has introduced a new Mac compatible digital camera, the D-370. An evolution of the D-360L camera, the new camera comes with a newly developed long-life battery circuit allowing hundreds of shots in normal operation with four AA alkaline batteries (while using the LCD display and flash 50 percent of the time), according to Olympus.
Turn off the LCD and flash, the D-370 can capture “thousands” of images, the company says. If that’s not enough, Olympus also offers LB01 (CR3V) “long life” batteries that it claims can extend the D-370 battery life by about three times.
The D-370 is a 1.3 megapixel CCD with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixel. It comes in a clam-shell, 6.7 ounce design and has a wide-view LCD and a built-in six-mode flash with red eye reduction and it offers a QuickTime movie mode. The Olympus camera sports AutoConnect USB so you don’t have to install driver software. The AutoConnect USB works with Mac OS 8.6 “and higher,” according to Olympus. We were unable to ascertain whether it works under Mac OS X.
The D-370 comes with a 4.5mm – f4-f8 all-glass lens. The lens is designed to produce sharp clear pictures from two feet to infinity, and close-up photos to 9.8 inches. For e-mail and Web use, the camera is also capable of capturing images in standard quality “SQ” at 640 x 480 pixels.
Built into the camera is 2MB of internal memory for processing and saving images without the need of any additional SmartMedia cards. However, SmartMedia cards from 8MB to 128MB can also be used for more photo storage.
The D-370 is due in August for a suggested retail price of US$249. It will come with four AA Alkaline batteries, a strap, USB cable, manual, and Olympus Camedia Master 2.5 software.