Olympus Centurion – APS

This funky looking APS bridge camera was released in 1996. You can find loads of technical details here.

I think it is the biggest APS camera I have tried, but it is still light and small compared to many other cameras. The design reminds me of the Olympus L-1 Quartzdate. It has a very similar look, but it is much, much smaller. I think I called the L-1 ugly, this one is not ugly, but it is not as attractive to me as the other aps cameras I have tried recently. This great reviewer seemed impressed by it. I put in a cassette of expired Voigtlander XG 200 and got to shooting.

I took the camera to various locations from Harajuku to Kashima on a walk for another blog, mostly while my family was visiting. I am not sure why I made the decision to use mainly APS cameras while they were visiting. It was a bit risky given that all the film is out of date. In the end, all but one film came out, including this one.

I must say, I am always impressed by this film, given it is out of date. I might buy more. I was also impressed by the camera. I found it delightful to use, easy and sharp with a super flash. I think I prefer it to the Minolta S-1 which is heavier and has a smaller zoom. Thought I feel the Minolta is sharper.

Keep or sell: I think I will sell the Minolta and keep this one…unless I run out of camera space and then I will get rid of both….sold



  1. I have a hankering for one of the 35mm versions of which Olympus made several. One with a massive 35-180mm zoom range. Incidentally the auxillary lenses for this camera and the 35mm versions are recognised as some of the best. I have the x0.7 wide and x1.7 tele both great. The Tele especially I use with both AF and manual teles when I want a bit more length. Bonus is no light loss as with rear converters.


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