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Olympus D-535 Zoom Review
Date: Nov 22, 2004
HANDLING & FEEL
17.4mm, Auto, Center-Weighted Average, 1/18 sec.,
F5.0 and ISO 128
The Olympus Camedia D-535 Zoom is a compact
digital camera with dimensions of 87.5W x 62.5H
x 38.5D mm (3.4W x 2.5H x 1.5D in.) and weighing
only 140g (4.9 oz). It has a polycarbonate construction
which feels quite durable.
The Olympus D-535 fits well in the hands and
the controls are set out nicely with dedicated
buttons for: deleting, flash, review, exposure
compensation, macro, and self-timer (the last
three uses the arrow keys of the Four Way Controller).
Since most of your shots will probably be taken
in P-Auto mode, there is really only exposure
compensation to set and this is easily done by
pressing the Up arrow key, then the Right or Left
The Flash button brings up a menu with available
options listed and you then use the arrow keys
to make a selection, followed by the OK key. What
I like is that you don't really have to use the
arrow keys: in fact, just keep pressing the Flash
key to rotate through the available options, then
clisk OK to confirm your selection. The Macro
button works the same way.
The power button is at the top of the body and
The rubber door that hides the A/V and USB ports
swivels out of the way for easy access. The xD-Picture
Card and 2 AA Alkaline batteries go into a compartment
at the bottom of the camera.
The 1.5-in. LCD monitor has 130,000 pixels resolution
and is very clear, allowing easy composition.
There is no AF Illuminator to aid in low-light
focusing and the LCD monitor has no B&W high-gain
option in extreme low-light situation. As a result,
it may be quite difficult to view an image in
low-light and the camera will be challenged to
obtain focus lock in low-light situations.
The Olympus Camedia D-535 Zoom is a well-thought
out camera and very user-friendly.