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February  5, 2002
OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES NEW IS-5000 ALL-IN-ONE AF SLR
WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE 28 - 140mm 5X ZOOM LENS
Ultra-compact, high-performance 5x zoom lens with ED glass element
Next-generation, ergonomic, all-in-one design for superb handling
Full complement of shooting modes for enhanced photographic creativity
IS-5000
IS-5000
* This news release is only for the Asian market.
Summary
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) is pleased to introduce the IS-5000 all-in-one 35mm SLR. The IS-5000 is equipped with a powerful 28 - 140mm 5x zoom lens and represents the next stage of evolution in the sophisticated and highly successful Olympus IS series. Building on the ergonomic design advantages of the all-in-one SLR format pioneered by Olympus, the IS-5000 offers superb handling and an astounding range of high-performance features.
With its high-performance 5x zoom lens, the IS-5000 QD offers the demanding user a full spectrum of focal lengths, from 28 mm wide-angle shots to 140 mm close-ups. Its optical system has been expertly crafted using multi-coated lenses, including one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element, to maintain image clarity even at the highest magnification factor. Easy-to-use exposure and shooting modes allow full creative expression in virtually any situation. The automatic modes are particularly handy when the photographer has to act fast. They can be counted on to deliver impressive results with the minimum effort. A powerful twin flash system has been included to match the camera's wide zoom range.
With an LCD display in the viewfinder and another large LCD panel on the rear, the IS-5000 QD shows all relevant shooting information to keep the user fully informed.
Fitting comfortably in the hand, the All-In-One SLR's sleek design and practical control layout enable intuitive handling.
Upholding the Olympus reputation for high-quality optical performance, the latest addition to the sophisticated IS series heightens the enjoyment and ease of creative photography.
Development Background
The IS-5000 was developed in response to continued strong demand for a full-featured, all-in-one SLR camera that eliminates the need for photographers to carry multiple lenses and other equipment when shooting. The outstanding versatility and superior optics of its 5x zoom lens provide a full spectrum of focal lengths -- from 28mm wide-angle to 140mm telephoto -- and its easy-to-use exposure and shooting modes allow photographers to exercise their creativity in virtually any situation. An advanced twin flash system was included to match the camera's wide zoom range, and to further extend its creative capabilities.
Main features
HIGH-PERFORMANCE 28 - 140mm 5X ZOOM LENS
The high-performance, 28 - 140mm 5x zoom lens features 15 elements in 10 groups, with 4-group zoom construction. Multi-coated, precision optical glass lenses assure outstanding sharpness and clarity, with an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element for reduced chromatic aberration. The wide zoom range provides unparalleled all-in-one shooting flexibility -- from dramatic, 28mm wide-angle shots to intimate, 140mm telephoto close-ups.
ERGONOMIC ALL-IN-ONE BODY DESIGN
The IS-5000's slim, attractive body represents the next stage of evolution in ergonomic, all-in-one camera design. Balance is superb, with quick, responsive handling that means fewer missed opportunities. New light-champagne coloring and metal trim emphasize the camera's high quality and performance standards.
VIEWFINDER WITH BUILT-IN LCD
The viewfinder is equipped with a built-in LCD that allows photographers to confirm shooting parameters without taking their eye away from the eyepiece. The display includes information on shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation settings, and an exposure level scale. There are also indicators for macro mode, autofocus, and flash charge status. In addition, conventional spot frame and autofocus frame area indicators are provided.
A FULL RANGE OF EXPOSURE MODES
Enhanced creativity and shooting ease are assured by four exposure modes: Program AE, Aperture-Preferred AE, Shutter-Speed-Preferred AE, and Manual mode selection is via an Exposure Mode Button. In Program AE mode, photographers are offered a further choice of Full Auto, Stop Action, Portrait, Night Scene, and Landscape modes via an easy-to-use Direct Mode Select Button. In Aperture-Preferred mode, photographers can control depth of field by setting the aperture; shutter-speed selection is automatic. In Shutter-Speed-Preferred mode, photographers can freely choose whichever speed from 1/2000 sec. to 4 sec.; aperture selection is automatic. In this mode you can see the effects a variety of shutter speeds have on moving subjects. In Manual mode, photographers have complete control over aperture and shutter-speed settings.
DIRECT MODE SELECT BUTTON
By simply pressing the Direct Mode Select Button, photographers can explore the advantages of SLR performance, confident that the results will be all that they want. The icons are easy to understand, and there are four modes suited to a range of shooting situations.

