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Olympus' Camedia D-425 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces Camedia D-425
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(Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - 12:39 EST)

Olympus USA has today announced its new Camedia D-425 digital camera, aimed at first-time digicam buyers.

The new model features a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD image sensor, coupled with a 36.7mm-equivalent fixed focal-length lens. Other features include a 4x seamless digital zoom, 1.5" TFT LCD display, built-in flash, 14MB of internal memory and xD-Picture Card storage, USB connectivity, and power from 2 AA batteries.

The Olympus Camedia D-425 will go on sale this month, at an expected street price of $149.99. Full product specifications and photos of the camera front and rear follow below.

Olympus Camedia D-425
Olympus' Camedia D-425 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
CCD Imager

4.0 Megapixel Effective

4.1 Megapixel Gross

1/ 2.5” Type CCD

Lens

Olympus 6.1mm lens

(36.7mm equivalent in 35mm photography),

5 lenses in 4 groups (including 3 aspherical elements)

Digital Zoom

4x digital (Seamless)

Aperture Range

F2.8 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)

Shutter Speeds

1/1500 sec. – 1/2 sec. (max. 2 sec. in Night Scene shooting mode)

ISO

Auto 50 – 250 (equivalent)

Recording Modes

Still Image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (Design rule for Camera File System), Print Image Matching II

Movie Mode: QuickTime‚ motion JPEG

Adjustable Resolutions

2288 x 1712 JPEG (SHQ, HQ)

1600 x 1200 JPEG (SQ1)

640 x 480 JPEG (SQ2)

QuickTime Movie®

15/30 frames per second in QVGA

Pixel Mapping

Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting

Direct Printing Options

PictBridge and DPOF

LCD

1.5" TFT color LCD (approximately 85,000 pixels)

Focusing System

Autofocus, CDD contrast detection

Focusing Ranges

Normal = 19.7" (0.5m) – Infinity

Macro = 7.9" – 19.7” (0.2m-0.5m)

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps

Scene Programs

Auto, Program, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Self-Portrait, Sport, Landscape + Portrait, Beach and Snow, Movie

Metering System

Digital ESP

White Balance System

IESP II multi-pattern auto TTL

Flash

Built-in

Flash Modes

Auto (For low light and backlit conditions)

Red-Eye Reduction

Fill-In

Off

Flash Working Range

0.7' (0.2m) – 9.8' (3.0m)

Flash Charging Time

Approximately 6 seconds at normal temperature with fully charged batteries

Memory

14MB (Internal)

Removable Media Card

3V (3.3V) xD-Picture Card

Self-Timer

12-second delay

Outer Connectors

USB Connector (Auto-Connect), DC input

Auto-Connect USB

System Requirements

Compatible with Windows 98SE/2000/Pro/ME/XP-MacOS 10.1 and higher

Windows 98 rev2 driver provided on CD

Mac OS 8.6 requires USB mass storage driver 1.3.5 available at apple.com

Downloading to laptop computer without USB port possible with optional PCMCIA xD-Picture Card™ reader

Image Playback

Still image: Index display, up to 4x enlargement,

Slide show, Scene rotation

Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-frame

Operating Environment

Operation: 32˚F – 104˚F (0˚C- 40˚C) 30-90% humidity

Storage: -4˚F – 140˚F (-20˚C – 60˚C) 10-90% humidity

Power Supply

2 x AA alkaline batteries (Included)

CR-V3, Ni-MH batteries (optional)

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

Date/Time Calendar

Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to the year 2099

Size

4.0" W x 2.0" H x 1.4" D

(101 x 51.5 x 34.5 mm) excluding protrusions

Weight

4.2oz (120g) without battery and media card

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Olympus' Camedia D-425 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

NEW 4.0-MEGAPIXEL OLYMPUS D-425 DIGITAL CAMERA DESIGNED FOR EFFORTLESS EASE OF USE

“One Touch” Design and Built-in Help Guide for Enhanced Operability in a Compact Body

Melville, New York, January 5, 2005 – First-time digital camera buyers will find using the Olympus D-425 so easy they’ll wonder why they didn’t try digital photography sooner. Designed for effortless picture taking, the camera features a “One Touch” configuration, with individual buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images. A built-in help guide makes learning digital photography easier than ever before. And with its 4.0 megapixels of resolution and PictBridge technology, users can create, vibrant prints by connecting the D-425 directly to any PictBridge-enabled printer. The light, compact body of the D-425 makes it convenient to slip the camera in a pocket so you can take it anywhere.

“The D-425 was developed with the first time digital camera user in mind. Every feature was designed for simplicity and ease of use,” said Naoki Tai, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “In fact, with the aid of the built-in help guide to explain the various functions, first-time digital camera users will be able to start shooting immediately with virtually no learning curve.”

Designed to Do More
The D-425 combines a 4.0-megapixel CCD image sensor and a 4x digital zoom lens with Olympus’ exclusive TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor, which significantly enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO allows the D-425 to capture information from all 4 million pixels with pixel “micro-smoothing” that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos. This results in high quality prints that can be cropped and enlarged to 11 x 14 inches and larger.

Conveniently located in the battery compartment, the D-425 is xD-Picture Card compatible so you can take up to 512 MB’s of images. The D-425 accepts readily available AA-size alkaline batteries, eliminating the hassle of finding the right battery on the road. And a battery saving sleep mode helps users maximize the life of their batteries.

Designed to be Approachable
First-time digital camera users will appreciate the camera’s simple “One Touch” operation. Individual buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images are placed on the body of the camera in such a way that frequently used functions can be easily accessed. Macro mode, Flash mode and a self-timer are located on an arrow pad conveniently located for quick use while setting up the perfect shoot.

The camera’s menu architecture allows entry-level users to make their selections quickly. The menu incorporates a new help guide that provides a brief description of each function and shooting mode to help users determine the settings that best suit their shooting situation and purpose.

The inclusion of 10 shooting modes, accessed via a rotating dial on the back of the camera, makes it easy to capture flawless images in a variety of situations, such as Portrait, Night and Landscape. And with the QuickTime® Movie mode, creating short movies of everyday events that can be emailed to family and friends is simple.

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. And with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away.

Connecting the D-425 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. Or, If you prefer, forget the computer altogether. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to 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.

Delivering Style
The D-425 has a durable, lightweight body and a built-in lens barrier. With its smooth edges and compact size of just 4.0"(W) x 2.0" (H) x 1.4" (D) and light weight (4.2 ounces), the D-425 fits comfortably in your hand and in your pocket, demonstrating that elegant design can be found at an affordable price.

Availability
The D-425 will be available in January 2005. It includes (2) AA alkaline batteries, an Auto-Connect USB cable, Wrist Strap, OLYMPUS Master Software, Quick Start Guide, Basic Manual, and Warranty.

U.S. Pricing
D-425 Estimated Street Price: $149.99 (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 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.
*Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
All trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holder.
©2004 Olympus America Inc.

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