The camera is known as the C-470Z and X-500 in some countries. The LCD stays on between shots so you can follow a moving subject — even some $1000 cameras don’t do this! You cannot attach a conversion lens to this camera. At the top of the photo is the camera’s built-in flash. The D-590Z is easy-to-use, with absolutely zero manual controls. That means it has no manual controls of any kind, but Olympus figures that their target audience won’t miss them. The chief engineer was Terada Shintarō (寺田新太郎), who previously worked for M & Katera Kōgaku Kikai Seisakusho, and the first products of Takachiho Seisakusho were microscopes and thermometers. At that time, Japan imported all its microscopes (and other instruments), mainly from Germany.
The camera moves through photos at an average clip, with a one second delay between each high res picture. Sharing photos is easy: you can print them or e-mail them right in the Master software. Transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the Auto-Connect USB that does not require software drivers for hassle-free image downloads. Fortunately, the Olympus C-470 ZOOM comes with a new, long-lasting lithium-ion battery. When it’s time to recharge the battery just snap it into the included external charger. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery. The Scene Programs provide automatic exposure adjustments for Night Scenes, Portrait and Landscape photography.
Shutter speeds range from 1/10,000 to 16 sec. Olympus includes their brand new Master software with the D-590Z, and I have to say that they did a great job with it. This allowed Olympus to design its bodies and lenses specifically for digital use. When you shut off the camera, you move it toward the off position, wait for the lens to retract, and then push the switch to the full off position. Before the availability of affordable (sub-$5k) digital SLRs, Olympus’ E series of fixed-lens SLRs, evolved from the earlier analogue bridge cameras, was very popular among serious photographers.