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New Olympus Cameras - Stylus Verve S, D-545 Zoom, D-595 Zoom & D-630 Zoom
by  -  2/17/2005

Olympus has announced four new cameras, all priced affordably and designed to be easy to operate. The D-545 is an entry level model with 4 megapixels and 3x optical zoom. The D-595 is 5 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom and 19 shooting modes. The D-630 is an ultra-slim 5 megapixel unit with a 2 inch LCD. Rounding out the releases is the Verve S offer 5 megapixels in a stylish and durable all weather case.

Olympus D-545 Zoom (March - $200)

The 3x optical zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography f2. 8 -- f4. 9) combines with a 4x digital zoom to deliver a total 12x zoom so virtually no photo opportunity is out of reach. Super macro mode makes it possible to focus in on details as tiny as the date on the back of a penny, from as close as 0.8 inches .

The camera's 4.0-megapixel CCD image sensor combined with Olympus' exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor significantly enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO allows the D-545 Zoom to capture information from all 4-million pixels with pixel "micro-smoothing" that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos. This results in high quality prints that can be cropped and enlarged to 11 x 14 inches and larger.

The inclusion of 19 shooting modes, accessed via a rotating dial and menu button on the back of the camera, makes it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations, such as Sunset, Portrait, and Night Scene. A QuickTime Movie mode enables users to create short movies of events that can be emailed to family and friends. And a new frame integration function enables users to select various colorful, decorative borders for favorite pictures to print or email to friends.

Olympus D-595 Zoom (March - $280)

The 3x optical zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography f2. 8 -- f4. 9) combines with a 4x digital zoom to deliver a total 12x zoom so virtually no photo opportunity is out of reach. And with the super macro mode it is possible to capture amazingly small details, as tiny as the date on the back of a penny, from as close as 0.8 inches .

The camera's 5.0-megapixel CCD image sensor combined with Olympus' exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor significantly enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO allows the D-595 Zoom to capture information from all 5 million pixels with pixel "micro-smoothing" that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos. This results in high quality prints that can be cropped and enlarged to 11 x 14 inches and larger.

Olympus D-630 Zoom (April - $300)

The D-630 Zoom is designed to enable users of all skill levels to enjoy the fun and convenience of digital photography -- from shooting pictures to sharing them with friends -- without the learning curve. The large 2.0-inch LCD makes it easy to review images and make menu selections. A built-in help guide can be accessed from the menu with images and brief descriptions of each function and shooting mode to help users determine the settings that best suit their shooting situation and purpose. The inclusion of 10 automatic scene modes makes it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations, such as portrait, night scene, or sports. A QuickTime Movie mode with sound enables users to create and share short movies.

OLYMPUS Master software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. With one-click editing tools, such as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates and other user services are just a mouse-click away.

Connecting the D-630 Zoom to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects the camera directly via USB 2.0 cable to a computer and requires no software. And with t he power of PictBridge technology, photos can be printed directly from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer, such as the Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer, without using a computer. Printing and sharing images has never been easier, and the P-10's photo lab-quality dye-sublimation printing produces archival-quality prints in rich color.

Olympus Stylus Verve S (April - $350)

The Stylus Verve S combines a 5.0-megapixel CCD image sensor with Olympus' exclusive image processor, TruePic TURBO , which significantly enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO uses pixel "micro-smoothing" to deliver clearer, more color-accurate photos, even at lower resolutions. The result is high quality prints that can be cropped and printed to 11 x 14 inches and larger. And with a fast startup of less than one second and nearly instant shutter release time, you're always ready to take great pictures.

The bright, clear 1.8-inch HyperCrystalTM LCD delivers a high contrast image and 160-degree angle of view. So gather your friends around - your photos are viewable from above, from the side, and from below. And while conventional LCD screens appear dim against bright light, the HyperCrystal LCD provides excellent visibility in any light condition - on the beach, under the stars, in the rain, or on the slopes.

The Stylus line of digital cameras is renowned for all-weather durability. The body of the Stylus Verve S is constructed of durable, lightweight metal with rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, snow or sand won't get in the way of great photos. Designed for active digital photographers always on the go, the Stylus Verve S also features optimized battery technology that enables users to get more shots between battery charges.