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Press Release - January 5, 2005




The Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom Makes Powerful Digital Photography Possible For All


World-Class Optics, 5.1-Megapixel CCD, 5x Optical Zoom, Large 2-Inch LCD, Advanced Automatic and Manual Functions


Olympus C-5500 Zoom

Melville, New York, January 5, 2005 – With the release of the C-5500 Sport Zoom, Olympus delivers high-end features and functions in a camera that’s approachable enough for the everyday digital photographer. The C-5500 embodies a wealth of features including a 5.1- megapixel CCD, a large 2-inch LCD, world-class optics, and an inspiring array of manual and automatic functions for straight out-of-the-box operation.

The combination of advanced features and intuitive operation enables users of all skill levels to achieve their precise creative goals. The C-5500 Sport Zoom gives users that extra bit of manual control for capturing perfect snapshots along with the power to create award-winning digital masterpieces.

"Like other Olympus C-Series digital cameras, the C-5500 Sport Zoom combines a high degree of manual control with automatic easy-to-use functions. The powerful 5x sports zoom, combined with a high-resolution 5.1-megapixel CCD, enables users to get right up close to the action," said Glenn Schwartz, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "The Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom makes powerful digital photography accessible to the everyday user. It’s the perfect camera for someone new to digital photography that wants an easy- to-use camera with advanced features they’ll appreciate as their skills develop."

Designed to Do More The C-5500 Sport Zoom features a 5x optical zoom lens (f2.8/f4.8 – f8.0, 38mm – 190mm equivalent) designed to maximize the imaging potential of its high-definition 5.1- megapixel CCD sensor. The 5x optical zoom lens seamlessly combines with 4x digital zoom to achieve up to 20x total zoom capability for capturing distant subjects without sacrificing image clarity in the final result. For close-up photographs with intricate detail, the Super Macro mode enables shooting from as close as 0.8, filling the frame with dramatic detail and extremely shallow depth-of-field.

Olympus’ exclusive TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor suppresses noise and boosts image definition to deliver sharper, clearer images with excellent color definition. The fast startup of less than one second and nearly instant shutter release time ensure high-speed response, so you can capture precisely the image you set your eyes on. A burst mode of 2.7 frames-per-second makes this camera ideal for capturing fast-paced action.

The C-5500 Sport Zoom also features a new "anti-shake" function for enhanced stability when shooting QuickTime® Movies of television-quality 30 frames-per-second with sound.

Delivering Style

The body of the C-5500 Sport Zoom is designed to be compact while offering a high degree of functional operating ease. Measuring just 4.9" W x 3.3" H x 3.9" D and weighing 8.6 ounces, the C-5500 is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably your hand for long photo sessions.

Intelligent Design for High Performance

Incorporating all-glass lens elements, which include three high-index lenses and two lens elements that are aspherical on both sides, the camera’s compact "multi-variator" lens unit delivers low distortion and reduced chromatic aberration. Professional SLR-type manual features are included to satisfy advanced users’ artistic needs. For example, using the Autofocus (AF) Target Selection function, users can choose from 143 AF target zones to focus on virtually any area of their composition without reframing the shot. The C-5500 Sport Zoom also features a manual focusing mode, giving users full control over the accuracy of their focal range.


Olympus C-5500 Zoom

The large, bright and viewable 2-inch LCD monitor with 115,000 pixels of resolution provides easy viewing when composing or reviewing images. This large monitor comes in handy when using the camera’s Direct Histogram function that provides real-time access to exposure information so users can confirm exposure before snapping the picture. A histogram displayed on the LCD with red and blue highlighting to indicate over- and under-exposed areas makes detection of overly white and blacked-out areas simple.

Designed with More Features For More Excitement

The C-5500 Sport Zoom includes a Calendar function, which enables users to organize photos according to the date they were taken, find them easily, and display them on the LCD monitor. And a Slideshow function makes reviewing photos with friends fun and effortless, complete with slide transitions such as Slide, Fade, and Zoom.

Designed for You

Getting started with the C-5500 is as easy as popping in the batteries and turning it on. And once it’s on, everyday users will appreciate that the C-5500 includes a full range of basic photography functions. With the Full Auto mode, even beginners can take perfect photos without worrying about complex settings. More experienced digital photographers will appreciate being able to have control over basic settings such as exposure, aperture and shutter speed with the Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure modes.

For taking quick and precise photos in a range of different lighting situations – such as at night, in candlelight, at the beach, or at sporting events – with optimal aperture, shutter speed, white balance, color saturation and flash setting, users can select from 15 fully automatic shooting modes. Users can also create up to four My Mode settings for additional customization through self-defined combinations of white balance, sharpness, contrast and other settings in an easy-to-view histogram function.

Connecting the C-5500 Sport Zoom to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects directly via USB 2.0 cable and requires no software. Or, if you prefer, forget the computer altogether. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the camera with any PictBridge-enabled printer, such as the Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer, without using a computer. Printing and sharing images is more convenient than ever, and the P-10’s photo lab-quality dye-sublimation printing produces archival-quality prints in rich color.

OLYMPUS Master™ software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. And with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away.

Availability

The C-5500 will be available beginning February 2005. It includes a 16MB xD-Picture Card, four long-life AA batteries, an Auto-Connect USB 2.0 cable, Audio/Video Out cable, wrist strap, OLYMPUS Master Software, user manual and Quick Start Guide.

U.S. Pricing

C-5500 Estimated Street Price: .99 (U.S.)






