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D-550 Zoom

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How many images can I record on a SmartMedia card?

Record Mode SQ
(640 x480)
(1984 x 1488)
(1984 x 1488)
(1984 x 1488)
Resolution 640 x 480 1984 x 1488 1984 x 1488 1984 x 1488
8MB 82 10 3 0
16MB 165 21 7 1
32MB 331 43 15 3
64MB 664 86 30 7

Record Mode 3:2 1984 x 1312
TIFF High Normal
Resolution 1984 x 1312
8MB 1 4 12
16MB 2 8 24
32MB 4 17 48
64MB 8 34 97
*SQ and TIFF recording image resolutions can be changed in settings other than 3:2.

Number of storable movies (approximate figures)

Record Mode Resolution SmartMedia capacity
8MB 16MB 32MB 64MB
HQ 320 x 240 24 48 96 193
SQ 160 x 120 105 211 424 849
*The record time for one movie is approximately 33 seconds in HQ mode and 148 seconds in SQ mode.

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Where is the Reference Manual for the D-550 Zoom?

The CD-ROM provides a full Reference Manual in PDF format on the CD-ROM. Adobe Acrobat - which is provided on the CD-ROM - is necessary to view the PDF manual. The printed manual that is included with the camera is a "Basic Manual".

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How do I download from the camera to my computer?

Instructions for downloading images from the D-550 Zoom are located on the CD-Rom under the "Reference" under "Connecting the Camera to a PC", or at our web site

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What is the battery life expectancy of the D-550 Zoom?

The battery life on alkaline batteries vary according to manufacturer and power rating. Alkaline Batteries can provide up to 150 shots with typical usage. The Olympus CR-V3 long-life lithium batteries will provide approximately 500 shots. The Olympus Ni-MH batteries would provide approximately 250 shots per charge and they can be recharged 300 to 500 times.

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What is the minimum focusing distance in macro mode?

Using the Macro mode, it is possible to zoom through all ranges from telephoto to wide down to a minimum distance of 7.9 inches.

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What size are the image files in each record mode?

High Quality Standard
1984 x 1488 Approx. 8649K Approx. 2060K Approx. 720K    
1600 x 1200       Approx. 1340K Approx. 469K
1280 x 960       Approx. 857K Approx. 300K
1024 x 768       Approx. 549K Approx. 192K
640 x 480       Approx. 215K Approx. 75K

  TIFF High Quality Standard
1984 x 1312 (3:2) Approx. 7626K Approx. 1816K Approx. 636K

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What is the playback time for each record mode?

Image Record mode Playback time (Approx. in sec.)
TIFF 1984 x 1488 25
SHQ 1984 x 1488 3
HQ 1984 x 1488 2
SQ 640 x 480 1
3:2 TIFF 1984 x 1312 22
3:2 High Quality 3
3:2 Standard 2

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Do I need a special USB connection cord to connect to connect my camera to my computer?

Yes, the CB-USB4 cable that comes packaged with the camera, is required for downloading images using the camera. The stock number for a replacement cable is 200 776. It can be purchased through the Olympus Emporium at or 1-800-201-7766.

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I slide the cover open, but I am unable to take a picture?

The cover opens in two positions. To completely open the lens cover for shooting images, slide the lens cover over until you hear two clicks. When the camera is on the first position, you can playback images.

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When shooting at full telephoto in the macro mode, what is the size of the subject area that will fill the frame?

It is approximately 3.1"x 2.4".

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What is the compression rate of each record mode?

TIFF SHQ HQ SQ High Quality SQ Standard 3:2 1984 x 1312
TIFF High Quality Standard
1/1 Up to approx. 1/2.8 Up to approx. 1/8 Up to approx. 1/2.8 Up to approx. 1/8 1/1 Up to approx. 1/2.8 Up to approx. 1/8

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