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Olympus D-595 Zoom / C-500 Zoom

By dpreview staff on Feb 17, 2005 at 17:03 GMT

Pre-PMA 2005: The third five million pixel camera announced by Olympus today is the D-595 Zoom. Design-wise the D-595 Zoom sports a blocky handgrip, thumb indent and, unusually for the current crop of Olympus compacts, an optical viewfinder, despite the 1.8-inch LCD. The D-595 Zoom has a 38 - 114mm 3x zoom lens and offers full manual control. For close-ups the camera boasts an impressive super macro mode of 2 cm and for the complete beginner there are 15 scene modes available to choose from. It will be available next month priced $279.99.

US name: Olympus D-595 Zoom
European name: Olympus C-500 Zoom

Press Release:

Let your imagination run free

The Olympus C-500 ZOOM

London, 17 February 2005 The C-500 ZOOM digital camera is an exciting new addition to the Olympus range. It gives enthusiasts the ease of use associated with automatic functions but still allows plenty of room for creativity and experimentation with full manual control. With 5.0 million pixels and TruePic TURBO technology, images are guaranteed to be rich and highly defined. A bright 3x zoom lens (35mm equiv: 38-114mm) adds shooting flexibility. Movies with sound can also be recorded and photos can be viewed on the 4.6cm LCD monitor.

The C-500 ZOOM is an ideal camera for all photographers looking for an easy to use camera without wishing to forgo full manual control. This camera will be available in late March (UK pricing to be confirmed).

With the C-500 ZOOM, shooting is as easy or as creative as the photographer desires. Users can choose from 15 scene programmes including Fireworks, Portrait and Night Scene. A special help function describes the selected mode and gives a sample picture to make sure the right one is chosen. Additionally, this camera offers full manual control over the exposure settings enabling photographers free reign to explore their creativity – a feature virtually unheard of in a camera of this category. Shooting flexibility is increased by the Super Macro mode that permits shots from only 2cm away.

5.0 million pixels equip this model with the power to capture images in extraordinary detail. A 3x zoom lens (35mm equiv: 38-114mm) brings subjects in close and ensures superior results. The TruePic TURBO image processor means users can not only look forward to generating brilliant images but also fast camera start-up and operating speeds.

With the new special “re-size with frame illustration” editing function, the photographer can choose from a variety of templates, directly on the camera. Being PictBridge compatible, images can then be printed directly on any printer supporting this standard, such as the Olympus P-10 – without needing to go via a PC.

The C-500 ZOOM can also record movies, with length of film dependent on xD card capacity. Results can then be presented on the integrated 4.6cm LCD monitor.

The Olympus C-500 ZOOM – main features:

  • 5.0 million pixels
  • 3x zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent), 1:2.8-4.9
  • Automatic and Manual modes for full manual operation
  • 15 scene programmes (e.g. Fireworks, Portrait, Night Scene) with help function and Function shooting (e.g. Sepia, Black&White)
  • 4.6cm/1.8” LCD monitor with 85,000 pixels
  • 14MB internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • Movies with sound (time limited only by memory capacity)
  • Editing functions (Incl. Re-size with frame illustration)
  • PictBridge and TruePic TURBO
  • Multilingual menu (more languages can be downloaded using the included Olympus Master 1.1 software)
  • Uses standard or rechargeable AA-size batteries (shipped with two alkaline batteries)

Olympus C-500 Zoom specifications

Sensor

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

Image sizes • 2560 x 1920
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240 @ 30 fps max 20 secs
• 320 x 240 @ 15 fps max 41 secs
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: QuickTime (Motion JPEG)
• Sound: WAV

Lens • 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 4.9
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus TTL systems iESP autofocus with contrast detection
AF area modes iESP autofocus
Focus distance • Normal: 0.5 m - infinity
• Macro: 0.2 m - 0.5 m (W), 0.5 m - 0.9 m (T)
• Super macro: 2 cm
Metering • Digital ESP metering
• Spot
ISO sensitivity ISO 50 - 250
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/2 EV steps
Shutter speed 15 - 1/2000 sec
Modes • Program AE
• Manual exposure setting
Scene modes • Landscape
• Landscape and Portrait
• Night Scene
• Indoor
• Fireworks
• Sunset
• Self Portrait
• Portrait
• Cuisine
• Sports
• Beach & Snow
• Candle
• Available Light Portrait
• Behind Glass
White balance • iESP auto
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
Self timer Yes
Continuous shooting 1.2 fps up to 5 frames
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto,red-eye reduction, fill-in, off
• Range: 0.2 m - 3.7 m (W), 2.1 m (T)
• Guide number: 7.3
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT LCD
• 85,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• DC in
• AV out
Print compliance • PictBridge
• Exif
• PIM II
Storage • xD-Picture Card
• 14 MB card supplied
Power • 2x AA-type batteries (NiMH, NiCd, Alkaline) or lithium (LB-01)
• Adapter optional
Weight (no batt) 150 g (5.1 oz)
Dimensions 105 x 61 x 36mm (4.1 x 2.4 x 1.4 in)
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