|*||1,280 x 960 pixel resolution|
|*||3X optical zoom, + 2X digital|
|*||Optical and LCD viewfinder|
|*||Spot or Average light metering|
|*||Excellent low-light capability|
|*||8MB SmartMedia and FlashPath included!
Olympus has been one of the more successful traditional, film-based camera manufacturers making the transition to digital photography. They established an early leadership role with their D-200 and D-300, and haven’t let up since: They were the first with under-$1,000 digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras, in their D-500 and D-600, and have demonstrated exceptional customer support by offering a retrofit service to adapt their D-600’s to the newer 16 MB SmartMedia standard. Now, with the D-400 Zoom, they take their line to the next level, with incredible image quality and features, in a compact and easy-to-use package.
D-400 Zoom “High Points” overview
Several readers have requested quick, up-front feature summaries of the cameras we review, which we’ll be doing from this point onward. Herewith are the key characteristics of the Olympus D-400 Zoom, ranked in a completely arbitrary order reflecting our own personal biases and dispositions 😉
- 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm equiv.), 2x digital tele mode
- EXIF file format includes standard JPEG and TIFF Uncompressed mode
- Both center-weighted and spot metering options
- +/- 2EV exposure compensation in 1/2 EV steps
- 2-position quick focus settings, 8 feet and infinity
- Very good low-light capability, down to ~6 EV
- Includes 8 MB SmartMedia card (compatible with 16 MB media)
- Includes FlashPath adapter in the box!
- Includes Enroute’s “QuickStitch” panorama software very slick!
- ISO 60-120 (adjusts based on lighting conditions)
- Dioptric correction for viewfinder sharpness
- 3x image inspection mode on playback
- Built in 4-mode flash
- Macro, Burst, and Panorama modes
- Familiar point & shoot body (very similar to Olympus film models)