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Olympus 2040 Digital Camera

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Originally reviewed on June 15th, 2001

The Good:

  • Exposure flexibility.
  • Great Software
  • USB cable
  • NTSC cable
  • QuickTime Movies
  • Good Compression
  • Great low light ability


The Bad:

  • Discontinued (just when you think you find a good product they kill it).


The Review:

This is my own personal choice for a digital camera. I did some serious looking at all the digicam's out there before I landed on this one. My friend AJ who was a bit of a photog pointed me in this direction and the price match from Fry's Electronics for a 200$ savings was nice as well.

The first thing that jumps out at you is the fact that the lens is a F1.8 - F2.6 with a 3X optical zoom. This baby has great manual controls and a pretty good compact design though I am having a tough time finding a camera case to hold it presently.

The long term test results won't be in for a while as I just got this baby on the 15th of June so stay tuned here for any updates.


--- Michael


  • 2.11-megapixel CCD delivering up to 1,600 x 1,200-pixel resolution images.
  • 1.8-inch, color LCD display.
  • Super Bright f/1.8-2.6 3x Zoom 7.1-21.3mm aspherical glass lens (equivalent to a 40-120mm lens on a 35mm camera).
  • 1-2.5x Digital Zoom (up to 5X in VGA mode).
  • Manual and Automatic Focus control.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/800 to 16 seconds for still images; 1/10,000 to 1/30 second for movies.
  • Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
  • Spot or Digital ESP metering systems.
  • Auto Bracketing, Sequence Shooting, and Panoramic capture modes.
  • Adjustable White Balance with six settings, plus a WB color adjustment function.
  • Built-in flash with four operating modes, plus Slow Sync mode.
  • QuickTime Movie mode with edit function.
  • Five-pin external flash socket.
  • JPEG and uncompressed TIFF file formats.
  • Images saved to SmartMedia (8MB card included).
  • 8MB internal memory buffer (SDRAM)
  • USB cable for fast connection to a computer.
  • NTSC video cable.
  • Software CD with Olympus' Camedia Master 2.5 utility software (includes QuickTime and USB drivers).
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility and print settings.
  • Power from two CR-V3 battery packs (included), or four AA batteries (AC adapter optional).