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Olympus D540 3.2 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

by Olympus
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  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 10-by-13-inch enlargements
  • 3x optical zoom combines with 3.3 digital zoom for 10x total zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD display; PictBridge enabled; Quicktime movie mode
  • Store images on xD memory cards
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable NiMH recommended)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: 225435D
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 3.2 MP
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
  • Maximum Aperature Range: F2.9 - F5.0
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Product Details

Product Manual [5.37mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.5 x 2.4 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001DKQWS
  • Item model number: 225435D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,518 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 12, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Taking fabulous pictures is easy with the Olympus 3MP Zoom Digital Camera. The 3.2 megapixel CCD gives you colorful, detailed images you can print up to 8x10 and the virtual dial provides quick access to 7 shooting modes. Features: 3x optical zoom and 3.3x digital for 10x total zoom; QuickTime movie mode; PictBridge technology for convenient photo printing without a computer; TruePic TURBO image processor; 16MB xD-picture card; USB port; 1.8" LCD display; wrist strap; and quick start guide.

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If you're new to the world of digital photography, the Olympus D-540 offers just the right blend of easy-to-use features and high-quality optics that delivers vivid pictures. The D-540 has a durable silver-toned polycarbonate body with a shutter style lens barrier. It also features a 3.2-megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, movie mode, a bright LCD monitor to review images, and Olympus's new TruePic Turbo image processor, which speeds up the camera's start-up, shutter lag, recording and playback time.

Optics and Resolution
The 3-megapixel D-540 captures 2048 x 1536 pixel images for prints up to 11 x 14 inches. It also has 1600 x 1200 (2MP) and 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution modes. It features a 3x optical zoom that, when combined with a 3.3x digital zoom, delivers a total seamless 10x zoom. The aspherical all-glass zoom lens is constructed of 7 lenses in 6 groups and has a focal length of 5.8-17.4mm (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography) and an aperture range of f2.9-f5.0.

Movie Mode
In addition to capturing still images, you can also shoot short videos (without audio) at 15 frames per second (fps). The D-540 has two resolution modes: 320 x 240 and 160 x 120. (Its companion D-580, with a 4-megapixel still image resolution, offers a movie mode with sound.)

More Features
The D-540 is one of the first Olympus models to feature TruePic Turbo, a new image processor that sharpens image clarity, contrast, and color for life-like results. This feature also makes the camera 30% faster in processing images and is combined with a super-fast shutter release time.

The D-540 offers a menu architecture that's easy to navigate for fast access to the right settings with just the press of arrow buttons. Seven preset shooting modes can be accessed through the "Virtual Dial" (viewable through the LCD menu) to provide fully automatic exposure adjustments; these include Program Auto, Portrait, Portrait-Landscape, Landscape, Night Scene, Self Portrait, and Movie.

Other features include:

  • 1.8-inch TFT color LCD monitor (approximately 85,000 pixels)
  • Optical real-image viewfinder
  • 1.5 frames per second burst up to 12 frames
  • Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in, and off modes
  • ISO sensitivity 50 to 320

Direct Printing
The D-540 is PictBridge compatible, which enables you to transfer pictures from your digital camera to a compatible printer (such as the Olympus P-10), without a PC or image-editing software. All PictBridge devices share three basic features: camera-to-printer connecting, single-image printing, and uniform error messages (in case something goes wrong).

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on XD Picture Card memory cards. The card's small size, about the same as a postage stamp, helps to keep the camera size down. The included 16 MB card will store approximately 20 images at 2048 x 1536 pixels (at HQ, JPEG setting). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98 Rev2Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included, NiMH rechargeable recommended) or 1 CR-V3 battery. It measures 4 x 2.2 x 1.5 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 5.3 ounces (excluding batteries and storage media).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Olympus D-540 digital camera, 16 MB XD Picture Card, USB cable, 2 AA alkaline batteries, wrist strap, quick-start guide, and instruction manual. The CD-ROM features Camedia Master software, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Camera Reference Manual.

