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Olympus D-450 Zoom
User Review




Review posted Feb 4, 2000


  


Olympus D-450Z

The Olympus D-450 Zoom is a 3x optical zoom digicam with a 1.3 megapixel imager that produces 1280 x 960-pixel, 24-bit color (16.7 million colors) images. It is equipped with a large internal RAM buffer that allows you to just focus, compose, and shoot without waiting between shots. Burst mode is available at all resolutions with speeds up to two pictures per second.

Four photo recording modes let you choose the quality and size of your images; 1280 X 960 SHQ in uncompressed TIFF or low compression JPEG, 1280 x 960 HQ in standard compression JPEG or 640 X 480 SQ standard compression JPEG.



Olympus D-450Z

Here's the D-450 Zoom closed up and ready to slip in your pocket and go wherever you go. You never need to worry about losing the lens cap.

Advanced features include selectable center-weighted or spot metering, Automatic Exposure with +/- 2-step exposure control in 1/2-step increments, equivalent ISO settings of Auto, 160, 320 and 640, White Balance (Full TTL Automatic, Preset Manual: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten and Fluorescent)

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Olympus D-450Z

New high-resolution, 1.8-inch, Wide-View LCD displays images in brighter light and at greater angles than standard LCD displays, and uses less power— making it easier to view or review photos and camera settings.



Olympus D-450Z

The D-450 Zoom follows the same basic design as many of Olympus' other digital cameras and their Stylus line of compact film cameras.



Olympus D-450Z

A fast F2.8 Olympus 3x, all glass, optical zoom (equivalent to a 35-105mm) with 2x digital telephoto at all focal lengths—for up to 6x magnification. For closeup photography switch to macro mode and shoot as close as 8 inches.



Olympus D-450Z

The LCD must be used as the viewfinder when the camera is in digital zoom or macro mode to insure the proper framing of your subject.



Olympus D-450Z

The zoom lever is located on the top of the camera and easily actuated with your index finger without taking your eye off the viewfinder.



Olympus D-450Z

View your subjects clearly with either the real-image optical zoom viewfinder (with dioptric correction) or with the Wide-View color LCD.



Olympus D-450Z

The monochrome data LCD on the top indicates recording mode, number of remaining pictures, flash modes, self-timer, battery check, macro mode, spot metering mode, exposure compensation, manual white balance, burst mode, panorama mode, and images stored in RAM buffer (those four rectangles fill and empty).



Olympus D-450Z

When you need some extra light just pop up the 5-mode flash:

  • Auto fires automatically in low light or back-light
  • Red-Eye Reduction mode emits a series of pre-flashes right before the shutter snaps, allowing the subject's eyes to adjust to the flash
  • Slow Synchro Flash Mode for shots requiring long exposure
  • Fill-In Flash Mode softens the sharp contrasts, for a more natural look in photos when your subject is in both bright light and dark shadow
  • Flash Off is for when flash photography is not permitted or to allow for up to ˝-second exposures, like sunsets and night scenes




Olympus D-450Z

The D-450 Zoom can use 8, 16, or 32 MB 3.3v Olympus SmartMedia cards for exposure lock, panorama "stitching" function and fast write times. Other brands of 3.3v Smartmedia can be used but you will not be able to use the camera's panorama functions.



Olympus D-450Z

The D-450 Zoom's panorama assist mode uses these guidelines on the LCD to help you properly overlap your sequential images for the best possible finished panorama shot.



Olympus D-450Z

I/O ports include a standard RS-232 serial port for PC or Mac computers. NTSC video out for connection to TV, VCR or other video devices. And a DC power input jack for the optional AC power supply or external battery packs.



Olympus D-450Z

Powered by four AA size batteries, NiMH is recommended for optimal performance. Olympus sells an optional kit with four NiMH batteries and compact charger.


Olympus D-450Z

The top left button turns on the LCD display, next to that is the Menu button. The "-" and "+" buttons let you change menu options and the "-" button also functions as the 8ft quick focus button. The "OK" button accepts menu selections and functions as the Infinity quick focus button. The button with the star icon selects the desired image quality and recording mode. Next to that is the Flash mode button. Both of these buttons also serve secondary functions when the camera is in Play mode as indicated by the green icon labels. Bottom left is the Delete button and the last one is for the self-timer.





