Olympus IS-20 QD 35mm Camera

35mm - 4x Optical Zoom - MPN: 101760
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Because sharp images require stable cameras, this 35mm Olympus camera is contoured so you can hold it comfortably. A 4-way button on the camera controls the 28-110mm zoom, while autofocus SLR (single lens reflex) accurately defines the subject. A dioptic corrector sharpens the image in the viewfinder. Features a high-powered twin flash, macro zoom as close as 2.5 ft, and quartz date imprinting. Other features include: spot metering; ESP auto exposure with fuzzy-logic programming; portrait, landscape, stop-action and night scene exposure modes; auto-S flash with red-eye reduction. Strap included. Uses two (DL123A or CR123A) 3V lithium batteries (not included). No. 101-760. Imported. 4-1/2Hx4-3/4Wx3-1/2D"
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Focus Features Auto Focus, Focus Lock
Flash Automatic Flash, Built-in Flash, Fill Flash, Flash Cancel (On/Off), Redeye Reduction
Film Drive Auto Film Advance, Auto Film Loading, Auto Film Rewind
User Reviews
3 Star Review   By member alxmtn - Apr 22, 2003   

Strengths: Ready to use capability. Ease of use. Battery life is good so far. Film advance is good. Durable.

Weakness: Lens is permanent. 110mm could be 135mm for tighter images. Film loading can be tricky if you are in a hurry to use camera. Day/date buttons hard to use with fingers. Shutter release is hair trigger.

This is my first point and shoot 35mm camera. Overall, camera performs as expected. Manual provided was reproduced so not easy to follow on some pages. If you want a true 35mm with all the bells and whistles, this is not for you. I have had no problem with battery life. Camera is ready to use when activated. Best to use the auto focus setting for most images. Shutter release is hair trigger so be ready to shoot after camera focuses. Flash works well. Nice feature = back lighting for outdoor flash use. Outdoor color images tend to be darker due to f stop setting. For close ups, best use the flash for brighter images. You can experiment with this camera and still get nice results. I rate satisfactory since I would not purchase again due to no fault of camera. This camera is for those who do not want a range finder camera, have used a 35mm previously, and might want less hands on involvement with a 35mm. Lens cannot be changed so you are stuck with 28mm to 110mm which might be disappointing especially for telephoto or macro opportunities which happen all the time. A good first camera to move up from after a while.

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3 Star Review   By member ikeofa2 - Apr 12, 2003   

Strengths: High end powerful Camera with high powerflash.

Weakness: Recent problem with Battery Life.

I've had this nice piece of equipment for almost 2yrs. Had lots of nice pic. taken with it until recently when the battery goes dead after just one snap of a picture. You have to turn it off and on again to get it working again. Tried new sets of battery with no help. Hate to throw away this nice piece of equipment since I am not convince of the new Digital Camera are up to any good. Most of the Digital Camera I've research for a while now have one form of problem or the other. From Fuji FinePix 3800 which I am looking into now to Sony Mavica 200, 250, and 400. Well If anyone out there can help me salvage my nice Olympus IS-20 Zoom 28-110mm 35mm please speak up before it goes in to the dump or else where.

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4 Star Review   By member quark4 - Sep 27, 2002   

Strengths: Terrific low-light performance. Landscapes are clear and sharp. Great for portraits too. Cheapest 110mm lens you can get anywhere.

Weakness: Lens cannot be changed. Cable trigger for shutter not available. No manual focus.

Over 3 years I've taken this camera with me to mountaintops, through back country in rain and slush, used it during snowstorms, and even dropped it. It takes a beating and weathers it. The most outstanding feature is the flash. It reaches an insane 30 feet (with ISO 400 film), and even with ISO 200 film you can work wonders inside tunnels and in places like aquaria. I've done dozens of nighttime shots too, with shutter speeds as slow as 16 secs. Without the use of any filters, the pictures were breathtaking. I really have to hand it to the guys who built this lens. Daytime shots of landscapes etc have brilliant color and clarity. Exposure control (auto) is near-perfect. You can choose spot metering if you suspect the poor camera is going to screw up. Word of caution though. You *cannot* do manual focusing. The camera does an awesome job of autofocus, but some people prefer to have complete control over this. If you're one of those, don't buy this camera. Also, there's no exposure compensation. If you set the aperture, the camera will choose shutter speed. I think they wanted to make it idiot-proof, but it would have been better if they'd provided this feature. For lens focal length, manual aperture control (f/4.5 - f/22), ease of use, flash performance, and spot metered exposure control, this camera gives the most bang for your buck. The camera never had a single hiccup in 3 years, so I cannot comment on customer support. Batteries last for about 20 rolls of film.

