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Olympus' Camedia C-760 UltraZoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus Europe announces C-760UZ digicam
(Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 13:26 EST)

Whilst Dave and Mike were away attending last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Olympus Europe made a digicam announcement that wasn't mirrored Stateside.

The new Olympus Camedia C-760 UltraZoom is a three megapixel, 10x optical zoom camera that Olympus says "the smallest and lightest 10x Ultra Zoom body" as of December 2003. The camera offers a variety of automatic and manual controls, including a fully manual mode, along with USB 2.0 connectivity, xD-Picture Card storage and a high-resolution 240,000 pixel Electronic Viewfinder.

We have spoken to Olympus USA, who have confirmed to us that this model will not be announced for the US market. We can't comment on what *will* be coming to the US in place of the C-760, but it would certainly be reasonable to assume that Olympus has something new up their corporate sleeves in the long-zoom category...

Olympus Camedia C-760 UltraZoom
Olympus' Camedia C-760 UltraZoom. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Type Digital camera with 4.5cm / 1.8 inch colour TFT LCD monitor
Image sensor
Image sensor 1/2.7 inch CCD with 3.34 million pixels
Effective pixel number 3.2 million pixels. (The actual number of pixels used in image processing.)
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Storage media type Removable xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB.)
Optical zoom 10x
Structure 11 lenses in 7 groups. 2 aspherical lens elements. ED lens
Filter diameter 45.6mm (use optional CLA-4 adapter to connect converter)
Focal length 6.3 - 63mm (equivalent to 42 - 420mm lens in 35mm format)
Maximum aperture F2.8 (wide) / F3.7 (tele)
Digital Zoom
Digital Zoom 1x - 3x, 30x seamless zoom when combined with optical zoom
Viewfinder 240,000 pixel EVF (electronic viewfinder)
LCD monitor
LCD monitor 1.8 inch colour TFT LCD monitor with 110,000 pixels
System TTL autofocus with contrast detection
Auto iESP autofocus, spot autofocus, AF area is selectable
Manual MF via arrow buttons
Working range
Standard mode 0.6m (wide) / 2m (tele) - infinity
Macro mode 0.07m - 0.6m (wide); 1.2m - 2m (tele)
Super Macro mode From as close as 3cm
Light Metering
Digital ESP metering,
Spot metering,
Multi-spot metering
AE lock
Histogram in shooting and playback mode
Exposure control
Programme AE, AE lock
Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE, Manual Exposure
Scene Programs (Portrait, Sports, Night Scene, Landscape)
4 different settings storable
Shutter speed 16 – 1/1000 sec
Compensation ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto bracketing Selectable from 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV, max 5 images
Auto ISO 50 / 100 / 200 / 400
Manual Selectable from equivalent to ISO 50 / 100 / 200 / 400
White balance
Auto Full-auto TTL iESP2
Pre-set One-touch, daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light 1,2,3
WB adjustment Red (-7) – blue (+7 )
Type Built-in flash (Pop-up)
Auto (automatic activation in low and backlight),
Red-eye reduction,
Fill-in (forced activation),
Slow synchronisation,
Off (no flash
Working range
Wide: 0.3m - 4.5m
Tele: 1.2m - 3.5m
Recycle time Approx. 10 sec
Guide number Approx. 10
Sequence shooting
Sequence shooting Up to 12 frames at 1.4 shots per sec. in HQ
Image processing TruePic, pixel mapping, noise reduction
Image quality adjustment
Sharpness ± 5
Contrast ± 5
Saturation ± 5
Function shooting
2 in 1 function,
Panorama function,
Sepia mode,
Black & white mode.
Black board mode,
White board mode
Still image edit Re-size, trimming
Motion picture edit Index
Recording system
Still image JPEG (DCF: "Design rule for Camera File system"), TIFF (non-compress), Exif 2.2 support, Print Image Matching II support, DPOF support, DPS.
Motion picture QuickTime Motion JPEG
Sound WAVE format
Number of storable frames (approx., with 16MB xD-picture Card)
Still picture mode
3200 x 2400 SHQ (enlarged size): 2
HQ: 8
2,048 x 1,536 TIFF: 1
SHQ: 8
HQ: 20
2,048 x 1,360 TIFF (3:2): 1
SHQ: 8
HQ: 22
1,600 x 1,200 TIFF: 2
SHQ: high 11 / normal 32
1,280 x 960 TIFF: 4
SQ1: high 17 / normal 49
1,024 x 768 TIFF: 6
SQ2: high 26 / normal 76
640 x 480 TIFF: 16
SQ2: high 66 / normal 165
Motion picture mode Up to memory card’s capacity. With a 16MB xD-picture Card this is: 46 sec. in HQ mode (320 x 240 pixels) at (15 frames/sec.)
Power supply
Rechargeable battery Lithium-ion battery (LI-10B).
AC adapter Optional AC adapter C-7AC; AC 100V-240V, 50-60Hz; DC 4,8V.
DC input terminal,
USB 2.0 Auto Connect interface (storage class/SDK),
Audio/Video output terminal (PAL/NTSC selectable),
Other features
DPOF setting Single-frame print reservation, all print reservation, number of prints, date/time display
Direct printing (DPS) PictBridge support allows direct printing with compatible printers
Multilingual menu English / French / German / Spanish / Japanese / Russian / Portuguese / Italian
Setting memorisation ON /OFF/ My mode (4 settings storable)
Self-timer Yes
Date / time / calendar system Up to year 2099
Dimensions 104.5 (w) x 60 (h) x 68.5 (d) mm
Weight 280g
Box contents
Box contents Strap, 16 MB xD-Picture Card, USB cable, audio/video cable, battery charger with rechargeable battery, CAMEDIA Master 4.1
More Photos
Olympus' Camedia C-760 UltraZoom. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Olympus' Camedia C-760 UltraZoom. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Olympus' Camedia C-760 UltraZoom. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Experience more action with the world's smallest 10x zoom camera*

