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Rollei's dp300 digital camera. Courtesy of Rollei Germany, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Rollei announces dp300 digital camera
(Tuesday, August 5, 2003 - 18:17 EDT)

Rollei Germany has announced a new 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera - the Rollei dp300.

The camera has a 40 - 120mm equivalent focal length lens, focuses down to 50cm (or 20cm in macro mode), and offers shutter speeds from 1 to 1/14000 second. Images are saved as JPEG files on 16MB of built-in memory or an optional SD card, and AVI MotionJPEG movie clips can also be captured. Files are transferred to a PC over a USB connection, and a switcheable NTSC / PAL video output lets you view images on a TV. A 1.5" LCD monitor allows image framing and review, and power comes from 2 AA batteries. The camera will be available in Europe this month; pricing has not yet been disclosed.

Full specifications for the Rollei dp300 follow:

Rollei dp300
Rollei's dp300 digital camera. Courtesy of Rollei Germany, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
CCD sensor 3 M pixels
Image quality / Still mode Super fine, fine, normal
Image resolution / Still mode
3024 x 2016 pixels (interpolated)
2048 x 1536 pixels
1024 x 768 pixels
Video clip
320 x 240 pixels
(15 fps) AVI-file
PC-Camera mode
160 x 120 pixels (30 fps.)
320 x 240 pixels (15 fps.)
ISO speed 100
Image storage
SD or Multimediacard
Internal memory 16M byte
LCD display 1.5" TFT color monitor
Microphone and speaker Built-in
Recording format JPEG, EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1, DCF 1.0
D-VarioApogon zoom lens
f/2.9 – 6.9/6.2 –18.6 mm
(equivalent to 40 – 120 mm in 35mm photography)
Focus range
0.5 m to infinity, Autofocus
Macro range
20 to 50 cm
Shutter speed, automatic
1 s – 1/500 s mechanical
1/30 s – 1/4000 s electronic
(ADZ – Advanced Step-less Digital Zoom)
3x optical
2,5x digital for video recording
4x digital for exposure
8x digital for image reproduction (display)
Viewfinder Optical real-image type
White balance Auto / Daylight / Shade / Fluorescent / Tungsten
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 increments
Flash modes Auto, fill-in, off, red-eye reduction
Self-timer 10 s delay
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
Video-out (NTSC, PAL)
Power source
Two AA-size batteries
(Alkaline, NiMH or CR-V3)
Dimensions / Weight
106 x 66.5 x 34 mm
190 g (without batteries and SD/MM-card)
Contents Rollei Rollei dp300, drivers, software, cables: USB, video-out, wriststrap, pouch, 2x 1.5 AA-size batteries, instruction manual on CD
System requirements
PC, Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP
Min. 32 MB RAM
Min. 110 MB harddisc space
CD-ROM drive, USB-Interface
Apple Macintosh
Version 9.0 or higher
Min. 32 MB RAM
Min. 110 MB harddisc space
CD-ROM drive, USB-Interface
Specifications subject to change without notice.

Original Source Press Release:

Listen, who's talking?!

The new Rollei dp300 3-megapixel digital camera records even videoclips and voice commentary and may also be used as a web cam.

A digital camera that not only takes great pictures but will also record entire motion series plus sound opens up entirely new perspectives for creative experimenting. Powerful and compact, the Rollei dp300 with its 3x zoom lens proves to be the ideal camera for discriminating amateur photographers. It will be available from August 2003.

The Rollei dp300 has a 3x zoom lens, autofocus and a zoom range from 6.2-18.6 mm (equivalent to 40-120mm in 35m photography). Autofocusing is possible from 0.5 m to infinity, macrofocusing from 20 cm to 50 cm. Shutter speeds range from 1 s to 1/4000 s.

In addition to digital still pictures, the Rollei dp300 will also record both videoclips and, thanks to a built-in microphone, voice commentary. The JPEG, EXIF, DPOF, DCF and AVI-Motion (M-JPEG) formats are available for recording. The camera's internal memory has a capacity of 16 MB; additional capacity is provided by SD cards. The Rollei dp300 has a video output switchable to NTSC or PAL as well as a USB interface.

Image quality can be varied to suit the final image size and control file size: There are settings of Normal, Fine and Super-fine. In addition to Auto white-balance, there are presets for Daylight, Shade, Tungsten and Fluorescent. The flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Off and Red-eye reduction provide ample margin for a wide range of different shooting conditions. Camera settings can easily be checked on an easy-to-view 1.5" TFT LCD color monitor.

The Rollei dp300 comes with driver software, USB and video cables, two size AA alkaline batteries, software, operating instructions on CD, wrist strap and case.

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