Olympus Stylus Digital 600 Review

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Olympus Stylus Digital 600


Review posted 11/22/2005


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The Stylus 600 continues the tradition of all-weather durability and stylish ergonomic design of the Olympus Stylus series of digital cameras. It features advanced performance and enhanced usability with the new Bright Capture Technology for improved low light photography and the inclusion of a premium size 2.5-inch LCD, as well as the TruePic TURBO Image Processor for high image quality and fast response time, 26 shooting modes for versatility, a built-in Help Guide for on-the-fly instruction, and a 6.0-megapixel image sensor for high-resolution large format prints. The Stylus 600 delivers power, performance and enhanced usability with an array of innovative technologies: Bright Capture Technology for low-light photography; a HyperCrystal™ LCD for high-contrast viewing; metal, all-weather construction for protection against the elements; manual exposure and aperture settings for creative control and versatility; as well as an 6.0-megapixel image sensor for stunningly high-resolution prints.

There are times when you want to photograph subjects in low light without having to use a flash - such as when trying to capture the softness and warmth of a candlelit dinner, or natural skin tones in subdued lighting. Olympus' new Bright Capture Technology makes it possible to clearly compose subjects on the LCD, and with high sensitivity options (up to ISO 1600) and an enhanced auto-focus, even action photos can be captured in low levels of ambient light.

Viewing images under the glare of sunlight is also improved thanks to Olympus' exclusive HyperCrystal™ LCD technology. The HyperCrystal technology enables clear, high-contrast images - even when composing subjects with the sun at your back. Images are viewable on the 2.5-inch LCD from 160-degrees, so photos can be composed from a range of angles and viewed by several people at once.

The Stylus 600 combines an 6.0-megapixel CCD image sensor with Olympus' exclusive image processor, TruePic TURBO™, which significantly enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO enables the Stylus 600 to capture information from all 6.0 million pixels with pixel "micro-smoothing" that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos, even at lower resolutions. The result is superb high-quality images that are consistently sharp and vivid even in large-format prints. The fast startup of less than one second and nearly instant shutter release time ensures a high-speed response so you are always ready to take great pictures.

The Stylus 600 makes it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations with 24 pre-programmed scene modes, such as Night Scene, Indoor Portrait or Cuisine Mode. And with its QuickTime® Movie Mode, the Stylus 600 can record movies of any length, limited only by the size of the internal memory or xD-Picture Card in the camera.

With a new Help GUIDE function, the Stylus 600 makes every last one of its features accessible, even to novice users. By simply pressing the GUIDE button on the back of the camera, users can access images and brief descriptions of each of the camera's functions and scene modes. And the new Shooting Guide serves as a quick reference, walking users through the camera settings with explanations of which features should be used for the situation, along with instructions for how to make the necessary adjustments.


Olympus Stylus Digital 600

The compact, all-weather Stylus 600 can go virtually anywhere you can. The body is constructed of durable, lightweight metal with rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, snow won't get in the way of great photos. And with its new optimized battery design, the Stylus 600 can take hundreds of shots between charges. Connecting the Stylus 600 to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects directly via USB cable and requires no software. Or, If you prefer, forget the computer altogether. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the Stylus 600 to any PictBridge-enabled printer.


Stylus 600 Features at a Glance:

  • 6-megapixel effective CCD and 3x optical zoom lens
  • Durable all-metal (all-weather) body lets you shoot in almost any weather condition
  • Built-in Help GUIDE for easy operation.
  • 26 shooting modes, including special underwater scene modes
  • 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD with 115,000 pixel resolution and 160° viewing angle
  • Bright Capture Technology for enhanced previewing and image quality in low light
  • Movies at 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120 (without audio), length limited only by memory
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1/2 second (up to 4 secs in night mode)
  • Enhanced flash working range, 26.3 ft. with Program Auto (W)
  • Remove red-eye or easily convert your color photos into sepia or black-and-white with built-in editing features
  • ISO sensitivity; Auto, 64 - 1600 (800/1600 SQ1)
  • ~7.9MB of internal memory + xD-Picture Card slot
  • Auto-Connect USB for quick and easy image transfer to computer
  • Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Optional PT-029 underwater housing


The Stylus Digital 600 is available now with an estimated street price of $299.99 (U.S.). It includes: Wrist Strap, Camera WIN/Mac USB Cable, Video cable, Li-12B Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger, Quick Start Guide, Basic Instruction Manual, Warranty Card, CD-ROM with OLYMPUS Master Software, and Camera Advanced manual.






