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Olympus DP71 Camera Offers Faster-Than-Ever Display Rate, High Sensitivity, Low Noise, Outstanding Color Fidelity

Center Valley, PA, July 10, 2006 - The Olympus DP71 microscope digital camera combines versatility, exceptional color fidelity and ultra-fast display and transfer rates, providing unmatched performance in its class for both research and clinical applications.

The The DP71 is a 12.5 megapixel, 12-bit digital color camera that displays the native CCD's full-resolution live image at 15 frames per second, a new standard among cameras in its category. It can capture a 12.5 megapixel image with outstanding color fidelity, clarity, and an abundance of detail in under three seconds. In addition, it has numerous resolution options, allowing the user to match its resolution to the microscope objective being used, thereby optimizing the imaging protocol to suit the requirements of the specimen being photographed.

The camera provides brilliant color reproduction, making it ideal for pathologists, who require the best possible color fidelity for diagnostic purposes. It also is an excellent choice for fluorescence imaging when signals are weak, thanks to its choice of high-sensitivity, low-noise features: two binning modes, a new custom grayscale algorithm , a special SFL (super fluorescence) auto exposure mode, and Peltier cooling (10 degrees Celsius below ambient). An optional removable IR filter model is available for extended imaging into the near-infrared range.

“Keeping with Olympus' tradition, this camera offers exceptional performance,” said Susan Williams, Product Marketing Manager for Cameras at Olympus America's Scientific Equipment Group. “The DP71 incorporates all the great features and easy-to-use software that the popular DP70 camera did, and then adds the improved color, increased preview speed, sensitivity, and versatility of cameras that cost much more. The best just got even better.”

With its high-sensitivity 2/3 inch 1.45 million pixel CCD and piezoelectric motor, the DP71 provides fast performance. Pixel shifting technology is used to increase spatial resolution from 1.45 to 12.5 million pixels. In live mode, full-frame images (1360 x 1024) are produced at 15 fps for viewing, consultation or documentation. In addition, the camera has two ultra-high resolution modes (4080 x 3072 and 2040 x 1536), and a 680 x 512 mode. To work at high resolutions and save file space, there is a region of interest function that allows the acquisition of smaller areas of the field of view.

The camera comes with a short, half-sized PCI interface card that occupies only one slot, allowing the use of additional plug-ins. The software, which can also be used to operate Olympus motorized microscopes, features both standard and custom grayscale functions with up to a 10-fold reduction in exposure time on the custom grayscale option. The Preview Image Quality mode is highly improved for long exposures. The software is intuitive and helps streamline workflow with a customizable toolbar for enhanced control over image acquisition and management. The DP71 features a standard C-mount for attachment to most microscopes, and sports an elegant new black matte casing with a sleek platinum stripe.

For more information on the Olympus DP71 microscope camera , contact Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley PA 18034-0610; phone 1-800-455-8236; visit www.olympusamerica.com/microscopes or email: olympusseg@econnextions.com.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group

Olympus Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus

Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.

In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company’s consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.