Today Olympus Japan announced the C-1, this compact, entry-level digital camera features a 1.3 megapixel CCD and a fixed 35 mm (equiv.) lens. Looks suspiciously similar to the Epic/Mju product line, doesn't it? The most recent similar product from Olympus was the D-360L (C-860L). Note also that (probably just for the Japanese market) it's available with It enters the market at a very low 38,000 YEN ($320).

Olympus C-1 (Digital) Olympus Stylus Epic / Mju (35mm Film)

I don't suppose it'll be called the digital epic (US) / digital µ[mju:] (Europe/SE Asia) when it hits our shelves?

Click here for samples (by Yamada Kumio)

Olympus C-1 (µ[mju:] C-1 / BRIO D-100) specifications

Sensor 1/3.2" 1.3 megapixel (1.25 megapixel effective)
Lens Fixed 35 mm (35 mm equiv.) F2.8
Image Sizes 1280 x 960 (SHQ, HQ)
640 x 480
Image Format JPEG
Storage Media SmartMedia (4 - 128MB), 8 MB SmartMedia supplied
White Balance Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
Digital Zoom Yes, 2x
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in 0.5 EV steps
Metering Digital ESP
ISO sensitivity Auto
Apertures F2.8, F8.0
Shutter speed range 1/2 - 1/1000 sec
Auto Focus TTL AF
Focus Range Normal: 0.5 m - Infinity
Macro: 0.1 - 0.5 m
Continuous 2 fps up to 4 frames
LCD 1.5" TFT, 113,000 pixels
Flash Built In
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction auto, Forced Off, Forced On
Flash range 0.2 - 3.5 m
Self timer 12 seconds
Connections DC input, USB, Video Out
Power 2 x AA or CR-V3 Lithium
(powers on automatically upon sliding front cover)
Dimensions 110 x 62 x 34 mm
Weight 165 g
Price 38,000 YEN (US$320)
Availability 24 March 2001 (Japan)

Optional "covers" (not confirmed but I think they simply stick-on)