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Old Jun 17, 2002, 12:27 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if the new Olympus D-550 panorama feature will work with media other than Olympus? Is it true that only Olympus SmartMedia is compatible with the panorama feature. If it is a formatting issue, can other media be reformatted to be compatible?
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Old Jun 21, 2002, 1:55 PM   #2
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I too am interested.
I have heard that a program called
SMPREP comes with some of the card
readers that will make it all work.
Let me know if you learn more.
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Old Jun 21, 2002, 3:58 PM   #3
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The built-in panorama feature in all Olympus cameras is dependant on using only Olympus brand SM cards. They have "something" on the card that the camera "sees" and if it isn't there the Panorama fuction is greyed out and not available from the camera menu.

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Old Jun 21, 2002, 8:28 PM   #4
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I am not smart enough to do it
but I have read elsewhere on the
net that a person (w/a Zio or Dazzle
card reader) could download and
hack a program called SMPREP.exe
and make it work with any
SmartCard.
What do you think?
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Old Jun 21, 2002, 10:46 PM   #5
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I haven't tried it yet, but I found this page that talks about it:
Enabling panorama mode
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Old Jun 30, 2002, 6:39 PM   #6
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Madmac,
yes the above is true on Olympus cards. The New Camedia Master Pro 4.0 has an automatic stitching feature for panaramic shots. If your camera came with the standard 4.0 you can upgrade for $20 at Olympus site. I had to buy full version (there is not an upgrade offered for the 2.5) for $40 and feel it was well worth it.
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