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Olympus' Camedia D-520 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Olympus announces Camedia D-520 Zoom! (UPDATED)
(Monday, March 18, 2002 - 10:02 EST)

Second announcement of the day couples 2mpix resolution with a 3x optical zoom...

In its second announcement today, Olympus America details its Camedia D-520 Zoom digital camera. As with the just-announced D-380, the D-520's European equivalent (the C-220 Zoom) was announced last Wednesday in Europe but we've been waiting for our non-disclosure agreement to expire. Now that it has, we have both full specs and will shortly be posting a review of the camera as well...

The D-520Z features a 2 megapixel imager similar to the D-380, but adds a 3x optical zoom lens. An update to the existing D-510 Zoom model, it is significantly smaller as can be seen in the side-by-side images below. It uses a 1.5" LCD display, and includes a built-in flash, SmartMedia storage, automatically selected ISO ratings of 80 to 200, shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1/2 second, apertures of f/2.8 to 7.5 and a 2.5x digital zoom. Full specifications from Olympus follow:

Olympus Camedia D-520 Zoom
CCD Imager 2.0 Megapixel Effective
2.1 Megapixel Gross
Size: 1/3.2"(.31") CCD
Lens Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens 5.0-15.0mm
(38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Seamless Digital Zoom 7.5x (3x optical and 2.5x digital combined)
Aperture Range F2.8-7.5 W/F4.9-7.5 T
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec. Automatic
ISO Auto: 80-200
Recording Mode(s) Still image: EXIF JPEG, DCF (design rule for Camera File system), QuickTime® Motion JPEG (Movie Mode)
Adjustable Resolutions 1600 x 1208 SHQ JPEG
1600 x 1208 HQ JPEG
1024 x 768 SQ1 JPEG
640 x 480 SQ2 JPEG
320 x 240 @15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
160 x 120 @15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
DPOF (Digital Print Order Form) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Display Date information
Image Edit Effects Sepia Mode
Black and White Mode
Resize - portable file size for E-mail or web
Picture Rotation Mode
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand SmartMedia™
Sequence 1.2 frames per second burst up to 8 frames in HQ mode
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus /backlight mark
LCD 1.5" (3.8cm) color TFT LCD (114,000 pixels)
used for viewing, reviewing or editing images.
Focusing System iESP Multi-Pattern AF (autofocus) TTL system (contrast detection)
Focusing Ranges Standard AF 20" - Infinity (0.5m - Infinity)
Macro Mode 8" - 20"(0.2m-0.5m)
Exposure Control Program Auto F2.8-7.5W/F4.9-7.5 T, 1/2 - 1/000 sec shutter speed
Metering System Digital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter, Spot meter
White Balance System iESP Multi-pattern auto TTL
Pre-set manual settings: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent
Flash Built-in Flash
Flash Modes

Auto Flash for low and backlight
"Red-eye" Reduction Flash
Fill-in Flash
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain)
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain) w/red-eye reduction
Flash Off (built-in or external flash)

Flash Working Range

8" - 15' (0.2m -4.5m) @ ISO 200

Flash Charging Time Less than 6 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Removable Media Card 3V (3.3V) SmartMediaTM card (4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 MB)16-MB card included.
Self-timer/Remote 12 second delay with built in self-timer
Settings Memorization Reset or Hold certain camera settings after power on/power off
Outer Connectors USB connector (Auto-Connect), NTSC Video Out, DC input,
Auto-Connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2 / ME / 2000 Pro / XP - MacOS 8.6 - 9.01 / OSX
Image Playback Index display, up to 3X enlargement, Slide-show, Scene rotation
Operating Environment Operation: 32 F -104F (0C - 40C) 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4 F - 140F (-20C - 60C) 10-90% Humidity
Power Supply

Main Power Source:

2 x AA Alkaline batteries (included)
2 x AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
1 LB-01 (CR-V3 type)
2 x AA Lithium batteries
2 x AA NiCd rechargeable batteries
(Manganese batteries cannot be used)

AC Power: E-7AU 3 Volt AC adapter (optional)

Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 4.4" W x 2.4" H x 1.3" D (112mm W x 62mm H x 35mm D)
Weight 6.1 oz (174 g.) without batteries and SmartMedia™
More Photos

UPDATED 2002-03-18 09:14ET: Our friends at Steve's Digicams have posted a review of the Camedia D-520 Zoom...
Source: Olympus America Inc.

