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Olympus Camedia E-10


Introduction & Physical Views



First Look posted 11/5/00
full review posted 11/21/00

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The Camedia E-10 is a true SLR digital camera that features a 4-megapixel imager and new lens technology specifically designed to focus light evenly across the entire CCD surface. The all black aluminum body and fast f2.0 9-36mm (35-140mm in 35mm) zoom lens is designed to maximize image quality. Manufactured with Extra Dispersion (ED) glass, the lens features fully multicoated elements with dual aspherical glass elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and deliver the highest image quality of any lens built for a digital camera. A variety of matched add-on lenses deliver the flexibility digital photographers need to maximize creativity.

The Camedia E-10 has the features that professionals expect from an SLR, including Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes, a manual zoom and focusing ring on the lens barrel and a real focusing screen. The E-10 uses an Olympus-patented IR-active focus system for initial focus and a TTL passive focus for fine, accurate focus. Professionals will also appreciate the hot-shoe and PC flash connectivity for creative lighting.

Extremely easy to use, the Camedia E-10 offers one-touch buttons and dials as alternative means to change program modes. Rather than navigate through layers of LCD menu commands, the Camedia E-10 sports dedicated buttons to control shooting modes, flash, white balance and media card settings. Aperture and shutter controls are set using dials, enabling quick and easy access to a wide range of commonly used features and settings.


Olympus Camedia E-10

Camedia E-10 Features Overview

  • 2/3 inch CCD with 4 Million Pixel (2240 x 1680), RGB Interlaced Scan

  • Versatile image quality modes including:

    • Uncompressed TIFF
    • DCF-JPEG (2.7:1, 4:1 or 8:1 compression)
    • 48-bit RAW mode (16 bit per color) for the highest image quality available.


  • 32 MB SD-RAM buffer with a 3fps burst (Sequence) mode for four photos, including uncompressed TIFF at full resolution!

  • Less than 1.2 second shot-to-shot speed for unlimited number of photographs

  • Less than 100ms shutter lag time.

  • Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes (with +/- 2 step EV in 1/3 steps exposure compensation) (Aperture and shutter controls in 1/3-step increments)

  • 4X Zoom Lens 9-36mm (35-140mm), ED Aspherical Glass Elements, 62mm filter size.

  • Fast f2.0-f11(W) / f2.4-f11(T)ele 7-blade aperture with 1/3 stop increments.

  • Manual Focus and Manual Zoom rings on the lens barrel.

  • Matched add-on lenses (28, 200, 420, and f=35 Macro)

  • Dual Autofocus (Active-IR/Passive TTL Auto Focus with illuminator)

  • User selectable Digital iESP Multi-Patterned, Center-weighted or 1.6-2% Spot Metering

  • Scene detecting Digital iESP TTL Flash System with FL-40 Flash

  • Adjustable High Resolution 1.8-inch TFT color LCD

  • 95% centered SLR viewfinder delivers a bright view of the subject, and indicates both the focus area and spot metering area for precise exposure and focus control.

  • SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II card slots.

  • Auto Bracketing with selectable steps from 1/3EV, 2/3EV and 1EV; for 3 images

  • Auto White Balance, 7 Preset settings (3000-7500K), One-Touch custom white balance

  • ISO setting: Auto / 80 / 160 / 320

  • TTL (FL-40) hot shoe external flash and PC Connection for external Flash

  • Full Information SLR Viewfinder with functioning focusing screen.

  • Histogram in Playback mode on LCD

  • All Aluminum Body and Mirror Housing (Professional Black Color)

  • Remote RM-1 and Remote Cable capable

  • Optional Lithium Polymer (LiPO) batteries, grip, chargers and grip straps.


The E10 ships with a 32MB Olympus SmartMedia memory card, two LB-01 (CR-3V) Lithium batteries, Olympus Camedia Master 2.5 Utility Software for downloading images from the camera, Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE image manipulation and creation software, Olympus Photoshop Plug-in for Raw files, instruction manual, QuickStart Guide, lens cap and strap.


Olympus Camedia E-10

The E-10's all-aluminum body gives it durability and strength including the "Mirror Box," which acts as a heat sink to reduce the heat generated by the imager and the internal electronics to improve the photographic quality.



Physical Views

Olympus Camedia E-10

Olympus Camedia E-10

Olympus Camedia E-10

Olympus Camedia E-10

Olympus Camedia E-10

Olympus Camedia E-10

We'll go into more detail on the controls and features on the next page.





Olympus Camedia E-10

The 1.8-inch adjustable high-resolution color LCD display swings between a 20 down angle and a 90 up angle. It can be used to precisely frame subjects from any shooting angle as well as previewing captured images and changing menu options.



Fujifilm S1 Pro and Olympus Camedia E-10

The Fujifilm S1 and Olympus Camedia E-10 pro SLRs.







