Full Review posted for Olympus D-40Zoom|
(Monday, October 8, 2001 - 16:07 EDT)
Dave Etchells examines Olympus' 4 megapixel, 2.8x optical zoom compact digicam...
There seems to be no end to new digicam models from Olympus this year! We've just tested their new D-40Zoom, a super-compact 4 megapixel camera with a 2.8x zoom lens. We were really surprised at all the functionality Olympus managed to squeeze into such a compact bundle, with a handful of "scene" modes plus autoexposure and a full range of manual and semi-manual exposure options as well.
The D-40Zoom really has most of the features of Olympus' high-end C-4040Zoom camera, the biggest difference being the lack of an external flash connection. In our tests, the C-40Zoom showed excellent picture quality, and is certainly compact enough to be considered a "go anywhere" camera.
About our only gripes with it were rather short battery life (buy a couple of sets of high-capacity NiMH batteries & a good charger), and its overly-tight optical viewfinder that forces you to the LCD for any critical framing. When you *are* able to use the optical viewfinder though, the camera burns almost no power with the LCD off, a great help in battery life.
Overall, a nice little camera with "big camera" capabilities. Check it out!