Olympus Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer best known for its single lens reflex (SLR) cameras although the company is a dominant player in the market for gastro-intestinal endoscopes. Founded in 1919, the company hit the headlines in 2011 when it fired its newly appointed British president, precipitating a scandal that wiped 75 per cent off its stock market valuation. The company subsequently admitted that some board members had engaged in one of the biggest and most durable loss-concealing scams in the history of corporate Japan. In June 2012, Olympus said it would cut 2,700 jobs, or seven per cent of its global work force and would scrap about 40 per cent of its manufacturing plants around the world because of the investment losses.
Olympus object of desire
The Olympus Camedia C-2000 Zoom may not come cheap but the camera's entire package makes it a very desirable item.
You will have to pay more than $6,000 for the Camedia, but that price tag was not enough to refrain from awarding it our second Best Buy.
The C-2000 is compact and stylish, without looking like a compact camera.
Instead, a comfy handgrip combined with a retro outlook makes it look like the season's must-have digital accessory.
The camera comes with a 2.11-million-pixel CCD and a 3x optical zoom plus 2.5x digital zoom and shoots perfect images at a resolution of up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels.
The camera had no problems producing exquisite images regardless of location settings.
Even in the darkest settings, the Olympus' superior performance remained unblemished.
Like the Nikon, the C-2000 is highly responsive and is capable of quick and accurate focus followed by an instant shooting action.
A 'Sequence' mode, (offered in three resolutions) enables users to shoot and capture between four and 45 images at half second intervals.
An 8MB SmartMedia card is included. Our only holdup was its LCD screen menu, which proved a little complicated to grasp, so reading the manual is a must.
Also, we wish the camera had a USB interface.
Verdict: Buy! Price: $6,280.
Contact: Supply Consultants, tel: 2341 0280, www.olympus.com