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Olympus Camedia D-380 2MP Digital Camera

Olympus Camedia D-380 2MP Digital Camera

Olympus Camedia D-380 2MP Digital Camera

Olympus Camedia D-380 2MP Digital Camera

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Fixed-focus lens with 5x digital zoom (no optical zoom)
  • Included 8 MB Smartmedia card stores approximately 16 images at default resolution
  • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries or 4 AA batteries (one set of disposable AA batteries included)

This Olympus Camedia digital camera lets you shoot and transfer great digital images and video with ease. Line up your picture on the 1.5″ high-resolution LCD screen, get closer with the 5x digital zoom and capture the image on the included 8MB SmartMedia Card. The 2-megapixel resolution captures clear colorful images that can be printed up to 8×10″. When a still image is not enough, use QuickTime and record in movie mode for up to 60 seconds of motion video. Then transfer the images to your computer quickly and easily with the included USB cable to manipulate, print and e-mail. Other features include: USB Auto-Connect (will recognize almost any computer with a USB port and connect with no additional software); CAMEDIA Master software for photo manipulation and management; built-in flash with 6 settings (Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Night Scene, Red-Eye Reduction Night Scene, Forced Off); 2MB of internal memory; image-editing tools include black & white, sepia and “file resize mode”; Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; automatic white balance, plus 4 manual settings; 12-second self-timer. Compatible with: Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP or higher; Mac 8.6 and up. Downloading to computer without USB port possible with FlashPath or PCMCIA SmartMedia card reader. No. D-380. Imported. 2-1/4Hx4-3/4Wx1-3/4D”.For a compact, affordable digital camera that takes sharp pictures with enough detail for prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches, look no further than the Olympus D-370.

Optics and Resolution
This higher-resolution successor to the popular D-370 comes with a 2-megapixel sensor that captures enough detail for crisp 8-by-10-inch prints. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, you’ll probably also want more manual controls than the D-380 offers–consider the Olympus C-3020 instead.

The glass Olympus focus-free 4.5mm lens (equivalent to 35mm in film cameras) has an aperture range of f4 to f8. The camera features a 5x digital telephoto zoom, but remember that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it’s best used sparingly.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.6-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you’ve taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you’re used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you’ll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
A sliding clamshell lens cover simultaneously protects the lens and provides a simple way to turn the camera on and off. While the D-370 is clearly designed for point-and-shooters and beginning photographers, there are several manual features for more adventurous photographers, including macro mode, adjustable white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white and sepia images.

Power
Power is provided by four AA batteries or two LB-01 disposable lithium batteries–a set of LB-01 batteries is included. These lithium packs are the size of two side-by-side AA batteries, and they have a surprisingly long lifespan. However, they aren’t rechargeable, so when they finally die, they go into the trash. If you use the camera once a month or less, the lithium batteries are a logical idea, since they’ll hold their charge for years when sitting in an unused camera. If you use the camera more often, then the lithium packs don’t make economic or environmental sense–we recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and a charger. A digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you’re using the camera’s LCD display, so they aren’t recommended except in a pinch. To ensure you’ll always be ready for action, we recommend having two sets of rechargeables so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips up to 60 seconds in length. The limited duration and resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won’t replace your camcorder, but it’s perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on SmartMedia memory cards. The included 8 MB card holds approximately 16 images at the camera’s default settings. SmartMedia cards are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 16 images per outing (or plan to use the video feature frequently), then you’ll want a bigger card. A 64 MB card will store well over 100 pictures. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive.

Size
At 4.8 by 2.6 by 1.8 inches and 6.7 ounces, the D-370 is slim and compact enough to bring along in a purse or pocket

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the camera, 8 MB SmartMedia card, two long-life LB-01 lithium batteries, USB cable, carrying strap, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity SmartMedia memory card. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. –Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • Compact, lightweight, and easy to use
  • Focus-free lens means fast startups and quick operation between shots

Cons:

  • Movie mode lacks sound
  • 8 MB card and disposable batteries are fine for occasional users, but more frequent use will require upgrades to these accessories

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Sony DSCP51 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom

Sony DSCP51 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom
  • Includes MSA-16A 16MB Memory Stick® media
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries (rechargeables included)

Pick up this digital camera and keep your friends and relatives updated on your family’s current events. The 3x optical/6x precision digital zoom lens catches close up shots that are stored on an included 8MB Memory Stick«. Download shots onto your computer via the USB connector with cable and driver. The 3.21 mp effective CCD image sensor (3.34 mp gross) captures clean sharp details in every photo opportunity. The intelligent flash and high-speed scan Autofocus are other great features.Sony’s affordable DSC-P51 combines a 2-megapixel sensor, 2x zoom lens, and AA battery power in a pocket-sized package. If you’re shopping for a family point-and-shoot that’s easy to use, versatile, and small enough to take anywhere, the P51 is a great choice.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-P51’s 2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, you’ll need to step up to a 3- or 4-megapixel model like the DSC-P71 or DSC-P9.

The autofocus lens features both a 2x optical zoom and a 3x digital zoom. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it’s a good idea to use it sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance, and special circuitry automatically reduces the “static” that typically plagues nighttime digital shots.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.6-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you’ve taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you’re used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you’ll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
Though the P51 is designed for point-and-shoot simplicity, there are several options for more adventurous photographers, including manual focus with macro, adjustable ISO and white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Power
The P51 uses two AA batteries–a pair of high-capacity nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeables and charger are included. The benefit to using standard AA batteries instead of a custom proprietary battery is that AA batteries are widely available, so missing a once-in-a-lifetime shot due to dead batteries won’t be an issue. The downside is that a digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you’re using the camera’s LCD display. To ensure you’ll be ready for action, we recommend getting a second pair of batteries so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras’ movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but in EX mode, the P51 can keep shooting until you’ve filled the memory card. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won’t replace your camcorder, but it’s perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony’s proprietary memory-card format. The included 16 MB stick holds approximately 24 images at the camera’s default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 24 images per outing, then you’ll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 200 images. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may already have a built-in Memory Stick reader.

Size
At 5 by 2.4 by 1.75 inches and 10.4 ounces fully loaded, the P51 is a very compact and portable digital camera.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the DSC-P51 camera, two rechargeable NH-AA-D1 rechargeable batteries, BC-CS1 charger, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 16 MB Memory Stick, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a spare set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity memory stick. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page.

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