Olympus Camedia Digital Camera

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Olympus Camedia Digital Camera

Review Of Olympus Camedia Digital Camera Series D-390

Oympus is one of the most widely-known names in photography, producing a varied array of consumer, scientific, and industrial products ranging from 35mm cameras to film scanners to microscopes and even high-powered binoculars.

Not surprisingly, Olympus has also made a strong showing in the digicam marketplace, building a diverse line of successful consumer and prosumer cameras, ranging from pure entry-level, point-and-shoot digicams to the excellent pro-level E-20 SLR. The company’s “D” series of digital cameras is aimed more at novices than advanced users, with sleek, compact styling, good ease of use, but a healthy share of features nonetheless.

The latest Olympus Camedia Digital Camera at the entry-level end of this series is the D-390, a very basic digicam designed for novices. The Olympus Camedia Digital Camera series D-390 offers a 2.0-megapixel CCD for good resolution and image quality, along with Olympus standards such as a Panorama mode (with Olympus brand memory cards) and “2-in-1” shooting mode. Exposure control is automatic, although four preset Scene modes can handle tricky situations.

The D-390 features a fixed-focal-length lens, and 2.5x digital zoom. The D-390 is intended to be a “starter”digicam.

Thin and compact, Olympus Camedia Digital Camera series D-390 digicam is a basic, no-frills, entry-level digicam. Featuring Olympus’ popular clamshell sliding lens cover, the pocket-sized D-390 should easily slip into a small purse, too. Its fixed-focal-length lens and 2.0 megapixel CCD capture images with enough detail to support printing them as large as 5×7 inches, perfect for snapshots. A lower resolution setting is good for sending images as email attachments.

The Olympus Camedia Digital Camera series D-390 has a fixed, 5mm lens (equivalent to a 38mm lens on a 35mm camera), with a maximum aperture setting of f/2.8. Focus ranges from 1.6 feet (50 centimeters) to infinity, with a macro setting focusing as close as 8.0 inches (20 centimeters).

The protective lens cover also acts as the power switch, and puts the camera into Record mode when it’s slid open. Although the D-390 doesn’t offer a true optical zoom, it does have as much as 2.5x Digital Zoom available. Keep in mind though that digital zoom simply enlarges the center pixels of the CCD, which usually results in lower image quality and softer details. The D-390 features an optical viewfinder as well as a 1.8-inch color LCD monitor for composing images.