The Olympus C7070 Wide Zoom is something of a hybrid between the previous C5060 and C8080 models, incorporating elements from both. With a sharp 4x optical zoom lens that extends all the way to a 27 mm wide angle equivalent, and a 7-megapixel CCD with good color and noise characteristics, the Olympus C7070 delivers very high quality images under a wide range of shooting conditions. In its Program Auto or Scene modes, it’s easy enough for non-technical users to operate, but it’s first and foremost an “enthusiast” camera, with all the bells and whistles such shooters demand. Like its predecessors, the Olympus C7070 offers excellent user control and fine-tuning over white balance, color saturation, contrast, and exposure. Such fine-grained control deserves special notice, because it lets you really customize the camera’s response to match your personal preferences and the demands of your subjects and lighting. (Want color that “pops” a little more? Just dial up the saturation a notch or two. Need to tone down the contrast a bit? That’s accomplished just as easily.) All in all, the Olympus C7070 is a very capable camera for the “enthusiast” crowd, offered at an attractive price, and with nice extras like an extra-wide zoom lens and controls that let you customize the camera’s imaging to an unusual degree.