Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom
Years in use: 2005-2007
This is the camera I hastily replaced the C-7000 with, and it remains one of my favorites. The all-in-one design mated a healthy zoom to the sensor in a package that was both substantial and respectfully large, while also being far more compact than an equivalent SLR. It shoots raw (though I don’t believe I ever did), is covered in direct buttons for many functions, and had a 28mm equivalent lens.
I’d started to take photography seriously, and this felt like a serious camera. I was confident enough to ask people to let me take their picture. Sometimes it was a guy who’d spent his life collecting thermometers, other times it was a guy in a smash up derby car. I started looking for photos in everything and everywhere I went.
This camera model is searchable, but very few of my photos taken with it appear in the search results.