Olympus Japan now announce the Olympus C-3030Z, a 3.34 megapixel version of their much improved C-2020Z. Featuring high resolution, a new metallic black case and USB it stacks up directly against the Coolpix 990 (below). Street Price? (~US$1,000) Availability? March 2000 - Japan.


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Olympus C-3030Z Specifications

CCD 1/1.8" 3.34 megapixels
Image sizes 2,048�1,536 pixel (TIFF, SHQ, and HQ mode) 1,600�1,200 pixel or 1,280�960 pixels 1,024�768 (TIFF and SQ1 mode) or 640�480 pixels (TIFF and SQ2 mode)
Image modes TIFF, SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2
ISO (sensitivity) 100, 200, 400
Lens 3x Zoom (32-96mm 35mm equiv.) / F2.8
Digital Zoom 2.5x
Autofocus TTL method iESP auto focus (Contrast detection method and range of focus adjustment: 0.2m- infinity)
Shooting distance Normal: 80cm - infinity
Macro: 20cm - 80cm
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom
LCD monitor 1.8", 114,000 pixel low temperature TFT
Storage SmartMedia (2MB/4MB/8MB/16MB/32MB/64MB)
16MB SmartMedia card included
Shooting modes Programmed, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Full Manual
Buffer 32MB
Burst 3.5fps (up to 5 frames) & QuickTime 320 x 240 or 160 x 120
Shutter Mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
Shutter speed range 16 seconds - 1/10000 second
Aperture range F2.8 - F11 (adjustable in 1/3 steps in AP mode)
Exposure compensation +/-2EV in 1/3EV steps
Bracketing Bracketing (3 or 5 steps within +/-2/3EV)
White balance Full Auto, Preset, 4 settings
Self-timer 12 secs or 2 secs (or remote control)
Flash coverage Wide:0.8-3.8m Tele:0.2-3.8m (ISO100)
Flash modes Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Forced Flash, Slow Sync, Anti-Red-Eye
Interface USB, Serial RS232C/RS432 (Windows 115kbps; Mac: 230kbps)
Video output Varies by region
Misc Voice recording function
Power requirements 2 x Olympus Lithium battery pack CR-V3, 4 x NiMH AA or 4 x Alkaline AA
Dimensions 109 x 76 x 66 mm
Weight (no batteries) 300g
MSRP Price 125,000 YEN (~US$1,100)
Release date March 2000 - Japan

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