Olympus D-370 Review

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Olympus Camedia D-370

Review posted 7/17/01

Introduction & Physical Views

Olympus has taken the award-winning, highly successful D-360L digital camera and made it better. The D-370 comes with a newly developed long-life battery circuit allowing hundreds of shots in normal operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries (while using the LCD display and flash 50% of the time). With the LCD and flash turned off the camera can capture thousands of images on the same AA alkaline batteries. When the Olympus LB01 (CR3V) lithium batteries are used, battery-life is extended by about 3 times for even more of your favorite photos.

The Olympus D-370 is designed to meet the needs of consumers wishing for a high- quality, easy-to-use digital camera at an affordable price. The D-370 can produce photo-quality 4" x 6" prints using the 1.3 megapixel CCD (1280 x 960 pixel resolution) in a compact, lightweight clam-shell design, and adds new features for this class of digital camera, such as:

  • AutoConnect USB (no driver software needed) for fast and easy connectivity
  • Super bright viewfinder for easy viewing even in low light.
  • Wide-view 1.5" color LCD for viewing and reviewing even in bright light.
  • Sharp Olympus focus-free 4.5mm f4 all-glass lens.
  • 2MB internal memory for taking photos without SmartMedia card.
  • Can use SmartMedia cards from 8MB to 128MB capacities.
  • Built-in 6 mode flash with red eye reduction.
  • QuickTime movie mode.
2MB of internal memory is built in the camera for processing and saving images without the need of any additional SmartMedia cards. For more photo storage, SmartMedia cards from 8MB to 128MB can also be used. Optional Olympus SmartMedia cards can be reused thousands of times, as images can be erased and cards reused.

The Olympus USB AutoConnect feature allows users to plug the camera directly into a USB-equipped computer running the latest operating systems, including Windows® 2000, Windows Me and Mac OS™ 8.6 and higher. No additional drivers or software are needed to download the images.

The D-370 will be available August 2001. It includes 4 AA Alkaline batteries, a strap, USB cable, manual, and Olympus Camedia Master 2.5 software.

Physical Views

Olympus Camedia D-370

Olympus Camedia D-370

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Olympus Camedia D-370 Specifications

Type: Digital camera with 3.8-cm/1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor.
Storage media: Built-in 2 MB
Optional Removable 3 V (3.3 V) SmartMedia (SSFDC) card (4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 MB)
Number of storable frames 2MB of built-in Internal Memory:With optional 8MB SmartMedia card: SHQ--1,280 X 960 1 internal (JPEG)
HQ--- 1,280 X 960 3 internal (JPEG)
SQ1--1,024 X 768 4 internal (JPEG)
SQ2---640 X 480 7 internal (JPEG)
Number of storable frames with optional 8MB SmartMedia card: SHQ--1,280 X 960 12 optional 8MB SmartMedia (JPEG)
HQ--- 1,280 X 960 24 optional 8MB Smart Media (JPEG)
SQ1--1,024 X 768 32 optional 8MB SmartMedia (JPEG)
SQ2---640 X 480 58 optional 8 MB SmartMedia (JPEG)
Recording System: Still image: JPEG (DCF: "Design rule for Camera File system"), DPOF support
Motion picture: QuickTimeTM Motion JPEG®.
Imager: 1/3.2 inch CCD solid-state image pickup 1.31 million pixels (effective 1.23 million pixels)
White balance: Full-auto TTL, Pre-set (daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light)
Lens: Olympus lens 4.5 mm, F4/F8 ,5 lenses in 5 groups
(Equivalent to 35mm lens in 35mm format)
Digital Telephoto: 1.6x/2.0x
(3.4x/4.0x magnifications are selectable in a smaller image size of 320 x 240 in SQ)
Light metering: Digital ESP metering system with imager. Spot metering
Exposure control: Programmed auto exposure, f4/f8, 1/2 ~ 1/1,000 sec
Exposure compensation in ±2 EV in ±0.5 EV steps
Shutter speed: 1/2~ 1/1,000 sec (If Night view was selected in Flash mode settings, Shutter speed extends for 1 sec. automatically)
Focusing: Pan focusing
Working range: Standard mode: 0.6m ~ ¥ (infinity)
Macro mode: 0.25m~¥
Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100-400)
Viewfinder: Bright optical real-image
LCD monitor: 1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels made of Low-temperature poly-silicon
Flash: Built-in flash
Flash modes: Auto (automatic activation in low and backlight), Red-eye reduction, Off (no flash), Fill-in (forced activation).
Slow synchronization (first-curtain synchronization effect), Synchronization effect with red-eye reduction
Flash working range: To 8.2 ft./2.5 m/(ISO 100)
Flash recycle time: Less than 6 sec. (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Sequence mode: Up to 1.3 shots per sec up to 5 frames in HQ mode
Motion picture mode: Format: QuickTime Motion JPEG.
HQ: Up to approx. 15 sec.320 x 240 pixels, 15 frames/sec.
SQ: Up to approx. 62 sec 160 x 120 pixels, 15 frames/sec.
Image effect: Sepia mode, black & white mode
Still image edit: Rotation, Resize, Panorama, Slide show
DPOF setting: Print reservation, all print reservation, date/time
Self-timer: Approx. 12-second delay
Setting memorization: ON/OFF/CUSTOM
Outer connector: DC input terminal, USB interface (storage class)
Operating environment: Temperature: 0 ~ 40ºC (operation); -20 ~ 60°C (storage).
Humidity: 30 ~ 90% (operation); 10 ~ 90% (storage).
Power supply: Main power source: 4 x AA alkaline batteries, 4 x AA Ni-MH batteries/2 x lithium batteries LB-01 (CR-V3)/4 x AA Ni-Cd batteries/4 x AA lithium batteries /(Zinc carbon (manganese) batteries cannot be used.)
Optional C7AU-AC adapter
Date/time/calendar: Simultaneous recording onto image data
Automatic calendar system: Up to year 2031
Dimensions: 4.84(W) x 2.56(H) x 1.75(D) inches/123(W) x 65(H) x 44.5(D) mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight: 6.7oz./190g (without batteries and optional SmartMedia card)

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