Olympus Camedia D-520 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

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  • D-520 Zoom is simply a digital camera that's remarkably sophisticated. The compact, stylish D-520 Zoom features an impressive 2.0 megapixel CCD. A high-quality 3x optical zoom with 2.5x digital zoom for a seamless 7.5x zoom. And Auto-Connect USB software-free downloading. It's an easy, effortless camera for sophisticated, beautiful photos. And the most realistic digital images yet. Even shooting a short movie is simple with QuickTime mode. And with USB Auto-Connect, the D-520 will be automatically recognized by almost any USB-equipped computer so downloading files from the camera is virtually effortless. With a Clear, Powerful Zoom Lens, the versatile Olympus 3x optical zoom with 2.5x digital zoom for a seamless 7.5x zoom lets you fill your pictures with more of what you're shooting for. And aspherical glass elements ensure sharp detail from edge to edge. Feature-Packed with auto and preset white balance, multi-mode flash, spot metering, sequence shooting and more, you'll never have to take the same picture twice. When a single shot won't tell the whole story, shoot up to a 60-second QuickTime movie. Video Connection With a video output, you can show your latest and greatest photos on almost any television. Seeking a digital camera to replace your 35mm film point-and-shoot? A 3x optical zoom lens, 2-megapixel sensor, and familiar film camera style and operation make the Olympus D-520 a great all-around performer for your family snapshots and vacation memories. Optics and Resolution This successor to the bestselling D-510 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-520 offers--consider the Olympus C-3020 instead. The all-glass autofocus Olympus lens has a 3x zoom range that's equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera. For technophiles, it's an eight-element lens that includes an aspheric element, and the aperture ranges from f2.8 to f7.5 at its wide-angle setting. There's also a 2.5x digital 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 1.5-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 The D-520 is substantially smaller than its predecessor (the D-510), but its general design is still very similar. A sliding clamshell lens cover simultaneously protects the lens and provides a simple way to turn the camera on and off, and the all-plastic body feels both lightweight and durable. While the D-520 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 two AA batteries or one LB-01 disposable lithium battery--a pair of AA alkaline batteries is included. The LB-01 batteries essentially look like two attached 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 battery pack is a logical idea, since it will hold its 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 at resolutions of up to 320 x 240 pixels. 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 16 MB card holds approximately 32 images at the camera's default settings. SmartMedia cards are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 32 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. With most cameras, the brand of memory card you use is irrelevant, but genuine Olympus cards have a panorama feature not found on cards from other manufacturers. This feature makes it easier to stitch together a series of pictures you take into a single panoramic photo, and may justify the slightly higher price of the card if it's a feature you plan to use frequently. 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 4.4 by 2.4 by 1.4 inches and 6.3 ounces, the D-520 is extremely slim and compact, making it easy to bring along on outings. Contents and Recommended Accessories The package includes the camera, 16 MB SmartMedia card, two AA alkaline batteries, USB cable, video 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: Cons:
  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical plus 2.5x digital (7.5x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Included 16 MB Smartmedia card stores 16 images at default resolution
  • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses CR-V3 lithium battery or 2 AA batteries (alkalines included)
Product Dimensions 7.17 x 7.48 x 4.13 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Item model number 225325
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer Yes
Date First Available April 25, 2002
Manufacturer Olympus
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