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Olympus' C-990ZS digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Olympus Japan. Olympus Japan announces C-990ZS digicam!
(Wednesday, February 28, 2001 - 23:00 EST)

Update to C-990Z (Japanese version of D-490Z) announced...

Olympus Japan has today announced an update to its C-990Z digital camera, according to our friends at the digitalcamera.gr.jp website. The C-990ZS has a higher resolution LCD display (114,000 pixels instead of 61000 on the older model). It is also slightly faster, being capable of 1.5 frames per second for 5 frames where the old model was a tad slower at 1.3 frames per second for 5 frames. Video performance is also listed as improved over the C-990Z, with the new camera being capable of 23 seconds of high-res and 104 seconds of low-res video, and the old camera being able to record 15 seconds of high-res or 60 seconds of low-res video by comparison.

The C-990ZS is compatible with SmartMedia cards up to 128MB, whilst the C-990Z was listed as compatible up to 64MB - although in fact the older camera can also handle 128MB cards according to a report some time back from our friends at digitalkamera.de in Germany.

The only other detail we could see that differed in specification between new and old cameras is that the older model was apparently 0.1oz heavier than the new model, although this could just be a slight error in the specifications, and is almost negligible anyway...

The Olympus C-990Z was sold in the USA as the D-490Z. No plans to bring the C-990ZS to the US market have been announced at this time, nor has Japanese pricing info been released. Below are specifications highlights for the Olympus C-990Z, along with a link to the full specs in our digital camera database.

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Olympus C-990ZS
Olympus' C-990ZS digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Olympus Japan. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: C-990ZS
Camera Format: Compact
Retail Price: Unknown
Date Available: 2001-03-10 (Japan only)
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.37" 2.11 megapixel RGBG CCD
Image Resolution: 1600x1200, 640x480
Movie Resolution: 320x240, 160x120
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 105 mm (3.00x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: Yes (1.6x, 2x, 2.5x )
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
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: f/2.8, f/5.6 (wide angle); f/4.4, f/8.6 (telephoto)
Optical Viewfinder: Yes
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 114000 pixel)
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0 EV in 1/2 EV steps
Metering Modes: iESP digital (Multi Segment), Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer (seconds): 12
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-In, Red-Eye, Slow-Sync, Slow-Sync w/Red-Eye Reduction, Off
Flash Range Description: 0.2 - 4.0m wide angle, 0.2 - 2.6m telephoto
Ext Flash: No
Ext Flash Connection: N/A
Image Storage
Storage: SmartMedia
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, Quicktime MotionJPEG
More Information
Remote Control: No
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 270 g; 9.4 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 127 x 67 x 53 mm; 5.0 x 2.6 x 2.1 in
Notes & Features: Camera has panorama-shooting assist mode when using Olympus SmartMedia cards. Upgraded version of Olympus C-990Z / D-490Z. Currently only planned for Japanese sale. Compatible with SmartMedia to 128MB. Bundled with case, wrist strap, 4 x AA alkaline batteries, 8MB SmartMedia and video cable. Pricing not yet announced.
More Photos
Olympus' C-990ZS digital camera, rear view. Courtesy of Olympus Japan.

Source: Olympus Japan website
Thanks to Yamada Kumio / digitalcamera.gr.jp for this item!

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