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Press Release - January 9, 2003

Olympus Announces the "Stylus Digital" Line of Premium, Sleek, All-Metal, All-Weather, Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

Olympus Stylus 400

Read our Stylus Digital 300 review
Read our Stylus Digital 400 review

Melville, NY, January 9, 2003 - Olympus announced today the "Stylus Digital" line of digital cameras. The culmination of more than a decade of refinement, the Stylus Digital line adapts America's best-selling 35mm point-and-shoot film camera series into a modern digital form embodying the highest level of style and performance in a package that looks as great as the pictures it produces.

The first members of the Stylus Digital family include the 3.2 Megapixel Stylus 300 Digital and the 4.0 Megapixel Stylus 400 Digital cameras. Carrying on the heritage of their film predecessors, the Stylus Digital cameras incorporate premium features and design elements that are trademarks of the Stylus name. The Stylus Digital cameras are ultra compact, all-weather and easy-to-use cameras designed for the digital photography enthusiast looking for the best performance in a stylish and portable package.

"The best selling film camera series in America is now digital," said Martin Lee, Vice President of Marketing, Olympus America, Inc. "The Stylus Digital model is our most important digital product introduction to date. We believe we have created a product worthy of carrying the premium name of the Stylus, and we are confident that the Stylus Digital will fulfill the promise of its predecessor and become our most popular digital camera series."


Since the introduction of the Stylus film camera line in March 1991, 22-million award- winning Stylus cameras have been sold in the United States. With a clamshell lens barrier (pioneered by Olympus) and an artistic design inspired by the beauty of ocean waves, the Stylus has won numerous awards and accolades such as being displayed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Stylus 300 Digital has a sliding lens barrier accented in silver and the Stylus 400 Digital is accented in gold. Measuring an ultra-compact 3.8" long x 2.2" high x 1.3" wide, and weighing just 5.8 ounces, the Stylus Digital delivers maximum portability and durability for an active, on-the-go lifestyle.


Olympus designers have worked to make the new Stylus Digital cameras not only attractive and compact, but also weather resistant for great shots come rain or shine. The lightweight and ergonomic aluminum bodies of the Stylus 300 Digital and Stylus 400 Digital provide all-weather protection from the elements and but to the test, they can even endure a downpour.

The Stylus Digital utilizes the new xD-Picture Card memory media. The card's small size (about the same as a postage stamp) and an Olympus dedicated miniature Li-Ion rechargeable battery help keep the camera size down. Both models ship with a 16MB xD- Picture Card and a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger - an incredible value.

Olympus Stylus 400

Easy to Use

The Stylus Digital cameras offer basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the easy-to-use Creative Scene Modes provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for Portrait, Self-Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, and Sports or Action photography.

The cameras have an optical viewfinder as well as an easy-to-view 1.5" color LCD display on the back of the body for composing and reviewing shots. Menu navigation is easy to control with the push of arrow buttons. Transferring images to the computer is easy with the Auto-Connect USB (that does not require software drivers) for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television with the video cable.

Features for the Most Realistic Digital Images

Olympus photos are known worldwide for vibrant, sharp and photo-realistic image quality. This is achieved with a host of key technologies including Olympus' high-quality all- glass lens (with aspherical lens elements) that's specially designed for digital cameras, and provides the equivalent of 35 to 105mm, f3.1/5.1 in 35mm photography. The Macro Mode allows users to take close up photographs to capture details like the wings of a butterfly.

The 3.2 Megapixel CCD and 4.0 megapixel CCD of the cameras, and Olympus' TruePic technology, allows users to retain a realistic look to their photographs at all photo sizes e-mailed or printed. The cameras' CCD captures the detail needed for true crystal clear photo quality printing even on large print sizes of 8" x 10" and larger.

Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; auto white balance; multiple flash settings including slow sync flash; and auto bracketing and exposure compensation. The camera comes with a built-in flash that offers 6 settings to provide the widest range of options.

The cameras also capture QuickTime video so users can create short movies that can be sent over the Internet to co-workers, friends and family.


The Stylus 300 Digital will be available in February 2003, and the Stylus 400 Digital will be available in April 2003.


