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Old Jul 29, 2004, 5:05 PM   #1
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I just purchased an Olympus D-40 and love it. Not only do these cameras take AA batteries, which allows for fast recharges, the image quality is fabulous.

The movie mode with audio also is fun, but I'm disappointed to hear in playback what seems to be the mechanism writing to the SmartMedia card (a light knocking sound). Is thisnormal or do I have a defective camera?

I'd also like to be able to take longer videos. Is there any other Olympus of about 4-5 mp that will do this?

BTW, I was at a Circuit City the other day and saw two guys looking for cameras and both stormed off when told that all the models there took proprietary batteries. I, for one, think these cameras, like cell phones, are getting too small. Smallness is a virtue, but only up to a point. I wish Olympus would keep their medium sized clamshells. I get some of my best shots by using the top of a car or a low tree branch to steady the camera. Even the D-40 seems a little small for my taste.

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Old Jul 29, 2004, 9:41 PM   #2
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The noise sounds like the focus motor working...try disabling the continuous autofocus.

I would walk out of Best Buy too if told that.
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Thanks for the input. Makes sense. I'll give it a try.

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