PMA 2004: Olympus today announced what they claim to be the worlds smallest 10x Zoom digital camera, the new C-765 Ultra Zoom. This camera has a four megapixel CCD sensor and ten times optical zoom lens (38 - 380 mm equiv.). Other features of interest will be the high resolution EVF (electronic viewfinder), live view histogram, a wide range of manual controls and adjustments as well as USB 2.0 connectivity. Expected street price for the C-765 UZ in the US is $499.
Press Release (Olympus UK):
The Worlds Smallest 10x Zoom Camera -
The Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom
Designed for sporting events, travel, nature hikes or any occasion where a more detailed view is necessary, the new C-765 Ultra Zoom model, is the smallest digital camera in the world featuring an optical 10x zoom. Weighing a mere 280g, the new Olympus Ultra Zoom is more than just a digital camera it has a Movie Mode, enabling you to capture video with sound as well. Available from May 2004, the RRP is £399.99 [inc VAT]. For stockist information call 0800 072 0070 or go to www.olympus.co.uk.
The camera is light-weight, easy-to-handle and perfect for capturing shots from a distance. However this 4.0 million pixel model is equally practical for shooting subjects in extreme close-up, as the Super Macro mode lets you shoot from just 3cm away.
Outstanding results are guaranteed through the first class optical system and optimised image processor, TruePic Turbo, which boosts both image quality and image processing capabilities even further.
The very bright (f2.8 3.7) optical system of the C-765 Ultra Zoom comprises eleven elements arranged in seven groups and includes two aspherical lenses to reduce distortion as well as an ED element. This is normally only found in pro-level SLR cameras and significantly helps reduce chromatic aberration.
The new C-765 Ultra Zoom model is versatile enough to match every photographers demands. In auto mode, it offers point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For those times when creativity is desired, the aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual settings allow greater control.
The optimised electronic viewfinder unlike many optical viewfinders enables precise framing of the shot. Also you dont have to take your eye from the subject when shooting as all activated settings are displayed in the electronic viewfinder. The USB 2.0 AutoConnect interface also ensures that file transfer to the computer is now even quicker.
The C-765 Ultra Zoom main features
- 4.0 million pixels
- 10x optical zoom, f2.8 3.7 (equiv. 38 380mm on 35mm camera)
- TruePic Turbo image processor
- Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual modes
- 4 scene programs (Portrait, Sports, Night Scene, Landscape)
- Super macro mode: shooting from as close as 3cm
- Movie recording function with sound
- 240,000 pixel electronic viewfinder
- 1.8 inch LCD monitor with 110,00 pixels
- PictBridge compatible
- USB 2.0 (AutoConnect)
- CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software provided
Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom 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)
MOV (Motion JPEG)
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480, 30 fps
320 x 240, 30 fps
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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