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Olympus D-450 Zoom Specifications
Recording
Image pickup: 1,310,000 pixel 1 / 2.7 in. CCD solid-state image pickup element
Recorded image: 1280 X 960 pixels (SHQ-Tiff no compression)
1280 X 960 pixels (SHQ-JPEG low compression)
1280 X 960 pixels (HQ-JPEG standard compression)
640 X 480 pixel (SQ-JPEG standard compression)
Number of Images
Stored on 8MB card:
2- SHQ Tiff
18- SHQ-JPEG
36- HQ-JPEG
122-SQ-JPEG
SmartMedia Compatibility Compatible with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64MB SmartMedia cards
Image types: DCF/Exif JPEG or Tiff
Erasing: One-frame erase/All-frame erase
White balance: Full auto TTL
4-step manual: Tungsten, Florescent, Cloudy, and Daylight
Memory: 3.3V SmartMedia 8MB (2/4/8/16/32 MB optional)
Lens: 3X Olympus aspherical zoom
Focal length: 5.4 -16.2mm (equivalent to 35-105 on a 35mm camera)
Aperture: Wide f=2.8 - f=8
Tele f=4.4 - 12.6
Construction: 8 elements in 6 groups (2 aspherical elements)
Digital telephoto: 2X at any focal length
Focus range: 7.9 in.- 31.5in. / 20cm-80cm macro
31.5in - infinity / 80cm - infinity normal AF
Quick focus modes: 8 ft /2.5m & infinity
Autofocus: TTL system autofocus
Shutter: 1/2-1/1000 sec. Mechanical
Exposure control: Programmed auto exposure with +/- 2 step exposure compensation in 1/2 step increments.
Photometric system: Digital "ESP" metering or spot metering
Sensitivity: Equivalent ISO 160, 320, 640
Electronic flash
Working range: 7.9 in - 13 ft. / 0.2m - 4.0m
Charge time: Approximately 8 sec. (at normal temperature with new batteries).
Flash modes: Auto-flash (low light and back light), "red-eye" reducing flash, fill-in flash, slow-syncro flash, slow-syncro "red-eye" reducing flash and flash off.
Viewfinder: Real-image optical viewfinder with AF mark or LCD display.
Dioptric correction: For viewfinder sharpness.
LCD Monitor 114,000 pixel 1.8 inch / 4.5cm color Wide-View reflective LCD display. (Easier viewing from a variety of angles and in bright light)
On-screen display: One-frame, slide-show mode, index display mode (4/9/16 frames) and 3X-image inspection close-up mode.
Control panel LCD: Indicates recording mode, number of remaining pictures, card error, flash modes, self-timer, battery check, macro mode, spot metering mode, exposure compensation, manual white balance, burst mode, panorama mode, and images stored in RAM buffer.
Self-timer: Electronic self-timer with 12-second delay.
Other connectors: Serial computer/printer connector, AC adapter connector and NTSC video out connector.
Date and time: Recorded with picture
Automatic calendar: Up to year 2030
Direct print
(option with Olympus
P-300 or P-330
personal printer):
Single print, index print, multi-prints, mirror prints, date stamp prints, 16-up prints, selected image print
Operating environment
Temperature: 22-104F/0-40 C (operation)
-4-140F/-20-60 C (storage)
Humidity: 20-90% (operation)
10-90% (storage)
Power supply: Camera comes with 4-AA alkaline batteries, and can use AA Ni-Cad, Ni-MH or Lithium batteries. C-7AU AC adapter optional. Ni-MH recommended for use.
Low Power mode
Dimensions: 5-in. (W) X 2.6-in. (H) X 2.1-in. (D)
127mm (W) X 66.5mm(H) X 53mm(D)
Weight: 9.5oz. /270gr. without batteries or SmartMedia card.
Software: Adobe PhotoDeluxe (Mac/Win)
Enroute QuickStitch (Mac/Win)
Olympus Camedia Master (Mac/Win)
System requirements: CD-ROM drive, 24MB RAM or greater, 75MB free hard drive space. Monitor with 256 colors (millions of colors recommended) 640 X 480 screen resolution or greater.
Windows compatible: Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0
Macintosh compatible: Power PC Mac OS 7.6 or later.
Connection: Standard RS-232 interface (Sub-D 9 pin connector –Windows, or mode/printer port Mac).
Optional floppy disk compatibility with FlashPath adapter.
Optional PCMCIA adapter compatibility.




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