Today Olympus have announced the C-700 UZ, heralded as the smallest 10x optical zoom digital camera (not difficult). The camera features a 2 megapixel sensor and a lens which delivers a 38 - 380 mm equiv. zoom (F2.8 - F3.5). Expected street price is $700. We'd love to bring you a picture of the camera, unfortunately we've been let down by Olympus who have not provided us with any information on this camera.

Olympus Introduces Camedia C-700 Ultrazoom World's Smallest 10X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Full Featured with 27X Digital Zoom, USB AutoConnect Ease-of-Use, and QuickTime Movie & Audio - All Packed into Compact, Stylish Body

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus America Inc., the world leader in film and filmless photography, today introduced the CAMEDIA C-700 UltraZoom, the world's smallest 10X optical zoom digital camera. Packed with advanced capabilities and offering outstanding image quality and control, the C-700 UltraZoom raises digital photography to new heights while establishing a new industry benchmark for compactness, style, versatility and ease of use.

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The C-700 UltraZoom features a 10X optical zoom lens that delivers the equivalent of a 38mm -- 380mm lens on a 35mm camera. This optical zoom capability is complemented by a 27X seamless digital zoom, which extends the camera's maximum zoom range to 1,026mm-another industry first for a camera of this size. 'Seamless' means the C-700 UltraZoom will automatically switch to digital zoom when the camera reaches the limit of its optical range, enhancing ease of use and allowing users to capture intricate details from great distances.

Fully programmable, the C-700 UltraZoom is versatile enough to match any user's comfort level and application. In Programmed Auto mode, the camera offers point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking in average situations. For unique or difficult to shoot conditions, the C-700 UltraZoom offers greater control with aperture priority (Wide: f2.8 - f8.0, Tele: f3.5 - f8.0), shutter priority (1/2 - 1/1,000 sec.), full manual operation and a host of special programs including Night Scene, Sports Action, Portrait and Landscape modes. Multiple ISO settings from 100 to 800 allow users to capture sharp images even in low light conditions.

The C-700 UltraZoom uses industry standard SmartMedia(TM) cards to capture images in JPEG and TIFF formats. The camera ships with an 8MB card standard, providing ample capacity to store up to 82 pictures in SQ-Normal mode. Additional SmartMedia cards are available in 16, 32, 64 and 128MB increments, and deliver virtually unlimited, reusable image storage capacity without the time or expense associated with film developing. But the C-700 UltraZoom is more than a still image digital camera. A QuickTime(TM) Movie mode enables users to capture up to 62 seconds of full motion video with sound at 15 frames per second on an 8MB SmartMedia card, making it the perfect choice for users producing webcasts and e-mailing short videos. The C-700 UltraZoom also records up to four seconds of audio captioning for each still image.

"The C-700 UltraZoom is targeted at a photographically-savvy audience; the experienced digital photographer who's ready to step up to a more capable device, but at the same time wants a small, ease to use camera,'' states John Knaur, Digital Product Manager, Olympus Consumer Products Group. "The C-700 UltraZoom delivers the full featured functionality and greater image control demanded by accomplished amateurs, but without the price tag associated with professional cameras. In fact, with its extensive capabilities and simple operation at this price point, the C-700 UltraZoom is one of the best values in its class.''

Whether capturing still pictures or full motion video, every image is processed through the C-700 UltraZoom's 2.11-megapixel CCD, and displayed on a 1.5-inch, 113,000-pixel color TFT LCD monitor. As a result, the C-700 UltraZoom delivers photo-quality images up to 8" x 10'' when image data is downloaded to a computer and output on a photo-quality printer. SmartMedia cards may also be inserted directly into one of Olympus' P Series dye sublimation printers for computer-free printing.

For fast and simple downloading, the C-700 UltraZoom features USB AutoConnect technology. The Olympus USB AutoConnect feature allows users to plug the camera directly into any USB-configured computer. No drivers or additional software are required for PCs running the latest operating systems including Windows® 2000, Windows Me and Mac OS(TM) 8.6 and higher-these computers will mount and recognize the C-700 UltraZoom automatically. This eliminates the need to restart the system, so image viewing, downloading and printing can be performed immediately upon connection. (Card readers are also available for non-USB equipped PCs.) The C-700 UltraZoom supports the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standard for adding data to images and tagging specific photographs to print to DPOF-compatible printers.

"This camera can be as simple or sophisticated to operate as any user needs it to be. It functions great as a point-and-shoot digital camera for family vacation and holiday use, and is also well suited for the more creative photographer who desires pinpoint image control,'' says Knaur. "Its AutoConnect capability makes it easy to download, print and share both still images and short video clips. We expect the C-700 UltraZoom to be very well received by the experienced digital consumer, and to maintain Olympus' position as the leader in filmless digital photography.''

The Camedia C-700 will be available in May. It ships with an 8MB SmartMedia, 2 CR-V3 AA Lithium Battery Pack, CAMEDIA Master Software, Win/Mac USB Cable, video cable, manual, carrying strap, lens cap and retainer cord.

CAMEDIA C-700 UltraZoom Street Price: $699.00
CAMEDIA C-700 UltraZoom Suggested Retail Price: $799.00

Olympus C-700UZ specifications

CCD 1/2.7" 2.11 megapixel CCD (1.92 megapixel effective)
Lens Olympus, 38 - 380 mm equiv. F2.8 - F3.5, 10 elements in 7 groups
Digital Zoom Yes, smooth up to 2.7x
Image modes JPEG, TIFF
Image sizes 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Storage SmartMedia (support for 128MB)
Viewfinder Electronic TTL Viewfinder (0.55" LCD)
LCD 1.5" TFT, 114,000 pixel
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400 or 800
Focus range Normal: 60 cm - Infinity (23 in - Infinity)
Macro: 10 cm - 60 cm (4 - 23 in)
Aperture range F2.8 - F8.0
Shutter speed Auto: 1/2 sec - 1/1,000 sec
Manual: 16 sec - 1/1,000 sec
Exposure modes Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Full Manual, Auto Bracketing, AE Lock, S-Prg creative modes
Metering Digital ESP, Spot, 8 position multi-spot
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, One-touch WB, Manaul WB correction
Flash Built in, 6 sec charge time
Flash range Wide: 10 cm - 5.5 m (3.9 in - 18 ft)
Tele: 1.2 m - 4.4 m (4 ft - 14.4 ft)
Continuous 1.8 fps (unknown limit)
Movies Quicktime, 15fps, 320 x 240 (max 15 sec), 160 x 120 (max 60 sec)
Image effects Sepia, Black & white, Black / White board mode
Self timer 12 seconds
Connectivity DC input, USB, A/V out (varies by region), Flash EXT (5-pin for FL-40)
Power 2 x CR-V3 Lithium battery or 4 x AA batteries
Dimensions 107.5 x 76 x 77.5 (4.2 x 3 x 3 in)
Weight 311 g (11 oz)