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D-580 Zoom

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Where is the Reference Manual for the D-580 Zoom?

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

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How do I download from the camera to my computer?

Instructions for downloading images from the D-580 Zoom are located on the CD in the "Reference" section under "Connecting the Camera to a PC", or at our web site (

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

Yes, the CB-USB4 cable (packaged with the camera) is required for downloading images from the camera. The stock number for a replacement cable is 200776. It can be purchased through the Olympus Emporium at: or by calling (800) 201-7766.

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What is the battery life expectancy in the D-580 Zoom?

The battery life on alkaline batteries vary according to manufacturer and power rating. Alkaline Batteries can provide up to 100 shots with typical usage. The Olympus CR-V3 long-life lithium batteries (LB-01) will provide approximately 500 shots. The Olympus Ni-Mh batteries (B-01 4PE) would provide approximately 250 shots per charge and they can be recharged 300 to 500 times.

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How many images and movies can I record on an xD Picture card?

Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture CardTM (included) 512MB xD-Picture Card
SHQ 2288 x 1712 5 shots 186 shots
HQ 2288 x 1712 16 shots 523 shots
SQ1 1600 x 1200 32 shots 1030 shots
SQ2 640 x 480 165 shots 5324 shots

Number of storable movies (approximate figures)
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps movie 33 sec. max per movie (48 sec.) 33 sec. max per movie (25 min.)
SQ 160 x 120 15 fps movie 148 sec. max per movie (3 min. 31 sec.) 148 sec. max per movie (1 hr. 53 min.)

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My battery indicator displayed as full. I took one picture and now it displays as empty. What is wrong?

When batteries are low and they are not used for a period of time, they can build up enough voltage to give a full battery indication. The batteries only had enough power to shoot one image. The batteries are exhausted and need to be recharged or replaced.

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How do I access the shooting modes?

The program shooting modes can be accessed by pressing the virtual dial (left arrow) button on the back of the camera.

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What is the best situation to use each of the shooting modes?

What is the best situation to use each of the shooting modes? The shooting modes are described as follows:

  • Program Auto (Factory default setting)
    Program Auto mode is used for regular photography. The camera automatically makes the settings for natural color balance. Other functions, such as the flash mode and metering, can be adjusted manually.
  • Portrait
    Portrait mode is suitable for taking a portrait-style picture of a person. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
  • Landscape + Portrait
    Landscape + Portrait mode is suitable for taking photos which include both your subject and the landscape. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
  • Landscape
    Landscape mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
  • Night scene
    Night scene mode is suitable for shooting pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting. If you take a picture of a street at night in any other mode, the lack of brightness will result in a dark picture with only dots of light showing. In this mode, the true appearance of the street is captured. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions. If you use the flash, you can take pictures of both your subject and the night background.
  • Self-portrait
    Self-portrait mode enables you to take a picture of yourself while holding the camera. Point the lens towards yourself, and the focus will be locked on you. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions. The zoom is fixed in the wide position and cannot be changed.
  • QuickTime Movie
    QuickTime Movie mode lets you record movies with sound. The focus and zoom are locked. If the distance to the subject changes, the focus may be compromised.

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What is the focusing distance in macro mode?

On a D-580 Zoom camera, the Macro Mode operating range is 8 inches to 20 inches. This means the camera must be between 8 inches and 20 inches away from the subject for a picture to be in focus.

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What is Super Macro mode?

Super Macro mode lets you shoot from as close as 2 ¾ inches to your subject. Normal shooting is also possible, but the position of the zoom is fixed and cannot be changed.

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What should I do if I cannot focus on a particular subject?

Try the FOCUS LOCK feature. This feature allows you to focus on a subject roughly the same distance away from you, and then re-compose your picture without losing that focus. Open the lens barrier fully. Look through the viewfinder at the AF Target Mark (the 4 lines in the center of the viewfinder). Position the AF Target Mark on a subject roughly the same distance away from you. Press the shutter button halfway until the green lamp lights. While keeping the shutter button pressed halfway, re-compose your picture, and then press the shutter fully.

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Is the 3x optical zoom enough? What options do I have for more telephoto zoom?

The D-580 Zoom camera has a 4x digital zoom, in addition to the 3x optical zoom, which gives you a total of 12x seamless zoom overall. Simply use the Shooting Mode menu to activate the Digital Zoom feature.

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Can I play back sound on a movie that was recorded in QuickTime® movie mode?

The D-580 Zoom does play back sound in QuickTime® movie mode.

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What are the benefits of TruePic Turbo?

TruePic Turbo is the new engine designed to be approximately 30% faster than the TruePic engine. TruePic Turbo increases the camera's start-up, shutter lag, recording and playback time and continues to deliver clear, smooth image results every time. The TruePic Turbo engine also has an advanced noise filter for better image quality.

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What is PictBridge?

It is the standard for connecting digital cameras and printers of different manufacturers and printing out pictures directly. By connecting the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer with the USB cable, you can print out recorded pictures directly without the use of a computer.

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What is Print image Matching (PIM)?

The printer is able to instantly identify the print specific information for each image captured, to provide superior color, quality and detail in every print. Print image Matching enabled digital cameras and printers work together to produce the best possible prints.

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What is DPOF?

DPOF is a standard format used to record automatic print information from digital cameras. You can print out pictures automatically, at home or in a print shop, by storing such data as which pictures you wish to print and the number of prints on a card.

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What is Print Reservation?

Print reservation allows you to save printing data (the number of prints and the date/time information) with the pictures stored on the card. With print reservation, you can print out pictures easily either at home using a personal DPOF-compatible printer or at a print shop that supports DPOF.

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Is there an A/C adapter available for my D-580 Zoom Camera?

Yes, the model is E-7AU. Use this 110V/120V AC Adapter to conserve batteries when downloading to your computer, during printing, or while viewing images when connected to your TV or VCR. The Olympus stock number is 200685.

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