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Olympus CAMEDIA C-120 and C-220 Zoom

By dpreview staff on Apr 1, 2002 at 20:14 GMT

CeBIT 2002: Olympus has announced the new CAMEDIA C-120 and C-220 Zoom budget priced digital cameras. Note that these are the European designations, we are awaiting confirmation of the US names. The C-120 is a 2 megapixel fixed lens digital camera, priced at just £169.99 (inc VAT). The C-220 Zoom is a 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera priced at just £199.99. UPDATE: We think the US designations are: C-120 = D-380, C-220 Zoom = D-520 Zoom (this is unconfirmed).

Olympus CAMEDIA C-120

Press Release (Olympus UK):

Digital photo fun at your fingertips
The CAMEDIA C-120 from Olympus

The new 2-megapixel Olympus CAMEDIA C-120 offers great performance at a fantastic price. Featuring precision automatic operation, numerous flash modes and a high-quality optical system, the C-120 is a compact, user-friendly digital camera that delivers excellent image quality. Available in May/June it will retail for a very affordable £169.99 [inc VAT].

The stylish C-120 features a sensitive 2.1 megapixel CCD chip, an optical real-image viewfinder and a high-quality 4.5mm lens. The camera's five lenses arranged in five groups, equivalent to a 35mm lens in 35mm format, guarantee impressive, high-resolution prints.

For those who still believe digital photography is complicated the user-friendly C-120 presents a range of fully automatic operations. While ESP metering takes readings from various points in the frame to determine the optimum exposure settings. Exposure compensation is also available for shooting in more tricky lighting conditions.

A digital zoom provides the versatility of 2.5x magnification (up to 5x in SQ2 mode). Measuring only 123 (w) x 65 (h) x 44.5 (d) mm and weighing only 190g (without batteries), the C-120 conveniently fits into a handbag or pocket.

The camera's settings may be easily selected and checked using the arrow-key buttons in combination with the menu displayed on the integrated LCD. The display can also be used as a viewfinder whilst composing your shot. These images can then be viewed immediately after capture and retaken if required.

The C-120 can also be used with all CAMEDIA printers to enjoy quality photo printing at home. An ideal accompaniment to this compact digital camera is the small, portable Olympus P-200 printer. Allowing optional battery operation, it permits images from the C-120 to be printed anywhere. Alternatively, the C-120 produces images with a resolution of up to 1.96 million pixels (effective), which may be printed in A4 format on the Olympus P-400 printer.

The C-120 also offers a movie function, allowing 60-second sequences to be recorded in QuickTime Motion JPEG format. The resulting footage can be played on the camera's LCD or thanks to the file's high-compression ratio be integrated into websites or sent via email.

Downloading picture data to a PC is easy and straightforward. With USB AutoConnect* compatibility, the camera is automatically recognised as an external drive once connected to a computer. The CAMEDIA Master 4.0 software supplied with the camera allows image files (stills and movies) to be archived, edited and processed. The software also includes different templates for producing individualised photo albums, calendars and postcards.

Olympus CAMEDIA C-220 Zoom

Press Release (Olympus UK):

Great Looks, Great Value and Outstanding Performance
Olympus CAMEDIA C-220ZOOM

The extremely compact and easy-to-use CAMEDIA C-220ZOOM makes discovering digital photography a real joy. This beautifully designed camera boasts a 3x optical zoom lens, 2 megapixel resolution and will be available in April for RRP £199.99.

Olympus is renowned for its high level of opto-digital competence and its expertise is confirmed by the impressive new C-220ZOOM. Following the award-winning C-200ZOOM, this new model is the ideal solution for price-conscious newcomers to the world of digital photography.

Printed digital images compare very well with those from film cameras. Also, with the combination of precise automatic shooting, high-quality zoom and versatile flash options taking great pictures with the C-220ZOOM is child's play.

As with all Olympus digital cameras the integrated LCD monitor enables photographers to check their shots immediately. In addition, the 3.8cm LCD display can be used as a viewfinder to check camera settings, memory capacity and battery levels as well as the date and time.

