Olympus D-595 Zoom Review
Features and Controls
Olympus 3x zoom lens (6.3 - 18.9mm), F2.8/4.9 (equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera). Stepless 4x digital zoom when combined with the optical zoom gives a 12x seamless zoom.
Its TTL auto focus (contrast detection) system has a focusing range of: 20" - infinity (0.5m- inf.) in Normal mode, 8" - infinity (0.2m - inf.) in Macro mode, and as close as 0.8" (20mm) in Super Macro mode. Depressing the Macro button toggles between macro mode, standard AF (macro off) and Super Macro mode.
The lens retracts inside the camera when powered down and the sliding cover
protects it, no lens cap required.
The eyelevel optical viewfinder provides ~85% frame coverage but lacks any dioptric
adjustment. The two LEDs indicates flash and focus status.
The built-in intelligent speedlight has modes for:
Auto (automatic flash activation in low light and backlight), red-eye
reduction, fill-in (forced activation), and off (no flash). The working
range is: Wide: 8" - 12.5' (0.2m - 3.8m), Tele: 8" - 7.2' (0.2m - 2.2m)
There's not much on the top, just the shutter release and power button.
Controls on the back: Top right are the Zoom controls; in playback mode
they act as the index and magnify options.
The Mode Dial has positions for Auto, Program AE, Manual, Movie, Scene,
Landscape+Portrait, Sports, Night Landscape, Landscape and Portrait.
The Red Camera button enables record mode and the Blue Arrow button
enables playback mode.
The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus,
and select playback images. The OK/Menu button calls up and
dismisses the menu system and accepts menu selections.
The Flash button selects the flash mode, in playback it is the delete button.
The Macro button selects the focus mode and in playback is used for
setting the DPOF printing information.
The D-595Z stores its images on xD-Picture Cards. Located on the bottom of the camera behind a door is the card slot which accepts any size card. Olympus includes a 16MB card (To use the camera's panorama function an Olympus brand xD card must be used.)
The D-595Z is powered by either two standard AA type (alkaline, NiMH, lithium) or one CR-V3 lithium battery. Rechargeable NiMH AA type are the most economical if using AA type as they can be reused 500-100 times. The one-use CR-V3 lithium battery offers a long shelf life and a long runtime but is rather expensive.
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