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Olympus' Camedia D-40 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus America Inc. Olympus to announce 4 megapixel ultra-compact!
(Saturday, September 1, 2001 - 23:54 EDT)

Confusion over NDA sees us scooped by European websites; after a scramble to remove details they've not mentioned, we're now posting the same info...

Olympus will tomorrow announce its new Camedia D-40 digital camera, and we have prepared our usual in-depth coverage of the announcement for you. Unfortunately it seems that (as so often happens), there is confusion over the NDA times provided by the manufacturer - the folks at the Digital Photography Review website have posted their coverage some 14 hours before the NDA time Olympus America gave us of 9AM ET tomorrow, and they apparently posted an hour behind a German website, foto-erhardt.de. Unfortunately Mike was out for the evening, not expecting anything untoward - and has only just been able to get something together matching DPReview's item.

Since information is now publically available from DPReview, we are releasing the same info (after heavily editing our news item of tomorrow to remove details not already disclosed). Be sure to check back at 9AM tomorrow for the full story including the US press release, more in-depth specifications, US pricing and lots more images of the camera from all angles!

Olympus Camedia D-40 Zoom
Olympus' Camedia D-40 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: D-40Z
Camera Format: Ultra-compact
Price: £699.99 inc. VAT (US$869 before tax)
Date Available: October 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 3.98 megapixels effective
Image Resolution: 2272 x 1704, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640 x 480. Also interpolated resolutions of 3200 x 2400, 2816 x 2112 and 2560 x 1920.
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 98mm (2.8x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: Up to 2.5x
Auto Focus: Yes (TTL iESP type)
Manual Focus: Yes
Aperture Range: f/2.8, 3.4, 4.0, 4.8, 5.6, 8.0
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 114,000 pixel)
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Hold
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 16 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV steps
Metering Modes: Digital ESP metering system, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer: 12 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Off, On, First and Second curtain slow synchro
Flash Range Description: 0.8 - 3 meters (wide), 0.25 - 1.75 meters (tele)
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: SmartMedia
Memory Included: 16MB
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, MotionJPEG
More Information
Weight: 270 g; 9.5 oz
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size: 87 x 69 x 44mm; 3.4 x 2.7 x 1.7in
Notes & Features: Complies with USB Mass Storage Class for driverless use with Windows 2000, Me and XP, or MacOS 8.6+. Lens has 7 elements in 5 groups. Noise reduction system automatically captures dark-current frame after long exposures, and uses this to remove noise from actual image. Has automatic pixel mapping feature to automatically map out stuck/dead pixels via a menu option. Manual focus mode has distance gauge. Has auto-exposure bracketing function (1/2 and 1EV steps, 3 or 5 images). Movie length (max/min res) is 41/161 seconds. Can crop/index video files in-camera. Comes bundled with Strap, 16MB SmartMedia, USB cable, Audio and Video cable, Lithium battery and Remote controller RM-1.

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