ABOUT OLYMPUS IMAGING AMERICA INC

Olympus Imaging America Inc is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances peoples lives every day. These include:

  • Digital and film cameras

  • Professional SLR Imaging Systems

  • Digital and Microcassette recorders

  • Digital Music Players

  • Personal Photo Printers

  • Digital Print Kiosks

  • Digital Video Projectors

  • Digital Media

  • Binoculars







Olympus C-5500 Specifications

CCD Imager5.1 megapixel effective, 5.3 megapixel gross, 1/ 1.8" CCD
Lens7.9 - 39.5mm (38 - 190mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 9 lenses in 7 groups
Seamless Digital ZoomSeamless to 20x (5x optical and 4x digital combined)
Aperture Rangef2.8-f4.8 to f8.0 (1/3 EV step)
Shutter Speeds1/1500 sec. - 15 sec.
ISOAuto, 100, 200 and 400 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s)DCF Exif2.2, JPEG
Adjustable Resolutions2592 x 1944, SHQ / HQ / 3.2
2592 x 1728, SHQ (3.2) / HQ (3.2)
2288 x 1712, HQ
2048 x 1536, SQ1
1600 x 1200, SQ1 / SQ2
1280 x 960, SQ2
1024 x 768, SQ2
640 x 480, SQ2
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)Yes
Image Adjustment Modes(Adj. ±5) sharpness, contrast, color phase
Image EffectsBlack and White, Sepia
PanoramaUp to 10 frames automatically stitchable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
SequenceHigh-speed: 2.7 frames per second up to 5 frames Normal speed: 1.4 frames per second up to 10 frames in HQ mode; in default recording mode
ViewfinderReal image optical viewfinder
LCD2.0" (50cm) TFT LCD, approx. 110,000 pixel
Focusing SystemCDD Contrast detection
Focusing RangesWide: 1.9’ (0.6m) - infinity, Tele: 3.9’ (1.2m) - infinity
Macro mode: Wide: 3" (0.08m) – 1.9’ (0.6m), Tele: 1.9’ (0.6m) – 3.9’ (1.2m)
Super Macro: .07" (0.02m) – 3" (0.08m) (Wide only)
Exposure Control±2 EV steps in 1/3 steps
Metering SystemDigital ESP, Spot
White Balance SystemiESP2 multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent-1, Fluorescent-2, Fluorescent-3), WB compensation +/- 7
FlashBuilt-in, Pop-up
Flash ModesAuto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in
Flash Working RangeWide: 12.5ft (5m); Tele 7.2ft. (3.5m)
Removable Media CardxD-Picture Card™ (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, or 1 GB)
Selftimer/Remote12 seconds/by Remote Control; Auto, 3 seconds
Setting MemorizationOn/Off (hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer ConnectorsUSB connecter (Auto-Connect), Audio/Video, and DC input
Auto-connect USB2.0 Full Speed
Image PlaybackStill Image: Index display (4,9,16), Enlargement Up to 5x, Slide-show (Standard, Fade, Slide Zoom), Histogram, Rotation, Calendar Movie: Normal, Fast Forward, Frame-by-frame
Operating EnvironmentOperation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30 – 90% humidity
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10 – 90% humidity
Power Supply4 AA Batteries
Date/Time CalendarSimultaneous recording into image data
CalendarAutomatic up to 2099
Size4.9" W x 3.3" H x 3.9" D (110mm x 67mm x 47mm)
Weight8.6 oz (267g) without battery and media card
Number of Storable Photos
 Quality ModePixel Resolution16MB xD-Picture Card (included)512MB xD-Picture Card
Still images
(w/o sound)
Unit: shots
SHQ
HQ
2592 x 1944
2592 x 1944
4 shots
12 shots
139 shots
409 shots
SHQ1
HQ1
2592 x 1728
2592 x 1728
4 shots
14 shots
156 shots
456 shots
SQ1
SQ1
2288 x 1712
2288 x 1712
5 shots
16 shots
178 shots
523 shots
SQ1
SQ1
2048 x 1536
2048 x 1536
6 shots
20 shots
221 shots
652 shots
SQ1
SQ1
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
11 shots
32 shots
363 shots
1030 shots
SQ2
SQ2
1280 x 960
1280 x 960
17 shots
49 shots
560 shots
1597 shots
SQ2
SQ2
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
26 shots
76 shots
863 shots
2457 shots
SQ
SQ
640 x 480
640 x 480
66 shots
165 shots
2129 shots
5324 shots
Still images
(w/sound)
Unit: shots
SHQ
HQ
2592 x 1944
2592 x 1944
4 shots
12 shots
138 shots
399 shots
SHQ
HQ
2592 x 1728
2592 x 1728
4 shots
13 shots
155 shots
443 shots
SQ1
SQ1
2288 x 1712
2288 x 1712
5 shots
15 shots
176 shots
507 shots
SQ1
SQ1
2048 x 1536
2048 x 1536
6 shots
19 shots
218 shots
626 shots
SQ1
SQ1
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
11 shots
30 shots
354 shots
968 shots
SQ2
SQ2
1280 x 960
1280 x 960
16 shots
45 shots
541 shots
1452 shots
SQ2
SQ2
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
25 shots
66 shots
819 shots
2129 shots
SQ
SQ
640 x 480
640 x 480
58 shots
124 shots
1879 shots
3993 shots
Movie
(w/o sound)
Unit: min.
HQ
SQ
320 x 240
320 x 240
approx. 24 sec.
approx. 48 sec.
approx. 774 sec.
approx. 1548 sec.
Movie
(w/sound)
Unit: min.
HQ
SQ
320 x 240
320 x 240
approx. 23 sec.
approx. 46 sec.
approx. 762 sec.
approx. 1503 sec.
All capacity figures are approximate.








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