I have a love for online auctions as long as they aren’t eBay. I can usually find things I’m interested in for a low price and if people bid against me and the price is too high, I’m fine walking away.
Recently I bid on a camera lot and this point and shoot Olympus Zoom 80 was included. The entire lot cost less than $20 and I knew this camera had great reviews online and I was excited to try it out.
Please note, this camera is a different model than the infamous Olympus MJU II which fetches high prices on eBay. For a great in depth review of all the Zoom 80 specs, check out this article from 120studio.com.
Whenever you buy something online, there is always the fear that it will not work properly so I decided to take the camera on a simple test run around my neighborhood and took a few shots inside to test the flash. These photos were shot on Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 film.
Most of the reviews praise the small size of this camera and how it easy it is to fit into your pants pocket and carry along and they were all correct. This camera is so easy to carry and pull out for a quick shot with images that turn out great for a point and shoot camera.
There is a common issue with the camera that you will notice on the photo of the house below. When the zoom is fully extended, there are light leaks from old gaskets. I will not sweat repairing those when I can either use it from an aesthetic standpoint or just not zoom far enough to cause the leaks.
All of the test photos are posted below. I really look forward to use this camera a lot more.