Stylus 300 Digital Street Price: .00
Stylus 300 Digital SRP:

Stylus 400 Digital Street Price: .00
Stylus 400 Digital SRP:

For more information contact Olympus America Inc, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY 11747-3157, ph: (631) 844-5000 (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 844-5262 or the Olympus Web Site:

ABOUT OLYMPUS - Nothing's Impossible

Based in Melville, New York, Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for the consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These include film cameras that provide the ultimate combination of performance and style, and digital cameras that produce the most realistic digital images yet available. Microcassette and digital voice recorders, binoculars, personal photo printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical analyzers, and other high technology products. Olympus America is responsible for sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Stylus Digital 400 Specifications

CCD ImagerCCD Imager 3.92 megapixel effective
4 megapixel gross
1/2.5" (.40") CCD
LensLens Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens 5.8 17.4mm (35 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 lenses in 3 groups
Seamless Digital Zoom12x (3x optical and 4x digital combined [5x at VGA])
Aperture RangeF3.1W/F5.2 T
Shutter Speeds1/1000 sec. 1/2 sec.
ISOAuto, 80 320 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s)Still Image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), PRINT Image Matching II
Adjustable Resolutions2272 x 1704 JPEG SHQ, HQ
2048 x 1536 JPEG SQ1
1600 x 1200 JPEG SQ2
1280 x 960 JPEG SQ2
1024 x 768 JPEG SQ2
640 x 480 JPEG SQ2
QuickTime Movie 16 sec. at 15 fps in 320 x 240 HQ mode
QuickTime Movie 40 sec. at 15 fps in 160 x 120 SQ mode
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)Print Reserve, All print reservation, Display Date information
Optical Image Enlargementn/a
Image Adjustment Modesn/a
Image EffectsBlack and white, Sepia, Resize
PanoramaUp to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand xDTM
Sequence1.1 frames per second burst up to 5 frames in HQ mode
ViewfinderOptical real-image viewfinder with autofocus/backlight mark
LCD1.5 (3.8cm) color TFT LCD (134,000 pixels) used for viewing, reviewing or editing images
Focusing SystemTTL system (contrast detection)
Focusing RangesStandard AF 20 Infinity (0.5m Infinity)
Macro Mode 8 20 (0.2m-0.5m)
Exposure ControlProgram Auto F3.1-5.2
Metering SystemDigital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter
White Balance SystemIESP Multi-pattern Auto TTL
Pre-set manual settings: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten & Fluorescent
FlashBuilt-in Flash
Flash ModesAuto Flash for low and backlight
"Red-eye" Reduction Flash
Fill-in Flash
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain)
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain) w/red-eye reduction
Flash Off (built-in or external flash)
Flash Working RangeWide: 8" 8.5' (.2 m 2.5 m), Tele: 8" 6.0' (.2 m 1.8 m)
Flash Charging TimeLess than 6 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Removable Media CardxD-Picture Card(16,32,128 & 256 MB) 16MB included
Selftimer/Remote12-sec. delay with built in self-timer
Setting MemorizationReset or Hold certain camera settings after power on/power off
Outer ConnectorsUSB Connector (Auto-Connect), Video Out, DC input
Auto-connect USBCompatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP
MacOS 8.6-9.22/OSX
Image PlaybackIndex display, up to 4x enlargement, Slide show, Scene rotation
Operating EnvironmentOperation: 32F - 104F (0C- 40C) 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4F - 104F (-20C - 60C) 10-90% Humidity
Power SupplyMain Power Source:
(1) B-10L Lithium Battery (included with charger)
AC Power Source:
D-7AU 4.8 Volt AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time CalendarSimultaneous recording into image data
CalendarAutomatic up to the year 2099
SizeSize 3.8" W x 2.2" H x 1.3" D (99 x 56 x 33.5 mm) excluding protrusions
Weight5.8 oz. (165 g) without battery and media card
Number of Storable PhotosWith 16MB xD-Picture Card:
SHQ, HQ: 2272 x 1704: 5, 16 shots
SQ1: 2048 x 1536: 20 shots
SQ2: 1600 x 1200: 24 shots
SQ2: 1280 x 960: 38 shots
SQ2: 1024 x 768: 58 shots
SQ2: 640 x 480: 99 shots
HQ Movie: 320 x 240 15 fps: 16 sec. max per movie
SQ Movie: 160 x 120 15 fps: 40 sec. max per movie

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