Olympus America Inc., Digital & Imaging Systems Group, world leader in film and filmless photography, today announced the Olympus USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer, the fastest way to download images from any SmartMedia digital camera. The new device complements the Olympus line of connectivity options, which includes serial, parallel, and PCMCIA port image download capability, and floppy disk compatibility, making the Olympus product offerings broader than any other.
The Olympus USB Reader/Writer is travel-friendly and lightweight with an ergonomic palm-sized design (dimensions of 2-1/2`` width x 4'' height x 3/4`` depth). No heavy A/C adapter or batteries are ever needed and there are no moving parts. The reader is hot swappable and Plug 'N Play ready, so it's always ready for instant use. It is ideal for portability and for those users that need to download image files to many different computers.
The Olympus USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer is also faster than any other desktop computer downloading solution. It reads at speeds of up to 1 MB/second and provides sustained writes of up to 400KB/second. These speeds are up to 100 times faster than that which could be expected when downloading through a serial port. With digital camera image-file sizes commonly increasing up to 5 megabytes, users need the fastest way possible to quickly and easily download those larger images to a PC.
``At Olympus, we have listened to our customers and we are providing what they have asked for -- a fast, un-tethered downloading solution,'' said Ben La Marca, Group Vice President Digital Marketing and Development. ``We offer the widest variety of choices for downloading digital camera images, so the consumer can decide which is the most convenient. Whether it be with the fastest USB Reader, an extremely fast PCMCIA adapter for laptops users, FlashPath floppy disk adapter for use with the universally available floppy disk drive, serial cable, or parallel download through the SmartMedia enabled Olympus P-330 Instant Photo Printer, Olympus provides the solution.''
Some vendors have chosen to incorporate USB directly inside their cameras. This has the effect of diminishing USB throughput. Olympus has instead maximized USB speed throughput by providing a separate reader. ``Olympus decided to incorporate USB connectivity as an inexpensive external device instead of building it inside the camera for three reasons: 1. The camera is free to do what it does best, take pictures, while images are downloaded via the USB reader. 2. The camera is never tethered, something very unpopular with users, to a computer or reader during downloading. 3. USB downloading through the external device achieves a faster throughput than USB built into a camera,'' said Brett Serxner, Product Manager.
The Olympus USB Reader/Writer works with industry standard 3.3 and 5-volt SmartMedia cards from any vendor. Images can be read from SmartMedia cards that were recorded in cameras from all SmartMedia based cameras from companies such as Agfa, Epson, Fuji, Minolta, Olympus, Toshiba, and others. Also of interest is a recent observation that SmartMedia cards have been implemented for use in other consumer electronic products, including the new Diamond Multimedia Systems Rio MP3 player.
Not only is the new Olympus USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer an excellent and speedy digital camera download device but it also can serve a second purpose. Because the device can write data, any data, on up to 32 MB SmartMedia cards, it makes an excellent ``sneaker net'' product. When there is the need to transfer a sizeable quantity of data across the office or across town, the Olympus USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer may provide a fast affordable solution.
``We have also tested the USB Reader/Writer with a large movie trailer in a QuickTime file format. Because of the sustained throughput of the new USB Reader, the audio and video signals of this trailer are seamless. This USB device is a cool, very high tech and portable player,'' said Brett Serxner. ``Think of it in this way. The device is about one-fourth the size of a Zip drive, less expensive and faster. The media is one-third the capacity yet a tiny fraction of the physical size and weight of a Zip cartridge. Best of all ... it has no moving parts. It's quite a compelling product.''
The Olympus USB Reader/Writer will be available during July 1999 for $79.95. It is compatible with MacOS 8.1 or later and Windows 98 (USB port must be available). The package includes the USB Reader/Writer, drivers for both computing platforms, and manual. It can be purchased from camera specialty stores, computer superstores, office superstores, consumer electronic stores, mail order catalogs, and e-commerce sites.
|CZ54-1-2 by TrickTheLight|
from anything you can do I can do better
|Fork-tailed Sunbird On Ivory Coral Tree by cntlaw|
from A big year - birds 2019
|Washing day by Jill Hancock|
from -Minimum Wage- (non-human shot in Full Colours Only)
Night Sight, Portrait Mode and (surprisingly) wide-angle selfie mode are features that we're currently loving about the Pixel 3's camera.
