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  1. #1
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    Question Nikon 8400 vs Olympus 5060?

    Hallo, hopfully someone can help. I'm a Scottish visual artist who has been looking to buy a digital camera for 2 years! I use film camera's currently (Mamiya 6x7, Nikon F3) but want a digital- not SLR PRO- but Pro-sumer. I followed Nikon's Coolpix 5000 to 5400 developments, and now am swaying whether to buy the new Nikon 8400?
    The camera must have a wide angle lens to document my exhibitions/ installation's (minimum of 28mm wide lens > 35mm equivalent), and want around 5- 8 megapix. I'm waiting for DCRESOURCE review of Nikon 8400, however someone said to me that the older Olympus Camedia 5060 is perhaps a better camera than the 8400? Is this true- and should I save myself the money and just go for the 5060- or the Canon G5? I also believe that in the new year Olympus are bringing out a new range- the 5060 has been deleted in the UK... PLEASE HELP! Any advice will be greatly appreciated. I want to buy the right camera! Thank you, and I love this resource/ website.

  2. #2
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    Thumbs up

    The C-5060 is a nice camera and yes it is being stoped in the UK. However, they are still very much available.

    Websites like, Internet Cameras Direct, Dabs Direct and Foto Sense all have stock at about 319 including VAT.

    On the high street, John Lewis and Jessops still stock and you should be able to get a close price match from Jessops.

    If you are finding it hard to find, then you may like to consider the C-8080 which has 8MP and a 28mm to 140mm (35mm equivelent). Available online at around 450 including VAT
    Last edited by Jim Last; 12-03-2004 at 03:14 AM.
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  3. #3
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    Cool Thanks, any advisors/takers on the Nikon 8400

    Hey Jim, thanks for writing, so you own the 8080 huh. I did see that camera- I felt the size was perhaps a little bulky for me, but I'll look agian, you like it huh? I guess the 8080 is a superior camera to the 5060?
    Also do you know anything about the new line up of Olympus camera's coming out?
    Do you or anyone else recommened 'the' camera for me, going by my original requirements (see previous post). Just feels funny to buy a camera that's a year old- should I wait till the new year to buy the newest wide angle model. On the other hand maybe it takes a year for a camera to bed down and be properly rated- which the 5060 and 8080 have done so.
    Anyone have an opinion on the new Nikon 8400, seems these Nikon camera's ain't all that (very quiet out there review wise)! Thanks again.

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    The C-8080 is bulkier than the C-5060, however, I feel this makes it easier to hand hold for shots as there is more weight and the lens on the 8080 gives you a wonderfull well weighted grip. The built in flash is alot better than the C-5060's and the optical viewfinder on the C-5060 is a bit of a knightmare as it only shows you about 80% of the frame.

    The C-8080 has been reviewed on this site and many others and the general feeling is that it is the best prosumer out there at this moment in time. Yes it does fall short of the D-slr's but if you really don't want to go down the route of D-slr and caught up buying extra lenses etc. then the C-8080 is a very good choice. Most of the issues highlighted on forums regarding any of the 'high end' prosumers are ONLY issues when looked at in comparison to D-slr's.

    Olympus are launching the E-300 (Evolt) in January in the UK, which is a D-slr that looks similar in styling to the C-8080 with the benefits of the E-1 D-slr.
    It looks to be at about 700 mark including a 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

    The Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 lens will set you back about 450 and the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 lens about 650.

    So the C-8080 at 450 to 500 isn't such a bad price.

    There is a sample shot on the Olympus.co.uk website for the C-8080 which shows the inside of a cathedral, take a look. In respect of wide angle the C-5060 has 27mm (35mm equivelent) and the C-8080 has 28mm. The C-8080 is a brighter lens at F 2.4 at full wide angle. The 8080 also has a 58mm filter thread on the lens, which are widely available, the C-5060 has a 40.5mm thread.

    I guess it will comes down to you getting your hands on both and having a play
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  5. #5
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    The olympus 8080 and the konika minolta dimage A2 are the two top rated in this class of camera the minolta costs less i believearound 600 american get most ratings from dpreview .com great site for in depth report s on digital cameras

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    Thumbs up Olympus C-8080

    Personaly, I would reccommend the C-8080, but why not give the A2 a try SAM
    Olympus E-3 | Olympus E-1 | Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus 50mm f2.0 Macro | Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 | Olympus FL-50R Flash

  7. #7
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    Thankyou very much, this has been my first time in a forum, and it's been real useful. I'll let you know what I buy, but it's looking Olympus! SAM.

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