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Description
Because sharp images require stable cameras, this 35mm Olympus camera is contoured so you can hold it comfortably. A 4-way button on the camera controls the 28-110mm zoom, while autofocus SLR (single lens reflex) accurately defines the subject. A dioptic corrector sharpens the image in the viewfinder. Features a high-powered twin flash, macro zoom as close as 2.5 ft, and quartz date imprinting. Other features include: spot metering; ESP auto exposure with fuzzy-logic programming; portrait, landscape, stop-action and night scene exposure modes; auto-S flash with red-eye reduction. Strap included. Uses two (DL123A or CR123A) 3V lithium batteries (not included). No. 101-760. Imported. 4-1/2Hx4-3/4Wx3-1/2D"
Quick Glance
Focus Features Auto Focus, Focus Lock
Flash Automatic Flash, Built-in Flash, Fill Flash, Flash Cancel (On/Off), Redeye Reduction
Film Drive Auto Film Advance, Auto Film Loading, Auto Film Rewind
Summary
Product Title Olympus IS-20 QD 35mm Camera
Manufacturer Olympus
Lowest Price $599.99 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.3 | 3 Reviews
Other Features
Features: Red-eye reduction, Self Timer, Viewfinder
Dimensions
Height: 3.5 in
Width: 4.8 in
Depth: 4.5 in
Weight: 22.9 oz
General
Category: SLR 35mm Cameras
Class: Cameras
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Additional Specifications
Camera Type: Digital Compact
Viewfinder Type: Optical
Display Indicators: Battery Level, Flash Mode
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted Average, Spot, TTL
Minimum Shutter Speed: 4 sec.
Maximum Aperture: 5.6 1/f
Product Line: IS
Power Source: 3V Lithium
Parent Retsku: B00004TQ0T
Lens Mount: Fixed
Minimum Aperture: 4.5 1/f
Shutter Speed: 4 to 1/2000 Second
Product Model: IS-20 QD
Brand Name: Olympus
Frequency Band: Quartz date and time recording Built-in lens cap Dioptric correction 12-second-delay self-timer Fuzzy-logic ESP light metering Full-auto mode automatically sets shutter speed and aperture
Maximum Shutter Speed: .0005 sec.
Exposure Settings: Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes
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User Reviews
3 Star Review   By member alxmtn - Apr 22, 2003   

Strengths: Ready to use capability. Ease of use. Battery life is good so far. Film advance is good. Durable.

Weakness: Lens is permanent. 110mm could be 135mm for tighter images. Film loading can be tricky if you are in a hurry to use camera. Day/date buttons hard to use with fingers. Shutter release is hair trigger.

This is my first point and shoot 35mm camera. Overall, camera performs as expected. Manual provided was reproduced so not easy to follow on some pages. If you want a true 35mm with all the bells and whistles, this is not for you. I have had no problem with battery life. Camera is ready to use when activated. Best to use the auto focus setting for most images. Shutter release is hair trigger so be ready to shoot after camera focuses. Flash works well. Nice feature = back lighting for outdoor flash use. Outdoor color images tend to be darker due to f stop setting. For close ups, best use the flash for brighter images. You can experiment with this camera and still get nice results. I rate satisfactory since I would not purchase again due to no fault of camera. This camera is for those who do not want a range finder camera, have used a 35mm previously, and might want less hands on involvement with a 35mm. Lens cannot be changed so you are stuck with 28mm to 110mm which might be disappointing especially for telephoto or macro opportunities which happen all the time. A good first camera to move up from after a while.

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3 Star Review   By member ikeofa2 - Apr 12, 2003   

Strengths: High end powerful Camera with high powerflash.

Weakness: Recent problem with Battery Life.

I've had this nice piece of equipment for almost 2yrs. Had lots of nice pic. taken with it until recently when the battery goes dead after just one snap of a picture. You have to turn it off and on again to get it working again. Tried new sets of battery with no help. Hate to throw away this nice piece of equipment since I am not convince of the new Digital Camera are up to any good. Most of the Digital Camera I've research for a while now have one form of problem or the other. From Fuji FinePix 3800 which I am looking into now to Sony Mavica 200, 250, and 400. Well If anyone out there can help me salvage my nice Olympus IS-20 Zoom 28-110mm 35mm please speak up before it goes in to the dump or else where.

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4 Star Review   By member quark4 - Sep 27, 2002   

Strengths: Terrific low-light performance. Landscapes are clear and sharp. Great for portraits too. Cheapest 110mm lens you can get anywhere.

Weakness: Lens cannot be changed. Cable trigger for shutter not available. No manual focus.

Over 3 years I've taken this camera with me to mountaintops, through back country in rain and slush, used it during snowstorms, and even dropped it. It takes a beating and weathers it. The most outstanding feature is the flash. It reaches an insane 30 feet (with ISO 400 film), and even with ISO 200 film you can work wonders inside tunnels and in places like aquaria. I've done dozens of nighttime shots too, with shutter speeds as slow as 16 secs. Without the use of any filters, the pictures were breathtaking. I really have to hand it to the guys who built this lens. Daytime shots of landscapes etc have brilliant color and clarity. Exposure control (auto) is near-perfect. You can choose spot metering if you suspect the poor camera is going to screw up. Word of caution though. You *cannot* do manual focusing. The camera does an awesome job of autofocus, but some people prefer to have complete control over this. If you're one of those, don't buy this camera. Also, there's no exposure compensation. If you set the aperture, the camera will choose shutter speed. I think they wanted to make it idiot-proof, but it would have been better if they'd provided this feature. For lens focal length, manual aperture control (f/4.5 - f/22), ease of use, flash performance, and spot metered exposure control, this camera gives the most bang for your buck. The camera never had a single hiccup in 3 years, so I cannot comment on customer support. Batteries last for about 20 rolls of film.

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