Olympus Stylus Digital 410 Review

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Olympus Stylus Digital 410

Review Posted 7/12/2004


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The second generation of the Stylus Digital line, the 4.0-megapixel Stylus 410 Digital offers functionality with premium features and design elements that are synonymous with the Stylus brand name. Stylus film and digital cameras are renowned for being ultra compact, all- weather and easy-to-use - ideal for anyone looking for the best performance in a stylish and portable body that can be taken anywhere. The first members of this line were the 3.2 Megapixel Stylus Digital 300 and the 4.0 Megapixel Stylus Digital 400.

The Stylus 410 Digital's 4.0-megapixel CCD sensor is combined with an enhanced image processor called TruePic TURBO™ that significantly improves image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO allows the Stylus 410 to capture information from all 4.0 million pixels with pixel "micro- smoothing" that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos, even at lower resolutions. Prints are big enough to crop and print up to 11" x 14" and larger.

The camera has a sliding lens barrier accented in silver and gold, and a champagne gold body that blurs the line between technology and artistry. Measuring an ultra-compact 3.9" long x 2.2" high x 1.3" wide, and weighing just 5.6 ounces, the Stylus 410 Digital delivers maximum portability and durability, and its sleek design means it can be taken anywhere to make a lasting impression and take great images. To learn more about the Stylus Digital's weatherproof body click here.

The Stylus 410 Digital camera offers advanced features with a point-and- shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, 10 easy-to-use shooting modes are easily accessed through the camera's "Virtual Dial" to provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for Program Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Self-Portrait, Night Scene, and Movie, and now new modes including Indoors, Beach & Snow, and Cuisine.

With the addition of an all-weather speaker and microphone, it's possible to record QuickTime video and create short movies with audio that can be sent over the Internet to friends, family and coworkers while on vacation in the tropics. Or take a still picture while narrating a personalized audio caption for the scene, and play images back later with sound to easily recall the names of exotic sites, famous paintings, and new acquaintances.

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 410 Features at a Glance:

  • 4-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2272 x 1704 pixels
  • 3x optical zoom lens, equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom on a 35mm camera
  • Durable all-metal (all-weather) body lets you shoot in almost any weather condition
  • Program (Auto), Movie, and 8 Scene program modes for various shooting situations
  • 1.5-inch TFT color monitor with 134,000 pixels
  • Movies up to 20 secs at 320x240, up to 60 secs at 160x120 with audio
  • Add voice memos to still pictures
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1/2 second (up to 4 secs in night mode)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill and red-eye reduction modes
  • ISO sensitivity; Automatic (64 - 480 equivalent)
  • Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
  • xD-Picture Card media, 16MB card included
  • Auto-Connect USB for quick and easy image transfer to computer
  • Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included

The Stylus Digital 410 is available now and ships with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, wireless shutter release, wrist strap, manuals and Camedia Master software for a street price of approx. $379.00 (U.S.)

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Olympus Stylus Digital 410

Olympus Stylus Digital 410

Olympus Stylus Digital 410

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Olympus Stylus Digital 410

Olympus Stylus Digital 410

Olympus Stylus Digital 410

The Stylus Digital 410 compared in size to a standard CD.

Olympus Stylus Digital 410

The Stylus Digital 410 and the C770 Ultra Zoom

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Olympus Stylus 410 Specifications

CCD Imager 4.0 megapixel effective
4.23 megapixel gross
1/2.5" (0.4") CCD
Lens Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens 5.8 - 17.4mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 lenses in 3 groups
Seamless Digital Zoom Seamless to 12x (3x optical and 4x digital combined)
Aperture Range f3.1 - f5.2
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene Mode)
ISO Auto, 64 - 480 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s) Still image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), PRINT Image Matching II
Movie mode: QuickTime motion 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 Movie: 15 frames per second in 320 x 240 HQ mode
15 frames per second in 160 x 120 SQ mode
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print reserve (single, all, number of copies), Date
Optimum Image Enlargement n/a
Image Adjustment Modes 2-in-1 shooting mode
Image Effects Black and white, Sepia, Resize, Rotation
Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with CAMEDIA® Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Sequence 1 frame per second up to 4 frames in HQ mode
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder
LCD 1.5" (3.8cm) low-temperature poly-silicon LCD (approx. 134,000 pixels)
Focusing System TTL autofocus system
Focusing Ranges Normal mode: 20" (0.5m) - infinity
Macro mode: 8" - 20" (0.2m - 0.5m)
Super Macro mode: 3.5" - 8" (0.09m - 0.2m)
Exposure Control Auto/Program modes: f3.1 - f5.2, 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec.
(Night scene: 1/1000 sec. - 4 sec.)
Metering System Digital ESP multi-pattern, Spot Metering
White Balance System iESP multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set manual (Sunlight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent)
Flash Built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto for low and backlight; Red-Eye Reduction; Fill-In; Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 8" - 11.8' (0.2m - 3.6m)
Tele: 8" - 6.6' (0.2m - 2.0m)
Flash Charging Time Approx. 5 seconds at normal temperature with fully charged battery
Removable Media Card 3V (3.3V) xD-Picture Card, 32MB card included
Selftimer/Remote Selftimer: 12-second delay, Remote: 2-second delay
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB connector (Auto-Connect), Audio/Video out, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP and Mac OS 8.6 - OS X
Windows 98 rev2 driver provided on CD
Mac OS 8.6 requires USB mass storage driver 1.3.5 available at apple.com
Downloading to laptop computer without USB port possible with optional PCMCIA xD-Picture Card reader
Image Playback Still image: Index display, up to 4x enlargement, Slide show, Scene rotation
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 LI-10B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger included
AC Power: D-7AU 4.8V AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to year 2099
Calendar Automatic up to year 2099
Size 3.9" W x 2.2" H x 1.3" D (99.0mm x 56.0mm x 33.5mm) excluding protrusions
Weight 5.6 oz. (159g) without battery and media card
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card 512MB xD-Picture Card
SHQ, HQ 2272 x 1704 5, 16 shots 160, 512 shots
SQ1 2048 x 1536 20 shots 640 shots
SQ2 1600 x 1200 24 shots 768 shots
SQ2 1280 x 960 38 shots 1216 shots
SQ2 1024 x 768 58 shots 1856 shots
SQ2 640 x 480 99 shots 3168 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps movie 20 sec. max per movie 20 sec. max per movie
SQ 160 x 120 15 fps movie 60 sec. max per movie 60 sec. max per movie

All capacity figures are approximate. Movie recording times are based on not using sound. With sound, lengths are slightly reduced.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

STYLUS DIGITAL Weatherproofing

The Olympus STYLUS DIGITAL was 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.

All-Weather Seals

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.

Airflow Control

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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