Olympus D-100 Review

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Olympus Camedia D-100

First Look posted 4/10/01
full review posted 4/21/01

Introduction & Physical Views

Click on the D-100 to take a QuickTime VR tour

The Camedia Brio D-100 (designated C-1 or C-You in other markets) is the first member of Olympus' new family of point & shoot digital cameras. It features a 1.3-megapixel interlaced RGB CCD offering a maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels and utilizes Olympus' TruePic™ technology, so it uses all the captured pixel information to create the image no matter the size or resolution setting. In addition to its 4.5mm f2.8 autofocus Olympus lens with digital 2X zoom, (providing a 35mm to 70mm equivalent in 35mm photography), it has a super fast shutter release time of 0.3 seconds and easy data transfer via USB connection.

Weighing just six ounces, the camera is about the size of a cellular phone and just as portable. A 1.5-inch color LCD monitor serves as both a high resolution viewfinder, (an optical viewfinder is also provided), as well as the camera's menu control panel. The Brio D-100 offers a fast start-up time of less than one second, and is as easy to use as a conventional 35mm camera. Its pocketable design allows users to take high quality digital pictures anyplace, anytime, literally on a moment's notice. The Brio D-100's Burst Mode, a feature usually found on larger, more expensive cameras, shoots two frames per second

Compact and stylish, the Brio D-100 is an excellent choice for first-time digital camera users seeking high quality images and simple operation. To make downloading simple, the Brio D-100 features USB AutoConnect technology, plug the camera directly into any USB- configured computer. No drivers or additional software are required for PCs running Windows® 2000, Windows Me and Mac OS™ 8.6 and higher, these computers will mount and recognize the Brio D-100 automatically. Additionally, users may print images directly to any of the Olympus family of P Series dye sublimation printers by inserting the SmartMedia card into the printer's card slot. The Brio D-100 supports the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standard for adding data to images and tagging specific photographs to print to DPOF-compatible printers.

Available in May 2001, the Brio D-100 ships with an 8MB SmartMedia card, USB cable, video output cable, Olympus Camedia Master software, user guide, strap, and CR-V3 Lithium battery pack. The camera can also be powered by two AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries.

Olympus Camedia D-100

Olympus will offer an optional PT-008 underwater case for use with the D-100 that is useable to 100 feet (30M).

Physical Views

Olympus Camedia D-100

Olympus Camedia D-100

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Here's the Olympus D-100 and the D-460 Zoom for size comparison.

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Olympus Camedia D-100 Specifications

Product Type

Auto Focus Digital Camera with 1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor


Removable 3V(3.3V) SmartMedia (SSFDC) Card (2MB, 4MB, 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB)

One 8MB card supplied with camera

Number of storable frames with 8MB SmartMedia card

SHQ: 8

HQ: 24

SQ: 82

Recording system

JPEG (DCF naming standard)

Image pickup element

1/3.2 inch RGB Interlaced CCD solid-state image pickup 1.3 Million Pixel

Recording Image

1,280 x 960 pixel (SHQ / HQ mode)

640 x 480 pixel (SQ mode)


Olympus lens: 4.5mm, Aperture: F2.8 - F8

(Equivalent to 35mm lens on 35mm camera)


TTL system auto focus

Working range

Normal Mode: 19.6 inches - infinity, Macro mode: 4 inches - 19.6 inches

Digital Tele

2X (35mm - 70mm focal length equivalent)

Photometric system

TTL digital iESP metering - plus spot metering

Sensitivity (ISO)

Full Auto

Exposure control

Programmed auto exposure

Exposure compensation possible: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps


F2.8 - F8


1/2 - 1/1000 sec

White balance

Full Auto TTL, Pre-set (daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light)


Optical real image viewfinder plus LCD monitor (LCD auto on in Macro Mode)

LCD monitor

1.5 inch LCD with 113k pixels

Play Back mode

One frame display, Index-display mode (4/9frames), close-up display (2.0X),

Slide Show Playback supported, File number display in Play Back Mode possible

Flash mode

Auto (low-& back-light), Red-Eye Reducing, Off, Fill-in,

Slow synchronization 1st curtain effect

Flash working range

8 inches to 11.4 feet

Sequence mode

Takes up to a maximum of 4 shots at 2fps


Built in self-timer function

Direct printing

Possible using SmartMedia Card Slot on P-200, P-400, P-330/330N or SmartMedia Capable printers made by others

Outer Connector

DC input terminal, USB Data input/output terminal,

Video Output terminal (NTSC only)

Operating environment

Temperature: 32°F to104°F (operating)/ -4˚ - 140˚ F (storage)

Humidity: 30% to 90% (operating)/ 10% to 90% (storage)

Power Supply

Main power source (3volt) : 2 x AA alkaline batteries / 2 x AA NiMH batteries / 1 x CR-V3 / Optional E7-AU AC adapter


Simultaneous recording onto image data. Up to year 2031


4.3 in.(W) X 2.4 in. (H) X 1.3 in. (D) (excluding projections)

110mm (W) x 62mm (H) x 34mm (D) (excluding projections)


5.8 Ounces (without battery and SmartMedia Card)

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