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Olympus C-70 / C-7000Z

By dpreview staff on Sep 16, 2004 at 06:20 GMT
Olympus has today announced the 7.1 million pixel C-7000Z / C-70Z. The metal-bodied camera offers a high res movie mode, 5x optical zoom, RAW file captures as well as full manual control. Super close up shots can be achieved with the 2cm macro mode and viewed on the 2-inch LCD. It is also PictBridge-compatible. It will be available in October priced £419 ($615).

Press Release:

A 7.1 million pixel marvel, full of creative potential

Compact and light, the Olympus C-70 ZOOM is a real performer. By combining 7.1 million pixel print quality images with a 5x optical zoom, the camera delivers stunning pictures - even from a distance. With a 6x digital zoom too, the C-70 ZOOM can deliver an impressive 30x magnification.

The C-70 ZOOM is planned for release in October 2004, priced £419.99. (Approx $615).

Geared to quality

The compact C-70 ZOOM has much to tempt the enthusiastic hobby photographer. The combination of 7.1 million pixels with a bright 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 38-190mm on a 35mm camera, f2.8-4.8) delivers stunning performance. The camera’s high resolution ensures great image clarity even when using the 6x digital zoom. The TruePic TURBO image processor further enhances picture quality - boosting contrast and colours for even more lifelike results. Moreover, it significantly increases processing speed.

Enabling creative expression

The C-70 ZOOM offers photographers immense creative freedom. For example, manual control of the aperture and shutter speed allows users to personalise their pictures. Many other settings, such as white balance and auto-bracketing are also adjustable, while a host of precision metering systems guarantee amazing results with the minimum of fuss.

The camera is also very versatile. Recording short movie sequences is easy and movies are saved at 25 fps in VGA or QVGA resolution (TV quality). Meanwhile the Super Macro mode allows shots on objects an incredible 2cm away. The model comes with the powerful new 1230mAh rechargeable battery pack LI-12B.

Providing a clear view

The large 2.0 inch sunshine LCD* with 206,000 pixels, guarantees a clear view of all pictures, even in bright sunlight. With re-size, red-eye reduction, trimming and rotation editing functions all making the most of the large LCD, images can be adjusted on screen, ready for displaying on the monitor or a TV.

The Olympus C-70 ZOOM – main features

  • 7.1 million pixels
  • Metal body in a titanium colour
  • 5x optical zoom (equiv. 38 – 190mm on 35mm camera), f2.8-4.8
  • 6x digital zoom
  • Super macro shooting from 2cm
  • 2.0 inch sunshine LCD monitor with 206,000 pixels
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • Recording in TIFF, JPEG and RAW file formats possible
  • Programme, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority & Full Manual modes
  • Five scene programmes (Portrait, Night Scene, Sports, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait)
  • Movie recording at 25 fps with sound in VGA and QVGA
  • Time-lapse interval shooting
  • Slideshow function
  • Rotation, Re-size, Trimming and Red-eye reduction editing modes
  • USB 2.0 and PictBridge compatible
  • Olympus Master 1.0 software provided

* Innovative sunshine LCD technology uses semi-transparent layers that allow light to penetrate a few layers into the panel before it is reflected back. This, along with ’back light’, preserves contrast to ensure the LCD presents dazzling images in all conditions.

Olympus C-7000Z specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 7.4 million pixels total
• 7.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 3072x x2048 (3:2)
• 2592 x 1944
• 2288 x 1712
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 (25 fps) up to 20 seconds
• 640 x 480 (12.5 fps) 42 seconds
• 320 x 240 (25 fps) 57 seconds
• 320 x 240 (12.5 fps) 1 min 55 sec with a 32MB card
File formats • JPEG
• TIFF
• RAW
• Motion JPEG
• WAV
Lens • 38 - 190 mm (5x zoom)
• F2.8 - F 4.8
Digital zoom Up to 6x
Focus • TTL autofocus with contrast detection
• Standard: 60 cm (wide) / 120 cm (tele)
• Macro: 8 - 60 cm (wide) / 60 - 120 cm (tele)
• Super Macro Mode: From as close as 2cm, up to 34 x 25mm shooting area
AF area modes • Spot
• iESP autofocus
• 143 AF points
• AF lock
AF assist lamp Yes
Metering

• Digital ESP
• Spot
• Multi

ISO sensitivity • ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing Auto up to five frames in 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 15 - 1/2000 secs
Modes • Auto
• Aperture priority
• Shutter priority
• Manual exposure
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Night Scene
• Sports
• Landscape
• Landscape with Portrait
• My mode (four customisable settings)

White balance • Auto
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
White balance adjustment • Red -7
• Blue +7
Self timer Yes
Continuous shooting • 2.27 fps in high speed mode up to 2 images (also for RAW)
• 1.5 fps in normal mode
Image parameters • Sharpness
• Contrast
• Saturation
• Panorama
• Sepia
• Black and white
Flash • Pop-up
• Auto (automatic activation in low and backlight), Red-eye reduction, On/ Off, Slow-sync, Slow-sync with red-eye reduction
• Range: 3.8 m (wide) - 2.2 m (tele)
• Guide number: Approx 7.5
• Flash compensation: +/- 2EV
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 2" TFT LCD
• 206, 000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AV in
• DC out
Print compliance • Exif 2.2
• PIM II
Storage • xD Picture Card
• 32 MB card supplied
Power • Rechargeable lithium ion LI -12Bbattery
Weight (no batt) 220 g (7.7 oz)
Dimensions 109 x 59 x 43 mm (4.3 x 2.3 x 1.7 in)
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