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Olympus D-490 2.1MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
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- 2.1-megapixel CCD for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
- Uses standard SmartMedia cards; 8 MB card included
- 3x optical zoom
- QuickTime movie mode
- Continuous shooting rate of 1.3 frames per second
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.5 fps|
|Exposure Control Type||program AE|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SmartMedia|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|Hardware Connectivity||Serial interface|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.64 x 2.13 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.71 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||20 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Limited|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||1,600|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||1 second|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||SmartMedia card|
|Resolution modes||1600 x 1200, 640 x 480|
|Shipping Weight||2.58 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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The D490 addresses each of these problems beautifully. Boot up time is about 20% faster. Timing both of my cameras side-by-side, the D490 is faster (1.1 seconds versus 1.3 seconds, in five trials using the same 32Mb media cards). More important than boot up time is burst shooting. The D490 has a RAM buffer that allows you to take about 1 shot per second in the "HQ" mode (2.1 megapixels with JPEG compression). The D460 requires about 2.5 seconds between shoots in the same "HQ" mode (but the resolution is 1.3 megapixels). Also nifty if you are using the TFT screen to take shots, there is a "gas gauge" showing you how full the memory buffer is as you are shooting.
I simply can't express how happy these faster response time made me, especially at this price. I was so unhappy with the D460's sluggishness that I was about to buy the $900 Olympus C3030. Similar to the C3030, the D490 also can take QuickTime movies (though much shorter ones).Read more ›
Image quality is excellent. I was looking at the C3030 and couldn't see spending that much for a few extra features and another million pixels. Unless you plan on printing out 8x10 prints the extra resolution isn't needed, use the extra money on accessories. Printing the D490 HQ images at 3x5 inches they look as good as 35mm prints. I have run several tests shooting the same image using all the modes of the camera and found the best mode to use is normal HQ, under certain conditions SHQ will give you better color reproduction and slightly sharper edges. The SHQ-TIFF mode images are huge and I have yet to see any difference between it and SHQ mode, even in macro mode with a complex object the images look the same. As for the soft setting and the digital zoom, you are better off taking a normal HQ image and using software on the computer to soften or resize.
The QuickTime movie feature is fun to play with, kinda like having an old 8mm movie camera. I like the fact that you have to raise the flash manually, if you don't want to use the flash you know it's off when it's down. That's better than having to find a button and look at a display to tell if you've turned it off.
The size, price, and image quality make this a great camera to have.
Quality wise, the D-490 Zoom takes crystal clear and colorful images, capturing details that my Olympus film camera couldn't possibly match. The zoom features allow the user to take close-up shots of subjects quite a distance away, while the macro feature allows true close-ups from as little as four or five inches away.
My comments about specific features are:
1. The built-in multi-mode flash does an excellent job of balancing degrees of light on and around the photo subject. 2. The red-eye and slow-synch features, combined with the 12-second timer resulted in a warm close-up self-portrait that makes it hard to believe no one was holding the camera! 3. The LCD screen is clear and true to actual color, giving the viewer a good idea of what the actual image will look like. 4. The clarity of the images that I downloaded were extremely clean, even at the mid-setting (HQ and SHQ).
The only real downside I found to the Olympus D-490 Zoom is that downloading images to the computer using the serial cable is VERY slow. I had read and heard this, but until I downloaded the images myself, I hadn't realized just how slow. Still, once the download was complete, the resulting images made up for the wait.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This camera takes excellent pictures just as if it were a brand new. Was very happy to find it since I lost my original. It was an excellent purchase.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this camera and paid over 360 dollars for it when it came out years ago. Eventually the little beads inside that hold my flash up came out so I had to hold the flash up... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Spacey
the unit was described as 'very good' condition. I consider the condition poor. The media door did not latch. The flash cover has some oily residue inside. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by D.R. Wright
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purchased this because my card broke and my cord was lost......these have great lenses and take great pics...also ..VERY EASY TO USE...i still use it over my $5000 cannon....Published on September 6, 2012 by uncle
the item that I purchased was just what I wanted and in better shape then what I expected and I'am very happy Thanks Amazon.Published on July 25, 2011 by katbeebaa
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This camera takes amazing pictures. The quality of light captured in each frame is unforgettable. I have taken casual photos in different countries, and upon examining them have... Read morePublished on March 22, 2008 by Anael S. Cumming
I purchased this camera almost 4 years ago and love it. It sold me on the olympus name. My next camera, if i have to get one, will be another olympus. Read morePublished on February 15, 2004