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Olympus D-540
Olympus D-540

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Olympus D-540

Editor's Review

The compact, 3-megapixel Olympus D-540 is a good choice for beginner photographers looking for simplicity and style. With a very similar design to the 4-megapixel Olympus D-580, the D-540 offers fully automated controls, a 3x optical zoom, and seven preset scene modes. Thanks to its "Auto Connect USB" capability, the D-540 can be connected to almost any computer for instant image downloads—no software required.


  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical/3.3x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • Release Date: Mar 05, 2004

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Olympus D-540 Reviews

Olympus D-540 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
look else where (William Lukacik — 06/03/2009)

Eats batteries like crazy the pictures for the most part are ok a so so camera

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera (brandon — 03/21/2009)

never had a problem with it. i had it since 2004, 5 years! and still runs great. the only weird i noticed was when you won't take out the battery while not using it then the battery will die... even if regular batteries (unrechargable) now my workmates wanted to see it if he wants to buy it. and was selling it for $80 bucks.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Me too (Nicole Naugler — 12/24/2006)

I would not reccomend this camera.....I got it Christmas two years ago.. I dont like the video option.. its usually dark and of course no sound..It goes thru batteries, even rechargeables, I always have to carry TWO extra sets.. my biggest problem, it just died today—just like the two previous commenters..

  • 4.0 out of 5
Me too! My D-540 just died - have no idea why (Mark — 12/11/2006)

I experienced the same thing. Towards the last few days, I noticed the batteries losing pwr faster than normal use. Then one day - nothing. Fresh batteries, still nothing. Great camera while it lasted, but why?

  • 2.0 out of 5
My D-540 just died - have no idea why (Julia Ciliberti — 11/10/2006)

I owned the D-540 for less than a year and a half. The pictures were great - no complaints. then, it stopped dead with no warning. I mean DEAD!!! It will not turn on even though the batteries are charged. The computer won't even recognize it. The people at the camera store can't figure it out. How convenient that my warranty ran out, too. So..I saved money in the short run by spending only a buck seventy nine but now I have to buy another (more expensive model).

  • 3.0 out of 5
Get ready to spend on batteries !! (Mike — 08/13/2006)

Fairly a good camera & for those whose observation of the D540's feeding style on batteries, yes it just goes thru them so fast.Quite an inconvenience when you are at functions & when the important parts come by, the batteries are flat. I wouldn't recommend it to many !

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too slow, bad powersuply. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I believe this is a good camera, though I am not an expert on these things.
Nevertheless there are som problems. Waaaay to slow; you see something you want to take a picture of, you got it focused, press the button, three seconds pass and you get a shot of something other than you wanted.
This camera realy eats the batteries, even rechargeables.
I have one queestion: When I put in som fully charged batteries, the batteryindicator shows red and not green. Is this because the batteries are wrong for this camera or what?

Nikolai from Norway

  • 1.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

it sucks, the picture quality is bad! and when you record something you can't even hear it!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good pic quality for $$$ (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
first time digital camera user, found pic quality excellent. Battery life very very short. Would recommend rechargeable batteries.