Olympus Stylus Digital 300 Review

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Olympus Stylus Digital 300



Features & Controls


Olympus Stylus Digital 300

The Stylus 300 is equipped with an Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens, 5.8 - 17.4mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 elements in 3 groups. It has a 4x digital zoom feature (5x at VGA resolution.) The maximum aperture is F3.1 (W) / F5.2 (T).

The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 20" to Infinity in normal mode and from 8" to 20" in macro mode. The lens retracts fully inside the camera when the lens barrier is closed.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

The eye level viewfinder is an optical real-image type, there is no diopter adjustment. The two LEDs indicate focus and flash status.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

The built in speedlight features Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill and Forced Off modes. The flash range (at ISO 100) is 8" - 8.5' (W) / 8" - 6.0' ft (T). Flash recycle time is less than 6 seconds.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

The camera is turned on by sliding open the lens barrier on the front. On top is a shutter release button, all other controls are on the back. Upper right is the zoom lens control which also functions as the magnified playback and index mode buttons when in play mode. The 4-way selector buttons are used to navigate menu screens and select images for playback. In record mode the "Up" button calls up the onscreen virtual Mode Dial (see page 3), the "Left" button toggles Macro focus mode, the "Down" button enables the Selftimer and the "Right" button selects the desired Flash mode. The QUICK VIEW button turns the color LCD on and off, enables the Quick View (review) mode and when the camera is turned off, it enables the normal PLAY mode. The OK button accepts menu selections and calls up and dismisses the menu system.



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The Video Out port sends the video to a television set, the video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. Data I/O is via a Mass Storage compliant USB v1.1 port, no driver is required for Windows Me, 2000, XP or Macintosh OS 9.1+/OS X systems. An optional AC power adapter can be connected to the DC IN port.

Note the black rubber O-ring inside the I/O port door (shown below). Olympus states the camera is "weatherproof and is not damaged by water spray from any direction" as long as the rubber ring is intact and the I/O port door and the DC IN port flap is properly closed.   To learn more about the construction of the Stylus Digital's weatherproof body click here.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

Still images and movie clips are stored on removable xD-Picture Card flash memory cards. Olympus supplies a 16MB size card. Olympus brand xD-Picture Cards are required to use the camera's builtin Panorama feature. 16MB to 256MB xD-Picture cards are now available.


Storable Photos with 16MB xD-Picture Card
Setting Image Size Number of Photos
SHQ, HQ 2048 x 1536 6, 20
SQ1 1600 x 1200 24
SQ2 1280 x 960 38
SQ2 1024 x 768 58
SQ2 640 x 480 99
HQ Movie 320 x 240 15 fps 16 sec. max per movie
SQ Movie 160 x 120 15 fps 40 sec. max per movie




Olympus Stylus Digital 300

Power is supplied by a LI-10B 3.7v 1090mAh Li-ion battery pack. Olympus does not specify the battery runtime. In our testing it was adequate for about 120-150 pictures (flash used 50% of the time, color LCD off.)

The included LI-10C charger lets you charge one battery while using another. Lithium battery packs can be charged or "topped off" at any time without shortening the service life of the battery.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

Included is this RM-2 infrared shutter release that makes self-portraits a snap, no more running to beat the selftimer, just push the button when you're ready.








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