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February  7, 2001
The Superzoom 160
Class-leading*, slim, compact, lightweight design
38-160mm 4.2x zoom lens
Outstanding value
Superzoom 160
Superzoom 160
Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. (President: Masatoshi Kishimoto) is pleased to introduce the Superzoom 160 compact camera. The Superzoom 160 features a sophisticated design and the smallest body in the world in the 160 mm zoom class*. It comes equipped with a 4.2x 38 - 160 mm zoom lens and offers consumers outstanding cost performance.
The Superzoom 160 comes equipped with a 4.2x 38 mm - 160 mm zoom lens, but achieves the world's smallest body in the 160 mm lens class* thanks to the use of an aspherical lens element to reduce lens group's size and weight. In addition to the high-performance lenses and compact body, the Superzoom 160 also features a sophisticated, urbane design with a silky gold front body color and pearl-tone accents to emphasize the camera's compact size and distinctive bodylines.

The lens group achieves high image resolution with the use of an Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) lens and aspherical lenses. The Passive Multi Autofocus System automatically sets the focus on the subject even in compositions where the subject may not be in the center of the frame.

The Superzoom 160 has a versatile array of six flash modes, including Auto Flash and Red-eye Reducing Night Scene Flash. In spite of this rich assortment of features and the compact body, the Superzoom 160 is available at an attractive price, offering consumers a zoom compact camera with outstanding cost performance.
Among the 160 mm class zoom compact cameras in 35 mm format, as of January 15, 2001. (Size measured in terms of volume.)
Main Features
38 - 160mm High-Performance 4.2x Zoom Lens
The Superzoom 160 is equipped with a 38 - 160mm 4.2x zoom lens that features 10 elements in 8 groups. An Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) lens element is used to suppress chromatic aberration, while aspherical glass and hybrid lens elements are used to achieve high resolving power and compact size.

Slim, Compact and Lightweight Design
The Superzoom 160 boasts the smallest body size of any 4.2x high-power zoom compact camera. This remarkable feat was made possible by using an aspherical lens element to reduce lens group size and weight, and a small diameter spool.

Bold, Distinctive Body Lines
Bold, distinctive bodylines are enhanced by silky gold and pearl-tone accents that emphasize the camera's compact size.

Passive Multi Autofocus System
With a 5-point Passive Multi Autofocus system, the camera automatically sets the focus on a subject even in compositions where the subject is not in the center of the frame.

Versatile Flash Functions
The built-in flash features six versatile modes that make it easy for virtually anyone to take beautiful flash photos.
Auto: Fires the flash automatically to ensure correct exposure when shooting in low light, backlight or artificial light.

Red-Eye Reducing: When the shutter button is pressed, a 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 and reduces the unsightly red-eye effect that can occur when shooting in very 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: 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 four seconds 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
Dioptric correction of -2 to +1 m-1(per meter) allows viewfinder focus to be adjusted to suit the user's preference.
Photographers can take close-ups from as near as 70 cm at the wide angle and 120 cm at the telephoto setting.
Landscape mode ensures that shots taken of distant scenery are always sharp and clear. The flash does not fire in this mode.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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