Olympus have announced their first compact five megapixel digital camera.
It offers compatability with the new xD-Picture
Cards, as well as the existing SmartMedia and CompactFlash I & II varieties.
For a full run-down of features, please see the press release below.
introduces the C-5050 Zoom, a new high-end model in the compact CAMEDIA digital
camera series that follows the hugely popular C-3040Z and C-4040Z. This 5.0
megapixel camera continues to offer superb features and new options as well.
As well as boasting 5 megapixels, the C-5050 Zoom is one of the first Olympus
cameras to feature the new xD-Picture Card format. With two card slots for three
memory standards, the camera offers the end user the chance to use SmartMedia,
Compact Flash and the new xD-Picture Card format. The camera is supplied with
32Mb of xD-Picture Card memory.
But it's not just the memory format that is new. The super bright F1.8 35 -
108mm lens (equivalent in 35mm format), 3x optical zoom and 3.3x digital zoom
lens provides up to 10x magnification.
C-5050 Zoom allows full control of manual settings including Focus, Aperture
and Shutter Priority. The built-in flash offers a number of flash modes, or
for the would-be professional the C-5050 Zoom offers Hot shoe connection to
offer synchronisation with TTL flash system FL-40. The C-5050 Zoom also includes
a live histogram function normally only found in cameras targeted at professionals.
On the back, the C-5050 Zoom features a large, bright, sharp 1.8inch colour
TFT LCD monitor with 110,000 pixels. In addition to being able to adjust brightness
the screen can be tilted so pictures can be framed without the need of seeing
the subject through the viewfinder.
Aside from the numerous pre-programmed settings available, users may also save
their favourite manual settings in the eight "My Mode" program settings
that can be accessed as easily as the pre-set programs. Those keen on sequences
will benefit from the C-5050 Zoom's capability to take 11 shots in succession
at a speed of up to 1.7 frames per second.
New to the range is the C-5050 Zoom's ability to allow the user to crop and
resize images without downloading to a PC. Using the LCD screen to act as a
mini-editing suite photographers can achieve the results they want while out
on a shoot. Images can then be printed straight off the xD-Picture Card or SmartMedia
card direct to a printer.
Like the C-4040 Zoom, the C-5050 Zoom features Olympus' Noise Reduction System.
It compares images against a black background to identify and then removes all
noise from the image. This is a unique feature in digital cameras to minimise
background noise for clearer, more precise pictures.
As with other digital cameras in the Olympus range, white balance has also
undergone further development to ensure more realistic reproduction of skin
tones under all light sources. This is reflected by the nine pre-set white balance
settings, including four fluorescent lighting settings.
The iESP (Intelligent Electro Selective Pattern) auto-focus system automatically
determines the distance of the subject and alters the focus accordingly to allow
for better pictures. The C-5050 Zoom also features a unique "AF area selection"
system that gives the user the chance to move the Focusing point along a horizontal
and vertical axis within the viewfinder. This gives the photographer greater
control over the cameras autofocus. If a subject is off centre, the system can
be guided to focus on that rather than the photographer having to point the
centre spot at the subject, lock the focus and reframe.