Yesterday, along with the E-10 mention was made of the E-100RS a very interesting new digital camera from Olympus with the same 10 x optical stablised zoom lens announced in the C-2100UZ, however the E-100RS is built with a different tactic in mind, it's main aim is speed. It has a 1/2" 1.5 megapixel CCD and is capable of capturing bursts of full size images at 15 frames per second (that's faster than we've ever seen in a digital camera.. and considerably faster than all but the most expensive 35mm SLR's). Looking at the body it appears to be based around the C-3030Z with a 0.55" LCD viewfinder.
UPDATE: 30/Sept/2000: E-100RS First Look posted
To my eye Olympus are aiming this camera at the amateur photographer who often shoots sports or action wildlife. With the big 10x zoom and high speed burst it'd be perfectly placed to capture the action. Also note the highest shutter speed of 1/10,000 sec.
Olympus E-100RS Specifications
Olympus Camedia E-100RS
|Metallic frame / casing|
|Imager||1/2", 1.5 megapixel CCD (1.3 megapixel effective)|
|Image sizes||1360 x 1024
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
|Image modes||JPEG, TIFF|
|Lens||Optical image stablisation, 10 x zoom (38 - 380 mm as 35 mm equiv.). 13 pieces in 10 groups.|
|Lens thread||49 mm|
|Focus range||Wide: 60 cm - Infinity (macro 10 cm
- 60 cm)
Tele: 2 m - Infinity (macro 1 m - 2 m)
|Digital zoom||1.1x, 1.3x, 1.5x, 1.7x, 2.1x, 2.7x|
|ISO sensitivity||Auto / 100 / 200 / 400|
+/-2EV in 0.3EV steps
Center weighted average
Wide: F2.8 - F8.0
16 seconds (manual) / 1/30 sec - 1/10,000 sec
15 / 7.5 / 5 / 3 fps (not TIFF)
QuickTime Motion JPEG: 30fps up to 10 seconds
|Viewfinder||TTL LCD viewfinder|
Built-in pop-up flash & Flash sync connector
|Flash modes||Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On|
|Focus modes||TTL auto focus / manual focus|
|White balance||Auto, Fine, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, One-touch manual|
|Connectivity||USB, AV output|
|Storage||SmartMedia & CompactFlash Type
(Microdrive is NOT supported due to power consumption problems) - 8 MB SmartMedia card included
|Power||4 x NiMH AA rechargeables / 2 x CR-3V Lithium|
|Dimensions||120 x 86 x 153 mm (4.7 x 3.4 x 6 ")|
|Weight||575 g (1.26 lb)|
|Price||Est. 160,000 YEN (Est. US street price ~$1,500)|
|Sale date||Japan: October 2000|
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