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January 15, 2000
The View Zoom 120
Large, bright, smart viewfinder
38-120mm 3x zoom lens
View Zoom 120
View Zoom 120
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. (President: Masatoshi Kishimoto) is pleased to introduce the View Zoom 120 compact camera. Equipped with a large, bright, Smart Viewfinder and a 3x zoom lens, it enables photographers to keep their eyes on their subject without losing sight of the settings. Olympus is planning to launch the 35mm-format compact camera View Zoom 120 in mid-February at PMA 2001 (Orlando, USA).
The View Zoom 120 features a large, real-image viewfinder that uses three large prisms to deliver a viewfinder image that is approximately twice as large as the image seen in a conventional viewfinder. As a result, framing the subject is very easy. In addition, LED indicators for autofocus, shutter release, and flash readiness are superimposed on the field of view to make it easy to confirm shooting status.
The camera's zoom lens is extremely easy to use, and features a 38-120mm zoom range that covers everything from landscape photos to portraits. Superior image quality is assured by high-performance aspherical lens elements.
The camera also features six flash modes (including Red-Eye Reducing Night Scene mode), an easy-to-handle body, and other versatile features for easy operation.
Main Features
Large Smart Viewfinder
The large, real-image zoom viewfinder shows each scene approximately twice larger than our conventional types. In addition, information about shooting status is superimposed in the viewfinder.
  Shooting Status Visible in Viewfinder via Superimposed LED Indicator Display
LED indicators for autofocus, shutter release and flash readiness status are superimposed on the image in the viewfinder to allow photographers to confirm shooting status without looking away from the subject. A close-up correction indicator is also superimposed.
  38-120 mm 3x zoom lens
Objects can be brought three times closer with the 38-120 mm zoom lens. The flexibility of zooming in and out on the subject, combined with the precision guaranteed by the Smart Viewfinder, ensure one-of-a-kind clear and crisp photos.
  Versatile Flash Functions
The built-in flash features six versatile modes that make it easy for virtually anyone to take beautiful flash photos. It also features a Soft Flash system that adjusts the intensity of the illumination automatically according to the distance from the subject.
Auto Flash: Fires the flash automatically in dim light to ensure proper exposure.
Red-Eye Reducing
  When the shutter button is pressed, a rapid series of pre-flashes is emitted before the main flash fires. This helps the subject's eyes adjust to the bright light of the flash, reducing the red-eye effect that can occur when shooting in dim light.
Flash Off:   If the photographer prefers the ambience of available-light photography or is in a location where flash photography is prohibited, this mode can be used to prevent the flash from firing.
Fill-In Flash:   In this mode, the flash fires with every shot. It can be used to erase shadows and ensure balanced illumination when shooting in bright sunlight or other high-contrast lighting conditions.
Night Scene:   Regulates flash brightness and extends the shutter speed up to a maximum of 1 second to ensure that both foreground subject and lights in the background (city skyline, sunset, etc.) are properly exposed.
Red-Eye Reducing
Night Scene:
  Combines the advantages of Red-Eye Reducing Flash mode and Night Scene mode, thereby minimizing the red-eye effect in Night scene shots.
Other features
Focus lock function assures correct focus when composing shots with main subject off-center in the frame.
Dioptric correction of -2 to +2.5m-1(per meter) allows viewfinder focus to be adjusted to suit the user's preference.
Self-timer is convenient for taking family photograph.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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