Olympus D-590 Zoom Review

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Olympus Camedia D-590 Zoom

Review Posted 12/16/2004

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The D-590 Zoom is packed with advanced features not usually found in an affordable easy-to-use point-and-shoot model. Whether it's the enhanced 1.8 inch Semi-Transmissive LCD display, rechargeable Li-Ion battery, 10 selectable shooting modes including movie mode with audio, TruePic TURBO image processor or PictBridge enabled printing, this camera is designed to put beginners well on their way toward total digital bliss.

With a 4-megapixel CCD imaging sensor, the D-590 Zoom is able to produce sharp, vivid images at a wide range of print sizes up to 11 x 14 inches. Its high quality 3x optical zoom lens covers 35-105mm (equivalent in 35mm photography) with a maximum aperture range of f3.1 - f5.2. It also features a 4x digital zoom, which delivers a total seamless 12X zoom when combined with its optical zoom.

TruePic TURBO is a super-charged image processor that significantly enhances image quality and processing speed. Users will experience rapid startup, shutter release and playback, as well as capture sharper, more realistic images.

One of the greatest benefits of digital photography is the ability to compose and review images on the LCD, as it allows users to accurately frame their photographs and make on-the-spot decisions about saving or deleting them. To ensure that users can easily view their subject and frame the best-shot possible, the D-590 Zoom has a, 134,000 pixel 1.8-inch Semi-Transmissive TFT LCD - for easy viewing even in bright sunlight.

The 10 preset Scene Modes provide fully automatic exposure adjustments to make it possible to capture the best shot in a variety of settings: Full Auto, Portrait, Indoor, Beach and Snow, Cuisine, Portrait-Landscape, Landscape, Night Scene, Self Portrait, Movie. The QuickTime Movie Mode (with audio) allows users to make dynamic mini movies of life's everyday achievements and events to play on the LCD or email to friends and family. For all preset modes, sample screen shots appear in the LCD, so it is easy for beginners to choose which mode is suitable for the scene.

It also features PictBridge technology to make printing quality photos a breeze. Simply connect the camera directly to any PictBridge-enabled printer and start printing right away.

Camedia D-590 Zoom Features:

  • 4.0 megapixel (effective) CCD for image sizes up to 2272x1704
  • Compact design makes the D-590 Zoom easy to handle and carry.
  • 3x optical zoom with 35-105mm coverage (35mm photography equivalent)
  • 1.8-inch color LCD display with 134,000 pixels of resolution
  • 10 shooting modes including Program Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Etc.
  • Olympus TruePic TURBO image processor for increased performance
  • 320x240 resolution QuickTime movie mode with audio
  • Automatic Pixel Mapping checks the CCD and re-maps it for maximum performance.
  • Removable xD-Picture Card storage, 16MB included
  • Automatic Noise Reduction when using Night Scene mode.
  • Built-in multi mode flash
  • Proprietary Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • Auto-Connect USB for hassle-free downloads
  • PictBridge Compliant

The D-590 Zoom is available now with an MSRP of $299.99. It includes a rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger, 16MB xD-Picture Card, an Auto-Connect USB cable, Audio/Video Out cable, wrist strap, Olympus Master Software, user manual and Quick Start guide.

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Olympus Camedia D-590 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-590 Zoom

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Olympus Camedia D-590 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-590 Zoom

Olympus Camedia D-590 Zoom

The Camedia D-590 Zoom compared in size to a CD.

Olympus Camedia D-590 Zoom

The 4-megapixel D-590 and the Stylus Verve.

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D-590 Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 4.0 megapixel effective
4.23 megapixel gross
1/2.5 type (0.4 type) CCD
Lens 5.8-17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 lens in 3 groups
Seamless Digital Zoom Seamless to 12x (3x optical and 4x digital combined)
Aperture Range Diaphragm fix
Shutter Speeds AUTO 1/2-1/1000 (Night Scene - longest 4 sec.)
ISO 64-500
Recording Mode(s) Exif2.2, JPEG
Adjustable Resolutions 2272 x 1704 JPEG (SHQ, HQ)
2048 x 1536 JPEG (SQ1)
1600 x 1200 JPEG (SQ2)
1280 x 960 JPEG (SQ2)
1024 x 768 JPEG (SQ2)
640 x 480 JPEG (SQ2)
(QuickTime) HQ: 320 x 240 (15fps)
(QuickTime) SQ: 160 x 120 (15fps)
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print reserve (single, all, number of copies), Date
Optimum Image Enlargement Still image: up to 4x enlargement
Image Adjustment Modes N/A
Image Effects Black and white, Sepia, Resize, 2-in-1 picture mode
Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD Picture Card™
Sequence 2 frames per second in HQ mode
Viewfinder No optical viewfinder
LCD 1.8" Semi-Transmissive TFT color LCD (approximately 134,000 pixels)
Focusing System CCD contrast detection
Focusing Ranges Normal = 20" (0.5m) - Infinity
Macro = 8" (0.2m) - Infinity
Super Macro = 3.5" - 19.7" (0.09m - 0.5m) (Tele side only, Flash Off)
Exposure Control + - 2Ev (step 1/3 Ev)
Metering System Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent
White Balance System IESP multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent)
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto for low and backlight
Red-eye Reduction
Flash Working Range Wide: 8" - 11.8" (0.2m - 3.6m), Tele: 8" - 6.6' (0.2m - 2.0m)
Flash Charging Time 5 seconds
Removable Media Card xD Picture Card™ 16 MB included
Selftimer/Remote 12 seconds
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB
Auto-connect USB mini B
Image Playback Still image: Single/Index/Enlargement/Slide-show
Movie: Normal, Frame by Frame
Operating Environment Operation: 32 ~ 104°F (0 ~ 40°C) 30 ~90% humidity
Storage: -4 ~140°F (-20 ~ 60°C) 10 ~ 90% humidity
Power Supply 1 X 4.8V Lithium-ion Battery
AC Power: D-7AC AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data
Calendar Automatic up to 2099
Size 3.9in (99.5mm) x 2.28in (58mm) x 1.39in (35.5mm)
Weight 5.6oz (160g)
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) 512MB xD-Picture Card
Still Image (without sound) Unit: shots SHQ 2272 x 1704 5 shots 180 shots
HQ 2272 x 1704 16 shots 523 shots
SQ1 2048 x 1536 20 shots 652 shots
SQ2 1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
24 shots
38 shots
58 shots
90 shots
779 shots
1229 shots
1879 shots
2904 shots
Still Image
(with sound)
SHQ 2272 x 1704 5 shots 178 shots
HQ 2272 x 1704 15 shots 507 shots
SQ1 2048 x 1536 19 shots 626 shots
SQ2 1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
23 shots
35 shots
52 shots
76 shots
743 shots
1141 shots
1681 shots
2458 shots
Movie (with sound) Unit: minutes HQ 320 x 240 approx. 41 sec. approx. 1300 sec.
SQ 160 x 120 approx. 150 sec. approx. 4800 sec.

All capacity figures are approximate.

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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