Olympus will announce the 4 megapixel Camedia E-10 Digital SLR, with a big 2/3" CCD (designed by Olympus), a 4x optical zoom (35 - 140 mm) F2.0 - F2.4, manual focus ring, RAW mode shooting (Photoshop plugin included), optical TTL viewfinder, histogram mode, flip-out and rotate LCD. Expected price 198,000 YEN (~$1,826) expected to be on sale in mid October in Japan. This scoop straight from our friend Yamada Kumio over at digitalcamera.gr.jp. Olympus's upgraded C-2500L.
Olympus Camedia E-10
Olympus Camedia E-10
|Metallic frame / casing (see image above)|
|Imager||2/3", 4 megapixel CCD (3.9 micron
Primary colour filter array (GRGB)
(CCD Designed and developed jointly between Olympus and a third party, supposed to be unique to Olympus)
|Image sizes||2240 x 1680 (effective 3.9 megapixel)
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Image modes||JPEG, TIFF, RAW (Photoshop plugin provided)|
|Lens||High Quality non-interchangeable 4 x optical zoom lens, 35 - 140mm, F2.0 - F2.4|
|Lens thread||62 mm|
|Zoom control||On-the-lens zoom ring|
|Viewfinder||TTL Optical viewfinder|
|LCD||1.8" multiple angle (flip out)|
Built-in pop-up flash & Flash hot-shoe
|Focus modes||Multiple AF modes (including low light
Manual focus ring on lens
|Play / review||Histogram function supported|
|Storage||SmartMedia & CompactFlash Type
(it's noted that Olympus aren't officially stating support of Microdrive due to power consumption problems -????)
|Power||4 x NiMH AA rechargeables / 2 x CR-3V
Additional Grip powersupply lithium polymer battery pack supposed to support up to 1000 shots (also adds portrait grip / shutter release).
|Dimensions||128 x 161 x 103 mm (5 x 6.3 x 4.1 ")|
|Weight||1050 g (2.31 lb)|
|Price||Est. 198,000 YEN (Est. US street price ~$1,600)|
|Sale date||Japan: October 2000|
It's noted by PC Watch that Olympus's reason for going for a fixed lens was (a) because standard SLR lenses can not match the resolution of such CCD's and (b) because it removes the problem of dust getting into the camera. Several optional lens attachments will be available including: Macro lens add-on, 3x tele, 1.45x wide angle and 0.8x wide angle.
Olympus Camedia E-100RS
Also mentioned on the same page is a new 1.5 megapixel 10 x optical stablised zoom digicam named the E-100RS which supports SmartMedia and CF Type II (which may lead us to presume the E-10 also supports CF Type II) and a super high speed burst rate of 15 frames per second. Priced at 160,000 YEN (~$1,500).
Images courtesy of Yamada Kumio, and Impress PC Watch (c)2000 Yamada Kumio / (c)2000 Impress PC Watch respectively.