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Olympus' Camedia D-510 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus. Olympus announces Camedia D-510 Zoom! (UPDATED)
(Tuesday, May 8, 2001 - 10:00 EDT)

Replacement for D-490Z is smaller, lighter and features USB connectivity...

Following on from its announcement of the Brio D-150 digicam this morning, Olympus has announced a second new camera, the Camedia D-510 Zoom. The new model is a replacement for the existing D-490 Zoom, and is noticeable smaller and lighter than the previous model (note that the specs for the two cameras in our database can't be directly compared as one weight includes batteries, however). The 0.37" 2.11 megapixel CCD image sensor is retained, but instead of RGB now uses a CMY filter pattern. The 61000 pixel 1.8" LCD display and 35-105mm (equivalent) lens are the same as the previous model, but the digital zoom has been upgraded to a stepless 1-3x zoom.

One other significant change is that the new camera now uses USB instead of serial connectivity, and features USB Mass Storage Class (Olympus refers to it as 'AutoConnect') compatibility. This means that on the latest operating systems such as Windows 2000, Windows Me and Mac OS 8.6+ the camera does not require drivers to be installed. As with today's other announcement, the camera bundle and planned availability has not yet been revealed. Nor do we know if the model name will vary worldwide - the D-490Z was sold under other names elsewhere - but once we find out we'll let you know!

Full specifications for the Olympus Camedia D-510 Zoom are already in our database...

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Olympus Camedia D-510 Zoom
Olympus' Camedia D-510 Zoom digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Olympus. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: D-510Z
Camera Format: Compact
Price: Street $399
Date Available: Unknown
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.37" 2.11 megapixel CMY CCD
Image Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 105 mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: Smooth 1-3x
Auto Focus: Yes, Contrast-detect TTL
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 80 cm to Infinity; 32.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 20 - 80 cm; 8.2 - 32.7 in
Aperture Range: /2.8 (wide) / f4.4 (tele) - f/5.6 (wide) / f8 (tele)
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type with diopter adjust)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 61000 pixel)
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Full-auto TTL, Pre-set (daylight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light)
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV steps
Metering Modes: Digital ESP metering system; spot metering
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer (seconds): 12
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Off, Fill-in, Night scene (first curtain sync), Night + Red-Eye
Flash Range Description: 0.2 - 4.0 (wide) / 2.6 (tele) meters
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: SmartMedia
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, Quicktime MotionJPEG
More Information
Weight: 240 g; 8.4 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 118 x 67 x 50mm; 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.9in
Notes & Features: Compatible with SmartMedia to 128MB. 'AutoConnect' technology (USB Mass Storage Class) allows Windows 2000, Windows Me and Mac OS 8.6+ computers to access camera without drivers. 4, 9 or 16 frame index mode. Flash is pop-up type. 1.7 frames per second rate is for up to 16 HQ or 86 SQ frames. Flash recycles in less than 6 seconds. In-camera image resize and rotate. Setting memory can be enabled/disabled.
More Photos
Olympus' Camedia D-510 Zoom digital camera, rear view. Courtesy of Olympus. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2001-05-08 09:26ET: The Olympus press release is now available on PR NewsWire...

Our question about European naming has now been answered... The D-510 is now listed on Olympus Europe's website as the C-200ZOOM.

Source: Olympus America Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

Olympus Introduces Camedia D-510 Zoom, Sets New Industry Standard for Quality, Versatility in Multi-mode Digital Cameras

Replaces highly successful D-490 Zoom as the digital camera of choice for users requiring zoom, ease-of-use, style in a compact, affordable point-and- hoot design

MELVILLE, New York, May 8th, 2001 — Olympus America Inc., the world leader in film and filmless photography, today introduced the Camedia D-510 Zoom, an Auto Focus 3X Optical/7.5X Digital Zoom digital camera with a 1.8-inch color LCD monitor. The D-510 Zoom replaces Olympus’ highly successful D-490 Zoom model in its digital camera product line. Offering a sleek metallic silver body, reduced size and unsurpassed ease-of-use, the D-510 Zoom features a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels, a 2.1-megapixel interlaced CMY CCD, a QuickTime™ Movie mode and AutoConnect technology for fast and easy image downloads.

“The D-510 Zoom is ideal for the consumer who wants an easy to use, high quality 2.1-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera, but doesn’t want to break the bank buying it,” explains John Knaur, Digital Product Manager, Olympus Consumer Products Group. “For the experienced amateur digital photographer, the D-510 Zoom has all the qualities that make it perfect for travel, hobby or even everyday use. It’s small, versatile and very user-friendly. At this price point, Olympus expects the D-510 Zoom to pick up where the D-490 Zoom left off.”

