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Olympus' C-5060 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces Camedia C-5060 Zoom
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(Thursday, October 2, 2003 - 00:33 EDT)

Olympus USA has announced a new addition to its Camedia line of digital cameras in the form of the C-5060 Zoom digital camera (the announcement was moved up a couple of days earlier than when we'd been expecting it without warning, so we're a bit late getting to it - sorry!)

An update to the C-5050 Zoom model that was announced around the same time last year, the C-5060 Zoom has a more fluid-looking body design with contoured lines that should make the camera easier to hold. The body is a bit heavier than before, and about half an inch taller; the tiltable LCD display of the C-5050Z has been replaced by a new unit that will tilt 180 degrees upwards to be visible from in front of the camera, and swivels as well to allow it to be seen from most angles.

Other hardware changes are that the image sensor has been replaced with an ever-so-slightly higher resolution one (5.1 megapixels effective vs. 5.0 megapixels on the C-5050Z), the lens is now an F2.8 - F8.0 4x optical zoom instead of an F1.8 / 2.6 - F10 3x zoom. Minimum focusing distance in super macro mode is slightly higher (1 inch instead of 0.8 inches). The LCD display is the same size as before, but higher resolution (130k pixels instead of 110k). Flash range is slightly reduced, although this could just be that Olympus are rating it more conservatively, rather than being a hardware change. The C-5060Z is now compatible with a wireless remote unit, and operates on a two-second self-timer delay when triggered by the remote. Support for Smartmedia cards has now been dropped, with the C-5060 supporting only CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card. The C-5050's AA batteries have been replaced by a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.

There are quite a few firmware changes as well - the digital zoom is a touch more powerful (3.5x instead of 3.3x), shutter speeds range from 1/4000 - 120 seconds (previously 1/1000 to 16 seconds), the ISO 80 setting has been dropped (choices are now 100, 200 and 400), Print Image Matching II compliance has been added, as has an extra resolution setting (1024 x 768 pixels), two more scene modes and two image edit effects (blackboard and whiteboard). There are now 9 white balance presets instead of 4. The C-5060's sequence mode (formerly 2.6fps up to 11 frames in HQ mode on the C-5050) now captures 4 images at 3.0 fps in RAW or JPEG formats, and up to 10 images at 1.4 fps in HQ mode.

The Olympus Camedia C-5060 Zoom will ship in November 2003, with US MSRP pricing set at $799.95, and street pricing expected to be $699.

