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Olympus D-535 Zoom Review

Review Date: Nov 22, 2004

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Camedia D-535 Zoom 


The Olympus Camedia D-535 Zoom is a digital camera targeted to first-time point-and-shoot photographers. It has 3.2 megapixel resolution on a 1/2.7 in. CCD image sensor.

This camera is really intended for those just starting to get interested in photography or simply wants an affordable point-and-shoot for regular 4x6 in. prints. It has 3x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent of 38-114mm. The 114mm is perfect for portrait head-shots. Metering is Center-Weighted Average and works fine in most situations. In situations where there is a lot of highlights, such as an expanse of bright sky, the D-535 allows you to dial in a positive exposure compensation to ensure your main subject is properly exposed.

We find the overall image quality of the Olympus D-535 to be quite good for its intended audience though image quality does not approach that from the more expensive 3+ megapixel digital cameras. However, the Olympus D-535 is very capable of taking very nice pictures (see the Photo Gallery).

3x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 5.8mm Telephoto 17.4mm
Wide-angle 5.8mm
(38mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 17.4mm
(114mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 38mm, and then 114mm.

5.8mm, Auto, Center-Weighted Average, 1/168.2 sec., F2.9, ISO 64

There are two macro modes on the D-535: standard macro at 8 cm (8 in.) and Super Macro at 2 cm (0.8 in.). You can zoom in standard macro mode, but not in Super Macro mode.

Auto white balance (AWB) is on the warm side indoors under artificial lighting. AWB generally works well in natural light, or indoors with flash.

There is no manual ISO selection, so the equivalent of ISO 64-250 is automatically selected.

The one weakness of the D-535 is when used indoors in low-light. Lacking AF-Assist, it is almost impossible to lock focus in low-light. As long as there is enough light, you'll be OK (e.g. bright malls), but ordinary subdued room lighting will definitely pose a challenge. I was not able to take the usual images for this section to verify low-light capability.

The pictures in the Olympus Camedia D-535 Zoom Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name. Other suffixes are self-explanatory.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!


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