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Five million pixel Rollei d530 flex announced

Rollei add to their digital single-lens reflex camera family with the five-megapixel Rollei d530 flex.

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Rollei d530 flex

Equipped with a five million pixel CCD and clad in a new, sleek black look, the Rollei d530 flex is a worthy partner to the proven Rollei d30 flex. The digital SLR is fitted with a 10-30mm f/2.8-4 HFT zoom lens (equivalent to 40-120 mm in 35mm-format). The images are captured via the PCMCIA interface Level II on MicroDrive, CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards or on any other conventional media. With two automatic and one manual program, exposure control is extremely flexible. A wide assortment of flash modes ensures that the lighting is always perfect. A SCSI port is available for direct data transfer to a PC or Mac (or remote control), and there is also a video port. The Rollei d530 flex will be available in September 2002.

Rollei claim with its outstanding optical and technical refinements, the new Rollei d530 flex offers the more demanding digital photographer absolute top quality and ease of handling. Now packed with five megapixels and in a smart black professional appearance, it slips effortlessly into the squad of semi-professional digital cameras.

The Rollei d530 flex has a large, bright optical reflex viewfinder with a micro-lens focusing screen. It allows eyesight compensation between -3 and +2 dioptres. The 2.5 inch TFT colour monitor with 112,000 pixels makes framing easy, particularly as the brightness can be regulated according to the angle of view. The camera status and current settings like the frame number, flash mode, self-timer, battery status, time, date, exposure data (speed/aperture), exposure correction, erase modes, single exposures, PAL/NTSC operation and manual release are indicated on the power-saving black-and-white LCD.

Exposure control is either manual or via two automatic programs - oriented to fastest shutter speed or maximum depth-of-field. The CCD chip permits centre-weighted TTL integral metering.

The phase comparison autofocus system provides for the necessary sharpness down to 0.6 m. In addition, manual focusing is possible via the focusing ring.

The Rollei d530 flex works with an integrated TTL-controlled electronic flash unit. Four flash modes ensure that the subject is always correctly illuminated: auto, fill-in flash - both with or without red-eye reduction - manual and flash off. Its range is 0.6 - 3 metres. The d530 flex has a hot shoe with TTL control for the Rollei f28 system flash. All other shoe-mounted flash units and flash equipment can be controlled via the hot-shoe contact or X-cable adapter.

The camera is powered by six rechargeable AA batteries or alkaline batteries.

As the five million pixel raw data of the Rollei d530 flex digital camera offer a big storage volume it is advantageous to use a USB-Offline connection via a USB-card reader. With this method the data, which is stored on the memory card inside the camera, is transferred via the USB-card reader directly to the PC or Mac, so that there is no waiting time. The big advantage is that the camera is immediately ready for use again.

Rollei will offer three different customer-oriented versions of the Rollei d530 flex:

The basic set is for the user who has already enough accessories (storage mediums, cables, rechargeable batteries) or who wants to buy accessories individually. This set includes the camera with carrying strap, lens cap, six batteries, complete software (PC/Mac) on CD, instruction manuals, test certificate and storage mediums with PCMCIA/CF II adapter and a USB-Card/CompactFlash-Card reader.

The outdoor set is especially designed for the user who works most of the time outside (insurance, accident, architecture, landscape etc.). It includes the basic set and offers additionally an aluminium-case, the Rollei f28 flash, a charger and two complete sets of rechargeable batteries with 6 AA batteries each.

The indoor set is suited for indoor works (studio, institution, documentation) where special accessory is necessary. A special feature is the possible remote control operation or the direct data transfer to the PC via a SCSI-cable. It includes not only the basic set but also an aluminium-case, a SCSI-cable and a power supply unit for permanent operation.

Technical spec

Lens: Rollei D-VarioApogon 10-30mm (equivalent to 40-120mm in 35mm format) f/2.8 - 4 HFT
Finder: Bright optical reflex viewfinder with micro-prism focusing screen and eyesight correction (-3 to +2 dioptres)
Exposure metering: Centre-weighted TTL average metering via CCD chip
Focusing: Phase-comparison autofocus down to 0.6m, manual correction, macro until 0cm
Exposure control: two auto programs, one manual program
Shutter speeds: 1/8000 to 1sec, electronic and mechanical shutter
Sensitivity: Equal to ISO 100/21
Image sensor: 2/3" CCD chip, 2552x1920 pixels
Image data: Raw data in RDC format (colour depth 30-bits), 6.5Mb per exposure; open image data: 20Mb per image
Storage media: PCMCIA interface Level II to connect all conventional media directly or via PCMCIA adapter: compact flash incl. MicroDrive, SmartMedia etc.
Monitor: 2.5" TFT colour monitor with 112,000 pixels
Flash: Integrated TTL-controlled electronic flash unit with guide number 12 (ISO 100/21)
Flash modes: Auto, fill-in, red-eye reduction, flash off, hot shoe for Rollei system flash f28 with TTL control and other types
Self-timer: Electronically controlled with 2 or 10 s delay
Displays: Power-saving b/w LCD
PC control: Camera interface for direct data transfer and remote control operation for connection to PC or Apple Macintosh
Power supply: 6 rechargeable AA batteries or alkaline batteries (1.5V), 1 lithium battery type SR 44 or 357 for data buffering the date/time printing
Other connections: Mains unit (7.2V ), video (switchable to PAL/NTSC)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 51x102x106mm
Weight: Approx. 650 g (without battery and storage medium)

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