Olympus Camedia C-5060 Zoom
Olympus' C-5060 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
CCD Imager
5.1 Megapixel Effective
5.3 Megapixel (Gross)
Size - 1/1.8 type (.55 type) CCD
Lens
Olympus aspherical glass 4x zoom lens 5.7mm – 22.8mm
(27mm-110mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Seamless Digital Zoom 14X (4x optical and 3.5x digital combined)
Aperture Range F2.8 – F8.0
Shutter Speeds
1/4000 sec. – 4 sec. Program Auto / Aperture Priority
1/2000 sec. – 4 sec. Shutter Priority
1/4000 sec. – 16 sec. Manual
Max 120 sec. Bulb
ISO Auto, 80 / 100 / 200 / 400
Recording Mode(s)
Still image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, TIFF, and Raw (.orf) file formats,
DCF (design rule for Camera File system), PIM2
QuickTimeR Motion JPEG (Movie Mode)
Available Resolutions
3264 x 2448 JPEG (SHQ, HQ) Optimum Image Enlargement mode
2592 x 1944 TIFF, JPEG, RAW (SHQ, HQ)
2592 x 1728 (3:2 format), JPEG (SHQ, HQ)
2288 x 1712 TIFF, JPEG (SQ1)
2048 x 1536 TIFF, JPEG (SQ1)
1600 x 1200 TIFF, JPEG (SQ1)
1280 x 960 TIFF, JPEG (SQ2)
1024 x 768 TIFF, JPEG (SQ2)
640 x 480 TIFF, JPEG (SQ2)
640 x 480 @15fps Quick Time Motion 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 Effect Shooting Modes Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, 5 Scene Modes, 8 My modes
Image Edit Effects B&W, Sepia, whiteboard, blackboard
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Sequence
Hi speed = 3.0 fps in RAW and all JPEG compressions (max 4 images)
Normal = 1.4 fps HQ (max 10 images)
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder with autofocus / backlight mark
LCD 1.8" adjustable low-temperature poly-silicon used for viewing, reviewing or editing images. Approx. 130,000 pixels
Focusing System iESP multi-pattern AF (autofocus) TTL system (contrast detection), Spot AF, Selective Spot AF, Full Time AF, Manual focusing by gauge
Focusing Ranges
Normal mode: 31" – infinity (0.8m – infinity)
Macro mode: 8" – 31" (0.2m – 0.8m)
Super Macro mode: 1" – 8" (.03m – 0.2m)
Exposure Control
Exposure compensation: +/- 2 steps by 1/3 or 1/2 EV stop settings
Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 or 5 images by 1/3 or 2/3 or 1 EV stop settings
Metering System Digital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter, Spot meter, Multi-point spot
White Balance System iESP2 Auto, 5 Indoor settings, 4 Outdoor settings, 4 Custom Memory settings, One-touch set with white card
Special Functions
TruePic™ Technology
Noise Reduction ½ sec or longer
Automatic Pixel Mapping APM
Fine WB Adjustment Yes +/- 7 steps
Sharpness Adjustment Yes +/- 5 steps
Contrast Adjustment Yes +/- 5 steps
Saturation Adjustment Yes +/- 5 steps
Flash Built-in flash, TTL hot shoe for optional FL-20 or FL-50 TTL flashes, or sync to studio strobes with optional hot shoe to PC sync adapter and cables
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
External Flash with FL-50 and new flashes
Flash Working Range Wide: 32" – 13' (0.8m – 3.7m), Tele: 32" – 8' (0.8m – 2.2m)
Flash Charging Time Less than 6 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Removable Media Card
3V (3.3V) xD-Picture Card ™ card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512MB)
32-MB card included.
Compact Flash Type I or Type II
IBM Microdrive 1GB
Self-timer / Remote 12 second delay with built in self-timer, 2 second delay with remote control (RM-2)
Settings Memorization On / Off (Hold changes / Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors Mini “B” USB connector (Auto-Connect), Video Out, DC input for optional AC Adapter
Auto-Connect USB
Compatible with Windows 98 SE2 / ME / 2000 Pro / XP and Mac OS 8.6 – OS 10.2
Windows 98 rev 2 driver provided on CD
Mac OS 8.6 requires USB mass storage driver 1.3.5 available at apple.com
Downloading to computer without USB port possible with optional card readers
Image Playback Index display, up to 4X 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
Li-Ion rechargeable battery (BLM-1) and charger (BCM-1) included
AC Power: 7.8V AC adapter (optional)
Date / Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 4.6" W x 3.4" H x 2.6" D (116mm x 87mm x 65.5mm)
Weight 15.2 oz (430g.) without batteries
More Photos
Olympus' C-5060 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Olympus' C-5060 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Olympus' C-5060 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES THE C-5060 WIDE ZOOM - BODY OF A COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA WITH THE SOUL OF AN SLR

Features Wide-Angle Lens, Fast Processing Time, Fully Articulated LCD, 5.1 Megapixels

Melville, New York, September 29, 2003 – With the release of the new C-5060 Wide Zoom, Olympus America introduces a high performance digital camera with an incredible wide-angle lens (27mm to 110mm, f2.8 - f8.0) that takes a photographer’s creations to a whole new dimension. A state-of-the-art camera with 14x total seamless wide-angle zoom (4x optical + 3.5x digital) and fast processing time, the C-5060 Wide Zoom is ideal for advanced digital photographers seeking full manual and advanced photographic control typically found only in advanced SLR and Rangefinder film cameras.

“Photographers are certain to appreciate the C-5060 Wide Zoom because of its compact size, ergonomic and rugged design, ease of use and high quality optics,” said T.J. Dickson, Product Manager of Digital, Olympus America Inc. “But it’s the powerful wide-angle lens to see more of the image, and increased processing speed for fast start-up and continuous shooting, that make the C-5060 a compact camera with the soul of an SLR.”

Innovative
By combining a “designed-to-be-digital” wide-angle zoom lens with 5.1 megapixels, Olympus developed a camera that delivers optimal image quality. Based on the success of the C-5050 Zoom – the number-one selling camera of its kind during the 2002 holiday season – Olympus decided to evolve the camera further and has designed the C-5060 Wide Zoom with improved processing speed, greater zoom power, as well as a more-articulated LCD to provide greater flexibility while framing awkward angle shots.

With the revolutionary new PictBridge technology, it is possible to print directly from the C-5060 Zoom to any PictBridge-enabled printer, such as the Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer, via USB without having to connect the camera to a computer.

