Olympus Brio D-100 Digital Camera, retail ~$150.00* (www.amazon.com...)
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Manufactured by Olympus (www.olympusamerica.com)
Last updated 06-08-10

I've had this for quite a few years now, that's why it does not look brand spanken new in the above photograph!!!

This product does not emit light of its own, so the standard review format will not be used and the product will not be assigned a rating. This website is mostly about light-emitting products, but occasionally, you'll see non-light emitting products on it too if it's something I use regularly and/or really like (this camera meets both of those criteria!). It *DOES* have a couple of LEDs in it, so it's at least a bit germane to the theme of this website.

This is the Olympus Brio D-100 Digital Camera

It has a 1.30MP (megapixel -- that's 1,300,000 pixels) CMOS imager, has a color LCD screen on the back that is used like a viewfinder, and operates from a pair of AA cells or a single lithium CR-V3 battery that you furnish yourself.

The Brio D-100's 16MB (megabyte) SmartMedia memory card (left), compared in size with a standard CF (Compact Flash) memory card on the right.
This appears to be a proprietary format (at least the size, thickness {it's a lot thinner than a CF card!} and pin architecture), and will only fit in Olympus digital cameras and possibly other digital products manufactured by Olympus.

That gold pattern you see on the SmartMedia card is actually the "pins" ("pads" in this case) used for electrically connecting the memory card to the camera itself.

* Product was purchased from an unknown vendor (possibly Amazon.com) in 2002 for approximately this amount.

** Product appears to have been discontinued as of 06-06-10.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

Insert a couple of AA cells first (see directly below), and THEN you can go shoot those damselfly nymphs (larvae).

Turn the camera on by sliding the lens cover open (toward the right as the lens faces forward).

Frame your subject in the LCD viewfinder, then press & release that circular gold-colored button on the top of the unit toward the right to take a photograph.

When you are finished, slide the lens cover back over the lens (toward the left as the lens faces forward) -- doing this kills all power.

This camera has a female receptacle on its underside for a ž" 20 threads-per-inch "standard" tripod mounting screw.

From the Olympia website archive, comes the following information:
  • Fast shutter release
  • Auto Connect USB function for quick and easy transfer of images to a PC
  • Burst mode allows you to shoot two frames per second
  • 1.5" color LCD monitor functions as both a high-resolution viewfinder and as the camera's menu control panel
  • Exclusive TruePic technology
  • 4- or 9-frame Index display mode
  • Auto white balance plus Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent light settings
  • Fully automatic ISO settings
  • Macro mode for close-up shots
  • Programmed Auto Exposure, manual compensation possible in +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
  • Built-in self-timer

To change the AA cells, look on the underside of the unit for a battery door with an arrow and a bunch of horizontal lines on it. Push it down (in the direction of the arrow) until it stops. It will then flip up and stay attached to the body of the product with a hinge. Since there is nothing to remove, I don't have to tell you which part to carry to the top of the basement stairs, kick down those stairs into the room crawling with thousands of hungry piss ants, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

Dump the bad AA cells or CR-V3 lithium battery into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new AA cells or one CR-V3 lithium battery, orienting them so that the cell closest to the edge faces nipple-end (+) positive up (or the (+) positive terminal of the CR-V3 battery faces up closest to the edge of the camera body), and the cell next to it goes in so that its flat-end (-) negative faces up.

Swing the battery door back down, and gently press down on it. While still pushing down, slide the battery door in until it latches.

Current consumption averages 750mA on my DMM's 4A scale.
I say "averages" here because the current value fluctuates quite wildly between ~450mA and ~1,200mA (~1.2A).

The Olympus Brio D-100 Digital Camera is designed to be used as (what else?) a digital camera, not as flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, and abused; so I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a front porch, let my mother's big dog's ghost or my sister's kitty cats spring a leak (uranate) all over it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium or large ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

In fact, those photographs and spectrographic analyses located directly below may very well be it.

Photograph of a Canon Powershot G3 Digital Camera & the accessories
that were furnished with it -- taken with this camera of couse. :-)

Photograph of the beam of a 120mW 473nm DPSS Blue Laser taken with this camera.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of its orange "ready" LED.
This is a flashing LED, which is why this graph is the way it is.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of its LCD screen, displaying "blue".

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Product was purchased sometime in 2002 or 2003 to use as a "backup" camera.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Digital camera
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    SWITCH TYPE: 7 momentary pushbuttons
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Video cable, USB cable, CD-ROM, 16MB SmartMedia memory card
    SIZE: 4.30" (110.0mm) W x 2.40" (62.0mm) H x 1.30" (34.0mm) W (LCD screen stowed)
    WEIGHT: 5.80oz (164.0g) {without batteries & SmartMedia memory card}
    WARRANTY: 1 year


    Product is not intended to be used as a light emitter,
    so the conventional "star" rating will not be used.

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