The Stylus 1200 is equipped with an Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens, 7.4 - 22.2mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 6 elements in 4 groups with 4 aspherical lenses. It also has a 5x digital zoom feature. The maximum aperture is F2.8 (W) / F4.7 (T). The lens retracts into the camera when powered down and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.
The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 23.6" (0.6m)
to Infinity in normal mode,
from 11.8" (0.3m) to infinity in Wide angle, 19.7" (0.5m) to infinity in Telephoto
in Macro mode, and from 3.9" - 23.6" (10cm-60cm) in Super Macro mode.
The built in speedlight features Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill and Forced Off modes. Olympus does not specify
the maximum flash range. Flash recycle time is approx. 4 seconds with a fully changed battery pack. The LED to
the left of the flash is the Self-timer indicator.
There is no optical viewfinder, you frame, review and perform menu operations on this large 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD monitor with approx. 230,000 pixels of resolution. It delivers a high contrast image with 5 steps of brightness adjustment.
Controls on the back: Top is the zoom lens control which also functions as the magnified playback and index
mode buttons when in play mode. The Mode Dial has positions for Favorites (green start), Playback, Record,
Scene, Guide and Movie. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system, while the play button
enters playback mode (also sets DPOF settings when in playback mode). The 4-way selector is used to
navigate menu screens and select images for playback. In record mode the "Up" button changes exposure
compensation, "Left" enables the macro focus modes, "Right" changes the flash mode and "Down" button
enables the self-timer. The DISPlay button selects the amount of overlay information on the LCD image, and
displays the menu guide. The Shadow Adjustment/trash can button is used to delete images in playback mode.
The "Shaking Hand" button turns the Shadow Adjustment mode on and off in record mode, and deletes images in
On the top is the Power button and Shutter Release.
An optional AC power adapter can be connected to the DC IN port. The A/V Out port sends the audio/video to a television set, the video format is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. Data I/O is via a Mass Storage compliant USB v2.0 port which is also PictBridge compatible for direct printing.
A small rubber O-ring goes around the inside of the I/O port door. The camera is "weatherproof and is not
damaged by water spray from any direction" as long as the rubber ring is intact and the I/O port door is
Still images and movie clips are stored in the camera's ~47MB of internal memory or on removable xD-Picture Card flash memory cards. Olympus brand xD-Picture Cards are required to use the camera's built-in Panorama feature. 16MB to 2GB xD-Picture cards are now available.
Power is supplied by a LI-42B 3.7v 740mAh Li-ion battery pack. Olympus does not specify the battery runtime. The included AC charger lets you charge one battery while using another. Lithium battery packs can be charged or "topped off" at any time without shortening the service life of the battery.
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