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Olympus C-3020Z

Oct 15, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

Olympus has today announced the 'mid-priced' C-3020Z, a 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera. This is essentially an 'improved' C-3000Z with the following new features: scene exposure modes, 'My Mode', storage class USB, AE lock, noise reduction, contrast and sharpness setting has more levels, one touch white balance, flash compensation, image rotation. Other noteworthy details - No video out, no remote control, no external flash, uses the slower F2.8 lens (compared to the F1.8 on the C-3040Z). All this at a street price of $499.

This camera appears as though it will be labelled as the C-3100Z in Japan.

Olympus C-3020Z compared to C-3000Z

  C-3020Z C-3000Z
Recording modes • TIFF
• JPEG
• MOV (QuickTime)
• TIFF
• JPEG
• MOV (QuickTime)
• WAV (Voice annotations)
Recording media SmartMedia 4 - 128 MB
Sensor 1/1.8" CCD, 3.34 megapixel, GRGB CFA
Lens 3x optical zoom, 32 - 96 mm equiv, F2.8
Focus distance • Normal: 0.8 m - Infinity
• Macro: 0.2 - 0.8 m
Sensitivity • Auto (100 - 200)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Image sizes • 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240
• 160 x 120
Exposure modes • P
• A/S/M
• My Mode
• Scene mode
• Movie Clip
• Auto
• P
• A/S/M
• Movie Clip
AE Lock Yes No
White balance • Auto
• Fine
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• One-Touch
• Auto
• Fine
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
Digital zoom Up to 2.5x
Shutter • P: 1 - 1/800 sec
• A: 1 - 1/800 sec
• S: 4 - 1/800 sec
• M: 16 - 1/1800 sec
• P: 1 - 1/800 sec
• A: 1 - 1/800 sec
• S: 1 - 1/800 sec
• M: 16 - 1/1800 sec
Aperture F2.8 - F11
Video output No Yes
Remote control No Yes
External flash No Yes
LCD • 1.8" TFT • 1.8" TFT Polysilicon
Flash • Auto with Red-eye reduction
• Flash cancel
• Fill-in
• Slow sync

• Auto
• Auto with Red-eye reduction
• Flash cancel
• Fill-In
• Slow sync
• External

Power • 4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
• 2 x Lithium CR-V3

Press release:

The New C-3020 Zoom Offers Award Winning Features Without the Price Tag

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus America Inc., the world leader in film and filmless photography, today announced the C-3020 ZOOM 3.2 Megapixel (2048 x 1536 effective pixel resolution) filmless digital zoom camera to its line of award-winning digital cameras. The C-3020 ZOOM offers consumers an easy to use point & shoot camera with all the creative controls of an advanced camera -- all for only $499.

Although simplicity of operation is clearly a focus, the C-3020 ZOOM is much more than a point & shoot camera. The C-3020 ZOOM combines a large collection of creative control features and high picture quality in a compact easy to use design. Based on the familiar and well-established Olympus C-3000 series of digital cameras, most of the advanced features of the award-winning Olympus C-3000 ZOOM are included: a 3X optical zoom aspherical glass lens with continuous 2.5X digital telephoto for a 7.5X total seamless zoom (32-240mm equivalent); 6 mode flash with a slow synchro red-eye reduction mode; and a host of manual exposure adjustments -- all for that perfect picture. In addition, DPOF compatibility in the camera allows for easy setup and printing of the photographs you select.

New in the C-3020 ZOOM is 5 Scene Program Modes, which make the perfect shot easy, plus the customizable ``My Mode'' setting; USB Auto-Connect ready for Windows XP and Mac OSX for fast downloads; user-friendly menu system; extended battery life; and Noise Reduction modes.

Unsurpassed Optics

Olympus digital cameras are well-known for their exceptionally high-quality images. Images captured with the C-3020 ZOOM produce photographs equivalent to that of many film-based cameras. This is achieved by a number of factors, including a ``designed to be digital'' truly world-class all glass 8-element 3X zoom lens with a fast f2.8-f11 aperture range, low compression ratios including an uncompressed mode, and a host of other sophisticated Olympus technologies. Because of these technologies, Olympus high quality images can be achieved above an 8`` x 10'' photo size.


New Features:

The C-3020 ZOOM will be available the end of October 2001 for $499. It includes a 16MB SmartMedia card, Auto-Connect USB cable, carrying strap, lens cap and retainer cord, 4 AA alkaline batteries, Camedia Master Software 2.5, manual, QuickStart Guide and remote control.