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Olympus D-460 Zoom
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Review posted 7/30/00


  


Olympus D-460 Zoom

The Olympus D-460 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 an internal RAM buffer that allows you to just focus, compose, and shoot without waiting between shots. Burst mode allows you to shoot up to 10 pictures at 2 frames per second.

Five 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 HQ or SQ compression JPEG.



Olympus D-460 Zoom

Here's the D-460 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 Digital "ESP" matrix or spot metering, Automatic Exposure with +/- 2-step exposure control in 1/2-step increments, equivalent ISO settings of Auto, 125, 250 and 500, White Balance (Full TTL Automatic, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten and Fluorescent)

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Olympus D-460 Zoom

New to the D-460 is the 4-way jog switch used on other Olympus cameras. There's a high-resolution, 1.8-inch, Wide-View LCD that displays images in brighter light and at greater angles than standard LCD displays, and uses less power.

When the camera is first powered up in Record mode the color LCD is off but can be turned on by pressing a button on the back. Unlike the D-450, the D-460 displays very little information on the LCD, all pertinent camera settings are shown on the data LCD on the top.



Olympus D-460 Zoom

The D-460 Zoom follows the same basic design as many of Olympus' other digital cameras and their Stylus line of compact film cameras.



Olympus D-460 Zoom

The bottom of the D-460 is flat and the only things found here are the battery door (see below) and the tripod socket. The latter is rather badly located to the opposite side of the camera from the batteries and makes for an unstable mount.



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Here's the left and right sides of the camera.





Olympus D-460 Zoom

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-460 Zoom

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. In play mode it toggles between thumbnail and zoom playback.



Olympus D-460 Zoom

View your subjects clearly with either the real-image optical zoom viewfinder (with dioptric correction) or with the Wide-View color LCD. The optical viewfinder shows about 85% of the captured image.



Olympus D-460 Zoom

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, white balance, burst mode and panorama mode.



Olympus D-460 Zoom

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-460 Zoom

The D-460 Zoom comes with an 8MB card and can use 8, 16, or 32 MB 3.3v Olympus SmartMedia cards for exposure lock, panorama "stitching" functions. Other brands of 3.3v Smartmedia can be used but you will not be able to use the camera's panorama mode.



Olympus D-460 Zoom

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-460 Zoom

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





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Olympus D-460 Zoom Specifications
Product Type: Digital camera with 4.5cm/1.8inch color TFT LCD monitor
Memory: Removable 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64MB 3V (3.3V) SmartMedia (SSFDC) Card (One 8MB card including Panorama function supplied with camera)
Number of storable frames with 8MB SmartMedia card:
  • 2 (SHQ mode; non-compressed)/File size 3.7MB
  • 18 or more (SHQ mode; compressed)/ File size 440KB (max.)
  • 36 or more (HQ mode )/File size 220KB(max.)
  • 122 or more (SQ1 mode)/File size 67KB (max.)
  • 32 or more (SQ2 mode)/File size 256KB (max.)
Recording system: JPEG (DCF), TIFF (non-compress)
Image pickup element: 1/2.7-inch CCD solid-state image pickup, 1.31 megapixel
Recording Image:
  • 1,280 x 960 pixels (SHQ/HQ modes)
  • 640 x 480 pixels (SQ mode, Digital-telephoto mode, sequence shooting mode)
Lens: Olympus 5.4 - 16.2mm F2.8 - 4.4, 8 elements in 6 groups (Equivalent to 35 - 105mm lens on 35mm camera) including 2 aspherical lenses
Focusing: TTL system autofocus, one-touch focus (8 ft./2.5m and infinity)
Working range: 8"-32" (Macro mode), 32"-infinity; LCD finder is turned on automatically in macro mode
Digital-telephoto: Digital 2x tele at any focal length is possible
Photometric system: TTL Digital "ESP" metering system and spot metering
Sensitivity: Auto ISO or user selectable (equivalent) ISO 125, 250 and 500
Exposure control: Programmed auto exposure (+/- 2 EV by 1/2 EV steps exposure compensation possible)
Aperture: W: F2.8 or F8.0
T: F4.4 or F12.6 (Auto select)
Shutter: 1/2 - 1/1000 sec. mechanical shutter
White balance: Full auto TTL, Pre-set (daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light)
Viewfinder: Optical real-image zoom viewfinder, LCD monitor
LCD monitor: 1.8"/4.5cm color TFT with 61,000 pixels (brightness adjustment is possible)
Display mode: One frame, slide-show mode, index-display mode (4/9/16 frames), close-up display, file-name
Flash mode: Auto (low-& back-light), Red-Eye Reducing, Off, Fill-in, Slow synchronization, Slow synchronization + Red-eye reduction
Flash working range: W: 8"/0.2m - 13'/4.0m
T: 8"/0.2m - 9 ft. - 2.6m
Sequence mode: Takes up to 6 to 10 sequential pictures at 2 frames per second (SQ mode only)
Self-timer: 12-second delay
Direct printing: Available with P-330/330N Instant Photo Printers via SmartMedia card
Outer Connector: DC input terminal, data input/output terminal (RS232C), video output terminal (PAL or NTSC)
Operating environment:
  • Temperature: 32-104F (operation); 4-140F (storage)
  • Humidity: 30-90% (operation); 10-90% (storage)
Power supply: Main power source: 2/CR-3V lithium batteries or 4 AA alkaline, NiMH, lithium or NiCd batteries (optional C7AU AC adapter)
Date/Time/Calendar: Simultaneous recording onto image data...up to year 2030.
Dimensions: 127mm (W) x 66.5mm (H) x 53mm (D) (excluding projections)
Weight: 270g (without battery and SmartMedia Card)
Software: Olympus Camedia Master software (for downloading images from the camera), and instruction manuals. All software supports both Windows (95/98/NT 4.0) and Macintosh (OS 7.6.x and greater) systems.




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