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Olympus Announces World's First Zoom Lens 2.1 Megapixel Filmless Digital Camera

Olympus America Inc., Digital & Imaging Systems Group, the leading consumer camera manufacturer, today announced the world's first 2.1 megapixel zoom lens filmless digital camera, the C-2000 Zoom. The latest addition to the award-winning Olympus filmless digital camera line, the C-2000 Zoom boasts a 2.1 megapixel resolution (1600 x 1200), 3X optical zoom lens, infrared remote with fully automatic controls for novice users and powerful manual controls any photo enthusiast would appreciate. All this is packaged in a compact ergonomically designed point & shoot body.

The C-2000 Zoom is a camera first and foremost. The optics system is a world class all-glass aspherical 3X zoom assembly. Featuring both fully automatic and manual modes of most all selections, this camera is both a convenience camera and a photo enthusiast's implement. Manual controls now extend into areas other digital cameras have yet to approach in this price range. It even offers the choice of 100, 200 or 400 ISO film speed equivalency.

Secondarily, this camera is designed to be a digital device with many high-tech features, including Digital Telephoto at any optical focal length, in camera image review and inspection at several magnifications, floppy disk compatibility to personal computer systems, and reusable SmartMedia cards.

Thirdly, the camera is a consumer electronics device, with video connectivity to popular home entertainment appliances including the new award-winning 5-in-1 Olympus P-330 Instant Photo Printer. The TV connection allows the user to crop and make several sized prints right from their TV, while the new remote control aids in reviewing, cropping, editing and printing photos while relaxing in front of the television.

The C-2000 Zoom is designed by Olympus, a camera company that understands and excels in camera ergonomics. It is easy to use and understand—from the natural look and feel of the camera, to the obvious nature of its use. Its new colorful menu structure further enhances the end user experience. Beautifully designed with the consumer in mind, the camera is light weight at 10.7 ounces and very compact with dimensions of 4.2" wide x 2.9" high x 2.6" deep.

"The Olympus C-2000 Zoom combines an unprecedented level of photographic control with a particularly responsive user interface, and a full 2.1 million pixel resolution," said David Etchells, Publisher, The Imaging Resource on-line digital photography resource center. "The result is a digital camera that is first and foremost a camera. Photo enthusiasts who have been unwilling to give up the creative flexibility of their film cameras now have a viable digital (filmless) option with which to exercise their craft."

C-2000 Zoom is a Filmless Camera
Olympus digital cameras are well-known for their exceptionally high-quality images. Images captured with the C-2000 Zoom produce photographs equivalent to that of many film-based cameras. This is achieved by a number of factors, including a truly, "world class" all glass 8-element 3X zoom (35-105mm equivalency) with a fast f2.0-f11 lens aperture, low compression ratios including an uncompressed mode, and a host of other sophisticated Olympus technologies. The results from the C-2000 Zoom are truly photographic.

The C-2000 Zoom includes enthusiast level photographic controls you would not expect even from this fifth generation Olympus filmless digital camera. The shutter speed is determined in either an automatic or manual mode at ½ -1/800 second and additional accessory lenses can be added by attaching to the external threaded mount. The camera also features a built-in, intelligent 4-mode flash with red-eye reduction, force-fill flash, automatic low-light and back-light mode, and force-off to accommodate most all lighting conditions. External lighting can be synchronized to the camera to further extend its use and function. There is even a slow synchronization mode for use with manually selected shutter speeds. The flash can be fired at the beginning or end of an exposure allowing the user much creative license.

The exposure system is quite sophisticated as well. At its core is a fully automatic center weighted matrix metering system which can be manually overridden with a spot meter and/or further manually controlled with +/- 2 EV step control in 1/3 increments. These auto and manual exposure controls are augmented with additional functions which extend into areas other digital cameras have yet to approach in this price range, such as aperture preferred and shutter preferred auto-exposure system controls. This is a first for popular priced digital cameras.

The shutter preferred mode allows the user to control exposure length. Now fast moving subjects can be frozen in time or allowed to move through a shot. The shutter preferred mode facilitates creative control of image depth of field. This camera is all about choice and freedom of creativity. These are features seldom seen even in film-based point and shoot cameras.

The camera also features both auto and manual white balance, autofocus with both pre-focus and quick-focus options. The C-2000 Zoom even offers the choice of 100, 200 or 400 ISO film speed equivalency. The C-2000 Zoom even comes equipped with a remote control which allows the user to select and activate many picture taking choices at distance. This is a wonderful advancement for wildlife and other photography.

The C-2000 Zoom provides five levels of recording images (with two for standard quality): Standard Quality (VGA) at 640 x 480 with standard compression JPEG files, Standard Quality (XGA) at 1024 x 768 with standard compression JPEG files; High Quality and Super High Quality JPEG files at 1600 x 1200 with standard compression and minimal compression, respectively; and Super High Quality TIFF files at 1600 x 1200 with no compression.

C-2000 Zoom is a Digital Camera
The C-2000 Zoom connects easily to a computer through the optional FlashPathTM floppy disk adapter. FlashPath is a revolutionary floppy disk adapter through which the photos saved on the Olympus SmartMedia storage card are easily loaded into a computer. Once the included 8MB memory card is placed in the adapter, think of it as an 8MB diskette. Images can then be viewed, changed and saved using the included software. Floppy drive use through this adapter is simple and convenient. Another optional adapter allows the user to download picture data to a computer though the extremely fast PCMCIA slot found in most laptop computers.

