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Olympus D-460 Zoom

Olympus updates a popular 1.3 megapixel model with improved features and a simpler interface.

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Review First Posted: 6/14/2000

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1.3 megapixel resolution for 1280 x 960 images
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3x (35-105mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with autofocus
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Variable ISO, 125 to 500
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Spot metering option for difficult lighting conditions
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Panorama-assist mode for capturing multiple shots to tile into panoramas




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Manufacturer Overview
With one of the broadest digicam lineups in the industry, Olympus is clearly a camera manufacturer who's successfully making the transition to the digital era. At the high end, their product line extends to the 3 megapixel C-3030, announced in February, 2000. Earlier this year, we reviewed their D-360L entry-level model, a 1.3 megapixel camera with fixed focal-length autofocus lens and a strong feature set. Between these two models lies the D-460 Zoom, combining advanced options like variable ISO and spot metering with point & shoot simplicity for everyday use. The real plus relative to the less-expensive D-360L model is the 3x optical zoom lens that provides greatly enhanced framing flexibility. We're big believers in the value of zoom lenses for general-use cameras, and the D-460 Zoom combines good optics with solid camera performance.


Highlights

  • 1.3 megapixel CCD delivering 1280 x 960 and 640 x 480 resolution images
  • Variable ISO, w/ auto or manual selection of ISO 125/250/500
  • 3x optical zoom (35 to 105 mm), f/2.8-f/4.4 maximum aperture
  • 2x "digital telephoto" at any focal length
  • Macro focusing to 8 inches (20 cm)
  • 1/2 to 1/1000 second shutter speeds
  • Both optical and LCD viewfinders
  • Dioptric adjustment for optical viewfinder
  • Four recording modes, including uncompressed TIFF
  • Built-in flash with six operating modes
  • Five user-selectable white balance settings
  • Panorama exposure mode when using Olympus-branded memory cards
  • Direct print to optional Olympus photo printer (P-300 and P-330)
  • SmartMedia image storage, 8 MB card included
  • Power via 4 AA batteries (alkalines included, buy a set of NiMH rechargeables!)

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