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Olympus CAMEDIA D-490 Zoom 2.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

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With QuickTime movie features, convenient options and zoom capabilities, D-490 Zoom is boldly going where no Olympus D-400 Series camera has gone before! Housed in a stylish champagne gold metallic compact point-and-shoot body, Olympus D-490 Zoom now offers a 2.11 megapixel resolution CCD and 3x optical zoom lens with QuickTime movie ability for an outstanding value. Further extending the Olympus line of award winning digital cameras, D-490 Zoom has improved menus and function button for easier access to the camera's full line of features. It features new Olympus branded long life Lithium batteries; a wider choice of compression modes with a new Standard Quality mode for better pictures for the web; DPOF support for setting the camera to print specific images and quantities with DPOF printers; and the ability to display file names on the LCD.Designed with the consumer in mind, Olympus D-490 Zoom's popular "clam shell" body design has become a proven success with consumers for both style and functionality. The camera is lightweight and very compact. The protective lens barrier slides open with one hand, which simultaneously turn on the camera and extend the zoom lens. The optical zoom lens automatically retracts into the camera when the lens barrier is closed. Designed for speed, D-490 Zoom offers one of the fastest start-ups in the industry coupled with fast shot-to-shot performance capabilities. D-490 Zoom offers a fast shot-to-shot performance. With the internal high-speed memory enhancement, shots can now be taken as quickly as the image is focused, with shots being held in the buffer. This means no more waiting between shots. The memory also allows for burst mode shooting. This mode enables users to shoot and capture up to 10 images in half-second intervals in all quality modes: SQ, HQ and SHQ. Similar to that of advanced film cameras, activation is easy. Once burst mode is selected, simply hold the shutter button down and the camera does all the work. Up to 10 images are written through internal memory and saved to the removable SmartMedia card for later review. With the QuickTime movie mode you can film mini motion pictures with your D-490 Zoom camera at 15 frames per second for up to 60 seconds (in Standard Quality mode and 15 seconds in High Quality mode). These movies can then be played back on the camera's color LCD monitor, on a computer after being downloaded, or on a television by utilizing the NTSC video out capability. D-490 Zoom is a great camera for the beginner or experienced digicam user and delivers excellent pictures time and time again.

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Product Identifiers
ModelD-490 Zoom

Key Features
Camera TypePoint & Shoot
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom3x
Sensor Resolution2.1 MP
Screen Size1.8"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size1/2.7"
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Macro Focus Range20-80cm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera35 - 105mm

Max Shutter Speed1/1000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1/2 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Matrix, Multi-Segment, Spot
Exposure ModesAutomatic, Program
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
Light Sensitivity Max400

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Flash Range0.2 m - 4 m
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Backlight Mode, Fill-in Mode, Night Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemorySmartMedia

Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeReal-image zoom
Viewfinder - Field Coverage85%

Depth2 in.
Height2.6 in.
Width5.1 in.
Weight9.5 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - color
Display Size1.8"

Microphone TypeNone

Connector Types1 x DC power input, 1 x composite video output, 1 x serial
Expansion Slot1 x SmartMedia Card

Battery Form FactorStandard form factor

File Format
Digital Video FormatMJPEG
Still Image FormatJPEG, TIFF

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional FeaturesDPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp
Shooting ModesDigital Photo Mode, Frame Movie Mode, Normal Movie Mode, Panorama Mode

Shooting ProgramsAuto mode lock, Landscape, Macro, Pan-focus
White BalanceAutomatic
Continuous Shooting Speed1.3 frames per second
Analog Video FormatNTSC, PAL

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    Created: 02/10/09

    These are still good cameras

    Review For: Olympus CAMEDIA D-490 Zoom 2.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

    I have had this same camera model for about 6 years. I know it's old and has low megapixels, but I've tried other cameras and none of them have made me happy. It focuses quickly on moving objects and the pictures seldom blur. The flash has to be popped up so I can quickly take pictures without a flash, which I seem to do a lot. It's tough as nails. I have three of them now, one is my Ebay camera for taking pictures for listings (have dropped it about three times, it still works!), it's set on a lower megapixel so it doesn't take up a lot of storage room on the card. The second camera I carry with me everywhere and is set to a higher resolution. It makes perfect 4 x 6 prints, even though it's only set at about 2 megapixels. I'm sure I could make 8 x 10 with a print if I wanted to. I purchased a third camera - this is the one I'm reviewing - same model of course - and it's just as nice as the other two. I just wanted to make sure I would have a back up camera. These cameras are cheap as dirt but so easy to use, I'd advise anyone to get one. I just wish it had a bigger zoom. I think other than this, it's the perfect camera.

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    Created: 07/09/07

    Little- known Facts about the D490

    Review For: Olympus CAMEDIA D-490 Zoom 2.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

    My first digital camera was the Olympus D470 w/1.3 Mega pixel. By chance I discovered two things about the camera that were extraordinary. One is that the camera is sensitive to infrared light. With the proper filter one can take pictures recording only infrared light, which of course can be done in apparent darkness. The other thing (one far more useful to me) is that the camera works extremely well with my Kowa 82mm scope. Even with the most primitive connection (simply camera held to scope), one can produce striking, close-up photographs of wildlife that have amazing clarity at only 1.3 mega pixels. My next camera, an Olympus C 740 series, had many advantages but was not compatible with my scope. Nor is the Olympus E-500 (which I use primarily now) unless I were willing to buy an expensive macro lense and adaptor. Despite the enormous increase in mega pixels, either camera on its own could bring the distant objects in as well as the original camera with the scope. I found that the D490 is basically the same camera as the D460 with greater mega pixels. It does in fact produce a noticeable difference from the D460. I use it when an object (usually a bird) is more than a 100 yards away.


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    Created: 08/04/11

    The best point and shoot you'll ever own at dirt cheap prices

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

    I already own a C-990 (or in North America it's the D-490) that I bought in Singapore in 2000. I was so happy with it that I bought again a used D-460 in 2001. Then I again bought another used D-490 in 2005. This time, I'm buying again a used D-490 for only US$4.00. These cameras are so easy to use and are easy to carry.I also have a D60 Nikon w/ all the lenses but rarely use it because it is bulky to carry. Besides, I can take as great pictures as the Nikon with my D-490. I bought an underwater case for these Olympus cameras so I take it with me even when I go diving and have had spectacular underwater shots with it!!!. The only minor problem w/ it is the slide panel that turns it on and off. If you are not careful, you can dislodge the ball bearings that help it operate smoothly and wreck the plastic holders that keep the bearings in place. Otherwise, this is so far the best-shooting point and shoot I've learned to love - perfect pictures all the time. Others may have higher pixels (up to 16 mega) but who needs them when you are not printing billboard size prints anyway.

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    Created: 03/05/10

    Olympus D-490 Digital Camera

    Review For: Olympus CAMEDIA D-490 Zoom 2.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

    I needed a 2nd camera. I have a Olympus D-460, and I knew the D-490 took pictures faster than the D-460. You don't need a USB cable connect, just buy an inexpensive card reader less that 10 bucks on eBay, and you can down load your pictures faster than you can imagine. Plus it uses 4 batteries, which gives you twice as much time to use it without adding new batteries. Be sure and use NIMH Rechargable 2000mAh batteries Duracell is good as well as many others on the market. The only draw back, it is hard to find picture cards for these older cameras, and when you do they are more expensive than the XD cards for the newer cameras. I like this camera so much I bought 2 of them, because one had 128MB card, and the card costs more than the camera.

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