Rollei has today announced the metal-bodied 5.3 megapixel Prego dp5300. Similarly specified to its little brother the dp4200, it has a smaller LCD at 1.5 inches but a wider shutter speed ranging from 8 - 1/1500 sec as well as continuous shooting mode. And a built-in microphone allows you to record sound with 320 x 240-pixel video clips.

Press Release:

Compact and Powerful

Rollei Prego dp5300 combines 5.2 megapixels and a 3x zoom lens with voice and video recording

August 2004 Large-size prints of outstanding quality are no problem with a Rollei Prego dp5300. After all, it boasts an impressive 5.25 million pixels for resolution to boot. The compact and powerful digital camera with a 3x zoom lens and 4x digital zoom comes in an attractive metal housing. An integral video and voice-recording mode promises a lot of fun with your own short movie clips.  As of end of August 2004, the Prego dp5300 will be available for €329 ($396).

A 1.5-inch LCD TFT color monitor and an optical real-image zoom finder make framing a cinch. And if your subjects are further away, a the 3x zoom lens plus a 2x digital zoom will bring them up close. The focal-length range of the 7.2-21.6mm f/2.8-4.7 zoom lens is equivalent to 35-105 mm in 35mm photography. Focusing is controlled automatically within a range of 0.8 m to infinity. A macrofocusing mode lets you shoot close-ups between 30 and 80 cm. The flash, white balance and exposure compensation are controlled automatically for easy candid shooting. Moreover, there is a self-timer with a delay of 2 s or 10 s.

If you wish to take over control, for instance to make allowance for special shooting conditions, switch to manual. The built-in flash lets you choose between Forced, Off and Red-eye reduction. And if the lighting is critical, white-balance presets for daylight, cloudy, tungsten and fluorescent 1 and 2 may be the answer. Last but not least, there is the option of manual exposure compensation in 1/3 increments over ±2.0 EV.

Depending on the intended use, image quality can be set – before each shot – to Fine, Normal or Economy. The choice of single frames or continuous shooting opens up even further creative possibilities. However, there is more to this camera than just stills: If you wish to record an entire scene with sound, simply switch to the video mode of the Prego dp5300. The camera will record short video clips with either 320 x 240 pixels. A microphone is built in, and an integral loudspeaker makes sure that you won't miss the sound during playback.

The Prego dp5300 supports the JPEG (EXIF 2.2), AVI, DCF and DPOF formats. The files are recorded on SD cards with up to 512 MB or transferred to your computer or TV set via the USB or video interfaces (NTSC, PAL).

Rollei Prego dp5300 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.8" Type CCD
• 5.3 million pixels total
• 5.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• 320 x 240
• With audio

File formats Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Movies: MPEG1 (AVI)
Lens

• 35-105mm equiv. (3x zoom)
• F2.8 - F4.7

Digital zoom Up to 2x
Focus distance • Normal: 0.8 m - Infinity
• Macro: 30- 80 cm
ISO sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400

Exposure compensation • +/- 2.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 8– 1/1500 sec
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten,
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
Self timer 2 or 10 seconds
Flash

• Auto
• On/Off
• Red-eye reduction

Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.5 “ TFT LCD
Connectivity • USB,
• Video (NTSC, PAL)
• AC/DC
Print compliance Direct Print
Storage • SD card
• 32MB card supplied
Power • Lithium ion
• Charger included
Weight (no batt or card) 180 g (6.3 oz)
Dimensions 94 x 63 x 35mm (3.7 x 2.5 x 1.4 in)