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Olympus Camedia E-10 Specifications

Product type: Digital SLR camera with 4.5 cm/1.8 inch color TFT LCD monitor.
Image pickup element: 2/3 inch CCD solid-state image pickup 4.0 million pixels (effective 3.9 million pixels). RGB interlaced scan.
Lens: Olympus lens 9 - 36 mm F2.0-2.4, all glass zoom lens with one ED and two aspherical lens elements (14 elements in 11 groups).
(Equivalent to 35 - 140 mm lens on 35 mm camera).
Optional 0.8X (wide) 1.45X, 3X (telephotos) and macro extension lenses.
Viewfinder: Optical SLR viewfinder with 95% viewing field. (Full Information/Mode/ Aperture/Shutter Speed /metering/+/-/AF/Flash/AE lock/WB).
Focusing screen (shows focus).
Sequence mode: 3 frames per sec. up to 4 frames.
Shot to shot speed between 1-2 seconds.
Recording system: Still image ; JPEG (DCF: "Design rule for Camera File system"), TIFF (non-compress), DPOF support, RAW data (works with Photoshop plug-in).
Image/File sizes: TIFF 2,240 X 1,680, 11.3 MB
RAW 2,240 X 1,680, 7.5 MB
SHQ 2,240 X 1,680, max. 2.8 MB
HQ 2,240 X 1,680, max. 1 MB
SQ 1,600 x 1,200, max. 510 KB
SQ 1,280 x 960, max. 340 KB
SQ 1,024 x 768, max. 230 KB
SQ 640 x 480, max. 110 KB
Memory: 3.3V SmartMedia (4, 8, 16, 32, 64MB).
and CompactFlash Type I or II
(Microdrive not recommended).
White balance: Full-auto TTL, Pre-set manual (3,000, 3,700, 4,000, 4,500, 5,500, 6,500 and 7,500 K) "one touch" manual.
Filter size: 62 mm.
Light metering system: Digital-"ESP" multi-pattern metering system, centre-weighted average metering and spot metering.
Exposure control: Programmed auto exposure.
+/- 3Ev by 1/3EV steps exposure compensation. AE lock possible
Auto Bracketing: selectable from 1/3EV, 2/3 EV and 1EV; 3 or 5 images.
Aperture priority: Wide: F2.0 - 11.0, tele: F2.4 - 11.0, 1/3EV steps.
Shutter priority: Still image: 2 - 1/640 sec. (used with mechanical shutter),
1/3EV steps.
Manual exposure: shutter speed; bulb (up to 30 sec.), 8 sec. - 1/640 sec.
ISO: Auto, 80, 160 and 320 equivalent
Focusing: Dual AF active and passive TTL system autofocus (contrast detection system) with focusing range: 0.2 m - infinity step-less.
Manual focus (manual focus setting by gauge) with focusing range: 0.2 m - infinity step-less.
Working range: Standard mode: 0.6 m - infinity; macro mode: 0.2 - 0.6 m.
LCD monitor: 4.5 cm/1.8 inch wider angle colour TFT LCD monitor with 118,000 pixels
(made from low-temperature poly-silicon), brightness adjustment is possible.
LCD can be tilted down 20 and up 90 degrees (click stops).
Flash modes: Built-in Flash:
Auto (low-& back-light), red-eye reducing flash, off, fill-in.

External terminal (hot-shoe):
FL-40 control available.
(x-sync): ON
Slow sync (First-curtain sync effect, second-curtain sync effect).
Flash working range: Auto: Wide: 0.6m - 8.9m, tele: 0.5m - 7.4m
ISO 80: Wide: 0.6m - 6.3m; tele: 0.5m - 5.2m
ISO 160: Wide: 0. 9m - 8.9m, tele: 0.7m - 7.4m
ISO 320: Wide: 1.3m - 12.5m, tele: 1.0m - 10.4m
Charging time for flash: Approx. 7 sec. (with new battery).
Self-timer / remote controller: 12 second delay / 2 sec. after optional remote controller operation.
Setting memorisation: Possible.
Outer connector: DC input terminal, USB interface (storage class)
Video Output terminal (PAL), external flash terminal for FL-40 (shoe and exclusive socket), x sync socket, remote controller jack.
Operating environment: Temperature: 0 - 40 C (operation), -20 - 60 C (storage).
Humidity: 30 - 90% (operation), 10 - 90% (storage).
Power supply: Main power source: 2 x lithium battery CR-V3; / LiPo battery with optional grip / 4 x AA Ni-MH batteries / /4 x AA Ni-Cd batteries /optional AC adapter zinc carbon (manganese) and AA lithium batteries cannot be used.)
Date/Time/Calendar: Simultaneous recording onto image data.
Automatic calendar system: Up to year 2030.
Dimensions: 5.0 x 4.1 x 7.0 inches
128.5 x 103.5 x 161 mm (excluding projections)
Weight: 37 ounces / 1050 g (without batteries or flash card).






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