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Olympus' Camedia D-395 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces Camedia D-395
(Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 03:01 EST)

Olympus America has today announced its new Camedia D-395 digital camera, a 3.2 megapixel model with a 33mm-equivalent fixed focal-length lens.

Featuring the same clamshell sliding lens cover design we've seen on a number of Olympus' other popular digicam models in the past, the D-395 is aimed at entry-level users new to digital photography with a street price of under $150. Other features include a 1.5" TFT LCD viewfinder with 120,000 pixels, a Reverse Galilean viewfinder, a contrast-detection based autofocusing system, built-in four-mode flash, xD-Picture Card storage, and both USB / DC Input connections. The camera takes its power from two AA batteries - either Alkaline disposables or NiMH / Nicad rechargeables - and can also accept LB-01 (CR-V3) Lithium disposable batteries.

The Olympus Camedia D-395 digital camera will ship in April at a price of US$149.

Olympus Camedia D-395
Olympus' Camedia D-395 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
CCD Imager
3.2 megapixel effective
3.3 megapixel gross
1/2.7 type (0.37 type) CCD
Lens Olympus 2 aspherical glass lens 5mm (33mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 lenses in 4 groups
Digital Zoom 2.5x
Aperture Range f2.8 - f6.0
Shutter Speeds 2 sec. - 1/800 sec.
ISO Auto, 50-100 (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
2048 x 1536 JPEG (SHQ, HQ)
1024 x 768 JPEG (SQ1)
640 x 480 JPEG (SQ2)
QuickTime Movie®
15 frames per second in 320 x 240 HQ mode
15 frames per second in 160 x 120 SQ mode
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Print reserve (single, all, number of copies), Date
Image Shooting Effects 2-in-1 picture mode
Image Edit Effects Black and white, Sepia, Resize
Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with CAMEDIA® Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Viewfinder Reverse Galilean viewfinder
LCD 1.5" (3.8cm) TFT Color LCD Display (approx. 120,000 pixels)
Focusing System Autofocus TTL system (Contrast detection)
Focusing Ranges
Normal mode: 20" (0.5m) - infinity
Macro mode: 8" - 20" (0.2m - 0.5m)
Exposure Compensation +/-2EV steps in 1/2 EV steps
Scene Programs Portrait, Self-Portrait, Landscape, Night scene
Metering System Digital ESP multi-pattern
White Balance System iESP multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent)
Flash Built-in flash
Flash Modes
Auto for low and backlight
Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Working Range 8" - 9.8" (0.2m - 3.0m)
Flash Charging Time Approx. 6 seconds at normal temperature with fully charged batteries
Removable Media Card 3V (3.3V) xD-Picture Card, 16MB Card included
Self-Timer/Remote 12-second delay
Settings Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB connector (Auto-Connect), DC input
Auto-Connect USB System Requirements
Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP and Mac OS 8.6 - OSX 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, Frame-by-frame
Operating Environment
Operation: 32°F - 104°F (0°C - 40°C) 30-90% humidity
Storage: -4°F - 104°F (-20°C - 60°C) 10-90% humidity
Power Supply
2 x AA alkaline batteries (included)
1 x LB-01 (CR-V3) lithium battery pack
2 x AA NiMH rechargeable
2 x AA NiCd rechargeable
(Manganese batteries cannot be used)
AC Power: E-7AU AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to year 2099
Size 4.3" W x 2.4" H x 1.5" D (110mm x 62mm x 37.5mm) excluding protrusions
Weight 5.4 oz. (154g) without battery and media card

Original Source Press Release:


3.2 Million Pixels Delivers Photo-Quality Prints Up to 8 x 10 Inches and Larger, Easy Operation and Computer-Free Printing Simplify Photography

Melville, New York, March 18, 2004 – The new 3.2-megapixel Olympus D-395 point-and-shoot digital camera is designed for first-time users who want an entry-level model that exceeds their expectations, and at the low estimated street price of $149 . Combining world-class optics, greater megapixel resolution than its predecessor , and PictBridge™ technology for outputting prints without connecting the camera to a personal computer, the D-395 delivers a fast, easy and affordable way for beginners to print vibrant, photo-realistic images up to 8" x 10" and larger and start enjoying the digital experience today .

Designed to Do More
The D-395 has an f2.8, 33mm (in 35mm equivalent) auto focus Olympus all-glass lens with 2.5x digital zoom to capture amazingly sharp details and vibrant colors. Viewing settings and composing or reviewing shots is trouble-free, as the camera's low-reflective and bright LCD is an easy-to-read 1.5-inches delivering 120,000 pixels of image clarity. The optical real-image viewfinder is an alternative to using the LCD to compose shots.

Designed for Excitement
When it's time to produce prints, the power of PictBridge technology enables the D-395 to create a photo lab quality print at home or in the office. Users can print directly via USB cable connection from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer, like the dye-sublimation Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer. The D-395 has an interface for selecting the best photos for printing, so it takes just a few simple clicks to get great prints.

Delivering Style
The D-395's compact size makes it ideal for carrying around in a pocket or bag, and its protective clamshell barrier and durable polycarbonate body keep it safe along the journey.

Intelligent Design
The D-395 offers point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, 6 easy to use shooting modes are accessible through the menu system to provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for Program Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Self Portrait, Night Scene and Movie.

The camera can shoot special 2-in-1 pictures with a split-screen view that captures different scenes together on the right and left side of the image, and takes up less memory on the card than two separate images. It also has settings for image editing in black and white and sepia, and with the D-395's QuickTime TM Movie Mode, users can create short movies that can be sent over the Internet to friends, family and coworkers.

Designed for You
Navigating the menu options of the D-395 is as easy as pushing arrow buttons on the back of the camera. These buttons lead to a menu structure that is intuitive to use and takes little time to memorize. The camera's Quick View button provides single click image review.

Transferring images from the camera to a PC or Mac is a quick and hassle-free experience with the USB Auto-Connect that does not require software drivers with most operating systems. Simply plug the USB cable into the camera and the computer, and start downloading images off the camera as though it were an external hard drive.

The D-395 Digital will be available in April 2004. It includes a 16MB xD-Picture Card™, Auto-Connect USB cable, 2 AA batteries, wrist strap, Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software, user manual and Quick Start guide.

U.S. Pricing
D-395 Digital Camera Estimated Street Price: $149.00 (U.S.)

Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

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  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes; and
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents.

In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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