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What Do You Think?
Can't Find the Battery your camera
a message from Doug Clifford
It's in your pocket
With the holidays just around the corner, people will once again
be in the mood for a digital camera.
If you follow DT&G, you've read Fred tolling the virtues of the Olympus "D"
series, that the D-450 and D-490 are the best buys in digital cameras in the world.
However, they've always come in over $400, and that's a big deterrent to casual shutter-bugs.
For a second digital camera, even $399 (at the price club) is a little rich for many
people. But, the search for a high quality "pocketable" digital camera
may be over.
___ Olympus has introduced the new Brio D-230 which
features a 2.0 Megapixel (effective) image, for realistic photo quality 8" x
10" prints -- MORE than enough for web images. It features an Olympus Auto-Focus
5.5mm f 2.8 lens, (equivalent to 36mm in a 35mm film camera) with a digital telephoto
up to 5X. Stylish and small, the Brio D-230 also features a super fast shutter release
times of 0.3 seconds; start-up times of less than one second; and easy photo transfer
via Auto-Connect USB or SmartMedia. Best of all are clear, colorful photos -- and
you carry it in your pocket for under $300.
And, best of all, it's on sale at a great discount at Amazon.com
___ It's light weight, but it's not a light-weight.
An Auto-Focus lens is employed for precise sharp focusing -- something not typically
included in most other digital cameras at this price point. The flash is automatic,
and includes red-eye reduction. The exposure system, white balance, and color management
have all been automated assuring quality photos with no hassles.
___ Even though the Brio D-230 features Auto-Connect
USB technology -- requiring no drivers or additional software (including Windows®
2000, Windows Me, Windows XP and Mac OS· 8.6 to Mac OS X) I feel the bundled
16MB SmartMedia card is the strong point on this camera. 16 megs provides ample capacity
to store up to 90 images in Standard Quality mode -- or as few as 12 shots in the
ultra high quality mode. You can pick up SmartMedia cards from 8 to 128 megs and
keep shooting without having to have your PC nearby to 'empty' the cards. 64 meg
cards can be had in the $49 range, and with a $39 USB SmartMedia reader, you can
find other uses for this inexpensive storage as well.
___ Users can print photos directly to any number of
dye sublimation printers (like the Olympus P-200, P-400, P-330 series) by simply
inserting the SmartMedia card directly into the printer. Even on the Epson 860 inkjet
the photos in 5 x 7 gives surprizing results when using the special glossy photo
___ So, if a digital camera is on your shopping list
for this season, bheck out the BRIO. Not only is is a very good value with excellent
capabilities, I suspect you'll find it heavily discounted because of the current
slow-down in the economy.
So long for now
Purchase the BRIO from Amazon.com
(Doug Clifford is the webmaster for the ACE Camera & Photography Directory, an annotated world wide directory of photo commerce web sites. ACE Increases
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webmaster for the ACE Camera
& Photography Directory, an annotated world wide directory of photo
commerce web sites. ACE Increases Traffic To Photographic Commerce Web Sites Worldwide!