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Olympus E-20 P/N digital SLR

By dpreview staff on Sep 13, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

Olympus has today announced the sucessor to the Olympus E-10, the 5 megapixel E-20P. The E-20P has the same 4x zoom 35 - 140 mm lens, the same TTL viewfinder (though now with a focusing screen), RAW mode, noise reduction, pixel mapping and official support for the 1 GB Microdrive. All of these additions should add up to an interesting and far improved Olympus 'E' digital SLR.

Olympus E-20 P/N specifications

Sensor 2/3" CCD, 5.24 megapixel
Effective pixel count 4.95 million (2.5 million progressive scan mode)
Image sizes 2560 x 1920 (interlaced scan mode)
1792 x 1344 (progressive scan mode)
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Image formats

RAW
TIFF
JPEG

Lens Olympus 4x optical zoom, 35 - 140 mm equiv.
14 elements in 11 groups, F2.0 - F2.4
Add-on lenses Optional 0.8x, 1.45x, 3x and macro lenses
Filter size 62 mm
Metering Digital ESP
Center-weighted average
Spot metering
Exposure modes Program Auto Exposure
Aperture priority: F2.0 - F11 in 1/3 EV steps
Shutter priority: 2 - 1/640 sec or 2 - 1/4000, 1/18000 sec (progressive scan mode)
Manual exposure: Bulb (max 2 minutes), 60 - 1/640 sec or 60 - 1/4000, 1/18000 sec (progressive scan mode)
Exposure compen. +/-3 EV in 0.3 EV steps
White balance Auto
Presets (3000, 3700, 4000, 4500, 5500, 6500, 7500 K)
Manual 'one touch'
ISO sensitivity Auto
ISO 80
ISO 160
iso 320
Noise reduction Yes
Pixel mapping Yes
Focus system Dual AF active and passive TTL AF
Focus distance Normal: 0.6 m - Infinity (2.0 ft - Infinity)
Macro: 0.2 - 0.6 m (7.9 in - 2.0 ft)
Viewfinder Optical TTL viewfinder with 95% field of view
Full information: mode / aperture / shutter speed metering / exp compen. / AF / flash / AE lock / WB
Focusing screen
LCD 1.8" TFT LCD 118,000 pixels
LCD can be tilted 20 degrees down and 90 degrees up
Histogram Yes
Flash guide 13 (ISO 80)
Flash modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Off, Fill-In
Flash range Wide: 0.6 - 8.9 m [auto ISO] (2.0 - 29.2 ft)
Tele: 0.5 - 7.4 m [auto ISO] (1.6 - 24.3 ft)
External flash Hot-shoe (Olympus FL-40)
Continuous mode Interlace scan mode: 2.5 fps, max 4 frames
Progressive scan mode: 4.5 fps, max 7 frames
Self timer 2 or 12 secs
Storage SmartMedia (up to 128 MB) - 16 MB supplied
CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive 1GB supported)
Connectivity DC input, USB, Video out, external flash terminal, x-sync socket, remote control jack
Power supply 2 x CR-V3 lithium, 4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Dimensions 129 x 104 x 161 mm (5.1 x 4.1 x 6.3 in)
Weight (inc batt) 1190 g (2.6 lb)
Est. street price US$ 1900 (unconfirmed)

Note: The higher shutter speeds (1/4000, 1/18,000 sec) and faster burst rates are ONLY available in the lower resolution 'progressive scan' 2.5 megapixel resolution (1792 x 1344).

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