Olympus D-580 Zoom Review

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Olympus Camedia D-580 Zoom

Review Posted 5/28/2004

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Because the purchase of a new digital camera can sometimes be a challenge for beginning photographers, Olympus cut through the dizzying array of options to create a camera with all of the essential features they need to enjoy the digital experience. The result is the new D-580 Zoom, a compact point-and-shoot digital camera with a stylish design that combines all of the user-friendly features beginners want with the high-quality optics and megapixel power they need for great-looking results.

The D-580 Zoom features everything necessary to "go digital" including a powerful, world-class Olympus 3x Optical Zoom lens and 4x Digital Zoom matched to a 4.0-megapixel sensor, and a built in microphone to record images with audio. It's picture perfect for anyone looking for an easy-to-use digital that produces rich, vibrant images up to 11" x 14" quickly and easily. And thanks to PictBridge™ technology, no computer is required to print out images.

The camera's 4.0-megapixel CCD sensor is combined with an enhanced image processor called TruePic TURBO™ that significantly improves image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO allows the D-580 Zoom to capture information from all 4.0 million pixels with pixel "micro-smoothing" that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos, even at lower resolutions. Prints are big enough to crop and print up to 11" x 14" and larger.

The D-580 Zoom features a 3X Optical Zoom (35-105mm, f3.1/5.2 - f5.2 equivalent in 35mm photography), that when combined with a 4X digital zoom, delivers a total seamless 12X zoom. The Macro Mode allows users to take close up photographs to capture details like dewdrops on a flower petal. Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; auto white balance; multiple flash settings and exposure compensation.

The D-580 Zoom has a bright optical viewfinder and auto-focus capability to enable photographers to accurately frame and focus their shots. Composing and reviewing images with an LCD is an asset when taking digital pictures because it allows users to accurately frame their photographs and make decisions about saving or deleting them. To ensure that their shots can be easily viewed, the D-580 Zoom features a large 1.8-inch LCD screen.

The D-580 Zoom offers a menu architecture that's easy to navigate for fast access to the right settings with just the press of arrow buttons. Seven preset shooting modes are conveniently accessed through the camera's "Virtual Dial" (viewable through the LCD menu) to provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for the photographer who wants optimum results in a wide variety of settings: Program Auto, Portrait, Portrait-Landscape, Landscape, Night Scene, Self Portrait, and Movie.

The D-580 Zoom has a durable polycarbonate body with an attractive metallic accent on its sliding protective clamshell lens barrier. This pocket-friendly camera's small size (4.3" W x 2.3" H x 1.4" D) and light weight (5.8 ounces) is due in part to its exclusive use of the miniature xD-Picture Card, and it comes with a 16MB card for straight out-of-the-box use.

While past D-Series models featured a pop-up flash that would be released upon sliding open the cameras' lens barrier, the new D-Series cameras have built-in flashes that do not pop up and offer 6 settings to provide the widest range of options. Keeping the flash in the camera body further compliments the camera's compact design.

Camedia D-580 Zoom Features:

  • 4.0 megapixel CCD (effective) allows for photo prints of 8" x 10" and larger
  • Compact design makes the D-580 Zoom easy to handle and carry.
  • A 3x optical zoom with 35-105mm coverage (35mm photography equivalent)
  • Auto-Connect USB for hassle-free downloads
  • Seven shooting modes using the convenient Virtual Dial, including Portrait, Landscape, and QuickTime with audio.
  • Olympus TruePic TURBO image processor decreases the camera's start-up and shutter lag time, improves recording and playback time and delivers clear, smooth image results.
  • Automatic Noise Reduction technology when shooting long exposures in low light in Night Scene mode.
  • Automatic Pixel Mapping checks the CCD and re-maps it for maximum performance.
  • 1.8" color LCD with 85,000 pixels
  • Removeable xD-Picture Card storage, 16MB included
  • QuickTime® movie mode
  • Built-in multimode flash
  • Powered by two-AA or one CR-3V type battery

Transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the supplied Auto-Connect USB function that does not require software drivers for hassle-free image downloads. Images and movies may also be viewed on a television with the supplied video cable. The camera can be powered by two standard AA batteries, alkaline, NiMH or photo lithium or one CR-3V type battery.

