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Olympus Stylus Digital 1200

Review posted 1/3/2008

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Consumers are able to be a part of the action while capturing beautiful images thanks to the superior features offered in the Stylus 1200, Stylus 830 and Stylus 820. These features include Face Detection Technology, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, Image Stabilization, large HyperCrystalTM LCD screens and Preset Shooting Modes. The three new Stylus cameras also enable consumers to capture TV-quality video with sound, and the cameras easily connect directly to a television or LCD screen for convenient playback.

The Stylus 820 and 1200 feature a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD, which is great for easily composing, editing and sharing images with friends and family. Additionally, capturing breathtaking landscapes is a snap with the in- camera panorama mode offered in the Stylus 820 and Stylus 1200. The Stylus 1200 also provides an incredible 12-megapixels for maximum image quality when producing large-format prints or cropping/enlarging a portion of an image.

The Stylus 1200 includes a Digital Image Stabilization Mode, which boosts ISO sensitivity and shutter speed for capturing crisp, clear pictures that are free from the blur sometimes caused by camera shake or moving subjects - in virtually any shooting situation. For unanticipated blurry images, Digital Image Stabilization Edit presents an easy solution for retouching a blurry image right in the camera after the image has already been captured. An electro-gyro sensor embedded in the camera tracks the vertical and horizontal movement of the camera, and then uses this information to revert the image back to its original position to sharpen and reduce blurs in the image.

Face Detection Technology tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Even if your subjects are moving, the camera continuously tracks your subjects' faces without having to press the shutter button.

Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlight areas - while the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The Stylus cameras address this challenge head-on with a new Shadow Adjustment Technology, which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With the new technology, users can preview and capture images that have the same contrast as seen with the naked eye.

The Stylus 1200, Stylus 830 and Stylus 820 feature a Perfect Shot Preview mode that enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-window screen before snapping the shot. The new feature allows users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring users are capturing the exact image they want. It is an ideal way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as zoom, exposure compensation, white balance and metering.

The Stylus 1200 also features Olympus' exclusive new TruePic™ III image processor developed for the demanding performance of Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Olympus' enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures crisp, clear images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.

With a Help GUIDE function, the Stylus 1200 makes every last one of its features accessible, even to beginners. By simply dialing in the GUIDE button on the back of the camera, users can access images and brief descriptions of each of the camera’s functions and scene modes. And the new Shooting Guide serves as a quick reference, walking users through the camera settings with explanations of which features should be used for the situation, along with instructions for how to make the necessary adjustments.

The compact, all-weather Stylus 1200 can go virtually anywhere you can. The body is constructed of durable, lightweight metal with rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, snow won't get in. Connecting to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects directly via USB cable and requires no software. Or, If you prefer, you can forget the computer altogether with PictBridge technology. This will enable you to print photos directly from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer without using a computer. The one-touch “Print” button makes printing a single-step process. Printing and sharing images has never been easier!

Stylus 1200 Features:

  • 12-megapixel effective CCD and 3x optical zoom lens
  • Durable all-metal (all-weather) body lets you shoot in almost any weather condition
  • Built-in Help GUIDE for easy operation.
  • Digital Image Stabilization to prevent image blurring
  • Bright Capture, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment, and Face Detection Technologies
  • 24 shooting modes - 20 of which are pre-programmed Scene modes
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with 230,000 pixel resolution and 5 brightness adjustments
  • Movies at 640x480/30fps, 320x240/15fps, or 160x120/15fps with audio, length limited only by memory
  • Add voice memos to still pictures
  • ISO sensitivity; Auto, 64 - 6400
  • Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
  • ~47MB of internal memory + xD-Picture Card slot
  • Auto-Connect USB for quick and easy image transfer to computer
  • Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included

The Stylus Digital 1200 is available now with an estimated street price of $349.99 (U.S.). It includes: LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, USB cable, Audio/Video cable, Wrist strap, Manual, OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM, and Warranty card.

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Olympus Stylus Digital 1200

Olympus Stylus Digital 1200

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Olympus Stylus Digital 1200

Olympus Stylus Digital 1200

Olympus Stylus Digital 1200

The Stylus 1200 compared in size to a standard CD.

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Stylus 1200 Specifications

Imager 12.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/1.72” CCD (1.5cm)
Lens 7.4 – 22.2 mm (35 – 105 mm equivalent in 35mm photography),
6 Lenses in 4 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom 3x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 15x)
Aperture Range F2.8 - F4.7
LCD 2.7” (6.9cm) HyperCrystalTM LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels
5 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal mode: 23.6" – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: 11.8” – infinity (0.3m – infinity), Tele: 19.7” – infinity (0.5m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 3.9" – 23.6” (10cm – 60cm)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Full-Time AF
Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance iESP2 Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescent settings)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Recording Modes Still Image: JPEG

Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 4,000 x 3,000 (SHQ / HQ)
3,264 x 2,448 (SQ1)
2,560 x 1,920 (SQ1)
2,304 x 1,728 (SQ1)
2,048 x 1,536 (SQ1)
1,600 x 1,200 (SQ2)
1,280 x 960 (SQ2)
1,024 x 768 (SQ2)
640 x 480 (SQ2)
1,920 x 1,080 (16:9)
Shooting Modes 24 shooting modes;
Panorama Modes In-Camera Panorama, xD-Picture CardTM Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card)
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound;
640x480/30fps (SHQ)
320x240/15fps (HQ)
160x120/15fps (SQ)
Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, My Favorites, Histogram

Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame

Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Digital Image Stabilization Edit, Resize, Rotation, Trimming, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, Calendar, Layout, Saturation, Expression Edit, Face Focus,

Movie: Movie Edit, Frame Index

Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Selftimer 12 Seconds
Memory 47 MB internal memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input*)
*Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1) is required.
Auto-connect USB 2.0 High Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X v10.3 or later with USB port

Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X v10.3 or later

Operating Environment Operation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity
Power Supply Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1)
Size 3.9"W x 2.2"H x 0.91" D (98.1mm x 56.2mm x 23mm)
Weight 4.4oz (125g) without battery and media card

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