The D-510 Zoom delivers high quality images through its 3X Optical Zoom f2.8 – f5.6 Lens, providing the equivalent of a 35mm – 105mm lens in 35mm photography. Its optical zoom is further enhanced by a seamless 7.5X Digital Telephoto Zoom capability, extending the camera’s effective zoom range to 262mm. “‘Seamless’ means the D-510 Zoom automatically switches to digital zoom when the camera reaches its optical range limit, so users don’t have to program multiple time-consuming steps or menus and miss the action in the process,” says Knaur.

Extremely versatile, the D-510 Zoom not only offers a choice of four preset resolution levels, but the ability to record full motion video as well. In addition to the maximum 1600 x 1200 resolution for photo-quality prints up to 8” x 10”, users may also select from 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480 settings to best match desired image quality and file sizes to the intended application. Even at the lowest resolution setting, the D-510 Zoom delivers superior picture quality for e-mailing photos or posting images on the web. To capture short clips of live action, the D-510 Zoom’s standard QuickTime Movie Mode records up to 62 seconds of full motion video with sound at 15 frames per second on a standard 8MB SmartMedia card, making it the perfect choice for users producing webcasts and e-mailing short videos.

At any resolution setting in still image or movie mode, the D-510 Zoom processes all images through its 2.1-megapixel CCD, capturing every detail of every frame. The D-510 Zoom supports industry standard SmartMedia™ cards to capture images in JPEG and TIFF formats. The camera ships with one 8MB card standard, providing ample capacity to store up to 82 pictures in SQ-Normal mode. Additional SmartMedia cards are available in 16, 32, 64 and 128MB increments, providing virtually unlimited, reusable image storage capacity without the time or expense associated with film developing.

Once an image or video clip is saved and stored, it may be displayed on the D-510 Zoom’s 1.8-inch color LCD monitor. This large 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 jog dial and arrow keys to select modes and settings.

For fast and simple printing, the D-5100 Zoom features AutoConnect technology. A standard USB port allows users to plug the camera directly into any USB-configured computer. No drivers or additional software are required for PCs running the latest operating systems including Windows® 2000, Windows Me and Mac OS™ 8.6 and higher—these computers will mount and recognize the D-510 Zoom automatically. This eliminates the need to restart the system, so image viewing, downloading and printing can be performed immediately upon connection. (Adapters are also available for non-USB equipped PCs.) As a result, the D-510 Zoom delivers photo-quality images up to 8” x 10” when image data is downloaded to a computer and output on a photo-quality ink jet printer. SmartMedia cards may also be inserted directly into one of Olympus’ P Series dye sublimation printers for high quality prints up to 4” x 6”. The D-510 Zoom supports the DCF file naming format and the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standard for adding data to images and tagging specific photographs to print to DPOF-compatible printers.

“The D-510 Zoom represents the next step in the evolution of Olympus’ digital camera product line. It’s smaller, faster and less expensive than its predecessor, the D-490,” comments Knaur. “The inclusion of QuickTime Movie mode, enhanced viewing options and multiple resolutions are capabilities consumers have asked for in an affordable, stylish package. We’ve delivered that in this camera, and we’re excited about the role the D-510 Zoom will play for us in maintaining our position as the industry leader in digital photography.”
Other exciting features of the new Camedia D-510 Zoom include:

  • TTL digital iESP metering, plus spot metering.
  • Automatic ISO setting plus user-selectable 100, 200 and 400 ISO for low light conditions.
  • Built-in pop-up flash with Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Off, Fill-in, Slow synchronization (1st Curtain) plus Slow synchronization (1st Curtain) with Red-eye Reduction flash modes.
  • Auto White Balance plus Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent light settings.
  • Programmed Auto Exposure, manual compensation possible in +/-2.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps.
  • Sequential shooting at 1.7 frames per second (max. 16 frames in HQ, 86 frames in SQ mode).
  • Macro Mode for close-ups with 7.9” minimum distance.
  • NTSC Video Output terminal for viewing images on a television or recording to a VCR.
  • Date/Time/Calendar recording onto image data up to the year 2030.
  • Built-in Self Timer.
  • Wide battery compatibility including 2x CR-V3 Lithium batteries, 4x AA Ni-MH batteries, 4x AA Alkaline batteries, and optional AC adapter.
  • Slim dimensions of 4.6” (W) x 2.6” (H) x 1.9” (D) (excluding projections).
  • Lightweight at 8.4 oz. before batteries and SmartMedia card.
Camedia D-510 Zoom Suggested Retail Price: $399.00

For more information including photos of the D-510 Zoom, please contact the Olympus America Consumer Products Group, or Thomas Public Relations at the numbers provided.

Specifications subject to change without notice.
About Olympus America, Inc.
Olympus America distributes a wide range of products to the consumer, scientific, healthcare, commercial and industrial markets. These include film and filmless cameras, Microcassette™ and digital voice recorders, binoculars, film scanners, 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 Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Olympus is a registered trademark, and Camedia is a trademark of Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. Macintosh and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer. Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. SmartMedia is a trademark of Toshiba America, Inc.
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