Olympus will announce the 4 megapixel Camedia E-10 Digital SLR, with a big 2/3" CCD (designed by Olympus), a 4x optical zoom (35 - 140 mm) F2.0 - F2.4, manual focus ring, RAW mode shooting (Photoshop plugin included), optical TTL viewfinder, histogram mode, flip-out and rotate LCD. Expected price 198,000 YEN (~$1,826) expected to be on sale in mid October in Japan. This scoop straight from our friend Yamada Kumio over at digitalcamera.gr.jp. Olympus's upgraded C-2500L.

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Olympus Camedia E-10


Product name

Olympus Camedia E-10

Body

Metallic frame / casing (see image above)
Imager 2/3", 4 megapixel CCD (3.9 micron pixel size)
Primary colour filter array (GRGB)
(CCD Designed and developed jointly between Olympus and a third party, supposed to be unique to Olympus)
Image sizes 2240 x 1680 (effective 3.9 megapixel)
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Image modes JPEG, TIFF, RAW (Photoshop plugin provided)
Lens High Quality non-interchangeable 4 x optical zoom lens, 35 - 140mm, F2.0 - F2.4
Lens thread 62 mm
Zoom control On-the-lens zoom ring
Viewfinder TTL Optical viewfinder
LCD 1.8" multiple angle (flip out)
Flash

Built-in pop-up flash & Flash hot-shoe

Focus modes Multiple AF modes (including low light illumintaor -?)
Manual focus ring on lens
Play / review Histogram function supported
Connectivity USB
Storage SmartMedia & CompactFlash Type II
(it's noted that Olympus aren't officially stating support of Microdrive due to power consumption problems -????)
Power 4 x NiMH AA rechargeables / 2 x CR-3V Lithium
Additional Grip powersupply lithium polymer battery pack supposed to support up to 1000 shots (also adds portrait grip / shutter release).
Dimensions 128 x 161 x 103 mm (5 x 6.3 x 4.1 ")
Weight 1050 g (2.31 lb)
Price Est. 198,000 YEN (Est. US street price ~$1,600)
Sale date Japan: October 2000

It's noted by PC Watch that Olympus's reason for going for a fixed lens was (a) because standard SLR lenses can not match the resolution of such CCD's and (b) because it removes the problem of dust getting into the camera. Several optional lens attachments will be available including: Macro lens add-on, 3x tele, 1.45x wide angle and 0.8x wide angle.

Olympus Camedia E-100RS

Also mentioned on the same page is a new 1.5 megapixel 10 x optical stablised zoom digicam named the E-100RS which supports SmartMedia and CF Type II (which may lead us to presume the E-10 also supports CF Type II) and a super high speed burst rate of 15 frames per second. Priced at 160,000 YEN (~$1,500).

Images courtesy of Yamada Kumio, and Impress PC Watch (c)2000 Yamada Kumio / (c)2000 Impress PC Watch respectively.