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Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80 Point and Shoot

4.03/5 (63 Reviews)


  • Camera TypePoint and Shoot
    Film Type35mm
    Zoom LensWith Zoom Lens
    Zoom Range38 mm - 80 mm
    Battery Type1 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR123A)
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus LockWith Focus Lock
    Minimum Focus Distance2 ft.
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 200
    Min Aperturef8.9
    Max Aperturef4.5
    Auto ExposureYes
    Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction
    PanoramaNo
    Self TimerYes
    WaterproofYes
    Depth1.6 in.
    Height2.3 in.
    Width4.5 in.
    Weight6.24 oz.
    MPNEpic Zoom 80
    Warranty1 Year warranty
    Product ID20512

Product Description

The newest in the award-winning Stylus series, the Epic Zoom 80 combines the best in portability and performance in one world-class camera. Featuring superior Stylus design values and a 38-80 mm autofocus zoom lens, the camera is only 4.5" by 2.3" and weighs a tidy 6.3 ounces.


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by sfpeter a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2011

Strengths:    Well....it's full auto on nearly everything, your controls are a a zoom, turning the flash on/off, and a timer. That's it.

Unlike digital the film was what made or broke the camera. Used for what it is, a minimal auto camera, it can turn in decent results.

35mm compacts seem to be the hardest hit the in the remaining film market. Most people still shooting film go with either pro gear or the kitsch of antique/classic hardware. Compacts were cheaply built and largely plastic, and discarded for the most part.

Is very small and compact, uses an easily obtainable CR123 lithium battery that lasts a decent time.


Weaknesses:    Full auto means you have no control, you just guess for the most part.

The lens is an old school formula, for only 80mm when it extends it goes way out. The f/stops aren't listed anywhere.

A mechanical zoom and extended flash means more parts to wear out/go bad. Many of these cameras sound tired on even a new battery.

There is no on/off switch; sliding back the lens cover turns it on, and slight movement can make it shut back down.

Really just about pointless at this stage of the game; if you're going to go with film do what everyone else does and buy a pro Nikon or Canon and get the most out of the medium.


Bottom Line:   
This was one of the smallest cameras commercially made for 35mm film. I'm sure there were others that were smaller for special purposes, but you don't realize how little it is until you compare it to a modern compact. Against my Canon Elph 100 HS it's maybe only a third longer and just barely higher, but is easily 2 1/2 times as thick.

Almost entirely auto with a 38-80mm lens (hence the name) it was marketed to people who wanted a compact but something better than a disc camera. Even when this was made 110 was obsolete, and 126 was never truly a compact format.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   Salvation Army

Similar Products Used:   Pentax IQ Zoom.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mkiert a Beginner from upland, ca

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2003

Strengths:    produces great images w/ crisp colors
easy to use
small, attractive packaging
waiting for green light to signal autofocus pays dividends


Weaknesses:    still need to have some photo savvy to get the best pics (read the manual)
you can't use it to cushion the landing when you catch 10 ft. of air and lose your composure mid-flight


Bottom Line:   
the stylus epic zoom 80 was my first camera and i've taken a good 40-some rolls on it, shooting people and scenery. pictures in well-lit conditions come out spectacular...making my rookie photography seem rather competent. my cheesy scanner doesn't really do the camera justice, but you can view some samples at:

http://www.evite.com/PhotoAlbum/View?albumID=11446306026560483&sp=1

pictures in low light can be tricky. the autoflash mode is too powerful, so i suggest trying the other modes. don't try to shoot at long distance in zero light unless you have a tripod (i was never able to capture fireworks well, even on night mode and fuji 400 film).

unfortunately, after putting the epic in my backpack on a recent trip to snow summit's terrain park (and landing on it in all manner of ways), the camera took a beating and essentially stopped ticking. it still takes pictures, but i can no longer read the lcd screen. therefore, i can't distinguish b/w the different flash modes or set the date. as well, it also faked me out once when i thought i had reached the end of the roll and heard the rewind noise...only to discover when i opened it that the film had not rewound and i had just exposed it.

