Olympus Japan announce the a new digital camera based on the 2 megapixel C-2020Z with an Olympus ten times stabalised zoom lens (38mm - 380mm, F2.8 - F3.5) with optical stability. Expected retail price is 138,000 YEN ($1300) in Japan available in August. Olympus's answer to the FD-95 & MVC-CD1000 ?
Olympus C-2100 UltraZoom Specifications
|Imager||2.1 megapixel 1/2" CCD GRGB
1.92 megapixels effective (1600 x 1200)
|Image sizes||1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Image modes||TIFF, JPEG (SHQ, HQ, SQ)|
|Lens||Olympus 10 x, 38mm - 380mm (35mm equiv.)
F2.8 - F3.5
Optical stablisation prevents blur at long focal lengths
|Lens thread||49 mm|
|Normal focus distance||
W: 0.6m (1.9ft) - Infinity
|Macro focus distance||
W: 0.1m (3.9") - 0.6m (1.9ft)
Single AF, Full-time AF, Manual
Built-in focus illumination lamp
|Digital Zoom||1.1x - 2.7x in 0.1x steps|
|ISO sensitivity||Auto (100-400), 100, 200, 400|
|Exposure compensation||+/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps|
|Exposure modes||Program, Scene-Program (Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Full Manual|
|Bracketing||3 shots in 0.3, 0.6 or 1.0 EV steps|
Auto: 1/2s - 1/800s in 1/3 stop steps
|Aperture priority||F2.8 - F8.0 in 1/3 stop steps|
|Metering modes||iESP, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Sharpness setting||Soft, Normal, Hard|
|White Balance||Auto, Manual Preset, Fine, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent|
|Flash range @ ISO100||W: 0.3m (11.8") - 4.0m (13ft)
T: 1.0m (3.2ft) - 3.2m (10.5ft)
|Flash modes||Auto, Anti red-eye, Slow Sync (Front & Rear), Forced on, Forced off, External|
|External flash||Sync connector (for FL-40)|
|Self-Timer||2 / 10 seconds & Remote Control|
|Burst mode||SHQ: 1.5fps up to 5 images
HQ: 1.8fps up to 16 images
SQ (640 x 480): 1.8fps up to 86 images
|Movie mode||Motion JPEG 15fps,(320 x 240 / 160
8MB = 23 seconds @ 320 x 240
|Viewfinder||0.55" LCD TTL (114,000 pixels),
Only one of Viewfinder LCD or rear preview LCD can be active at any one time.
|LCD||1.8" (114,000 pixels)|
|Picture effects||Sepia, B&W, Black Board|
|Voice recording||Available, built-in or external microphone|
|Remote control||InfraRed, supplied RM-1|
|Storage||SmartMedia up to 64MB
|Timing||Store 1600 x 1200 TIFF: 18 secs
Store 1600 x 1200 SHQ JPEG: 3.5 secs
Store 1600 x 1200 HQ JPEG: 2 secs
|Connectivity||USB, Serial PC/Mac, External microphone|
|Video output||NTSC / PAL & Audio|
|Power Supply||4 x AA Batteries or 2 x CR-V3 Lithium packs (supplied)|
|Weight||540 g (1.2 lb)|
|Dimensions||112.5 x 77.5 x 141 mm (4.4 x 3.1 x 5.6")|
|Price||138,000 YEN (Japan) - (~US$1,300)|
|Release||August 2000 - Japan|
Phil says: Cool, it looks just like the C-2500L but with hints of the C-2020Z & C-3030Z. Shame they didn't put a 3 megapixel imager in there, that would have made it a real killer camera, that said 2 megapixels and a 10x stablised lens makes it a good alternative to the FD-95 / MVC-CD1000. Lets hope we're going to see more big lenses from other manufacturers. Kudos Olympus.
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