Camedia D-520Z - first look review!|
(Monday, March 18, 2002 - 10:03 EST)
Dave examines a prototype of Olympus' just-announced digital camera...
There's a digicam category probably best described as "Full-Featured Bargains," consisting of inexpensive cameras with good feature sets. Olympus has been a strong player in that market segment for years, beginning with their original D-400 Zoom, introduced over 3 years ago (November, 1998). Most recently, the D-510 Zoom was Oly's most popular camera last year.
Now, they've updated the design yet again, simplifying the user interface somewhat, and in the process removing some features less suited to the "point & shoot" market for which it's intended. (Although I personally disagree with their removal of the option to explicitly set the camera's ISO.)
I've had my hands on a prototype D-520, and it looks quite nice. I've posted a first-look review, although any final conclusions will have to await my testing of a production model. If the color and image quality meet expectations though, Olympus should have another winner here. Check it out!