Full Auto Mode: Provides point-and-shoot convenience that allows photographers to respond instantly to any photo opportunity.

Stop Action Mode: Freezes fast-moving subjects by automatically selecting the fastest shutter speed at which correct exposure can be achieved, up to a maximum of 1/2000 sec. In addition, it activates predictive autofocusing to help keep the subject in focus.

Portrait Mode: Emphasizes the foreground subject by automatically selecting the largest aperture at which correct exposure can be achieved, thereby creating a shallow depth-of-field that blurs distracting background elements. The flash also fires with every shot (unless the pop-up flash is closed), and if the shutter speed is above 1/100 sec., Super FP flash is automatically used to assure correct synchronization.

Night Scene Mode: Assures that both foreground subjects and background scenery are properly exposed when shooting at night. Uses the flash to illuminate the foreground (unless the pop-up flash is closed), and a slow shutter speed (max. 4 sec.) to capture background lights and scenery.

Landscape Mode: Assures crisp focus when taking landscape photos or group photos with scenery in the background.
OUTSTANDING MACRO CLOSE-UP CAPABILITY
When in Macro mode, macro shooting from as close as 60cm is possible at any zoom setting. Shooting range is up to 1/4.4x (106x157mm).
GN20 HIGH-POWER TWIN FLASH SYSTEM
The IS-5000 is equipped with a compact, yet powerful, twin flash system with two flashtube elements. The high-power flashtube, which provides flash for telephoto shots, has a guide number of 20 (in meters, ISO 100). Maximum flash range is 8.2 meters when shooting with ISO 400 color negative film. The other flashtube, which provides flash for wide-angle and Macro mode shots, has a guide number of 13 (in meters, ISO 100). Flashtube selection is automatically determined by the zoom setting.
INTELLIGENT VARIABLE-POWER FLASH SYSTEM
An Intelligent Variable-Power Flash System regulates flash intensity according to subject distance and ambient light level, assuring correct exposure of flash portraits and close-ups. In addition, the system detects the presence of artificial light and provides Auto Color-Balancing Flash when the subject is illuminated by fluorescent or other artificial light sources. An added bonus is provided by Super FP flash, which provides flash synchronization at shutter speeds up to 1/2000 sec. in Portrait, Aperture-Preferred AE, Shutter-Speed-Preferred AE, and Manual modes.
VERSATILE FLASH MODES
The IS-5000 offers a choice of Auto Flash, Fill-In Flash, and Red-Eye Reduction modes. In Auto Flash mode, the flash fires in low light, backlight, and artificial light; in Fill-In Flash mode, it fires with every shot regardless of lighting conditions; in Red-Eye Reduction mode, the series of lower-powered pre-flashes fires before the main flash is triggered. All flash modes are disabled when the pop-up flash is closed.
LARGE, REAR-MOUNTED LCD PANEL
A large LCD panel on the back of the camera allows photographers to confirm mode settings and shooting parameters at a glance. An illuminator is provided for clear visibility in low light.
HIGH-PRECISION AF SYSTEM WITH CMOS LINE SENSOR
The high-precision autofocus system uses a CMOS line sensor to assure outstanding accuracy in low-light situations.
SPOT METERING
In addition to fuzzy-logic ESP and center-weighted average metering (selection automatically determined by shooting mode and lighting conditions), the IS-5000 is equipped with spot metering that can be used to lock-in exposure settings for a particular area of the frame.
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
Continuous shooting at speeds of up to 1.2 frames per second is offered, and can be used in combination with Stop Action mode to capture dramatic action sequences.
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
Exposure compensation of +-2EV can be set in 1/2-step increments.
DIOPTRIC ADJUSTMENT
The viewfinder eyepiece features dioptric adjustment of -2 to +1 diopters that can be set to suit the photographer's preference.
PANORAMA MODE*
A Panorama mode setting allows photographers to switch to panorama-format shooting at any time.

*Not available in all markets.
DATE/TIME IMPRINTING
If desired, the date/time of shooting can be imprinted on each frame.
MACRO MODE
When in Macro mode, macro shooting from as close as 60cm is possible at any zoom setting. At 60cm, an area measuring 106 x 157mm fills the frame, achieving a magnification ratio 1/4.4x.
OPTIONAL INFRARED REMOTE CONTROL
Optional infrared remote control units are available, and can be used to release the shutter from up to 5 meters away. Featuring a 3-second delay, they are ideal for group photos and self-portraits.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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