&FOTOgraphic reviews the Olympus Camera . . . then we compare it to the Sony Mavica

The Olympus D-600L Digital Camera
How Does it Feel?
by Fred Showker

After having used the Mavica for a short time, it was an interesting experience to switch to the Olympus D-600L Digital Camera. This camera is an SLR, Single-lens-reflex, and what you see is very closely what you get -- which is a real boom to digital camera users, particularly intermediate professional publishers. We say intermediate because the price is just over $1,000 (when the necessary extras are added) and the camera yields acceptable results for most black and white or main stream DTP projects like newsletters, brochures, direct mail, catalogs, and even some higher-end printing. The color prints from the Olympus printer were very near consumer quality on 5 x 7 prints, however when printed to the higher-end die sub and color print systems some pixelation was evident. Enlargements greater than 8 x 10 would definitely not be acceptable.

The D-600L handled and performed flawlessly during all shooting tests. It was a show-stopper, drawing many ooohs and ahhhhs from onlookers everywhere we took it. The 16.5 ounce camera is well crafted and seems sturdy and durable. (Although we did not drop or generally abuse it just to see how well it would survive.) The body is built around the lens so the telephoto does not extend beyond the shell and is protected at all times. That's a real plus over some of the other cameras that extend the lens for telephoto. The lens is also large and clear offering a wonderful view of the subject
... it really is the closest thing to 35mm photography we've seen so far in the digital world-- and a MUST for studio photography.

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