has introduced two new digital cameras: the D-520 ZOOM, a pocket-sized zoom digital camera and the D-380 2 megapixel camera.
The successor to the D-510 ZOOM, the D-520 ZOOM is about 30 percent smaller with a metallic silver gray body; 3x optical zoom combining with a 2.5x digital zoom for a 7.5x zoom; CCD resolution of 2 megapixels; QuickTime movie mode; and USB auto-connect. It also sports an Olympus all-glass f2.8 0 – f4.9 3X optical zoom lens.
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The D-520 ZOOM offers a choice of four image resolution levels and an assortment of image edit effect modes, such as black & white, sepia and file resize. It also includes the ability to record full motion video and view images and movies on a TV. The D-520 ZOOM’s movie mode records up to 60 seconds of full motion video at 15 frames per second on the included 16MB SmartMedia card. And it offers settings for different image qualities and file sizes for everything from printing, e-mailing or posting images on the Web.
A 1.8-inch LCD display allows for enhanced playback and viewing options, including 4-, 9- or 16-frame Index Display Mode, Single Frame Display with 1.5X, 2.0X, 2.5X and 3.0X Zoom Inspection, plus sequential image scrolling. The LCD monitor also serves as the camera’s control panel, with a menu layout and arrow keypad to select various modes and settings.
The D-520 ZOOM is compatible with Mac 8.6 -9.x and Mac OS X (10.0.1 and higher). Due next month at an expected street price of US$299, the camera will come with a 16MB SmartMedia card, USB cable, strap, two AA alkaline batteries, and Camedia Master 4.0 software for photo editing, correction and management.
Olympus said the D-380, also due next month, will be their lowest priced point and shoot 2 megapixel camera at $199. It also has USB connect and is compatible with the same Mac operating systems at the D-520.
The D-380 offers self-portrait and image resizing modes, as well as the ability to merge two shots into one image. It comes with an all-glass 4.5mm f4 lens (35mm equivalent in 35mm format), multi-mode flash, auto white balance and digital ESP metering. Besides fast shutter release times, the D-380 also offers close-up “macro” photography as close as 9.8 inches.
The D-380 is only 6.7 ounces and is 4.9 inches wide, 2.6 high, and 1.6 inches thick. Its protective lens barrier protects the precision lens when the camera isn’t use, and also functions as the power on/off switch.
The D-380 comes with an 8MB SmartMedia card. In addition, 1MB of internal memory is also built into the camera for processing and saving images in case you run out of space on your SmartMedia card while shooting. The memory backup feature allows images captured on the internal memory to be copied to the SmartMedia card. For more photo storage, extra SmartMedia cards from 8MB to 128MB can also be used.
The D-380 uses just about any type of AA batteries, including rechargeable batteries. It also ships with Cameda Master Software, a strap and four AA alkaline batteries.