Olympus D-590 Zoom Review
Features and Controls
Olympus 3x zoom lens (5.8 - 17.4mm), F3.1/5.2 (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera). Stepless 4x digital zoom when combined with the optical zoom gives a 12x seamless zoom.
Its TTL auto focus (contrast detection) system has a focusing range of: 20" - infinity (0.5m- inf.) in Normal mode, 8 - infinity (0.2m - inf.) in Macro mode, and 3.5" - 19.7" (0.09m - 0.5m) in Super Macro mode. Depressing the Macro button (the left arrow on the 4-way navigation control) toggles between macro mode, standard AF (macro off) and Super Macro mode.
The lens retracts inside the camera when powered down and the sliding cover
protects it, no lens cap required.
The flash is a Built-in intelligent speedlight with modes for:
Auto (automatic flash activation in low light and backlight), red-eye
reduction, fill-in (forced activation), and off (no flash). The working
range is: Wide: 8" - 11.8" (0.2m - 3.6m), Tele: 8" - 6.6' (0.2m - 2.0m)
There's not much located on the top, just the shutter release.
Controls on the back: Top right are the Zoom controls; in playback mode
they act as the index and magnify options. The Quick View button activates
image playback in record mode and turns the camera on in playback mode if
the lens barrier is closed. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus,
choose the scene mode (see next page), select playback images, enable
macro/super macro focus modes, enable self-timer, and select the desired
flash mode. To the left is the OK/Menu button, which calls up and
dismisses the onscreen menu system as well as accepts selections.
The DC IN jack for an optional AC adapter or
an external battery pack.
The D-590Z stores its images on xD-Picture Cards. Located on the bottom of
the camera behind a door is the card slot which accepts any size card.
Olympus includes a 16MB card (To use the camera's panorama function an Olympus brand xD card must be used.)
The D-590Z is powered a proprietary LI-12B 3.7v 1230mAh Lithium-ion battery pack, which is charged in the supplied LI-10C battery charger. Olympus claims you can capture approx. 175 shots on a full charge. Because you can not use "off the shelf" batteries, we recommend you purchase at least one extra pack and keep it charged at all times.
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