Looking for a cheap compact camera that gives surprising results? The Olympus Stylus 80 could be for you!
My first experience of the camera was that its small, but once in use it doesn’t seem to be a problem. For a entry level compact it has quite a lot of features. 6 different flash modes of which I’ve used 2 so far – Fill in flash and Red eye reduction. For the majority of the shots I turned the flash off and so far I’ve been really pleased with what results the lens has shown.
The lens itself is a 38 – 80 mm multi auto focus zoom, to say that I’ve been impressed by its optical quality is a understatement. The results have been everything I could have hoped for, using Ilford Delta 400, the tones and contrast in my view are close to a SLR.
One surprise on this Camera is that it has a Spot Metering Function, by pressing the Flash and Timer button at the same time this sets the spot metering into action, i chose a subject and half depressed the shutter release, then I re framed the shot. As you can see from the shot with my wife and the family cat, this function is a real attribute to this camera and to anyone who wants to experiment on a budget.