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Olympus introduce Camedia E-20P digital SLR -
The Camedia E-20P digital SLR is equipped with image optimisation functions and photographic features. Featuring Progressive Scan, TruePic image optimisation, pixel mapping, noise reduction system and super-fast shutter speeds, Olmpus say the E-20P is ideal for studio work and has the versatility to perform exceptionally on location.
For high-speed sport and wildlife photography the Progressive Scan shooting mode of the E-20P adjusts the number of pixels read to achieve extremely fast shutter speeds of up to 1/18,000 sec. Full compatibility with the latest 1Gb Microdrive and large buffer memory ensures no photographs will be missed.
Olympus say their TruePic image optimisation algorithm ensures that even smaller images stand out with brilliant colours. The TruePic process utilises all the image data available on the entire CCD to establish the pattern of the shot, which it then replicates at a lower resolution. Further improvements to picture clarity and colour are realised through the pixel mapping function, which re-calibrates the CCD to ensure that all pixels are in operation. This option is easily activated and Olympus say it will guarantee better image quality with sharper resolution, more vivid colour and less picture noise. In addition, the E-20P uses a new Noise Reduction System, which compares images against a black background to identify and then remove all noise from night-time or long-exposure shots.
The E-20P features a wide selection of manually adjustable parameters and versatile shooting modes. It incorporates an All-In-One SLR optical system and 4x zoom lens (35-140 mm on a 35 mm camera.) The E20-P's (f/2.0, f/2.4) lens is composed of an ED and two aspherical elements to help minimise colour aberration and distortion. Two high index low dispersion lenses also enhance clarity. Focusing accuracy is helped by a dual autofocus system.
Exposure is defined by a choice of three metering options - digital ESP [multi-patterned], centre weighted and spot - to ensure the correct exposure. Exposure compensation as well as auto bracketing exposure control combats even the trickiest lighting conditions. TTL metering allows illumination with the internal flash or the Olympus Camedia FL-40 dedicated external flash. Image exposure can then be checked and analysed through the LCD display. Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual settings permit manual control of the aperture or shutter speed, or both, for full manual exposure control. In addition, the Programme shooting mode enables fully automatic operation.
The highest possible quality with the maximum amount of data is made possible by RAW mode image capture. The Camedia Master software or a special Photoshop plug-in may be used to treat the unprocessed data.
The E20-P is equipped with slots for both SmartMedia, with a capacity of up to 128Mb, or CompactFlash (which also offers the possibility of using a Microdrive). The E-20P features a USB Storage Class interface.
*The macro lens fully captures an area of 49x37 mm
* The 0.8x wide-angle model corresponds to a 28mm lens on a conventional 35mm camera.
* A 1.45x tele extension lens delivers the equivalent focal length of 200mm. The Tele Extension Kit Pro includes an optical system that corresponds to a 420 mm lens and provides 3x magnification. It comes complete with support arm and lens hood.
* By connecting the FL-40 dedicated external flash, the photographer enjoys great flexibility and powerful illumination of GN 40 for tele and GN 26 for wide-angle shots.
* The Power Battery Holder Kit fits onto the base of the camera and contains a powerful lithium polymer rechargeable battery (plus charger) for extended shooting times.
Available in November 2001, for 1,499.