Olympus D-150 Review

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Olympus Camedia D-150



Review posted 6/24/01


Introduction & Physical Views


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The D-150 Zoom joins the Brio D-100, introduced in February, and brings 3X Optical Zoom/6X Digital Telephoto Zoom capabilities to the photographer seeking added versatility in a point-and-shoot camera. Packaged in a contemporary black and gold finish, the stylish Brio D-150 Zoom features a high quality f2.4 -f4.3 Auto Focus Olympus zoom lens, pop-up flash, fast shutter release times of under one second, and AutoConnect technology for simple data transfer via standard USB connections.

Like the Brio D-100, the Brio Zoom D-150 offers a 1.5-inch, 118k-pixel color LCD monitor that serves as a high- resolution viewfinder, the camera's playback screen and menu control panel. All mode settings and image viewing functions have been condensed into this single display, contributing to the Brio Zoom D-150's pocketable design. Standard icons representing multiple flash modes, image resolution settings, exposure adjustments and playback/viewing modes are accessed through one-touch buttons and an easy to use jog dial, with choices displayed on the LCD panel and selected using simple up, down, left and right arrow keys. The versatile LCD monitor allows users to display four or nine images, and offers a 2X Zoom Inspection mode to view and scroll across enlarged single frames during playback.

The Brio D-150 Zoom is equipped with a standard 5.0mm - 15.0mm lens, delivering the equivalent of 38mm - 114mm zoom range on 35mm cameras. Its digital telephoto capabilities expand the camera's effective zoom range to a maximum of 228mm, allowing users to capture crisp, digital images out of range of traditional 3X zoom film cameras. To ensure the best possible image quality, the Brio Zoom D-150 is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel interlaced RGB CCD. Its maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels produces photo-quality prints up to 4" x 6". The camera is also capable of capturing images with smaller file sizes at a reduced 640 x 480 resolution factor, perfect for sending pictures via e-mail and posting on the web. The D-150 Zoom utilizes Olympus' TruePic™ technology, so it uses all the captured pixel information to create the image no matter the output size or resolution setting.

Once captured, images may be viewed, erased or stored on removable SmartMedia™ cards. The Brio Zoom D-150 ships with one 8MB card standard, providing ample capacity to store up to 82 images in SQ mode. Additional SmartMedia cards, available in 16, 32, 64 and 128MB increments, deliver virtually unlimited, reusable image storage capacity.

Other features of the Camedia Brio Zoom D-150 include:

  • Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Off, Fill-in, Slow synchronization, 1st Curtain effect flash modes.
  • Auto White Balance plus Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent light settings.
  • Fully automatic ISO settings.
  • Macro Mode for close-ups with 8" minimum distance.
  • Programmed Auto Exposure, manual compensation possible in +/-2.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps.
  • NTSC Video Output terminal for viewing images on a television or recording to a VCR.
  • Date/Time/Calendar recording onto image data up to the year 2030.
  • Built-in SelfTimer.
  • Wide power compatibility with, 1x CR-V3 Lithium battery, 2x AA NiMH batteries and optional AC adapter.
  • Slim dimensions of 4.4" (W) x 2.4" (H) x 1.4" (D) (excluding projections).

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Olympus Camedia D-150 Specifications

Type: Digital camera with 3.8cm/1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor
Storage media: Removable 3V (3.3V) SmartMedia card (4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128MB)
One 8MB card is included with camera
Number of storable frames with 8MB SmartMedia card: 8 or more: SHQ 1,280 x 960 pixels
24 or more: HQ 1,280 x 960 pixels
82 or more: SQ 640 x 480 pixels
Recording system: Still image: JPEG (DCF: "Design rule for Camera File system"), DPOF
Imager: 1/3.2-inch primary color filter CCD solid-state image pickup, 1.31 million pixels (effective 1.25 million pixels)
White balance: Full-auto TTL, Pre-set (daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light)
Lens: Olympus 5.0mm - 15mm, f2.4(W)/4.3(T) (equivalent to 38mm - 114mm on a 35mm camera)
8 lenses in 7 groups (2 aspherical lenses). All lenses are including glass lenses.
Digital zoom: Smooth zoom 1x~2x
Light metering: Digital ESP metering system with imager
Exposure control: Programmed auto exposure
Exposure compensation in ±2 EV in ±1/2 EV steps
Programmed auto: F2.4/F5 (W) F4.3/F9 (T), 1/2 ~ 1/1000 sec.
Focusing: TTL system auto focus (contrast detection system) with focusing range: .8"/0.2m ~ infinity
Working range: Standard mode: 0.5m ~ infinity; macro mode: .8"/0.2m ~ 20"/0.5m
Sensitivity: Auto
Viewfinder: Optical, real-image LCD monitor
LCD monitor: 3.8cm/1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor
Flash: Built-in flash
Flash modes: Auto (automatic activation in low and backlight), Red-eye reduction, Off (no flash), Fill-in (forced activation), Night Scene mode (first curtain synchronization)
Flash working range: Approximately 8"/0.2 - 11.4'/3.5m (W)
Flash recycle time: Less than 10 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Sequence mode: Up to 4 shots at 2 fps
Self-timer: Approximate 12-second delay
Outer connector: DC input terminal, USB interface (storage class), Video output terminal (PAL/NTSC)
Operating environment: Temperature: 32°F ~ 104°F (operation); -4°F - 140°F (storage)
Humidity: 30 ~ 90% (operation); 10 ~ 90% (storage)
Power supply: Main power source: One LB-O1 lithium battery (CR-V3)/2 AA Ni-MH batteries/2 AA alkaline batteries/2 AA Ni-Cd batteries
(2 AA Zinc carbon (manganese) batteries and 2 AA lithium batteries cannot be used)
Optional AC adapter (E-7AE)
Built-in internal capacitor for calendar system
Date/time/calendar: Simultaneous recording onto image data
Automatic calendar system: Up to year 2031
Dimensions: 4.4 (W) x 2.4 (H) x 1.4 (D) inches (excluding protrusions). (112 x 62 x 35 mm)
Weight: 185 g/6.5 oz. (without batteries and SmartMedia card)
Included Software: Olympus CAMEDIA Master version 2.5







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