German manufacturer Rollei has announced its offering for the 8 megapixel market with the dp8300. The metal-bodied compact offers a 36 - 108 mm 3x zoom lens, large 2.5-inch LCD, 5cm macro function plus 640 x 480-pixel movie mode which is limited only by the size of the memory card. The Rollei dp8300 will be on sale at the end of the month for around €349 ($422).

Press Release:

Ambitious Pixel Giant

July 2005 - Stylish 8.1-megapixel Rollei digital camera dp8300 opens up new horizons Over eight million sensor pixels are no longer a preserve of professional digital cameras. With the Rollei dp8300, any discriminating shutter bug can now give full rein to his or her creativity.

Special highlights of the Rollei dp8300: Duration of video recording limited only by the capacity of the storage medium and option of recording in high-quality TIFF format. The Rollei dp8300 will be available by the end of July 2005 for €349.- (incl. VAT); a 64MB SD memory card is supplied with the camera.

The Rollei dp8300 undeniably offers greater possibilities than comparable digital cameras. This is due in great part to its sensational 8.3-megapixel resolution that is an optimum basis for creative editing or large-format printing. Framing your pictures is where it all starts.

A 3x f/2.8-4.8 zoom lens with focal lengths from 7.5 -22.5 mm (equivalent to 36-108 mm in 35mm photography) and a powerful 5.1x digital zoom let you move in real close even to far-away subjects. A brilliant 2.5-inch TFT color monitor and an optical real-image viewfinder with eyesight correction make framing a cinch. Close up, focusing in the Rollei dp8300 is possible in the macro range from 5 to 50 cm. Beyond 50 cm, an autofocus system takes care of optimum focus.

An important asset for subsequent creative processing of images is the option of recording in TIFF file format. The slightly less memory-intensive JPEG format may be used in FINE, STANDARD or ECONOMY quality. There is a choice of four different image resolutions. In addition to stills, the Rollei dp8300 will also record video clips with the duration of recording being limited only by the capacity of the memory card. In the Standard mode, the clips are recorded with 30 images per second, in the Eco mode with 15 images per second and 640 x 480 pixels. SD memory cards with up to 1 GB may be used; a 64MB SD card is supplied with the camera. In addition, the Rollei dp8300 will also record brief commentaries of up to 30-second duration.

To give you maximum leeway for individual control, the camera offers an impressive range of options, starting with flash (Forced, Off, Red-eye Reduction) and white balance (Manual, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1 and 2) to multi zone evaluative and spot metering, and right up to automatic TTL focusing. When it comes to exposure compensation, you have a choice of Auto or Manual over ±2.0 EV in 1/3 increments. The self-timer, finally, has delays of 2, 10 and 10+2 seconds. To transfer your stills or video clips to your computer or a TV set, the camera has a USB 1.1 and a video interface (NTSC, PAL).

Rollei dp8300 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.88" Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3264 x 2448
• 2560 x 1920
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 15 fps (economy)
• Limited only by the capacity of the storage medium
File formats

• Still: JPEG, TIFF
• Movie: AVI

Lens • 36 - 108mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 4.8
Digital zoom Up to 5.1x
Focus TTL
Focus distance • Normal: 50 cm - infinity
• Macro: 5 cm
Metering • Multi zone evaluative
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation • +/- 2EV
• 1/3 EV increments
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/1500 s
White balance • Manual
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
Self timer • 2 or 10 secs
• 10 + 2 secs
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Forced, Off, Red-eye Reduction
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• pixels
Connectivity • USB
• NTSC/PAL
Print compliance • Exif
• DPOF
Storage • SD card
• 64 MB card supplied
Power • Lithium ion rechargeable battery
• Charger included
Weight (no batt) 150 g (5.3 oz)
Dimensions 91 x 57 x 27 mm (3.5 x 2.2 x 1.1 in)