Olympus has today announced the 4 megapixel D-590 Zoom for the entry level market. The camera has no optical viewfinder (like the AZ-2) and a 1.8-inch ‘sunshine’ LCD, 8 scene modes, movie with sound and is PictBridge-compatible. Aside from the new curvy designs we've been seeing from Olympus, it has chosen to position an on/off slider switch on the front of the camera.

  • US name: Olympus D-590 Zoom
  • European name: Olympus C-470 Zoom

Press Release:

A winning combination of price and performance

The Olympus C-470 ZOOM

The Olympus C-470 Zoom sets a new standard for digital cameras. An impressive list of high quality features including four million-pixels, 3x optical zoom and the unique Olympus 1.8” anti-glare LCD screen are combined for the first time with an unbeatable competitive price.

Features

  • 4.0 million pixels
  • 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 35–105mm on a 35mm camera) f3.1-5.2
  • 1.8 inch sunshine LCD (134,000 pixels)
  • 8 scene programmes (e.g. Portrait, Night Scene and Indoor)
  • Movie recording function with sound
  • PictBridge support
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • Ergonomically designed body

Supplied with:

  • 16MB xD-Picture Card
  • New rechargeable battery (LI-12B, 1230mAh) and charger
  • Olympus Master 1.0 software

The C-470 ZOOM is planned for release in October 2004, priced £219.99 ($299).

Above all, the C-470 ZOOM strikes a perfect balance between usability and Olympus’s renowned strict technical standards. With a resolution of four million pixels and the TruePic TURBO image processor (enabling better picture quality and reduced processing time), this camera captures images in the finest detail. This high performance is boosted even further by a precision 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35–105mm on a 35mm camera) featuring three aspherical elements. Finally, for even better close-ups, a seamless 4x digital zoom provides a total magnification power of up to 12x.

Handling all this photographic power is made easy by a range of scene programmes. For most users and conditions the automatic shooting mode is perfect. However, the Olympus C-470 ZOOM also includes eight programme modes for more tricky situations such as portrait, indoor, beach and snow scenes. Users may also switch to a movie mode, with sound, in which recording is only limited by the amount of available memory.

With all these easy-to-use options it will be a challenge to put the camera down. Fortunately, the Olympus C-470 ZOOM comes with a new, long-lasting lithium-ion battery. And when it’s time to print the images, PictBridge support makes it easy to print directly on compatible printers, such as the Olympus P-10.

For more information and where to buy Olympus products please go to www.olympus.co.uk or call free on 0800 072 0070.

Olympus D-590 Zoom specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.8" Type CCD
• 4.2 million pixels total
• 4 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2272 x 1704
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240
• 160 x 120
• Up to capacity of the memory card
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG
• Sound: WAVE

Lens • 35 - 105 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 3.1 - F 5.2
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus TTL system iESP autofocus with contrast detection
AF area modes iESP autofocus
Focus distance • Standard: 0.5 m to infinity
• Macro: 0.2 m to infinity
• Super macro: 9 cm
Metering • Digital ESP
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • ISO 64 - 250
• ISO 500 for indoor mode
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Program AE
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/1000 (up to four sec in night mode)
Scene modes • Portrait
• Self portrait
• Night scene
• Landscape
• Landscape with portrait
• Beach and snow
• Cuisine
• Indoor
White balance • Sunlight
• Overcast
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent light
Continuous shooting 1 fps up to four images
Image parameters • 2-in-1
• Panorama
• Sepia
• Black and white
Flash • Built-in
• Auto, red reduction, off, on
• Range: 0.2 m - 3.6 m wide / 2 m tele
• Guide number: 7.8
Viewfinder None
LCD monitor • 1.8 " TFT LCD
• 134, 000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• DC in
• AV out
Print compliance • Exif 2.2
• PIM II
• DPOF
Storage • xD Pictre Card
• 16 MB card supplied
Power • Rechargeable lithium ion LI-12B battery
• Charger included
Weight (no batt) 155 g (5.4 oz)
Dimensions 100 x 58 x 36 mm (3.9 x 2.3 x 1.4)