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Olympus' Camedia D-630 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus: New 5mpix, 3x zoom compact digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 12:00 EST)

Continuing its announcements in the runup to this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow in Orlando, Florida, Olympus announces its Camedia D-630 Zoom digital camera.

Coupling a five megapixel imager and 3x optical zoom lens, plus a large 2.0" LCD display, xD-Picture Card and 14MB internal storage, and power from a proprietary Li-40B Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Olympus describes the all-metal body as having "clean, sharp lines that will appeal to the discerning eye – and hand – of the purist"

The Olympus Camedia D-630 Zoom will ship in April at $299.99. Detailed specs and three product photos follow:

Olympus Camedia D-630 Zoom
Olympus' Camedia D-630 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Olympus
Model Number D-630Z
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0"
91.0 x 60.5 x 24.3mm
Weight 125.0 g
4.4 oz
Planned Price $299.99
Planned Availability Apr 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5 CCD
5.00 megapixels (total)
5.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
LCD 2.0", 115,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 5.0x max
Lens
Lens Type 3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System TTL Contrast Detection
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 24" (10 cm - 60 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed 1/1000 - 2 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Digital ESP Multi-Pattern, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Sunlight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, fill, off
Range: Wide: 0.3 - 11.5ft (0.1 - 3.5m); Tele: 1.0ft - 6.9ft (0.3 - 2.1m)
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Landscape + Portrait, Indoor, Self Portrait
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 12 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime Motion JPEG without audio
320x240
Max. frame-rate: 15 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium xD Picture Card, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video No
Computer USB 1.1, USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary Li-40B
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger Proprietary Li-40B Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 14.0MB built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
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Olympus' Camedia D-630 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Olympus' Camedia D-630 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES THE D-630 ZOOM: THE ULTRA-SLIM DIGITAL CAMERA THAT GOES EVERYWHERE YOU GO

5.0-Megapixel Image Sensor, 3x Optical Zoom, Large 2.0-Inch LCD and Built-in Help Guide in a Slim Metal Body

Melville, New York, February 17, 2005 – Olympus is excited to announce the D-630 Zoom ultra-slim 5.0-megapixel digital camera, featuring an elegant new design for compact portability. The minimalist beauty of this thin, brushed metal camera is much more than skin deep, with loads of features specifically designed for simplicity. Every action is accessed directly from the camera’s menu, which is easy to view in the large 2.0-inch LCD. A built-in help guide provides new users with all the information they need. And automatic scene modes ensure fabulous results in even the most difficult-to-capture lighting situations.

“At Olympus we believe that great design should be reflected throughout the camera, from the way the camera body looks and feels in your hands, to the usability of the features, to the quality of the pictures it captures,” said Naoki Tai, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “The D-630 Zoom is designed to appeal to users who appreciate simple, elegant design and want a camera that is as attractive and portable as it is easy to use.”

Delivering Style
Sometimes less is more, as with the sleek design of the D-630 Zoom. The metal body has clean, sharp lines that will appeal to the discerning eye – and hand – of the purist. Smaller than a deck of cards, at a mere one-inch thick (3.1" W x 2.4" H x 1.0" D) and weighing just 4.4 ounces, the D-630 Zoom slips discreetly in a shirt or jacket pocket without so much as a bulge. This is a camera that you’ll soon be taking with you everywhere.

Designed For You
The D-630 Zoom is designed to enable users of all skill levels to enjoy the fun and convenience of digital photography – from shooting pictures to sharing them with friends – without the learning curve. The large 2.0-inch LCD makes it easy to review images and make menu selections. A built-in help guide can be accessed from the menu with images and brief descriptions of each function and shooting mode to help users determine the settings that best suit their shooting situation and purpose. The inclusion of 10 automatic scene modes makes it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations, such as portrait, night scene, or sports. A QuickTime® Movie mode with sound enables users to create and share short movies.

OLYMPUS Master software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. With one-click editing tools, such as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates and other user services are just a mouse-click away.

Connecting the D-630 Zoom to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects the camera directly via USB 2.0 cable to a computer and requires no software. And with the power of PictBridge technology, photos can be printed directly from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer, such as the Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer, without using a computer. Printing and sharing images has never been easier, and the P-10’s photo lab-quality dye-sublimation printing produces archival-quality prints in rich color.

Designed to Do More
Olympus digital cameras are designed to empower users to do more than they imagined possible with their camera, placing the power to create sharp, vibrant images right at their fingertips. The D-630 Zoom employs a 5.0-megapixel CCD that enables users to capture images of such high quality that they can be cropped and printed to 11 x 14 inches and larger. Olympus’ high-quality lenses are designed specifically for digital cameras to deliver edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity. The D-630 Zoom combines a 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography f2.8 – f4.8) with a 4x digital zoom to deliver a total 12x zoom so virtually no photo opportunity is out of reach. And with the macro mode it’s possible to capture amazingly small details, as tiny as the date on the back of a penny, from as close as 4 inches.

Availability
The D-630 Zoom will be available in April 2005. It includes: Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger (Li-40B and Li-40C), USB Cable (WIN/MAC), Audio/Video Cable, Wrist Strap, Quick Start Guide, Quick Reference Guide, Basic Instruction Manual, CD-ROM with OLYMPUS Master Software and Advanced Instruction Manual, Warranty Card.

U.S. Pricing
D-630 Zoom Estimated Street Price: $299.99 (U.S.)

ABOUT OLYMPUS IMAGING AMERICA INC.
Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances peoples lives every day. These include:

  • Digital and film cameras
  • Professional SLR Imaging Systems
  • Digital and Microcassette recorders
  • Digital Music Players
  • Personal Photo Printers
  • Digital Print Kiosks
  • Digital Video Projectors
  • Digital Media
  • Binoculars

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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