The controls are minimal and simple. The OK/MENU button calls up the onscreen menu
system and once displayed it acts as the "accept" button. The button to the left
turns the LCD on/off in Record mode, serves as the Quick Review button (push twice
quickly to view last picture) and is the Play button when the lens
cover is closed. Sliding the lens cover open turns the camera on in Record mode and
closing it turns the camera off.
The 4-way buttons are multi-purpose, when the menu is displayed they let you navigate
the options, when in Play mode they let you select images from the thumbails or move
forward or backward or zoom-in or display the index. When in Record mode the Up and
Down buttons control the digital zoom (in Play mode they operate the zoomed playback
and index functions), the Left button selects macro focus mode and
the Right button selects the flash mode.
Page one of the record menu lets you select select exposure compensation (+/-2EV in 0.5EV
steps), the flash mode (auto, redeye, night/slow sync, fill, off), the drive mode (single,
sequence, selftimer or movie), the metering mode (iESP or Spot) or enable Panorama
Page two allows you to select the white balance (auto, sunny, cloudy, incandescent,
fluorescent), select the image size/quality (SQ2 640×480, SQ1 1024×768, HQ 1600×1200 or
SHQ 1600×1208), adjust the color saturation or contrast.
Page three has Setup options for formating the SM card, enabling the view after capture
(Rec View) feature, turn the beep sound on or off, adjusting the brightness of
the color LCD's back light and setting the time and date.
The D-230 has an all-glass, 5.5mm f2.8 Olympus lens (36mm in 35mm photography),
it consists of 5 elements in 4 groups including 1 aspherical lens.
The iESP multi-pattern autofocus has a normal range of 19.5 inches to infinity, the
Macro mode covers from 4 inches to infinity.
The eyelevel optical viewfinder shows about 87% of the captured image and lets you
use this digital camera just like a regular film camera. The LEDs lets you know
the status of the flash and camera.
On the side are the I/O ports. On top is the USB port.
The D-230 features USB
AutoConnect technology. Just plug the camera directly into any USB-configured computer
running Windows 2000, Windows Me and Mac OS 8.6 and higher, these computers will mount
and recognize the Brio D-230 automatically without installing drivers. For users
with Windows 98 the necessary USB drivers are included on disc.
The DC IN jack for connecting an
optional AC power adapter.
The D-230 does not have a video out feature.
Images are stored on removeable 3.3v SmartMedia flash memory cards, Olympus supplies a
16MB card with panorama capability. Any size card up to 128MB may be used.
The D-230 is powered by either one Olympus CR-V3 lithium (supplied) or by two standard
AA size batteries (alkaline, lithium, NiMH type).