The Auschwitz Museum has asked visitors to be more respectful after an upsurge of pictures posted on social media showing people posing on the train tracks that lead to the main gate.
This week Chris and Jordan take the new Leica Q2 for a spin, and while most of us in the Northern Hemisphere are welcoming spring, they head even farther north than usual to visit ice castles. Because #Canada.
Harvard is facing a lawsuit over profiting from 19th century daguerreotypes that captured the portrait of a slave and his daughter on a South Carolina plantation.
From the detailed textures in rural landscapes to the incredible lighting inside futuristic buildings, the photorealism of Unreal Engine 4 is blurring the lines between fiction and reality...you know...aside from the spaceship.
According to a report from The Informant, a number of Instagram users' passwords were shared as plaintext in URLs used to download their data.
We've added Panasonic's new Lumix S1 and S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras to three of our buying guides. If you're looking for a quick summary of each model, then have a read.
YouTube channel Photoshop Cafe has shared a video detailing ten tips and tricks you can do to both fix and speed up Photoshop when it's running slow and sluggish.
It's not going to be the banger of the year, but it'll get a few laughs.
DJI has confirmed its drones won't be affected by the GPS 2019 week rollover.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has teamed up with Kodak to release a beer that's capable of doubling as a film developer.
The Diana Instant Square is a retro-inspired camera with manual controls that's fun to shoot in good light, but largely unpredictable in its operation.
Residents of a Paris street plagued by Instagrammers, selfie takers and music video crews are asking the city government for a weekend and evening ban to give them some peace.
The adapter plugs into the Osmo Pocket's USB Type-C port and features a 3.5mm TRS jack to plug in various external microphones.
Checkout allows Instagram users to select products for purchase and make payments directly in the app.
GauGAN as it's known, can create photorealistic images from basic drawings using the power of artificial intelligence.
The EOS RP is Canon's latest full-frame mirrorless camera, with diminutive dimensions and a diminutive price. Find out how it stacks up and get our thoughts in our early review.
Montana judge Dana L. Christensen has ruled the Republican National Committee did not infringe upon the copyright of photographer Erika Peterman after they took a photo from a Democratic candidate's Facebook page without permission and altered it to use in a derogatory promotional mailer.
Nikon has launched updates for three of its programs to address various bugs and glitches that could cause crashes and unwanted results.
LEE Filters has launched the LEE100, its next-generation filter holder that improves the design and looks in all the right places.
With the arrival of some much-needed sunshine and final production firmware for the Panasonic S1, we've been able to get outside and really start putting the camera through its paces.
Importing, culling and tagging photos is about to get a whole lot faster and look a whole lot better with the impending arrival of Photo Mechanic 6.
On its own, the FTZ adapter retails for $250 and when bundled it dropped the cost to just $150. Now, Nikon is offering it for free with all Z6, Z7 purchases in the United States.
Profoto said it spoke with Godox back at Photokina 2018 and continues to contact Godox in an effort to stop it from marketing its V1 light.
Product renders in Italian publication Notebook Italia show an unusual design that conceals all cameras with the help of a slider mechanism.
Canon says its new EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and EF 600mm F4L IS III lenses can suffer from an intermittent flickering when shooting video in M or Av modes with certain cameras.
Leica recently announced the Q2, a digital rangefinder with a fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. It's a heck of a lot of fun to shoot with, but is it right for you? Based on our time with the camera, and its specifications, we've examined how well-suited it is for common photography use-cases.
Now that our Panasonic Lumix S1R has final firmware, we couldn't wait to get out shooting with it - and we also tried the high-res mode, which combines files to get 187 megapixel images. Because sometimes, 47 megapixels just isn't enough.
In this article, travel and landscape photographer Mitch Green encourages us to spend more time in the the field.
the lens lacks any electronics whatsoever and is constructed entirely of glass and metal. Of course, that comes at the expense of weight — this thing weighs in at 1.1kg / 2.43lbs.