Olympus D-560 Zoom Review

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Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

Features and Controls

Olympus 3x zoom lens (5.8 - 17.4mm), F3.1/5.2 (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera) Stepless 3.3x stepless digital zoom when combined with the optical zoom gives a 10x seamless zoom.

TTL system auto focus (contrast detection system) with a focusing range: 20" ~ infinity (0.5m- infinity) in Normal mode and 8 to 20" (0.2m-0.5m) in Macro mode. It also has the One Touch Focus button (the up arrow on the 4-way navigation control) which locks focus on infinity, in macro mode or standard AF.

The lens retracts inside the camera when powered down and the sliding cover protects it, no lens cap required.

Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom
The D-560Z has a large and bright eyelevel optical viewfinder. There is no diopter adjustment. The green LED indicates a focus lock and the amber LED tells you the status of the flash.

Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

Built-in multimode intelligent speedlight; Auto (automatic flash activation in low light and backlight), red-eye reduction, fill-in (forced activation), slow shutter sync (first curtain), slow shutter sync w/redeye reduction and off (no flash).

Working flash range: Wideangle 6.5" - 12.4' (0.2m - 3.8m) @ ISO 100, Tele: 6.5" - 7.2' (0.2m - 2.2m) @ISO 100 with an eight second full recharge rate with new batteries.

Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

On the back is a 1.8-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 85,000 pixels and the majority of the camera's controls.

Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

The MONITOR button controls the color LCD, enables the QuickView feature in record mode and turns the camera on in playback mode if the lens barrier is closed. The 4-way switch lets you navigate menus (see next page) and select playback images, enable macro/infinity focus modes, enable self-timer, select the desired flash mode. In the center is the MENU button which also serves as the OK (accept selection) button.

Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

On top you'll find the shutter release and the zoom lens control which also functions as the zoom and index controls in playback mode.

Olympus Camedia D-560 ZoomOlympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

The I/O ports include: USB (v1.1) data port, Auto Connect enabled for plug-n-play downloads with most modern operating systems. The Video Out port has selectable NTSC or PAL format. And a DC IN jack for an optional AC adapter or an external battery pack.

Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

The D-560Z stores its images on xD-Picture Cards. On the back side of the handgrip is the card slot which accepts any size card. Olympus includes an 16MB card with panorama function.

Olympus Camedia D-560 Zoom

The D-560Z is powered by two AA type batteries or one CR-3V lithium non-rechargeable battery. Alkaline type batteries can be used but I highly recommend the use of high- capacity NiMH rechargeables which are more environmentally friendly, reusable up to 500 times and save you money.

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