With the C-2000 Zoom, users have the flexibility of using the 3X optical zoom lens with or without activating the Digital Telephoto mode. The Digital Telephoto can be used at any optical focal length with 1.6X, 2.0X, and 2.5X magnification. Use of both the optical zoom and digital telephoto can provide the equivalence of a 260mm lens. The built in 1.8-inch LCD display automatically activates when choosing the digital Tele/Wide, macro and either of the shutter or aperture preferred modes for through-the-lens composition and "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" results. Many will think of it as a "Digital SLR." The macro capability allows the user to get in as close as eight inches, so the C-2000 Zoom can capture the smallest details. By combining the Macro and Aperture shooting modes, users can move tightly in on small subjects while controlling the depth of field—a feature close-up photography enthusiasts will appreciate.

An Image Inspection mode allows up to 3X magnification of images on the LCD so the user doesn't have to download images to inspect small details. Images can be seen in variable magnification of 1.5X, 2X, 2.5X or 3X. The area of inspection can even be moved around the image while inspection is in process. This also allows magnified images to be printed directly to the Olympus printer. It is like having crop and enlargement in the camera. Also, since the 8, 16, and 32MB SmartMedia cards (all compatible) can save hundreds of images in one card, the LCD allows 1, 4, 9, or 16 thumbnail images to be previewed at a time, making the camera more efficient to use. For example, the 4-up review aids greatly when comparing the impact of white balance and other variable settings.

C-2000 Zoom is a Consumer Electronics Camera
The C-2000 Zoom can be used with or without a computer. It features a standard video out connector for easy viewing of photos on a TV set, in addition to individual viewing on the LCD. Images can be seen by many people simultaneously on the television and also be transferred to video tape and sent to relatives and business associates for easy viewing. Users of the C-2000 Zoom also have the option of creating photo prints, without a computer, through the use of the Olympus P-330 Instant Photo Printer by simply removing the SmartMedia card and inserting it into the printer's own card reader. This greatly expands the market for these products, allowing consumers that do not own a computer the ability to use a digital camera and their TV for a multitude of purposes.

An included remote control provides additional benefits here as well - the ability to view images while comfortably seated at a distance while the camera is hooked up to a television. As a result, several people can simultaneously view the photos while relaxing instead of standing in front of the camera. The remote control can also be used for multi-image inspection, and locking and unlocking images in the camera.

Speed
The C-2000 Zoom incorporates high-speed D-RAM for internal operations. This architectural enhancement provides fast shot-to-shot performance. Secondarily, the D-RAM also allows for sequence shooting. This mode enables users to shoot and capture 5-45 images in ½ second intervals with variable resolutions (VGA - 45 images, XGA - 30 images, 1600 x 1200 - 5 images). Similar to that of advanced film cameras, activation is easy. Once in this mode, simply hold the shutter button down and the camera does all the work. The images are written through D-RAM (internal memory) and saved to the removable media for later review.

An 8MB SmartMedia removable card is included with the camera, but additional 4, 8, 16, and 32MB cards can be used so there is no restriction on the number of photos that can be captured. The included Olympus 8MB SmartMedia card can be reused as images can be erased thousand of times. This saves on the cost of both film and processing making filmless photos with the C-2000 Zoom very affordable.

Olympus brand SmartMedia cards provide added benefits compared to other SmartMedia cards. They are pre-formatted for immediate use in the camera, and include panorama mode firmware. In this mode the camera locks the exposure to that of the first image in a panoramic set. The resulting panorama is evenly exposed throughout and the image seams are difficult to detect. The included QuickStitch Panorama stitching software from Enroute Imaging allows multiple images to be joined together (tall and wide) for impressive panoramic views of such difficult to capture subjects as the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building; or for real estate and interior home photos, that even the widest angle lens can't capture.

C-2000 Zoom
Recording Mode
8MB SmartMedia
(included)
# of Images
16MB SmartMedia
(optional)
# of Images
32MB SmartMedia
(optional)
# of Images
File Type Compression
Standard Quality 122 images
(640 x 480)
244 images
(640 x 480)
489 images
(640 x 480)
JPEG Standard
Standard Quality38 images
(1024 x 768)
77 images
(1024 x 768)
156 images
(1024 x 768
)
JPEG Standard
High Quality15 images
(1600 x 1200)
32 images
(1600 x 1200)
64 images
(1600 x 1200)
JPEG Standard
Super High Quality7 images
(1600 x 1200)
16 images
(1600 x 1200)
32 images
(1600 x 1200)
JPEG Minimum
Super High Quality
Uncompressed
1 images
(1600 x 1200)
2 images
(1600 x 1200)
5 images
(1600 x 1200)
TIFF None

The C-2000 Zoom includes an 8MB Olympus brand panorama SmartMedia card, remote control, 4 AA photo-grade Alkaline batteries, lens cap, strap, serial cable for PC and Mac, video connection cable for TV or VCR, Adobe PhotoDeluxe image manipulation and creation software, Enroute Imaging QuickStitch panorama stitching software, Olympus Camedia Master Utility Software for downloading images from the camera, and instruction manuals. For a limited time, 4 free AA NiMH rechargeable batteries and recharger can be redeemed though the included coupon. The C-2000 Zoom will be available May 1999 with an expected street price of $999. All software supports both Windows and Macintosh computer systems.

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Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These include film and filmless cameras, Microcassette and digital voice recorders, binoculars, film scanners, personal photo printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical analyzers, and other high technology products. Olympus America is responsible for sales in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Interested readers can find an independent preliminary report on the C-2000 Zoom on The Imaging Resource web site, at: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/C2K/C2KA.HTM.

Camedia and Microcassette are trademarks of Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. Adobe is a registered trademark and PhotoDeluxe are trademarks of Adobe Systems Inc. QuickStitch is a trademark of Enroute, Inc. Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. SmartMedia is a trademark of Toshiba America, Inc.

Specifications subject to change without notice.