To suit the ambient conditions, it is possible to adjust the white balance, make exposure corrections or utilise one of the diverse flash modes. Furthermore, two light metering systems are available: digital ESP and spot metering. The camera's arrow-keys enable users to scroll through easy-to-follow menus displayed on the LCD, allowing easy adjustment of settings.

Besides colour shots, the C-220ZOOM can also capture images in black and white or sepia and record short video sequences. The panorama function is another useful feature - perfect for capturing breathtaking landscape shots.

Other features:

  • USB interface with AutoConnect compatability*2 for quick downloading of images
  • The new software CAMEDIA Master 4.0, allows the user to easily archive, manage, edit and process image data (stills and movies).
  • Compact measurements (62 [h] x 112 [w] x 35 [d] mm) and weighing only 174 g

The Olympus C-220ZOOM is bound to be a first choice for everyone looking for photographic quality and versatility. This great value model will be available in April 2002.

Olympus CAMEDIA C-120 / C-220 Zoom specifications

 
  Olympus C-120 Olympus C-220 Zoom
Price (UK) £169.99 (inc VAT) £199.99 (inc VAT)
Sensor 1/3.2" 2.1 megapixel CCD 1/3.2" 2.1 megapixel CCD
Effective pixels 2.0 megapixels 2.0 megapixels
Image sizes

 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1024 x 768
 • 640 x 480

 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1024 x 768
 • 640 x 480
Image foramt JPEG JPEG
Lens 35 mm equiv., F4.5

3x optical, 38 - 114 mm equiv

Lens aperture F4.5 F2.8 - F4.9
Focus Fixed focus Auto focus
Focus range  • Normal: 0.6 m (2.0 ft) - Infinity
 • Macro: 0.25 m (9.8 in) - Infinity
 • Normal: 0.5 m (1.6 ft) - Infinity
 • Macro: 0.2 m (7.9 in)
Digital zoom 2.5x 2.5x
Metering  • Digital ESP
 • Spot
 • Digital ESP
 • Spot
Exp compen. +/-2 EV in 0.5 EV steps +/-2 EV in 0.5 EV steps
Shutter speed Program: 1/2 sec - 1/2000 sec
Night: 1 sec - 1/2000 sec
Program: 1/2 sec - 1/2000 sec
Night: 2 sec - 1/2000 sec
Apertures F4 / F8 F2.8 - F7.5
Sensitivity Auto (ISO 100 - 400) Auto (ISO 100 - 400)
White balance  • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Overcast
 • Tungsten
 • Fluorescent
 • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Overcast
 • Tungsten
 • Fluorescent
Flash Internal, 2.5 m range Internal
Flash modes  • Auto
 • Red-eye reduction
 • Off
 • Fill-In
 • Slow sync
 • Slow sync & red-eye reduction
 • Auto
 • Red-eye reduction
 • Off
 • Fill-In
 • Slow sync
 • Slow sync & red-eye reduction
Continuous mode None 1.2 fps up to 5 frames at HQ
Movie mode  • 320 x 240, 15 fps, 15 sec, no audio
 • 160 x 120, 15 fps, 60 sec, no audio
 • 320 x 240, 15 fps, 15 sec, no audio
 • 160 x 120, 15 fps, 60 sec, no audio
Self timer 12 seconds 12 seconds
LCD Monitor 1.6" TFT, 61,000 pixel 1.5", 114,000 pixel
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Storage  • SmartMedia
 • 8 MB SmartMedia card supplied
 • SmartMedia
 • 8 MB SmartMedia card supplied
Connectivity  • DC input
 • USB (1.1)
 • DC input
 • USB (1.1)
 • Video Out
Power  • 2 x CR-V3 Lithium batteries or
 • 4 x AA batteries
 • 1 x CR-V3 Lithium batteries or
 • 2 x AA batteries
Dimensions 123 x 65 x 45 mm
(4.8 x 2.6 x 1.8 in)
112 x 62 x 35 mm
(4.4 x 2.4 x 1.4 in)
Weight (no batt) 190 g (6.7 oz) 174 g (6.1 oz)
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