Olympus C-4000 Zoom

Inexpensive advanced model takes excellent shots

At $499, the C-4000 Zoom is the least-expensive digital camera on our advanced chart, but it doesn't skimp on features. Besides offering manual control of aperture and shutter speed, the camera can shoot in black-and-white, and it has a multiburst mode. We liked the option to take TIFFs at most resolutions, and the handy virtual-dial menu made switching among shooting modes and four sets of user-saved settings easy (though the menu disappears quickly when you're trying to make a selection). A dedicated button on the back jumps you to Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) settings.

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