Olympus Stylus Digital 810 Review

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Olympus Stylus Digital 810

Features & Controls

The Stylus 810 is equipped with an Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens, 7.4 - 22.2mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 6 elements in 4 groups with 4 aspherical lenses. It has a 5x digital zoom feature. The maximum aperture is F2.8 (W) / F4.7 (T). The lens retracts into the camera when powered down and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.

The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 23.6" (0.6m) to Infinity in normal mode, from 11.8" (0.3m) to infinity in Wide angle, 19.7" (0.5m) to infinity in Telephoto in Macro mode, and from 3.9" - 23.6" (10cm-60cm) in Super Macro mode.

Olympus Stylus Digital 810

The built in speedlight features Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill and Forced Off modes. The maximum flash range is 17.1 ft. (5.2m) Wide / 10.5 ft. (3.2m) in Telephoto. Flash recycle time is less than 5 seconds.

There is no optical viewfinder, you frame, review and perform menu operations on this large 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD monitor with approx. 115,000 pixels of resolution. It delivers a high contrast image with a 160° wide-view radius.

Controls on the back: Top is the zoom lens control which also functions as the magnified playback and index mode buttons when in play mode. The Mode Dial has positions for Playback, Record, Scene, Guide and Movie. The 4-way selector is used to navigate menu screens and select images for playback. In record mode the "Up" button changes exposure compensation, "Left" enables the macro focus modes, "Right" changes the flash mode and "Down" button enables the selftimer. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The "Shaking Hand" button turns the image stabilizer on/off. The DISPlay button selects the amount of overlay information on the LCD image. The trash can button is used to delete images in playback mode.

Olympus Stylus Digital 810

On the top is the Power button and Shutter Release.

Olympus Stylus Digital 810

An optional AC power adapter can be connected to the DC IN port. The A/V Out port sends the audio/video to a television set, the video format is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. Data I/O is via a Mass Storage compliant USB v1.1 port which is also PictBridge compatible for direct printing.

A black rubber O-ring goes around the I/O port door. 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 is properly closed.

Olympus Stylus Digital 810

Still images and movie clips are stored in the camera's ~28.4MB of internal memory or on removable xD-Picture Card flash memory cards. Olympus brand xD-Picture Cards are required to use the camera's built-in Panorama feature. 16MB to 1GB xD-Picture cards are now available.

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Olympus Stylus Digital 810

Power is supplied by a LI-12B 3.7v 1230mAh Li-ion battery pack. Olympus does not specify the battery runtime. The included AC 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.

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