Stylish
The C-5060 Wide Zoom is a compact camera with a rugged, black, magnesium alloy body that measures a mere (4.6" long x 3.4" high x 2.6" wide, and weighs just 15.2 ounces (without the battery or media). It also has a rounded edge on the corner where the mode dial is located, positioned so the thumb can manipulate the dial with ease.

Intelligent
The C-5060 Wide Zoom has remarkable versatility. Its built-in hot-shoe allows an external flash to be connected without the need for cables. An optional Olympus FL-20 or FL-50 flash will provide full ‘through the lens’ metering so photographers can get the best lighting conditions for their creations. Moreover, the camera has optional accessories like the Wide Angle and Tele Converter lenses, and a Power Grip battery for even greater customization.

Understanding the exposure range of an image being shot is easier now thanks to four special histograms on the C-5060 Wide Zoom. In the new “Direct” setting, the histogram generates red or blue squares atop the image on the LCD to show the light or dark areas of the subject, respectively. By adjusting exposure, users are able to equalize contrasting light and dark areas of an image so that details are not lost, and the red and blue squares become equal in number as adjustments are made. This function is particularly helpful when shooting subjects with high contrast between light and dark.

The C-5060 Wide Zoom’s advanced settings include controls for aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual operation and are ideal for experienced photographers who want to take control.

The camera takes two types of memory media – the xD-Picture Card™ or Compact Flash™ Type I or II including microdrives – and can hold both media cards simultaneously offering flexible storage options.

A multi-position LCD for optimized image viewing allows photographers to swivel the LCD in multiple directions: upward from the camera body and swiveling right or left to shoot from the hip or to get the perfect over-the-head shot, or even set up a self-portrait. It also conveniently rotates to hide the LCD and protect it from getting damaged.

Approachable
The C-5060 Wide Zoom is easy to use with controls strategically located on the camera body for fast, easy manipulation. By pressing one of the direct buttons, like the one for Flash Mode, a range of flash options can be viewed on the LCD, and the ideal setting can then be selected via the jog dial. Whether navigating with dials, the arrow controls on the back of the camera, or the menu screens in the LCD, the controls are intuitive to use.

On the top of the camera, a mode dial enables quick settings for an assortment of shooting situations with a turn of the dial. In fully Programmed Auto mode, the camera offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the easy-to-use Scene Programs on the mode dial provides fully automatic exposure adjustments for Night Scenes, Portrait, Landscape Portrait, Sports, and Landscape photography. Eight programmable “MyMode” settings enable users to assign frequently used settings for quick and easy access.

Transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the Auto-Connect USB that does not require software drivers (for most computers/operating systems) for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television using the video cable.

Exciting Features for the Most Realistic Digital Images
Images captured with Olympus digital cameras are known worldwide for their vibrant, sharp and photo-realistic image quality. This is achieved with a host of key technologies including Olympus’ high-quality all-glass lens (with aspherical lens elements) that’s specially designed for digital cameras.

The lens of the C-5060 Wide Zoom is a 14x seamless wide angle zoom (4x optical and 3.5x digital combined), 27mm-110mm equivalent in 35mm photography.

The 5.1 megapixel CCD and Olympus’ TruePic™ technology allows users to retain a realistic look to their photographs at all photo sizes e-mailed or printed. The 5.1 Megapixel imager captures the detail needed for true photo quality printing even on large print sizes over 11" x 14".

Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; adjustable white balance; multiple flash settings including slow sync flash; and auto bracketing and exposure compensation, Noise Reduction, and Optimum Image Enlargement modes.

Another useful feature of the C-5060 Wide Zoom is its ability to capture QuickTime™ video and sound so users can create short movies that can be sent over the Internet to co-workers, friends and family.

Availability
The C-5060 Wide Zoom will be available in November 2003. It includes an Auto-Connect USB cable, Audio/Video Out cable, carrying strap, lens cap with retainer cord, Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, a 32MB xD-Picture Card™, Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software, RM-2 Remote Control, user manual and Quick Start guide.

U.S. Pricing:
C-5060 Wide Zoom Estimated Street Price: $699.00 (U.S.)
C-5060 Wide Zoom MSRP: $799.95 (U.S.)

For more information, review units and high-resolution images of the camera, contact Michael Bourne, Mullen Public Relations, 650-210-9857 or michael.bourne@mullen.com, or Chris Sluka, senior public relations manager, 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.

ABOUT OLYMPUS
Olympus Corporation, with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:
· Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders;
· Minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes;
· Advanced clinical and research microscopes; and
· Chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems.

In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company’s market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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