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Olympus Stylus Digital 600

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Olympus Stylus Digital 600

The Stylus 600 compared in size to a standard CD.




Olympus Stylus Digital 600

The all-weather Stylus 800 and the 6-megapixel Stylus 600



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Stylus 600 Specifications

Imager 6.0 megapixel effective, 6.4 megapixel gross, 1/2.5" (1.0cm) CCD
Lens 5.8 - 17.4mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 lenses in 3 group, 3 aspherical lens
Zoom Seamless to 15x (3x optical and 5x digital combined
Aperture Range f3.1- f5.2 (not adjustable)
LCD 2.5" (6.35 cm) Color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels
Viewfinder N/A
Focus System CCD Contrast
Focus Range Normal mode: 19.7" - infinity (0.5m - infinity)
Macro mode: 7.9" - infinity (0.2m - infinity)
Super Macro Mode: 2.8" - 19.7" (7cm - 50cm)
Focus Mode iESP auto, Spot AF
Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec -1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. In Night Scene)
ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800*, 1600* (equivalent)
* SQ1 (1600 x 1200) or less resolution
Metering Mode Digital ESP multi-pattern, Spot metering
White Balance iESP2 multi-pattern Auto, Pre-set TTL, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Recording Modes DCF Exif 2.2, JPEG, PIM 3
Adjustment Resolutions 2,816 x 2,112, SHQ/HQ
2,560 x 1,920, SQ1
2,271 x 1,704, SQ1
2,048 x 1,536, SQ1
1600 x 1200, SQ1
1280 x 960, SQ2
1024 x 768, SQ2
640 x 480, SQ2
Shooting Modes 26 shooting modes
Program Auto, Scene Preset (1. Portrait, 2. Landscape, 3. Landscape + Portrait, 4. Night Scene, 5. Night + Portrait, 6. Sport, 7. Indoor, 8. Candle, 9. Self Portrait, 10. Available Light Portrait, 11. Sunset, 12. Fireworks, 13. Museum, 14. Cuisine, 15. Behind Glass, 16. Documents, 17. Auction, 18. Shoot & Select1, 19. Shoot & Select2, 20. Beach& Snow, 21. Under Water Wide1, 22. Under Water Wide2, 23. Under Water Macro, 24. Reducing Blur), Movie
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stichable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Custom Settings N/A
Sequential Shooting Normal speed; 1.3 frames per second up to the full capacity of the memory in HQ mode
High speed; 4.3 frames per second up to 12 frames in SQ1 (1600 x 1200) mode
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram
Shooting Edit Effects N/A
Image Quality Adjustment N/A
Movie Mode QuickTime Movie, SHQ: 640 x 480/15fps, HQ: 320 x 240/15 fps, SQ: 160 x 120/15fps
Image Processing TruePic TURBO Image Processor
Pixel Mapping Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 1.0 second or longer
Image Playback Still Image; Single, Index display (4/9/16/25), Up to 8x enlargement, Slide-show, Rotation, Calendar, Album, Histogram
Movie; Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-frame
Playback Edit Effects 1. Still Image; Black and White, Sepia, Resize, Rotation, Red-eye Fix, Brightness, Saturation, Frame, Title, Calendar
2. Movie; Frame Index
Direct Printing Options PictBridge and DPOF
Flash Built in
Hot Shoe N/A
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and back lit conditions)
Red-eye Reduction
Fill-in
Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 13.1ft (4.0m); Tele 8.2ft. (2.5m)
With Bright Capture - Wide: 26.3ft(8.0m), Tele 16.4ft (5.0m)
Selftimer 12 seconds
Setting Memorization On/Off (hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Memory 7.9MB internal memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB and 1GB
Outer Connectors USB connector and Audio/Video multi-terminal, DC input
Auto-connect USB 2.0 Full Speed
Weatherproof Yes
System Requirements Windows 98SE/2000PRO/ME/XP, Mac 10.1 and higher
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30 - 90% humidity
Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10 - 90% humidity
Power Supply Li-Ion rechargeable battery (Li-12B), AC Adapter
Size 3.8"W x 2.2"H x 1.0" D (97mm x 55mm x 26.5mm)
Weight 4.52 oz (128g) without battery and media card
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)



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