Olympus Ferrari Digital 2004 Review
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.
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.
On the top you'll find the Shutter Release, microphone, and jog dial.
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.
Located on the bottom is the I/O port for connection to the included camera
dock. See below.
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.
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.
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-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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