Original Source Press Release:


World-Class Olympus Lens, Stylish Design, & 2 Megapixel CCD
D-520 ZOOM Provides Effortless, High Quality Photography

Melville, NY, March 18, 2002 - Olympus America Inc. today announced the D-520 ZOOM, an easy-to-use pocket-sized zoom digital camera. Building on the success of the D-510 ZOOM, one of the best sellers in its class, the D-520 ZOOM is approximately 30% smaller with a sleek metallic silver gray body; 3x optical zoom combining with a 2.5x digital zoom for a total seamless 7.5x zoom; CCD resolution of 2 Megapixels; QuickTime™ Movie Mode; and USB Auto-Connect for easy connectivity to most USB equipped computers.

The D-520 ZOOM delivers vibrant high quality images through the Olympus all-glass f2.8 - f4.9 3X Optical Zoom Lens. Extremely versatile and easy to use, the D-520 ZOOM not only offers a choice of four image resolution levels, an assortment of cool image edit effect modes, such as black & white, sepia and file resize; but also includes the ability to record full motion video and view images and movies on a TV. The D-520 ZOOM's movie mode records up to 60 seconds of full motion video at 15 frames per second on the included 16MB SmartMedia card.

The D-520 ZOOM captures images with enough resolution to create photo-quality prints up to 8" x 10". It also offers settings for different image qualities and file sizes for everything from printing, emailing or posting images on the web.

For fast and simple computer connectivity, the D-520 ZOOM features USB Auto-Connect technology. The Olympus USB Auto-Connect feature allows users to plug the camera directly into most USB-configured computer. No hardware drivers or additional software are required to fully support connectivity with PCs running the latest operating systems including Windows® XP, 2000, Me and 98 and Mac OS™ 8.6 - 9.2x and Mac OS™X (10.0.1). These computers will mount and recognize the D-520 ZOOM automatically. The camera will appear as a removable drive in the "My Computer" window on a Windows PC, and as a "Untitled" disk drive on the desktop of Macintosh systems. This eliminates the need to search for software or restart the system, so image viewing, downloading and printing can be performed immediately upon connection (card readers are also available for non-USB equipped PCs).

Printing the images from the D-520 ZOOM is so easy. Simply insert the removable SmartMedia card directly into one of Olympus' "P" Series dye sublimation printers for high quality prints up to 8" x 10". The D-520 Zoom supports the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standard for tagging specific photographs for printing with DPOF-compatible printers.

The large 1.8" LCD display allows for enhanced playback and viewing options, including 4-, 9- or 16-frame Index Display Mode, Single Frame Display with 1.5X, 2.0X, 2.5X and 3.0X Zoom Inspection, plus sequential image scrolling. The LCD monitor also serves as the camera's control panel, with an easy to use menu layout and arrow keypad to select various modes and settings.

The D-520 will be available April 2002. It comes with a 16MB SmartMedia card, USB cable, strap, 2 AA Alkaline batteries, Camedia Master 4.0 software for photo editing, correction and management, user manual and warranty card.

D-520 Zoom Street Price: $299
D-520 Zoom SRP: $349

For more information, contact Olympus America Inc, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY 11747-3157, ph: (631) 844-5000 (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 844-5262 or the Olympus Web Site: http://www.olympusamerica.com.
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Based in Melville, New York, Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These include film cameras that provide the ultimate combination of performance and style, and digital cameras that deliver your most realistic digital images yet. Microcassette and digital voice recorders, binoculars, 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 the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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