Olympus Stylus Digital 400 Review
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For 2003 Olympus takes their best-selling 35mm point-and-shoot film camera series and adapts them for today's digital consumers. The new Stylus Digital line of cameras are stylish, ultra-compact, weather resistant and very easy to use. The first members of this new line are the 3.2 Megapixel Stylus 300 Digital and the 4.0 Megapixel Stylus 400 Digital.
The Stylus 300 Digital has a sliding lens barrier accented in silver and the Stylus 400 Digital is accented in gold. Measuring an ultra-compact 3.8" long x 2.2" high x 1.3" wide, and weighing just 5.8 ounces, the Stylus Digital delivers maximum portability and durability for an active, on-the-go lifestyle. These cameras are not only attractive, they're also weather resistant for great shots come rain or shine. The lightweight and ergonomic aluminum body provides all-weather protection from the elements and can even survive a downpour. To learn more about the Stylus Digital's weatherproof body click here.
The Stylus Digital cameras offer basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the easy-to-use Creative Scene Modes provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for Portrait, Self-Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, and Sports or Action photography. Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; auto white balance; multiple flash settings including slow sync flash; and auto bracketing and exposure compensation. The camera comes with a built-in flash that offers 6 settings to provide the widest range of options.
The cameras have an optical viewfinder as well as an easy-to-view 1.5" color LCD display on the back of the body for composing and reviewing shots. Menu navigation is easy to control with the push of arrow buttons. Transferring images to the computer is easy with the Auto-Connect USB (that does not require software drivers) for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television with the video cable.
Stylus 400 Features at a Glance:
The Stylus Digital 400 compared in size to a CD disc.
The Stylus Digital 300 and the Stylus Digital 400
Olympus is also making a Ferrari DIGITAL MODEL 2003, a special limited-edition model developed to celebrate Olympus sponsorship of the Ferrari Scuderia Formula One Racing Team. It is the first and only digital camera in the world currently sanctioned by Ferrari S.p.A. Only 10,000 units will be produced, of which 1,000 will be sold in Japan. The camera will be sold by advance order only between October 10-30, 2003.
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Stylus 400 Specifications
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STYLUS DIGITAL Weatherproofing
The Olympus STYLUS DIGITAL is the first metal-bodied digital camera in the world to feature protection equivalent to IEC standard publication 529 IPX4 (protection against water splashed from any direction). Behind this achievement stand three exclusive Olympus technologies.
Double Chassis Protection
Inside the STYLUS DIGITAL's contoured metal body is a separate plastic chassis. It is this double-chassis protection that forms the basis of the camera's all-weather performance.
Specially coated ultra-durable rubber materials are used to seal the gaps between individual components, and to prevent moisture from entering the camera. A very large number of parts are treated, and a particularly high level of technology is required for moving parts such as zoom lens components.
Years of research in "compact bodies" and "all-weather functions" are utilized to achieve the desired results without changing the body's compact size.
When a camera body is tightly sealed against the elements, the zoom lens assembly and other moving components can generate considerable air pressure as they move. It is therefore important to control the flow of air in and out of the camera to ensure active airflow control technology also plays an important smooth zooming action. In addition, proper air flow plays an effective role in preventing and dissipating heat buildup in the electronic components.
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