Olympus D-230 Review

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Olympus Camedia Brio D-230

Review posted 10/4/01

Introduction & Physical Views

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The stylish Brio D-230 features a 2.0 Megapixel (effective) image, for realistic photo quality 8" x 10" prints. The Brio D-230 features an Olympus Auto-Focus 5.5mm f 2.8 lens, (equivalent to 36mm in a 35mm film camera) with a digital telephoto up to 5X. Stylish and small, the Brio D-230 also features a super fast shutter release times of 0.3 seconds; start-up times of less than one second; and easy photo transfer via Auto-Connect USB -- all to make the camera one of the easiest to use on the market to date. The Brio D-230 is a compact, simple to use camera that delivers clear, colorful and beautiful photographs for a low price.

Designed for first-time digital camera users seeking an easy to use pocketable digital camera, as well as for the discriminating consumer who wants the highest quality in a small camera, the small 6 ounce Brio D-230 is full of consumer friendly features, all designed to deliver great photographs in a easy to use camera. An Auto-Focus lens is employed for precise sharp focusing, and is not typically included in most other digital cameras at this price point.

The Brio D-230 includes many special effects which enhance photographic creativity, such as the new Composite Image Mode for the ability to instantly merge two images into one in the camera without the need of a PC. Other special effects include Sepia and Black & White Image Effect Modes, Rotation, and File Resize mode, which saves a separate smaller copy of the image perfect for e-mail or web use. QuickTime Movie Mode is available for up to 60 seconds of movies at 15 frames per second. The Brio D-230's Burst Mode shoots 1.3 frames per second, so even novice users can capture spontaneous moments as they happen, without complex set-up procedures.

Olympus Brio D-230

To make downloading simple, the Brio D-230 features Auto-Connect USB technology. The Olympus Auto-Connect USB feature allows users to plug the camera directly into most any USB- computer and immediately download the image files. No drivers or additional software are required for computers running the latest operating systems, including Windows® 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP and Mac OS™ 8.6 - Mac OS X-these USB computers will mount and recognize the Brio D-230 automatically. For older systems, optional SmartMedia card readers are available.

Users can print photos directly to any of the Olympus family of dye sublimation printers (P-200, P-400, P-330) simply by inserting the SmartMedia card directly into the printer. DPOF settings are also available for adding date/time to images and tagging specific photos for printing to DPOF-compatible printers, such as the Olympus line.

Brio D-230 Features:

  • Point and Shoot Ease. With one press of the shutter button the D-230 meters the light, adjusts the exposure, and fine-tunes the white balance
  • 2 megapixels means clear, detailed prints up to 8" x 10"
  • Auto-Connect USB feature lets you easily connect the BrioTM D-230 to most any USB-enabled computer for quick and easy downloading of images. No additional software to install. Just drag and drop.
  • Burst mode allows for 5 quick shots at 1.3 frames per second to help you capture all the action
  • 2-to-1 image merge mode lets you combine two pictures into one side-by-side image without using a PC and imaging software
  • Macro mode gets you as close as 4 inches from your subject to capture the fine detail of small objects
  • With QuickTimeTM Movie mode you can shoot a full minute of video

Available in October 2001, the Brio D-230 ships with a 16MB SmartMediaTM card, USB cable, CamediaMaster software, user guide, strap and two AA alkaline batteries.

