Olympus D-565 Zoom Review

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Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

Review Posted 2/20/2004

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The Olympus D-565 Zoom is the 4-megapixel big brother of the D-560 we reviewed in 2003. The D-565 features the same durable and stylish silver body with a clamshell lens barrier, 3X optical zoom lens, Digital ESP multi- pattern and spot metering; auto white balance, built-in flash with six settings, and 1.8" color LCD. The D-565 Zoom captures still images up to 2288x1712 pixels and QuickTime movies.

The 4 megapixel CCD combined with Olympus TruePic technology, allows users to capture a realistic look in all their photographs at all photo sizes e-mailed or printed. The cameras' CCD captures the detail needed for true crystal clear photo quality printing even on print sizes of 8" x 10" and larger. The D-565 Zoom features a 3X optical zoom (35-105mm in 35mm photography), that when combined with a 4X digital zoom, delivers a total seamless 12X zoom.

The new menu architecture is easy to navigate for fast access to the right settings with just the press of the arrow buttons. In fully Programmed Auto mode, the camera offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking in typical situations. The easy-to-use Scene Program modes (viewable through the LCD menu) provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for the photographer who wants optimum results in a wide variety of settings: Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, and Night Scene photography.

The D-Series cameras have bright optical viewfinders and auto-focus capabilities to enable photographers to accurately frame and focus their shots. Composing and reviewing images with an LCD is an asset when taking digital pictures because it allows users to accurately frame their photographs and make decisions about saving or deleting them. To ensure that their shots can be easily viewed in high resolution, the D-565 Zoom features a large 1.8-inch LCD screen.

While past D-Series models featured a pop-up flash that would be released upon sliding open the cameras' lens barrier, the new D-Series cameras have built-in flashes that do not pop up and offer 6 settings to provide the widest range of options. Keeping the flash in the camera body further compliments the camera's compact design.

Camedia D-565 Zoom Features:

  • 4.07 megapixel CCD (effective) allows for photo prints of 8" x 10" and larger
  • Compact design makes the D-565 Zoom easy to handle and carry.
  • A 3x optical zoom with 35-105mm coverage (35mm photography equivalent)
  • Auto-Connect USB for hassle-free downloads
  • Automatic exposure with four Scene modes (Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, and Night Scene)
  • Olympus TruePic technology optimizes the image quality for picture sharpness, contrast, true colors and gradation in all picture resolutions.
  • Automatic Noise Reduction technology when shooting long exposures in low light in Night Scene mode.
  • Automatic Pixel Mapping checks the CCD and re-maps it for maximum performance.
  • 1.8" color LCD with 85,000 pixels
  • Removeable xD-Picture Card storage, 16MB included
  • QuickTime® movie mode
  • Built-in multimode flash
  • Powered by two-AA or one CR-3V type battery

Transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the supplied Auto-Connect USB function that does not require software drivers for hassle-free image downloads. Images and movies may also be viewed on a television with the supplied video cable. The camera can be powered by two standard AA batteries, alkaline, NiMH or photo lithium or one CR-3V type battery.

The D-565 Zoom is available now for about $299 and comes with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, USB cable, video cable, carrying strap, CR-3V battery, CAMEDIA Master software, manual, Quick Start Guide, and warranty card.

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Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-565 Zoom

The Camedia D-565 Zoom compared in size to a CD.

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D-565 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 4.07 Megapixel Effective
4.23 Megapixel Total
1/ 2.5 Type CCD
Lens Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens 5.8-17.4mm
(35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Seamless Digital Zoom 12x total (3x optical combined with 4x digital zoom)
Aperture Range F3.1-5.2
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. - 2 sec., Automatic
ISO Auto 50-400
Recording Mode(s) Still Image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (design rule for Camera File System), QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie Mode).PIM II
Adjustable Resolutions 2288 x 1712 SHQ, JPEG
2288 x 1712 HQ, JPEG
1024 x 768 SQ1, JPEG
640 x 480 SQ2, JPEG
320 x 240 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
160 x 120 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Display Date information
Optical Image Enlargement N/A
Image Adjustment Modes N/A
Image Effects Resize, Rotate, Sepia, and Black and White
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand SmartMedia�
Sequence 1.5fps, maximum 9 frames HQ
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus/backlight mark
LCD 1.8" (3.8cm) color TFT LCD (85,000 pixels) used for viewing, reviewing or editing images
Focusing System iESP Multi-pattern Auto-focus, TTL Contrast Detecting : Spot AF focus in Spot Metering Mode
Focusing Ranges Standard AF 20" - Infinity (0.5m - Infinity)
Macro Mode 8" - 20" (0.2m-0.5m)
Exposure Control Program Auto F3.1-5.2
Metering System iESP multi-pattern; Center Weighted Meter; AE Lock w/1R shutter release position
White Balance System iESP Auto; Pre-set manual settings: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten & Fluorescent
Flash Built-in Flash
Flash Modes Auto Flash for low and backlight
Red-eye Reduction Flash
Fill-in Flash
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain)
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain) w/red-eye reduction
Flash Off (built-in or external flash)
Flash Working Range W: 8" - 7' (.2m - 2.1m), T: 8" - 6.7' (.2 - 2.0m)
Flash Charging Time Approximately 6 seconds
Removable Media Card XD-Picture Card,(16, 32, 64, 128 & 256 MB) 16MB included
Selftimer/Remote 12-sec. delay with built in self-timer
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB Connector (Auto-Connect), NTSC Video Out, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP-MacOS 8.6-9.22/OSX
Image Playback Index display, up to 3X enlargement, Slide-show
Operating Environment Operation: 32°F - 104°F (0°C- 40°C) 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4°F - 104°F (-20°C - 60°C) 10-90% Humidity
Power Supply Main Power Source
(2) AA-Alkaline (Included)
(2) AA-NiMH Rechargeable
(2) Ni-Cad Rechargeable
(1) CR-3v (LB-01) Lithium Battery
AC Power Source
E-7AU 3.4Volt AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 108 mm (W) x 57.5 mm (H) x 40 mm (D) (4.2" x 2.3" x 1.6") excluding protrusions
Weight 170 g (0.4 lb) (without batteries or card)
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) 256MB xD-Picture Card
SHQ 2288 x 1712 5 shots
HQ 2288 x 1712 16 shots
SQ1 1024 x 768 76 shots 1229 shots
SQ2 640 x 480 165 shots 2663 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps movie 15 sec. max per movie 15 sec. max per movie
SQ 160 x 120 15 fps movie 60 sec. max per movie 60 sec. max per movie
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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