Offering treble-megapixel CCD performance and sophisticated photographic functions at an attractive price, the new CAMEDIA C-3000ZOOM from Olympus places staggeringly high-resolution images within the reach of a larger number of people. Of course, a powerful CCD is just part of the story. This new digital compact zoom also incorporates a precision 3x zoom lens plus a selection of accurate metering options and creative functions that go far beyond the capabilities of the traditional camera, such as movie and sound recording. C-3000ZOOM delivers amazingly sharp shots with fantastic colors. To ensure optimum results and ease of use, this camera offers a range of metering systems and automatic modes. Measurements for both the focus and white balance are taken through the lens (TTL) while either ESP (electro selective pattern) or spot metering are on hand to assess exposure requirements. Additionally, by shooting a series of shots at different settings, the auto-bracketing function helps find the optimum exposure in tricky lighting conditions.However, the photographer may also wish to set the camera manually to attain individual results. In this case, focus, exposure, white balance and sensitivity are all individually adjustable. Further creative input is made possible thanks to the picture effects. By shooting in black and white or the yellow-brown tones of sepia, a completely different feeling can be imparted to the image. For capturing text in perfect clarity, the blackboard and whiteboard functions may also be selected. In sequence mode the camera can shoot at 1.2 - 1.8 frames a second and resets the AF for each exposure. This guarantees all the action is frozen in breathtaking clarity. The movie recording option, on the other hand, enables just the opposite. As a further benefit, this CAMEDIA model enables sound to be recorded with movie sequences. Moreover, four seconds of audio may be saved with a still shot. Ideally suited to the large file sizes generated by this three-megapixel model, a USB interface permits the fast and trouble-free downloading of files from the camera. The attractive price of the smart black and dark metallic gray C-3000ZOOM makes it the first choice to discover the possibilities of high-resolution digital photography. Due to its user-friendly operation and wide selection of manually adjustable functions, the new Olympus compact zoom is perfect for both the newcomer as well as the more ambitious photographer.