the camera takes sharp, colorful pictures most of the time (sometimes the wrong element is focused on) and is really a great bargain for what you get...an effective, relatively durable, highly compact point & shoot. i'm happy w/ what i got out of it...but i think i will go w/ the stylus epic (non-zoom, faster lens, spot meter) model as its replacement.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   canon powershot s330 digital elph: even though it's only 2 Mpixels, it can shoot comparable pics w/ the epic during the day...flash sucks...the convenience of a digital is great, but overall i like my

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richard a Expert from New York City

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2003

Strengths:    I've found it to be reliable although others haven't. Very sharp for a point & shoot. Size and weight are a given in this class.

Weaknesses:    I really haven't found any. It does what it's supposed to do.

Bottom Line:   
So many mixed reviews. Found them on Amazon too. In any case I'm one of the lucky ones I guess. I've had this camera for over 2 years and have yet to run into a problem. I've taken it to Miami Beach several times and the heat and high humidity doesn't affect it. I've had it in Las Vegas once so I know it works in low humidity and high heat as well. I'm used to a Nikon FM which is pretty much bullet proof and this little gem has compared favorably so far. Ask me again in 25 years which is now long I've had the FM.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   B & H

Similar Products Used:   Stylus Epic.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vijay J a Casual from Urbana, IL USA

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Excellent Value for Money ! really comapct and light, rugged. I took some cool snaps in with water splashing all around.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Sears

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mair2112 a Intermediate from Toronto, ON

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2002

Strengths:    - superior lens quality
- sleek design
- convenient size
- night scene mode (use a tripod though!)
- strong flash range (32 feet at 400 ISO)


Weaknesses:    just a few minor quirks:

- zoom range. 38-80mm is okay but in my opinion 38mm's not wide enough and 80mm's not overly long.
- in people pics, contrast can be very harsh when using 400+ ISO film in dark surroundings. Thats part of the reason why using 100 film's a good idea.
- IT WILL TAKE TIME to get used to it. there is some delay when you actually snap the shutter, and the zoom toggle is kinda confusing at first but it'll grow on you.


Bottom Line:   
This little thing is great. I got it as a gift after I graduated from high school (I'm 17..) It's my first experience with a point/shoot zoom and so far it's been a great one!

Every picture taken with this camera was in perfect focus, had unbelievable sharpness, crisp contrast, and nice colour!

And you can't overlook this thing's sexy design...and it's SIZE..or lack of it, rather...I've never seen a smaller 35mm camera in my life (I'm pretty sure there's smaller now but I wont believe it until I see it)

So, moms/dads, if you have a bulky SLR, and you want a tiny zoom cam for your vacations with your family, this camera will, do the job for you splendidly.

One thing I MUST point out to all you photographers out there, beginner and pro :)

If the salesguy or significant other tells you that you HAVE TO use film that is 400 ISO or faster...thats bulls*#$%.
Why? Because;

1. the camera's lens optics are amazing.
2. the aperture is pretty decent for a point and shoot zoom (f4-f9)
3. this little devil's flash is so bright that it can practically blind you! lol so you'll get more then enough light in most pictures anyway.

So in short, use 100 film (Kodak Gold's great, and if you can find it, try Fuji Reala), and I gurantee once you do, your pictures will look SMASHING baby, yeah!

Now, I kinda question this camera's durability. Here's a warning to those who might get this camera;

Some reviewers say that this camera is the greatest and it lasted for such and such years...then other reviewers say it broke or stopped working for all kinds of reasons and Olympus gave them the cold shoulder.

So if you get this camera, be sure to keep the reciept, just in case you become one of the unlucky masses who bought it, loved it, and then for whatever reason the camera chokes. By the way, my sympathies go to all who went through that.

It's a d*** good camera, but you know what, I question Olympus' craftsmanship after I heard what I've heard from some people.

Anyway, for me, (so far) it's been two months and it's been good so far. Peace!

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   Henry's

Type of photography:   People



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