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Olympus DP20 Microscope Camera Is Designed for Real-Time Color Image Display, Portability and Remote Viewing

Center Valley, PA, July 24, 2005 - Microscope users who require an ultra-fast, sensitive camera with excellent color fidelity will benefit from the new 2-megapixel Olympus DP20 microscope digital camera. It displays 1600 x 1200 resolution images at 15 fps on a monitor, projector or PC. In addition, the camera's versatility, ultra-sharp images and outstanding color make it ideal for consultation, education, tumor boards, or with any application that requires frequent documentation, such as pathology, hematology, cytology and microbiology.

The highly portable microscope camera can operate as a stand-alone image capture system with a microscope, since it does not require a PC for operation; it interfaces directly to a variety of monitors, or to a projector via RGB analog connection. Users can connect the DP20 to a PC via USB 2.0 and, using appropriate software, download image files or even control the camera.

The camera's numerous resolution options allow maximum flexibility in setting up imaging protocols. When in use with a UXGA high-definition monitor, smooth full-resolution display is available at a real-time rate of 15 fps. When previewing images, there is none of the noticeable image lag that is associated with many high-resolution cameras. Framing and focusing are effortless. Both a 2x and new 4x electronic zoom with panning are included, and a continuous shooting mode captures a burst of 5 image frames in rapid succession. A calibrated scale bar, a grayscale mode and numerous basic measurement functions come with the camera, along with an under- and overexposure notification for people who want one-step, simple operation.

An easy-to-use, ergonomic handset control unit allows streamlined, comfortable control of the system. The camera controller accepts Type I CompactFlash® cards for up to 4 gigabytes of storage.

With optional MicroSuite™ FIVE software and the Olympus NetCam, DP20 users can share images easily with colleagues or students in other locations. Broadcasting images for consultation or training is simple. Up to 50 remote client computers can simultaneously log on and view a live or captured image using a standard web browser. The primary user can manually or automatically adjust the microscope and camera parameters; capture, annotate, and send images; and control access by remote users. Remote users can view live images at 800 x 600 or 640 x 480 pixel resolution, and can see captured images either at full resolution, or compressed for faster transmission.

For more information on the Olympus DP20 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 .

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Olympus America 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.

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Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering imaging solutions in healthcare, life science and photography. 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.