Camedia Brio D-230 Street Price: $299
Camedia Brio D-230 Suggested Retail Price: $349

Physical Views

Olympus Camedia Brio D-230

Olympus Camedia Brio D-230

Olympus Camedia Brio D-230

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Olympus Camedia Brio D-230 Specifications

CCD Imager: 2.0 Megapixel (Effective)
CCD Imager: 2.1 Megapixel Gross (Gross)
CCD Size: 1/2.7" (.37) CCD (in inches)
Lens: Olympus aspherical glass 5.5mm (36mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 elements in 4 groups including 1 aspherical lens
Digital Telephoto: SHQ, HQ, SQ1: 2.5x, 2x, 1.6x
SQ2: 5x, 4x, 3.2x
Aperture Range: Programmed Auto: F2.8, F5.6, F9.1
Shutter Speeds: 4 ~ 1/800 second
ISO: Auto: 100-400 equivalent
Recording mode(s): Still image: EXIF JPEG, ®DCF (design rule for Camera File system), QuickTimeTM Motion JPEG (Movie Mode)
Adjustable Resolutions: 1600 x 1208 JPEG, JPEG
1600 x 1200 JPEG
1024 x 768 JPEG
640 x 480 JPEG
320 x 240 @ 15 fps QuickTimeTM motion JPEG
160 x 120 @ 15 fps QuickTimeTM motion JPEG
DPOF (Digital Print Order Form): Print Reserve, All print reservation, Date/time; Number of copies
Image Adjustment mode(s): Sharpness: Hard, Normal, Soft
Contrast: High, Normal, Low
Image Effects: Crop and merge (2 to 1 mode), Sepia, Blach and White, Frame rotation, File re-size
Panorama: Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand SmartMediaTM
Sequence: 1.3 frames per second burst up to 5 frames in HQ mode
QuickTimeTM Movie: 15 seconds at 15 frames per second in 320 x 240 HQ mode with 16MB SmartMedia
60 seconds at 15 frames per second in 160 x 120 HQ mode with 16MB SmartMedia
Movie edit: Index
Viewfinder: Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus/backlight mark
LCD: 1.5" (3.8cm) color TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels, Brightness adjustment possible
Focusing System: iESP Multi-Pattern AF (autofocus) TTL system (contrast detection)
Focusing Ranges: Macro Mode: 4" - 19.5" (0.1m - 0.5m)
Normal Mode: 19.5" - infinity (o.5m - infinity)
Exposure Control: Program Auto: f2.8 - f9.1, 1/2 - 1/800 sec. (4 - 1/800 sec. in slow synchronization mode)
Exposure compensation: ± 2 steps EV by 1/2 steps
QuickTimeTM mode: 1/30 - 1/10,000 sec.
Metering System: Digital ESP multi-pattern, spot
White Balance System: iESP multi-pattern auto TTL
Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent)
Flash: Built-in Flash
Flash Modes: Auto Flash for low and backlight
"Red-eye" Reduction
Fill-in Flash (forced on flash)
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash with "Red-eye" Reduction
Forced Off
Flash Working Range: 8" - 11.4 ' (0.2m - 3.5m) @ISO 100
Flash Charging Time: Less than 9 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Removable Media Card: 3V (3.3V) SmartMediaTM card (4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 MB)
16MB card included
Self-timer: 12-second delay
Settings Memorization: Reset, Normal, Hold
Outer Connectors: DC Input, Auto-Connect USB
Auto-Connect USB: Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP and Mac OS 8.6 - OS X
Windows 98 rev 2 driver provided on CD
Windows 98 and Mac OS 8.6 require USB Mass Storage support
Image Playback: Index display, up to 3X enlargement, Slide-show, Scene rotation
Operating Environment: Operation: 32°F -104°F (0°C - 40°C), 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4° F - 140°F (-20°C - 60°C) 10-90% Humidity
Power Supply: Main Power Source: 2 x AA alkaline batteries (included)
1 x LB-01 (CR-V3) lithium battery pack
2 x AA NiMH batteries
2 x AA lithium batteries
2 x AA NiCd batteries (Manganese batteries cannot be used)
AC power: E-7AU AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar: Simultaneous recording into image date
Calendar: Simultaneous recording into image data, automatic up to the year 2031
Size: 4.3" (W) x 2.4" (H) x 1.4" (D)/
110mm x 62mm x 37mm)
Weight: 6.2 oz./
175 grams without batteries and SmartMediaTM card

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