The D-580 Zoom is available now for about $279 and includes a 16MB xD-Picture Card™, (2) AA alkaline batteries, an Auto-Connect USB cable, Audio/Video Out cable, wrist strap, Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software, user manual and Quick Start guide.

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Olympus Camedia D-580 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-580 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-580 Zoom

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Olympus Camedia D-580 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-580 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-580 Zoom

The Camedia D-580 Zoom compared in size to a CD.

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Features & Controls

D-580 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 4.0 Megapixel Effective
4.2 Megapixel Total
1/ 2.5 Type CCD
Lens Olympus 2 aspherical glass zoom lens 5.8 - 17.4mm
(35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
5 lenses in 3 groups
Seamless Digital Zoom 12x total (3x optical combined with 4x digital zoom)
Aperture Range F3.1-5.2
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec. (up to 2 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Auto, 50 - 400 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s) Still Image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (design rule for Camera File System), QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie Mode).PIM II
Adjustable Resolutions 2288 x 1712 JPEG (SHQ, HQ)
1600 x 1200 JPEG (SQ1)
640 x 480 JPEG (SQ2)
320 x 240 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
160 x 120 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print reserve (single, all, number of copies), Date
Optical Image Enlargement N/A
Image Adjustment Modes 2-in-1 picture mode
Image Effects Black and white, Sepia, Resize
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand SmartMedia�
Sequence 1.3 frames per second burst up to 8 frames in HQ mode
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder
LCD 1.8" (3.8cm) color TFT LCD (85,000 pixels) used for viewing, reviewing or editing images
Focusing System Autofocus TTL system (Contrast detection)
Focusing Ranges Standard AF 20" - Infinity (0.5m - Infinity)
Macro Mode 8" - 20" (0.2m-0.5m)
Super Macro mode: 2.75" - 8" (0.07m - 0.2m)
Exposure Control ±2 EV steps in 1/2 EV steps
Metering System Digital ESP multi-pattern, Spot
White Balance System iESP Auto; Pre-set manual settings: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten & Fluorescent
Flash Built-in Flash
Flash Modes Auto for low and backlight; Red-Eye Reduction; Fill-In; Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 8" - 11.2' (0.2m - 3.4m), Tele: 8" - 6.6' (0.2m - 2.0m)
Flash Charging Time Approximately 6 seconds
Removable Media Card XD-Picture Card,(16, 32, 64, 128, 256 & 512 MB) 16MB included
Selftimer/Remote 12-sec. delay with built in self-timer
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB connector (Auto-Connect), Audio/Video out, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP and Mac OS 8.6 - OS X and higher
Image Playback Still image: Index display, up to 4x enlargement, Slide show, Scene rotation
Movie: Normal, Frame-by-frame
Operating Environment Operation: 32°F - 104°F (0°C- 40°C) 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4°F - 104°F (-20°C - 60°C) 10-90% Humidity
Power Supply Main Power Source
(2) AA-Alkaline (Included)
(2) AA-NiMH Rechargeable
(1) CR-3v (LB-01) Lithium Battery
(Manganese batteries cannot be used)
AC Power Source
E-7AU 3.4Volt AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 4.3" W x 2.3" H x 1.4" D (108.0mm x 57.5mm x 36.5mm) excluding protrusions
Weight 5.8 oz. (165g) without battery and media card
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) 512MB xD-Picture Card
SHQ 2288 x 1712 5 shots 186 shots
HQ 2288 x 1712 16 shots 523 shots
SQ1 1600 x 1200 32 shots 1030 shots
SQ2 640 x 480 165 shots 5324 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps movie 48 sec. 25 min. 48 sec
SQ 160 x 120 15 fps movie 3 min. 38 sec. 1 hr. 53 min. 29 sec.
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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