Summary: I have had this camera for a couple of years, we paid a lot more for it when it first came out. It takes pretty good pictures although if the flash isn't on, they turn out blurry. I don't know why this happens, but it makes it difficult when needing to snap the shot without the flash on. I have noticed that regular batteries don't last even one day in this camera, although the Lithium ones last several months. It is worth it to spend the extra money on them.
Summary: I purchased the Olympus D540 about a year and a half ago and it worked fine at the beginning. It had no lag, started up quickly, and took pictures fine. Then I noticed wear that came from nowhere. Cheap parts. The camera took an unusually long time to startup, even with brand new batteries. It flashed black every time I turned it on. Eventually, it just stopped working altogether.
Summary: 1. Pictures come out VERY crisp and clear. Love them!!! 2. Size is fantastic. Can put in a small purse and carry around. 3. Batteries get used up at a ridiculous rate. Even after I bought rechargeable batteries with 2300 MAH, they still get used up too fast! 4. Price is great. 5. Very easy to transfer pictures to computer. 6. Sleek look. Overall: Although I really love the output quality of my pictures, I would not buy this camera again.
Summary: My title says it all - the ease of use is nullified by the fact that there is not a valid batter option. This camera operates on either two AA batteries, or one lithium battery. Here is the problem - it burns through them at an umbelievable rate!! If you are planning on taking lots of pictures at once (on vacation, or taking the kids to the zoo, etc), one set of AA batteries will not even get you through the day.
Summary: This is my 3rd midrange digital camera in as many years. I picked this one for my latest based on it's features (macro, self portrait, etc) and the awesome huge LCD screen. The screen is much bigger than it's competitors. The self portrait mode worth noting... some one was finally genius enough to note that many a snapshot is taken where two subjects squeeze together and hold the camera at arms length and snap the pic.