Olympus Stylus 300 3.2 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
Carrying on the heritage of its film predecessor, the Olympus Stylus 300 is an ultracompact, all weather, and easy-to-use camera designed for the digital photography enthusiast looking for the best performance in a stylish and portable body. It features a 3.2-megapixel resolution, 12x total zoom, and a movie mode for short video clips.
Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor, the Stylus 300 delivers images up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and crystal-clear prints up to 8 by 10 inches (and medium quality up to 11 by 14). A high-quality Olympus 3x optical zoom (and 4x digital zoom for a seamless 12x total) gives you the ability to fill your pictures with sharp detail and vibrant color. It features an Olympus aspherical glass lens with a focal range of 5.8-17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography).
Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on xD Picture Card memory cards. The card's small size (about the same as a postage stamp) helps reduce the size of the camera. The included 16 MB card will store approximately 20 images at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (at HQ, JPEG setting). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage-class connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based computer running Windows 98 Rev2Me/2000/XP or Mac OS 8.6 or later without installing any software.
In addition to taking still photos, the Stylus 300 can also record movie clips of up to 40 seconds without audio. The QuickTime Motion JPEG format offers a limited resolution, which is great for capturing a short movie that can be e-mailed to friends and family, but is no replacement for a true camcorder.
The Stylus Digital cameras offer basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the easy-to-use scene modes provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for portrait, self-portrait, and landscape portrait.
Other controls include digital ESP multipattern and spot metering, auto white balance, multiple flash settings, and exposure compensation. The camera comes with a built-in flash that offers four settings to provide the widest range of options.
The lightweight and ergonomic metal body of the Stylus 300 provides all-weather protection from the elements and can even endure a downpour.
Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It measures 3.8 by 2.2 by 1.3 inches and weighs 5.8 ounces. This package includes the Stylus 300 digital camera, 16 MB xD Picture Card, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger (LI-10B), self-timer remote control (RM-2), USB and AV cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with Camedia Master software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.