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Rollei's dr5100 digital camera. Courtesy of Rollei, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Rollei dr5100: 5mpix, 3x zoom
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 16:30 EST)

Rollei's second new digicam announcement of the day is the dr5100, a five megapixel camera with a D-Vario-Apogon branded 3x optical zoom lens.

Slated for March availability in the US at a price of $400, the dr5100 offers both an optical viewfinder and 1.8" LCD display, ISO sensitivities up to 1600 from its 1/1.8" CCD sensor, three metering modes, SD / MMC and 16MB built-in storage, as well as USB and video connectivity. Power comes from two AA batteries, or a proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable (an optional extra).

Full specifications and a product photo follow below:

Rollei dr5100
Rollei's dr5100 digital camera. Courtesy of Rollei, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Rollei
Model Number dr5100
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.3 x 1.1"
114.0 x 58.0 x 29.0mm
Weight 205.0 g
7.2 oz
Planned Price $400.00
Planned Availability Mar 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
5.13 megapixels (total)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Optical real-image zoom
LCD 1.8", 130,000 pixels
Lens Type D-Vario-Apogon
3.0x optical zoom
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
28 - 85mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.5 (wide) / f/4.3 (tele) - ???
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 12" (1 cm - 30 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture
Metering Modes Center-weighted average, multizone evaluative, spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto, Sun, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in
Scene Modes Portrait, sports, landscape, night, text, high sensitivity
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format AVI with audio
320x240 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format TIFF, JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Battery Type Alkaline disposable, NiMH / LiIon rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA or 1 x Proprietary
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger 2 x AA alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 16.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS

Original Source Press Release:

Rollei adds powerful 5.1-megapixel dr5100 to its line of digital cameras

Weighing in at only 205 g, the Rollei dr5100 is encased in a stylish aluminum body and features an ergonomically shaped rubber grip on the right-hand side. Discriminating amateurs and professional users will be impressed by its features: 5.1 megapixels, 3x D-VarioApogon zoom lens, voice and video recording plus a host of manual controls.

The Rollei dr5100 comes with a fast f/2.5-4.3 wide-angle zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28-85mm (converted to 35mm photography). The extremely short focal lengths at the lower end are ideal for sweeping panoramas and group pictures even in confined space. The 5.13-megapixel CCD sensor in conjunction with the Apogon lens is capable of producing images that can be printed out to sizes up to DIN A3. The 3x optical zoom is backed up by a 4x digital zoom so that the range of focal lengths can, if necessary, be extended to 28-336 mm.

Auto focusing is possible from 30 cm to infinity. A macro focusing mode permits full-frame close ups right up to 1 cm from the lens. In addition to a real-image zoom finder there is a 1.8-inch TFT color screen with 130,000 pixels for high-fidelity image display. In the sync-monitor mode, the monitor will switch off at the instant of exposure.

Professional users will appreciate the extremely short shutter lag of the Rollei dr5100. The camera is not only ready to shoot 1.2 seconds after it has been switched on, but will start exposures at a mere 0.12 second after you have pressed the shutter release.

The power-supply concept is versatile: Users may choose between alkaline or rechargeable size AA batteries and a 3.7V lithium-ion battery.

Exposure, white balance and flash can be controlled either automatically or manually, to suit the shooting conditions. Automatic exposure control includes programmed AE and aperture-priority AE. Manual exposure compensation is possible in 1/3 increments over +/-2.0 EV. Metering methods include center-weighted average, multi-zone evaluative and spot metering. The built-in flash features auto On/Off, red-eye reduction and fill modes. There also is a hot shoe for external flash units. In addition to Auto, white balance has presets for Manual, Sun, Cloudy, Tungsten and Fluorescent.

The electronic dial located near the shutter release allows users to set aperture, white balance ISO sensitivity (ISO 60 – 1500) and exposure compensation with your index finger.

In addition to single frames, the Rollei dr5100 allows continuous shooting. A built-in self-timer will trigger the shutter with a delay of either 2 or 10 seconds. To simplify matters for the hurried or less skilled user, there are six subject modes, including portrait, sports, landscape, night, text and high sensitivity.

Both a loudspeaker and a microphone are built in, allowing the Rollei dr5100 to record and play back short video clips with either 320x240 or 160x120 pixels, complete with sound. Both video clips and stills are stored either in the 16MB internal memory or on SD or MM cards. They can be downloaded to a computer or presented on a TV monitor via the USB and video ports (NTSC, PAL). The camera is PictBridge-compatible, allowing direct printout on suitable printers without the use of a PC.

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