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The Olympus Camedia D-390, Don't Go There
January 26TH, 2008

I was able to purchase an Olympus Camedia D-390 off ebay for a pretty decent price since it was used, and had a little trouble getting the XD Card out (the release spring did not operate). I got it as a Buy-It-Now auction for $15 with $8 in shipping costs. So $23 didn't seem like too much to pay to get my hands on an Olympus camera to try and convert to infrared. In my experimental phase, I was happy to get my hands on any different models, at a decent price, and open them up to see what the different manufacturers did in their design, and see how they do at conversion.

As a whole I am not too fond of the olympus cameras because of their proprietary XD card format, and in general I have found their menu system and controls hard to use. The D-390 did not disappoint, as I could hardly get anything configured and found it a struggle just to take pictures. There seems to be a long delay between when you press the button and when it actually takes the shot.

When I opened the camera up to try and do an IR Mod on it, I was surprised at how complex the camera is. Cords and Cables all over the place. They packed a lot of stuff into this small camera. More than I saw on any of the Canon, Kodak, or Fuji Models I looked at. It was quickly obvious that this would be a very difficult modification, if not impossible. I took some sample shots, so if anyone wonders what their D-390 looks on the inside, I'll post them here. Then I put it all back together and sold it on ebay. I got $7.50 for the camera, half what I paid for it, but just getting anything back for a camera that old was good enough for me. Original retail price for the D-390: $149 in 2003.

Here's a few shots of the outside of the camera, they are images I used when selling the camera back on ebay.

Camera Front
Camera Back
Camera Back

Camera Front

Camera Back Camera Back
Camera Side
Camera Top
Camera Side Camera Top Camera Bottom

Inside the Olympus Camedia D-390:

This camera has a lot of different sized screws holding it together. The first picture tries to show you some of the different sized screws after I removed the front and back of the camera. Next you can see some of the photos from the back of the camera. It looks a little difficult to get under the LCD and Menu Button Plate. Next you can see a little about how sliding the lens open turns on the camera. I think this is a terrible design, and it is proven (in the msg boards) that after extended use the contacts wear out and sometimes the camera won't turn on.

Next you can see some pictures from the front and top of the camera that show some of the cables wrapped around it. I am not sure if I could pull this camera apart to get to the CCD. It just looked too hard. Not worth the effort, and I wasn't too fond of how it operated anyway. Proprietary memory card too, no thanks.

On to the images:

Body Back
Camera Back Exposed
Camera Front Exposed

Camera Case and Screws

Camera Back Exposed Camera Front Exposed
Front Plate Removed
Pretty Small Camera
Front Closeup
Camera Front, No Case Camera Top, No Case Camera Front, Macro Zoom

Sample Photos:

I did take some sample photos, and they don't look too bad. But I did have trouble with what I felt was a significant delay from when I pushed the shutter button and when it took the shot. The close up of the newspaper isn't too great either.



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