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Olympus' Camedia E-20P digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus. Olympus announces 5 megapixel SLR!
(Wednesday, September 12, 2001 - 20:26 EDT)

Camedia E-20P features SLR-style design, 5 megapixel CCD and some interesting features...

Olympus Europe has today announced the new Camedia E-20P digital camera, the LetsGoDigital.nl website reports. Featuring a 5 megapixel CCD image sensor and an SLR-style design, the E-20P has some pretty unusual features. Perhaps the most significant attempts to answer the relatively slow top shutter speed of the Camedia E-10, by switching from interlaced to progressive scan mode at resolutions of 2.5 megapixels and below. This change boosts the shutter speed from 1/640 second at the top resolution, to as high as 1/18000 second in the lower resolutions.

Another change from the Camedia E-10 is the addition of a focusing screen in the optical viewfinder, to make manual focusing an easier matter. Features retained from the previous camera include the 4x optical zoom lens, CCD-RAW mode, noise reduction and the automatic pixel mapping feature which E-10 cameras can be retrofitted to include. There's also a selection of both SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type-I / Type-II storage with IBM Microdrive compatibility.

Specifications for the Olympus Camedia E-20P are in our database, and specifications highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Olympus Camedia E-20P
Olympus' Camedia E-20P digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: E-20P
Camera Format: SLR-style
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 5.24 megapixel (4.95 megapixels effective [interlaced scan], 2.5 megapixel effective [progressive scan])
Image Resolution: 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1792x1344, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 140mm (4x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: Unknown
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 60 cm to Infinity; 24.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 20 cm to 60 cm; 8.2 in to 24.5 in
Aperture Range: f/2.0 (wide) / 2.4 (tele) - f/11
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Optical SLR, 95% accuracy)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 118,000 pixel)
ISO Settings: Auto, 80, 160, 320
White Balance Settings: Auto, 3000, 3700, 4000, 4500, 5500, 6500 and 7500 degrees K, One-Touch
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 120 - 1/18000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Digital-ESP multi pattern, Center-Weighted Average, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer: 12 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reducing, Off, Fill-in
Flash Range Description: 0.6 – 8.9 m (wide), 0.5 - 7.4 m (tele)
Ext Flash: Yes (FL-40 external flash sync, hot shoe)
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2, SmartMedia, IBM Microdrive
Memory Included: 16MB (SmartMedia)
File Formats: TIFF, RAW, JPEG
More Information
Weight: 1050 g; 36.7 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 129 x 104 x 161mm; 5.1 x 4.1 x 6.3in
Notes & Features: 14 element, 11 group lens is all-glass with one ED (extra-low dispersion) and two aspherical elements. Optical viewfinder is SLR-style TTL, with info display and focus confirmation. LCD viewfinder can be tilted up 90 degrees, down 20 degrees, and brightness can be adjusted. Compatible with 3.3V SmartMedia (4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 MB), CompactFlash Type-I/II up to 1GB, including IBM Microdrive. Uses interlaced scan mode at resolutions above 1792 x 1344 pixels, progressive scan mode on CCD with resolutions of 1792 x 1344 or below. In interlaced scan mode, fastest shutter speed is up to 1/640 second, in progressive scan mode, fastest shutter speed is up to 1/4000 second (in all modes) or 1/18000 second (in manual or shutter priority modes only). Shutter speeds up to 1/640 second use mechanical shutter, speeds up to 1/18000 second use electronic shutter. Shutter speeds 2 - 60 seconds in shutter priority and manual modes only, shutter speeds 60-120 seconds in bulb mode only. Burst mode is 2.5 frames per second up to 3 frames in RAW mode, 4 frames in interlaced scan mode, 7 frames in progressive scan mode. Auto exposure locking possible. Auto exposure bracketing feature takes 3 images at 1/3, 2/3 or 1EV steps. As well as resolutions listed above, also has 640x480 pixel resolution. CCD-RAW mode is proprietary; files can be decoded using bundled Adobe PhotoShop plugin. Complies with USB Mass Storage Class (called USB AutoConnect by Olympus) for driverless connectivity with Windows 2000, Me, MacOS 8.6+. Optional accessories include 0.8x wide, 1.45x and 3x telephoto, macro lenses and battery hand-grip.

Stay tuned for further news on this story! We have information about this product under NDA, but recent events in the US have shifted the US announcement time. To avoid violating the terms of our NDA, we've carefully edited the information here to present only that which has been disclosed elsewhere. Stay tuned for more information from Olympus America at a future date.

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