Olympus Stylus Digital 410 Review
Features & Controls
The Stylus 410 is equipped with an Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens, 5.8 - 17.4mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 elements in 3 groups. It has a 4x digital zoom feature (5x at VGA resolution.) The maximum aperture is F3.1 (W) / F5.2 (T).
The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 20" to Infinity in
normal mode, from 8" to 20" in macro mode, and from 3.5" - 8" in Super Macro mode. The lens retracts fully inside the camera when the
lens barrier is closed.
The eye level viewfinder is an optical real-image type, there is no diopter adjustment.
The two LEDs indicate focus, flash, and image processing status.
The built in speedlight features Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill
and Forced Off modes. The flash range is 8" - 11.8 ft. (W) / 8" - 6.6
ft. (T.) Flash recycle time is less than 5 seconds.
On the top you'll find the Shutter Release and the all-weather microphone.
Controls on the back: Upper right is the zoom lens control which also functions as the magnified
playback and index mode buttons when in play mode. The 4-way selector buttons are used to navigate
menu screens and select images for playback. In record mode the "Up" button calls up the onscreen
virtual Mode Dial (see page 3), the "Left" button toggles Macro
focus mode, the "Down" button enables the Selftimer and the "Right" button selects the desired Flash
mode. The QUICK VIEW button turns the color LCD on and off, enables the Quick View (review) mode and
when the camera is turned off, it enables the normal PLAY mode. The OK button calls up and dismisses
the menu system and accepts menu selections. To the right you can also see the built-in all-weather
speaker, this allows users to capture audio with movies and record voice memos with still pictures.
The A/V Out port sends the audio/video to a television set, the video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. Data I/O is via a Mass Storage compliant USB v1.1 port, no driver is required for Windows Me, 2000, XP or Macintosh OS 9.1+/OS X systems. An optional AC power adapter can be connected to the 4.8V DC IN port, located on the opposite side.
Note the black rubber O-ring inside the I/O port door. Olympus states the
camera is "weatherproof and is not damaged by water spray from any
direction" as long as the rubber ring is intact and the I/O port door and
the DC IN port flap is properly closed. To learn more about the
construction of the Stylus Digital's weatherproof body click here.
Still images and movie clips are stored on removable xD-Picture Card flash memory cards. Olympus supplies a 16MB size card. Olympus brand xD-Picture Cards are required to use the camera's built-in Panorama feature. 16MB to 512MB xD-Picture cards are now available.
Power is supplied by a LI-10B 3.7v 1090mAh Li-ion battery pack. Olympus does
not specify the battery runtime. The included LI-10C charger lets you charge
one battery while using another. Lithium battery packs can be charged or
"topped off" at any time without shortening the service life of the battery.
Included is this RM-2 infrared shutter release that makes self-portraits a snap, no more running to beat the selftimer, just push the button when you're ready.
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