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
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
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
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
* 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