Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004 Review

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Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

Features & Controls

The Ferrari Digital 2004 is equipped with an Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens, 5.8 - 17.4mm (equivalent to 38 - 114mm in 35mm format) 9 elements in 7 groups, with 3 aspherical elements. It has a 2.7x digital zoom feature (8x seamless when combined with optical zoom.) The maximum aperture is F2.9 (W) / F4.9 (T).

The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 20 in. (0.5m) to Infinity in normal mode, from 11 in. (0.3m) to infinity in macro mode, and Super Macro mode allows users to get as close as 3.1 in. (8cm.) The lens is kept safe inside the body with no protruding elements.

Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

The built in flash features Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill and Forced Off modes. The flash range is approx. 11 in. (0.3m) to 6.6 ft. (2.0m) at wide angel and 11 in. (0.3m) to 11.8 ft. (3.6m) at telephoto.

Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

On the top you'll find the Shutter Release, microphone, and jog dial.

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The Controls: Upper right is the zoom lens control which also functions as the magnify and index functions when in playback mode. The usual 4-way selector has been replaced with a rotating jog dial, which allows you to navigate the menu system. The MENU/OK button calls up and dismisses the menu screen as well as accepts selections. At the very bottom (below the Ferrari shield) you can see the built-in speaker for playing audio from movies or voice memos.

On the right side is where you find the BACK/NEXT button, which allows you to return to previous menus, etc. Bellow that is the sliding Mode switch that changes from Record mode, Movie mode, and Playback mode. At the Bottom is the POWER button to turn the camera On and Off.

Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

Located on the bottom is the I/O port for connection to the included camera dock. See below.

Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

Shown here seated nicely in its "garage", The Ferrari camera dock not only looks good, but also charges the cameras proprietary battery and houses the I/O ports for USB interface, Audio/Video out, and DC in.

Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

Dock I/O ports. The DC in port accepts AC adapter D-7AC, AC 100V - 240V, 50 - 60Hz; DC 4.8V. The A/V Out port sends 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 2.0 full speed (aka USB 1.1) port, no driver is required for Windows Me, 2000, XP or Macintosh OS 9.1+/OS X systems.

Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

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.

Storable Photos with 16MB xD-Picture Card
Setting Image Size Number of Photos
Super High 2048 x 1536 20
High 1600 x 1200 33
PC Monitor 1024 x 768 58
E-Mail 640 x 480 99
Standard Movie 320 x 240 15 fps up to approx. 41 sec.
Extended Movie 160 x 120 15 fps up to approx. 149 sec.

Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004

Power is supplied by a LI-20B 3.7v 1035mAh Li-ion battery pack. Olympus does not specify the battery runtime. Lithium battery packs can be charged or "topped off" at any time without shortening the service life of the battery.

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