Olympus has today announced the six megapixel Stylus 600 with BrightCapture technology, which enables photographers to frame live pictures more easily in low light conditions as the monitor offers three times the contrast of normal LCDs. The Stylus 600 is one of Olympus's weatherproof models and is available in range of colors to match your outfit - navy blue, ruby red or arctic silver. It also boasts a real time histogram plus special editing functions such as red-eye-fix, adjust brightness and insert frame and/or title. The Stylus 600 will be available from late September at a price around $299.99 (£220).

Model name around the world

  • US name: Olympus Stylus 600
  • European name: Olympus µ (mju) Digital 600

Press Release:

The Olympus Stylus 600

Bright prospects for a shot in the dark

London, 29 August 2005 – The new Olympus Stylus 600 with Olympus’ BrightCapture Technology enables photographers to frame a live view in low light conditions, which will appear more than four times brighter on the LCD than on a conventional camera. As well as removing the guesswork out of framing in the dark, three special shooting modes; Available Light Portrait, Indoors and Night Scene enhance night-time images, making the best possible use of available light to achieve incredible quality shots.

Available in a choice of three colors - Navy Blue, Ruby Red and Arctic Silver - this stylish and compact camera boasts a weatherproof metal body, a precision 3x zoom lens (1:3.1-5.1, equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format) and 3x digital zoom.

The Stylus 600 will be available from late September at a price around £220.

The Olympus Stylus 600 – main features:

  • 6.0 million pixels
  • BrightCapture Technology for better framing and better image results in low light including a special mode that reduces the possibility of image blur
  • 6.4cm / 2.5” LCD Weatherproof* metal body in Navy Blue, Ruby Red or Arctic Silver
  • 3x zoom lens 1:3.1-5.1 (equiv. to 35-105mm in 35mm format)
  • 23 scene modes plus Programme Auto
  • TruePic TURBO Processor
  • Movie function up to memory capacity
  • Macro and Super Macro mode (from 7cm)
  • PictBridge compatible
  • Multi-language menu plus possibility to download further languages from the Internet through the Olympus Master software.
  • Histogram function in shooting mode and playback
  • Special editing functions to enhance images and to add creative effects: e.g. red-eye-fix, adjust brightness and insert frame and/or title

BrightCapture Technology – The fun starts as the sun sets…
Olympus’s unique BrightCapture technology enables the Stylus 600 to come into its own once the light begins to fade. A 6.4cm Olympus HyperCrystal LCD, offering three times the contrast of an ordinary LCD, provides an extraordinary viewing angle of up to 160°, returning clear pictures and minimal screen glare in just about any situation. HyperCrystal ensures color variation across its 215,000 pixels is kept to a minimum and the special cell construction virtually eradicates any blur or afterimages.

BrightCapture Technology produces stunning images in low-light situations, through three bespoke shooting modes:

  • Available Light Portrait - makes it possible to increase the sensitivity of the camera for incredible results, using only available ambient light and no flash, perfect for early morning shots.
  • Indoors - by selecting this mode the camera works with the flash to guarantee even the furthest corner of a room is properly and fully exposed.
  • Night Scene – slows the shutter speed right down to allow maximum light in, perfect when taking pictures of landmarks after dark.

BrightCapture also provides the photographer with extra protection against blurring their shots in the dark. When shooting fast moving action in low light conditions the camera uses faster shutter speeds to significantly reduce camera shake.

Versatile operation for the beginner and the enthusiast
The Stylus 600 is an ideal compact camera for the beginner with 23 special scene modes covering all manner of shooting situations from portraits, landscapes and night scenes right through to underwater photography (if used in conjunction with the optional PT-029 Underwater Case). Despite being so easy to operate if Stylus 600 photographers ever find themselves uncertain they can use the built in Guide Function to reveal the purpose and recommended use of the various camera modes - directly onto the LCD.

However, despite its compact size, the Stylus 600 still allows the more experienced photographer room to experiment, especially in night mode. The histogram function not only returns light distribution information on existing images but also provides data in real time when a shot is being composed.

Photographers can utilize the built-in flash to guarantee that images are always taken with the right illumination; Red-Eye Reduction is included plus the new Red-Eye Fix editing function to remove unsightly red-eye effects from photos already saved in the camera’s memory. For extreme close-ups photographers can shoot in Super Macro mode from as little as 7cm away. In addition image quality is further enhanced through incorporation of Olympus’ powerful TruePic TURBO processor and it is PICTBridge compatible.

For more information and where to buy Olympus products please go to www.olympus.com or call free on 0800 072 0070 (UK only).

Olympus Stylus 600 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 6.4 million pixels total
• 6.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 2560 x 1920
• 2272 x 1704
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 15 fps (SHQ mode)
• 320 x 240 @ 15 fps (HQ mode)
• 160 x 120 @ 15 fps (SQ mode)
• With sound and up to the capacity of the memory card
File formats

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

Lens • 35 - 105 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 3.1 - 5.2
Digital zoom Up to 5x
Focus TTL auto focus with contrast detection
AF area modes • iESP auto focus
• Spot auto focus
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 0.5 m - infinity
• Macro: 0.2 - infinity
• Super macro: 7cm
Metering • Digital ESP metering
• Spot metering
ISO sensitivity • Auto 64 - 40 (ISO 2500* for modes Indoor, Available Light Portrait and Candle)
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800*
• ISO 1600*
Exposure compensation

• +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps

Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/1000 sec (night scene 4 sec)
Modes Program
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape with Portrait
• Landscape
• Sports
• Night Scene
• Night Scene with Portrait
• Night Shoot
• Cuisine
• Beach
• Snow
• Self Portrait
• Indoor
• Behind Glass
• Museum
• Document
• Auction
• Candle
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Shoot & Select 1
• Shoot & Select 2
• Underwater Wide
• Underwater Macro
White balance • Full auto TTL ESP
• Tungsten
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Fluorescent light 1, 2, 3
Continuous mode Normal shooting mode: 1.3 fps up to card capacity in HQ mode
High speed shooting mode: 4.3 fps up to card capacity in HQ mode*
Self timer Yes
Image parameters • Black and white
• Sepia
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in, off
• Range: Auto mode: Up to 2.5 m (Tele) / 4.0 m (Wide).
With ISO 1600: Up to 5.0 m (Tele) / 8.0 m (Wide).* (Due to usage of BrightCapture Technology Image size is fixed to 1600 x 1200)
• Guide number: 6.5
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 215,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• DC in
• AV out
Print compliance • DPOF
• EXIF 2.2
• PIM III
• PictBridge
Storage • xD-Picture Card
• 16 MB internal memory
Power • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery LI-12B
• Adapter optional
Weight (no batt) 129 g ( 4.6 oz)
Dimensions 97x 55 x 27 mm (3.8 x 2.1 x 1.1 in)

* (Due to usage of BrightCapture Technology Image size is fixed to 1600 x 1200)