complete Tele you can select between F3.9 or F7.8. That’s it. Well.

Guide Focus

Manual concentrate on the C-2500L is implemented by pushing the FOCUS key on the top of the electronic camera until you get to the manual concentrate method, then use the pointer pad on the back to search through the available concentrate points: 0.3m, 0.35m, 0.4m, 0.5m, 0.6m, 0.8m, 1.0m, 1.2m, 1.5m, 2.0m, 2.5m, 3.5m, 5.0m, 8.0m, 15.0m, infinity. Not the most important variety of manual concentrate factors, still it’s more than the Coolpix 950… To tell the truth if you’re purchasing a electronic camera which states to be a electronic SLR you’d anticipate a better variety of manual functions, what we’d all liked to have seen on the C-2500L would be a manual concentrate band on the lens gun barrel, a bigger variety of apertures and a appropriate viewfinder. Enough of my crying.. Below are two pictures personally targeted.

Manual Predetermined White-colored balance

Setting the white stability personally may be essential if the electronic camera is deceived by light or if color precision is very essential. The C-2500L manages manual white stability pretty beautifully (although not as well as the Sony models F505 or D770), just go into the history selection select the manual whitebalance symbol, aim the electronic camera at something white or greyish and hit OK.. the electronic camera will look at the white stability of that item and platform any photos (under manual white balance) on that statistic. Below is an example of the primary distinction between AUTO white stability and personally presetting white stability.

Super Macro

Olympus include new “Super Macro” method (indicated by an S- prefix before the macro symbol when changing between concentrate modes), this method allows you to concentrate from 0.02m (2cm) to 0.3m (30cm) at Extensive position. The issue with the Extremely Macro method on the C-2500L is that it only accomplishes it’s nearest protection at Extensive position which displays some gun barrel distortions. To see just how excellent the C-2500L’s Extremely Macro is I put it up against the ruling Macro champ the Nikon Coolpix 950.


The C-2500L functions two stages of improving, SOFT and NORMAL. I did most of my capturing in NORMAL method, in SOFT method the electronic camera seems to clearly make softer the picture, not just convert of improving. This could be useful for picture photos or for taking photos pictures which would otherwise generate a lot of disturbance. The two plants below are taken from the same field taken first in SOFT improving and then in NORMAL improving. (White stability was personally preset). WARNING: These pictures were taken in JPEG SHQ, the genuine ones are about 1.8MB.

Olympus C-2500L Images Quality

The good news

The C-2500L generates outstanding pictures which are very well metered (exposed), vibrantly yet perfectly colored, distinct and specific. Category major top quality brings to an capability to catch information beyond other electronic cameras. Images taken with the C-2500L have a detail and a real 3D top quality to them and you will discover yourself ooh-ing and ahh-ing when you ultimately perspective them on a reasonable observe / LCD.


There were a few recognizable issues, the first is that there is some chromatic distortions at the side of extremely overextended places, this is showed by a violet advantage (similar but less than that discovered on the ikon Coolpix 950), the second is CCD disturbance even at ISO100. The second and third are associated, first of all gun barrel distortions at complete Extensive and Pincushion distortions at complete Tele. Two results which are recognizable on other digicams but something I did not anticipate to be so popular as it was on the C-2500L.

Olympus C-2500L Chromatic Aberrations
Olympus C-2500L Chromatic Aberrations

Lengthy visibility “stuck pixels”

Something which did become easily obvious was the variety of “stuck pixels” on long exposures, to show this I took the same pictures below first with the C-2500L and then with the Nikon Coolpix 950. Both exposures were 4 a few moments in duration at ~ F5.

Olympus C-2500L
Olympus C-2500L
Nikon Coolpix 950
Nikon Coolpix 950

Images below are plants of the same place from the field, lighting was improved by 50% in both pictures and then the plants were offered up 200% for better visibility. Simply select plants for the unique fresh picture.

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Olympus C-2500L Specifications

Magnesium Alloy / Plastic
Street Price
Max resolution
1712 x 1368
Low resolution
1280 x 1024 & 640 x 512
Image ratio w:h
CCD pixels
2.5 million (2.3 effective)
CCD size
2/3 “
ISO rating
100 / 200 / 400
7 elements in 7 groups
Zoom wide (W)
36 mm
Zoom tele (T)
110 mm (3 x)
Digital zoom
Auto Focus
Manual Focus Yes, only 16 steps
Normal focus range
60 cm
Macro focus range
2 cm (Super-macro; wide), 30 cm (Macro)
White balance override
Yes – 5 position, plus manual preset
Aperture range
F2.8 – F3.9 / F5.6 – F7.8
Min shutter
8 s (1/4s auto)
Max shutter
1/10,000 s
Built-in Flash
Yes, pop-up (7 secs charge)
Internal Flash range W: 0.3m – 3.6m, T: 0.3m – 2.5m
External Flash Yes, hot-shoe
Flash modes
Auto, Red-Eye, Forced, Off, Slow 1&2, Ext.
Exposure adjustment
-2.0EV to +2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Center weighted, Spot
Aperture priority
Yes, but only 2 apertures
Shutter priority
Yes, full range (8 secs – 1/10000s)
Lens thread
Continuous / Burst
Yes ~ 1.3fps for 5 images
Tripod mount
Yes, 12s delay
Time-lapse recording
Video out
Storage types
Compact Flash (Type I) and SmartMedia
Storage included
32 MB SmartMedia (varies by region)
Uncompressed format
Yes, TIFF plus Super-High-Quality JPEG (2MB)
Compressed format
Quality Levels
Super-High (TIFF/JPEG), High, Standard
Optical TTL (prism, 95% view)
1.8 ” (122,000 pixel)
Playback zoom
Yes, 2x or 4x, scrollable
Operating system
Serial PC / Mac
4 x AA NiMH (batteries & charger included)
Weight (inc. batteries)
530 g (18.7 oz)
109 x 80 x 128 mm
(4.3″ x 3.2″ x 5.0″)