Customer Reviews

I invested in a rechargeable Li-Ion CR-V3 battery pack (yes!
Shamal Nagia
It is my belief now that there is no "perfect" digital camera that will fulfill ALL of your digital needs.
K. KIM
This camera was outstanding: easy to use, produces good quality pictures, lightweight.
Addison Phillips

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

261 of 262 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2004
I have the Canon A80 (4.0 Megapixels) and also bought this new camera (known over here as Olympus C-310) recently. While the Canon may have a 1.5 inch swivel LCD screen, this camera has a larger & more pleasant 1.8 inch LCD screen, definitely takes SHARPER pictures, and has less chromatic aberration (purple fringing). It does have slightly more picture noise (i.e. digital 'film grain') compared to the Canon, but you will notice this only if you have a keen eye for it. (the extra picture noise probably arose from the more aggresive sharpening algorithm employed by Olympus as compared to Canon)
The heavier & more solid Canon uses 4 AA batteries and last for hours upon hours even on alkaline batteries, but you can only take a few more shots once its low-battery warning flashes. In contrast, the Olympus uses 2 AA batteries only and is therefore much lighter, but one caveat - on both new & newly charged rechargeable 2100mAH NiMH batteries (2100 mAH and above are strongly recommended), the low-battery warning indicator does start flashing too soon, when the camera gets warm.
However, I have found to my surprise that with the low-battery indicator persistently flashing, this camera still allowed me to take approx. another 120 continuous shots, around 80 of which had used flash. This means that while rechargeable battery life is actually ok for the camera, the low-battery warning is way too premature to be relied upon.
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By James E. Wenzloff on August 12, 2004
I love this little camera. I had a chance to try out this camera and compare it to three other digital cameras. The Olympus 540 won hands down. This is the camera I take with me every day. I own a better camera, but like the size and ease of use of this camera.

I took identical photos with this camera and a 4 mg pixal camera and you couldn't tell the difference in a 8x10 print done on a color laser printer. I also enlarged and printed a 48"x36" image on a large format printer and was extremely please by the results.

The camera is easy to use. In seconds you can choose anyone of the eight shooting modes. Also, adjusting the flash to be auto, always on, off or a fill flash is a quick click on the back control button. By pushing the shutter button half way down you can set your exposure. This is very helpful in some lighting situations.

If you purchase the camera, I would recommend buying re- chargeable batteries and a larger storage card.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2004
I searched high and low for a new digital camera, buying and returning 4 different cameras in a week before finding this awesome little Olympus. I tried cameras from Kodak, Fuji, and Canon and none of them compared to this camera. It is small, simple to use, and affordable. First off the LCD display is extremely crisp and clear and the menus are very user-friendly. The camera starts up fasts and takes pictures relatively quickly also. I will say, it is not the best with batteries.(a common problem in digital cameras though) Just invest in some good rechargables, it's worth it. Anyway, my pictures, snapshots and closeups, come out very sharp and look comparable to those taken with a 5mp camera I have. I think if you are looking for an affordable, portable, great new digital camera invest in the Camedia-540.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Shamal Nagia on April 23, 2004
Compact, simple to use camera. For the price it comes packed with features - easy transfer of pics to PC using USB cable. Excellent picture quality when used at best Pixel setting - 20 pics with original 16MB XD memory card. Not used the movie mode - own a camcorder. I invested in a rechargeable Li-Ion CR-V3 battery pack (yes! now available as rechargeables), much better life/performance than even the higest rated rechargeable NiMH - not very expensive given its performance, available on Amazon for $31 (I bought my Li-Ion battery pack from Buy.com at $29.50).
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Addison Phillips on July 19, 2004
I received this camera as a gift and subsequently took it on a long trip to Russia (instead of my bulky SLR film camera). This camera was outstanding: easy to use, produces good quality pictures, lightweight. It makes toting "regular" camera gear around too cumbersome to contemplate: this camera slips into a pants pocket easily enough. As my first digital camera, it's everything I had hoped it would be and more.
The software (Olympus's Camedia) is pretty good and relatively easy to use, although managing your pictures can be more work than it needs to be. Maybe I'll upgrade that to the Pro version. Nonetheless, I was downloading pictures quickly and everything worked cleanly. The main reason to use the software (rotating pictures) is convenient.
The camera itself is lightweight and pretty durable (my son dropped it a few times and it survived just fine). The 16 MB card that comes with it is too small for realistic use, but a 128 MB card is easy to purchase: budget for it, as you'll want the storage. There are only a few minor annoyances that you'll want to compare to other cameras before choosing this one (I don't think anyone else does it any better).
First, this camera (like many digital cameras) devours batteries. The "low battery" warning comes on very quickly--way too quickly, since battery life far exceeds the warning. However: as the battery runs down, the camera itself processes more and more slowly. So I've found that you'll often miss shots because you need to know about a second in advance to push the button. The lag between "go" and the camera firing is annoying.
Second, the zoom control is a bit difficult to use. It's located on top of the camera and twists, an action that I find difficult to perform while aiming the camera.
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