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Olympus D-425/C-170

By dpreview staff on Jan 5, 2005 at 17:31 GMT

Olympus has today announced an entry level camera into its D series, the pocketable four megapixel D-425. The fixed lens D-425 is missing an optical viewfinder but has a 1.5-inch LCD screen for composition and, designed with the beginner in mind, it has a slide switch for turning the camera on and off, a built-in help guide and 'One-Touch' configuration. The D-425 will be available this month for around $149.99.

Press Release:

New 4.0-Megapixel Olympus D-425 Digital Camera Designed For Effortless Ease Of Use

“One Touch” Design and Built-in Help Guide for Enhanced Operability in a Compact Body

Melville, New York, January 5, 2005 – First-time digital camera buyers will find using the Olympus D-425 so easy they’ll wonder why they didn’t try digital photography sooner. Designed for effortless picture taking, the camera features a “One Touch” configuration, with individual buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images. A built-in help guide makes learning digital photography easier than ever before. And with its 4.0 megapixels of resolution and PictBridge technology, users can create, vibrant prints by connecting the D-425 directly to any PictBridge-enabled printer. The light, compact body of the D-425 makes it convenient to slip the camera in a pocket so you can take it anywhere.

“The D-425 was developed with the first time digital camera user in mind. Every feature was designed for simplicity and ease of use,” said Naoki Tai, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “In fact, with the aid of the built-in help guide to explain the various functions, first-time digital camera users will be able to start shooting immediately with virtually no learning curve.”

Designed to Do More

The D-425 combines a 4.0-megapixel CCD image sensor and a 4x digital zoom lens with Olympus’ exclusive TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor, which significantly enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO allows the D-425 to capture information from all 4 million pixels with pixel “micro-smoothing” that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos. This results in high quality prints that can be cropped and enlarged to 11 x 14 inches and larger.

Conveniently located in the battery compartment, the D-425 is xD-Picture Card compatible so you can take up to 512 MB’s of images. The D-425 accepts readily available AA-size alkaline batteries, eliminating the hassle of finding the right battery on the road. And a battery saving sleep mode helps users maximize the life of their batteries.

Designed to be Approachable

First-time digital camera users will appreciate the camera’s simple “One Touch” operation. Individual buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images are placed on the body of the camera in such a way that frequently used functions can be easily accessed. Macro mode, Flash mode and a self-timer are located on an arrow pad conveniently located for quick use while setting up the perfect shoot.

The camera’s menu architecture allows entry-level users to make their selections quickly. The menu incorporates a new help guide that provides a brief description of each function and shooting mode to help users determine the settings that best suit their shooting situation and purpose.

The inclusion of 10 shooting modes, accessed via a rotating dial on the back of the camera, makes it easy to capture flawless images in a variety of situations, such as Portrait, Night and Landscape. And with the QuickTime® Movie mode, creating short movies of everyday events that can be emailed to family and friends is simple.

OLYMPUS Master software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. And with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away.

Connecting the D-425 to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects the camera directly via USB 2.0 cable to a computer and requires no software. Or, If you prefer, forget the computer altogether. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer, such as the Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer, without using a computer. Printing and sharing images has never been easier, and the P-10’s photo lab-quality dye-sublimation printing produces archival-quality prints in rich color.

Delivering Style

The D-425 has a durable, lightweight body and a built-in lens barrier. With its smooth edges and compact size of just 4.0"(W) x 2.0" (H) x 1.4" (D) and light weight (4.2 ounces), the D-425 fits comfortably in your hand and in your pocket, demonstrating that elegant design can be found at an affordable price.

Availability

The D-425 will be available in January 2005. It includes (2) AA alkaline batteries, an Auto-Connect USB cable, Wrist Strap, OLYMPUS Master Software, Quick Start Guide, Basic Manual, and Warranty. The D-425 (C-170) is only available via Argos in the UK.

Pricing

D-425 Estimated Street Price: $149.99 (U.S.)

For more information and where to buy Olympus products please go to www.olympus.com.

Olympus D-425 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 4 million pixels total
• 4 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2288 x 1721
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240 @ 30 fps - 20 secs
• 160 x 120 @ 15 fps - 41 secs
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG
• Sound:

Lens • 36.7 mm (35 mm equiv)
• F 2.8
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus Auto focus
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm – infinity
• Macro: 20 cm - 50 cm
Metering • Digital ESP
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50 - 250 ISO
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/1500 sec
Scene modes • Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape, Landscape and Portrait, Sport, Self portrait, Beach & Snow
White balance Auto
Self timer Yes
Flash • Auto, red-eye reduction, on, off
• Range: 0.2 - 3 m
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 1.5" TFT LCD
• 85K pixels
Connectivity • DC in
• USB
Print compliance • PIM II
• DPOF
• PictBridge
Storage • xD-Picture Card
• 14 MB internal memory
Power 2x AA battery
Weight (no batt) 120 g (4.2 oz)
Dimensions 101 x 52 x 36 mm (3.9 x 2 x 1.4 in)
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