The Olympus CAMEDIA C-760 Ultra Zoom.

Hamburg, 08 January 2004 - Why be content with remaining on the sidelines? Bring the action right up in front of you with extraordinary clarity. Designed for sporting events, travel, nature hikes or any occasion when a more detailed view is important, the 3.2 megapixel CAMEDIA C-760 Ultra Zoom is the smallest digital camera in the world featuring an optical 10x zoom. Thanks to its easy handling, the C-760 Ultra Zoom gives you the flexibility needed to capture the spontaneous details of distant subjects, such as the moment in which the goalkeeper jumps to block a shot. Then, simply zoom out again to take in a broader context - the cheering fans, for example. Using the camera's movie recording function with sound, you can really capture the crowd's enthusiasm. But this model is equally practical for shooting subjects in extreme close-up, as the Super Macro mode lets you shoot from just 3cm away.

If you are looking for a 10x zoom, why not come to the founder of the ultra zoom range? Thanks to its longstanding experience, you may rely on Olympus for a lens that offers superior performance. The very bright (f2.8 - 3.7), high quality optical system comprises eleven elements arranged in seven groups and includes two aspherical lenses plus an ED element. These are normally only found in pro-level SLR cameras and significantly help reduce chromatic aberration. And this model is not only perfect for distant objects, but also lets you shoot from just 3cm away to create fascinating macro photos. With 3.2 million pixels, great quality prints are assured - even in sizes up to A4.

The camera's optimised electronic viewfinder allows - unlike many optical viewfinders - precise framing of the shot and the resolution of 240,000 pixels means you enjoy a clear picture. Furthermore, so you don't have to take your eye from the subject when shooting, all activated settings are displayed in the electronic viewfinder.

This model is versatile enough to match any user's comfort level. In auto mode, it offers point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For those times when creative expression is desired, the aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual settings allow greater control.

But it is more than just a still image digital camera. The movie mode enables you to capture video with sound. For instance, you can record the winning goal being scored, accompanied by the jubilation of the crowd. The USB 2.0 AutoConnect interface ensures file transfer to the computer is now even quicker.

For newcomers as well as ambitious amateurs alike, the Olympus CAMEDIA C-760 Ultra Zoom gives the power of 10x zoom to even those with smaller budgets. The camera, which weighs just 280 grams, has the smallest and lightest 10x Ultra Zoom body ever*, so that you can take it virtually anywhere. Offering excellent image quality and a broad range of advanced features, it combines versatility and ease of use in one sleek package. The new Olympus Ultra Zoom will be available from February 2004.

C-760 Ultra Zoom - main features:

  • 3.2 million pixels
  • 10x optical zoom f2.8/3.7 (equiv. 42 - 420mm on 35mm camera)
  • Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual modes
  • 4 scene programs (portrait, sports, night scene, landscape)
  • Super macro mode: shooting from as close as 3cm
  • Movie recording function with sound
  • 240,000 pixel electronic viewfinder
  • 1.8 inch LCD monitor with 110,00 pixels
    PictBridge compatible
  • USB 2.0 (AutoConnect)
* as of December 2003

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