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Rollei Prego dp4200

Aug 2, 2004 at 16:30 GMT

Rollei has today announced the ultra-slim Prego dp4200 which offers a 4.2 megapixel CCD as well as video with sound. After announcing its highest resolution compact earlier this month, Rollei is aiming at the entry level market with lower priced cameras offering fewer megapixels. The metal-bodied dp4200 is just 24mm wide and boasts a 3x zoom and a large 2-inch LCD and takes SD memory.

Press Release:

The Slim-Down Digicam

The extremely slim new Prego dp4200 digital camera by Rollei is the ideal "camera for all occasions" – with technical features to boot!

August 2004 Actually, it's hard to believe how much "contents" you can squeeze into such a tiny package!  Rollei are now introducing a powerful, but ultra-compact 4.2-megapixel digital camera in an especially flat metal body, complete with 3x optical and 3.6x digital zooms plus video and voice-recording options. The Prego dp4200 will be available for €299 ($360) from end of August  2004.

A mere 125 grams is what the Prego dp4200 weighs. And  its dream measurements are 88.5 x 54.5 x 24 mm. In other words, it will hitch a hike in just about any pocket. And it will show off its versatility in just about any situation. As a mini video camera or dictation machine, for example. The Prego dp4200 will record video clips with 320 x 240 pixels and 15 frames per second in MPEG1 format (AVI). For brief voice commentaries, there are 30 seconds. A built-in microphone and loudspeaker make it all possible.

Conventional camera functions are enhanced by high-grade technical features. The 4.2-megapixel CCD of the Prego dp4200 makes the best of even larger print sizes than A4. Its 3x zoom lens f/2.8-4.8 covers a range of focal lengths which in 35mm photography are equivalent to about 32.4-97.2 mm. Plus there is a 3.6x digital zoom.

A large, 2-inch TFT LCD color monitor and an optical real-image zoom viewfinder make framing very simple and fast. Autofocusing takes care of perfect focus  between 0.5 meter and infinity. Even close-ups are easy with the Prego dp4200. Macrofocusing is possible within 6 and 50 cm.

Most of the camera modes are available on Auto and Manual. For the built-in flash, for example, there are – in addition to the auto modes – "Fored", "Off" and "Red-eye reduction''". For difficult lighting situations, there are manual white-balance presets for "Daylight", " Cloudy", "Tungsten" or "Fluorescent 1 or 2". „Forced“, „Off“ und „Red-eye-reduction“. And exposure can be compensated manually in one-third increments over +/- 2.0 EV. A self-timer with either 2s or 10s delay  makes for entertaining group photos.

Depending on the intended use and available storage space, you can select image quality from "Fine", "Standard" and "Economy". Using the Eonomy setting, for example, the possible 512 MB of an SD card can be put to optimum use. And if you wish to obtain even more space, you can transfer your data via  the USB or video interfaces (NTSC, PAL) to your computer or TV set.

Rollei Prego dp4200 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 4.2 million pixels total
• 4.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• 320 x 240 (15 fps)
• With audio

File formats Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Movies: MPEG1 (AVI)
Lens • 32.4 - 97.2mm equiv. (3x zoom)
• F2.8 - F4.8
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus distance • Normal: 0.5 m - Infinity
• Macro: 6 - 50 cm
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
Exposure compensation • +/- 2.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 1/2 – 1/1000 sec
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten,
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
Self timer 2 or 10 seconds
Flash

• Auto
• On/Off
• Red-eye reduction

Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 2.0“ TFT LCD
Connectivity • USB,
• Video (NTSC, PAL)
• AC/DC
Print compliance Direct Print
Storage • SD card
• 32MB card supplied
Power • Lithium ion (supplied)
• Charger included
Weight (no batt or card) 125 g (4.4 oz)
Dimensions 89 x 54.5 x 24mm (3.5 x2.1 x 0.9 in)