PMA 2004: In a 'by popular demand' move Olympus today revealed its very interesting still camera / video camera cross-over product the C-770 Movie. Just like the C-765 UZ the C-770 has a four megapixel CCD sensor and ten times optical zoom lens. Most interesting however is that Olympus has implemented the MPEG-4 video compression codec for movie recording, this means smaller higher quality video files at high resolution and frame rate. The C-770 Movie records VGA (640 x 480) MPEG-4 video at 30 fps at a data rate of approximately 300 KB/sec.
Press Release (Olympus UK):
Forget Your Camcorder:
Use the Olympus C-770 Movie instead
If you dont have room to take both your camera and your camcorder on holiday this year, then the Olympus C-770 Movie is the answer to your problem. The 4 million pixel digital camera not only allows extremely versatile shooting with a powerful 10x optical zoom, it also records full-screen quality MPEG4 movies with sound. Available from April 2004, RRP will be £499.99 [inc VAT]. For stockist information call 0800 072 0070 or go to www.olympus.co.uk.
This camera is the perfect holiday companion for the seasoned traveller; the compact C-770 Movie doesnt simply take superb digital shots, it also boasts a full-screen movie recording capability of 30 frames per second in MPEG4 quality - one of the most advanced of any existing digital cameras to date. The extraordinary picture quality also allows full television screen presentations.
The new flagship in the Olympus Ultra Zoom range features a bright (f2.8 3.7) 10x optical zoom lens which comprises eleven elements arranged in seven groups. In addition, it includes two aspherical lenses to reduce distortion, plus an ED element which helps to minimise chromatic aberration, an effect that often occurs when shooting in the tele-setting. In combination with a 4 million pixel CCD, this high precision optical system ensures pictures of superb quality, even when printed in larger sizes.
This model also offers a broad range of shooting modes including Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual settings, allowing you to create your own individual images. The cameras range of scene programs (Portrait, Self Portrait, Night Scene, Sports, Landscape and Landscape with Portrait) proves extremely convenient when there is less time for manual adjustments.
Because the C-770 Movie complies with the PictBridge standard, direct printing can be carried out with compatible printers, eliminating the need for a PC. However, the USB 2.0 AutoConnect interface, means that pictures and movies can be downloaded quickly and easily to the computer.
Two software packages are included for handling the files
- CAMEDIA Master 4.2SE software allows easy optimising, editing and managing of the image files
- Ulead VideoStudio7 SE Basic to edit and watch the MPEG4 movies on your computer.
The C-770 Movie main features
- 4.0 million pixels
- 10x optical zoom with ED lens (equiv. 38 380mm on 35mm camera), f2.8/3.7
- Full-screen (640 x 480 pixels) MPEG4 movie recording at 30 fps with sound
- Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual modes
- Hot shoe for flash gun
- 6 scene programs (Portrait, Self Portrait, Night Scene, Sports, Landscape and Landscape with Portrait)
- Optimised electronic viewfinder for precise framing
- All activated settings are displayed in the electronic viewfinder, allowing you to keep your eye on the subject at all times
- Supplied with 128MB xD-Picture Card
- PictBridge compatible
- USB 2.0
- 1.8 LCD with multi-language menu
- CAMEDIA Master 4.2SE plus Ulead VideoStudio7 SE Basic are provided with the camera
Olympus C-770 Movie specifications
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" Type CCD
4.0 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 2288 x 1712
2288 x 1512 (3:2)
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
3200 x 2400 (interpolated)
|File formats|| TIFF
JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480, 30 fps
320 x 240, 30 fps
MPEG-4 Codec format
Limited only by storage (streaming)
|Lens|| 10x optical zoom
38 - 380 mm equiv.
F2.8 - F3.7
11 elements in 7 groups, 2aspherical elements, ED lens
|Digital zoom||Up to 3x|
|Auto focus|| TTL contrast detect
AF area selectable
|Focus range|| Normal: W 0.6 m - Infinity,
T 2.0 m - Infinity
Macro: W 7 - 60 cm, T 1.2 - 2.0 m
Super macro: 3 cm
|Shooting modes|| Program AE
Aperture priority AE
Shutter priority AE
|Scene modes|| Portrait
|Metering|| Digital ESP
|Sensitivity equiv.|| Auto (ISO 50 - 400)
|Exposure compen.|| -2.0 to +2.0 EV
0.3 EV steps
|Shutter speed||16 - 1/1000 sec|
|Exposure bracketing|| Up to 5 images
0.3, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
|White balance|| Auto
Fluorescent 1 2 3
|WB adjustment||-7 to +7|
|Image parameters|| Sharpness (-5 to +5)
Contrast (-5 to +5)
Saturation (-5 to +5)
|Image processing|| TruePic Turbo
|User memories||4 memories|
|Histogram|| Shooting mode
|Viewfinder|| Electronic viewfinder (EVF)
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT LCD
|Flash|| Pop-up (electronic release)
Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-In, Slow sync, Off
Range: Wide 4.5 m, Tele 3.5 m
|Sequence shooting|| 2.7 fps
12 images (HQ mode)
|Direct print||PictBridge compatible|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0
|Power|| Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Optional AC adapter
|Storage|| xD-Picture Card
16 MB card supplied
|Dimensions||105 x 60 x 69 mm|
|Weight (no batt)||280 g|
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