In August, I purchased an Olympus D-220L locally from Gluskin's Camera
and have been more than pleased. Last February, this camera retailed for
$500, and now it's selling for $299. It's not the top of the line, but
it's more than adequate for adding a fun, personalized graphic dimension
to many areas of daily PC tasks. With the expert help of Scott Wreyford,
of Gluskin's staff, I received just enough of a crash course to make me
At first glance, the D-220L looks like a regular 35mm camera. Viewfinder,
Autofocus and Auto-Flash features all function in the same manner as a
standard camera. The big difference is no film, no developing, and
immediate gratification! Up to 80 images can be stored on a 2MB SmartMedia
disk. On the back of the camera is a 2 inch LCD screen that allows
you to preview your shots and delete them on the spot if they're not up
The camera package includes cables that connect directly to your PC,
or television to view your pictures. If you prefer, a floppy disk
adapter called FlashPath can be purchased for an additional cost. I highly
recommend this option as your images can then be transferred to your computer
literally within seconds of snapping the shot, without the hassles of cabling.
The resultant output is high quality images in 640X480 resolution.
While the old adage, "anything good is worth waiting for", may be true
in some instances, the pure pleasure derived from viewing, printing and
editing your favorite photos right after you take the shot is pretty awesome.
Using the Adobe PhotoDeluxe software that's included with the camera, you
can size, crop, and adjust the color of your images, including eliminating
any "red eye" effect. Images can then be printed directly to any color
printer with amazingly good quality.
For fun, you can use the PhotoDeluxe software to create flyers, magazine
covers, greeting cards, labels, frames and t-shirt transfers using your
digital images. EasyPhoto, also included with PhotoDeluxe, enables you
to save your images in "galleries", for use at a later time. In addition,
your favorite memories and special photos can be set as Windows Wallpaper
and rotated regularly to keep your desktop interesting.
Using my existing software, I was able to Copy/Paste the images into
PrintShop as well as insert them directly into Microsoft Word. The
images are saved as standard .jpg format which makes them easily adaptable
to most PC-based programs. From Microsoft Word, choose Insert, Picture,
From File and then specify the location of your stored images. Instantly
you've integrated your digitized images into a word processing document.
Keeping Web pages updated with fresh, new content is a natural use for
the digital camera. Once again the immediate output from the digital
camera lends itself perfectly to the fluid, instantaneous nature of the
Internet. Your favorite e-mail buddies scattered far and wide will appreciate
receiving current photos as e-mail attachments. Simply click the
"Attach" button in your e-mail program and specify the photo filename and
Once your digital images are stored on your computer's hard disk, you
can delete the contents of the photo disk and start all over again. The
2 MB disk that's included with the camera holds 80 standard images or 20
high quality images. Larger capacity media disks in 4MB and 8MB sizes
are also available.
Even if you don't have a computer, you can connect the camera to your
television and view the images on the TV screen. Images can then
be videotaped on your VCR for storage. For those wanting photo-quality
prints, Olympus offers the P-300 printer especially designed for all the
Olympus digital cameras. Images print on a 4"X 5.5" page on high
quality photo paper.
With Christmas coming, be sure to add a digital camera to your wish
list. It adds a whole new dimension to personal computing.