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March  12, 2002
CAMEDIA C-2Zoom Digital Compact Camera
with Elegant Styling, 2-Megapixel Imaging and 3x Zoom
High-performance 3x optical zoom lens and 2-megapixel imaging
Compact, lightweight body with elegant styling
Extended battery life
* The information contained in this news release applies only to the Japanese market.
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. ( President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa ) is pleased to introduce the CAMEDIA C-2Zoom, an elegant new entry-level compact digital camera with 2-megapixel imaging and a 3x optical zoom lens that offers zoom performance equivalent to 38 - 114mm on a conventional 35mm film camera.
The CAMEDIA C-2Zoom was developed to meet entry-level user demand for an affordable digital camera that offers uncompromising image quality and design. It boasts an effective pixel count of 2.0 megapixels ( 2.11 megapixel CCD ), and a 3x optical zoom lens that covers the most frequently used range of focal length settings. It also features exclusive Olympus TruePic image processing technology for high image quality with outstanding ease. Battery life has been extended by a wide margin, and new menu-based controls have been added to make the camera easy for entry-level users to operate. An elegant, champagne-gold body completes the package and makes the CAMEDIA C-2Zoom an attractive companion that can be taken anywhere.

In addition, the camera offers motion-JPEG shooting capability and basic in-camera editing of still images. A video cable is included to allow images to be viewed by friends or family on a TV screen immediately after shooting, and a USB cable and CAMEDIA Master 4.0 software are included for easy image downloading and editing on a PC. With its all-in-one packaging, the CAMEDIA C-2Zoom includes everything that entry-level users need to shoot, view, download and edit their images.
Top Features
2-megapixel imaging with high-performance 3x zoom lens for superb image quality
Elegant new styling based on the compact, lightweight CAMEDIA C-1 series design concept
Significantly extended battery life for worry-free shooting
Easy-to-use, in-camera image editing functions
All-in-one package includes video cable, USB cable and image-editing software
Development Background
With the growing popularity of digital photography, 2-megapixel class cameras that offer high print quality and easy-to-manipulate image file sizes have come to dominate the entry-level market. Last March, we introduced the CAMEDIA C-1, a 1.3-megapixel entry-level camera that was the first in a series of "easy to carry & easy to use" digital cameras. The series has proved very popular with consumers, and for the CAMEDIA C-2Zoom we therefore maintained the same development concept while adding 2-megapixel imaging for higher print quality, and 3x zoom for greater versatility. We also gave the camera a range of easy-to-use functions that will appeal to entry-level users, and a stylish and elegant design that will appeal to women. With its enhanced functionality, ease of use and elegantly refined body design, the CAMEDIA C-2Zoom is an entry-level 2-megapixel class camera that is sure to please a wide range of consumers.

Main Features
High-Performance 3x Optical Zoom Lens and 2-Megapixel Imaging
The bright, F2.8 ( at wide-angle setting ) high-performance 3x zoom lens is specifically designed to optimize the performance characteristics of the 2.11-megapixel primary-color CCD, and incorporates two aspherical lens elements to ensure outstanding image clarity in a compact size. The lens' 3x zoom range is equivalent to 38 - 114mm zoom on a conventional 35mm film camera and provides excellent framing flexibility when shooting. In addition, the camera features our exclusive TruePic image processing technology for enhanced quality at any image size.

Compact, Lightweight C-1 Series Design Made Even More Elegant and Stylish
The camera's clean, stylish lines are enhanced by a sliding barrier that protects the lens and acts as the camera's power ON/OFF switch. When open, the barrier also serves as part of the grip to ensure stable holding. Three protrusions above and below the barrier provide a stylish design accent, and the body's champagne-gold finish adds to the camera's overall air of quality and refinement. Taken as a whole, the CAMEDIA C-2Zoom's compact size and elegant design are expected to appeal to a wide range of age groups and consumer target profiles.

Wide-Ranging Power Source Compatibility and Extended Battery Life
The CAMEDIA C-2Zoom can be operated using readily available AA alkaline batteries, an optional CR-V3 lithium battery pack, an optional E-7AC AC adapter, or optional NiMH batteries. Battery life has also been significantly extended: with AA alkaline batteries installed, approximately 100 photos can be taken under normal conditions, and approximately 3,000 photos can be taken under continuous shooting conditions; with a CR-V3 lithium battery pack installed, approximately 300 photos can be taken under normal conditions, and approximately 10,000 photos can be taken under continuous shooting conditions.*
* Continuous shooting test conditions: SQ mode, LCD monitor off, flash off, zoom fixed at wide-angle setting, no image display or file downloading. Normal shooting test conditions: repeated 2-shot shutter release followed by 10 minutes of rest, HQ mode, LCD monitor on when shooting, flash used on 50% of shots, zoom activated before each shot, no image display or file downloading.

Easy-to-Use In-Camera Image Editing Functions
A number of still-image editing operations can be performed directly in the camera, eliminating the need to download images to a personal computer for editing. Because the edited version is automatically stored in a separate area of memory, there is no need to worry that the original image will be overwritten. In addition, Motion-JPEG shooting capability is also provided.

Crop and Merge ( 2 in 1 ) Function
When this feature is activated, the camera will automatically combine the next two pictures taken into a single split-screen image. By shooting a variety of different subjects, users can discover new ways to have fun.

Monochrome & Sepia Modes
Monochrome or sepia-tone versions of photos taken in color can be saved separately at the touch of a button.

Resize Function
The Resize function saves a smaller-sized duplicate of the original image, and is a great way to create photo e-mail attachments without using complicated image-editing software.

Motion-JPEG Recording, Playback & Indexing
Motion-JPEG recording, playback, and indexing functions are built-in. The convenient indexing function automatically extracts nine frames from a Motion-JPEG recording and creates a single still "index" image that shows you at a glance what the movie clip contains.

All-in-One Package for Image Viewing, Downloading and Editing
All-in-one packaging includes everything necessary for viewing, downloading and editing images, allowing entry-level users to quickly and easily experience the fun of digital photography.

Video Cable
The included video cable can be used to connect the camera directly to a TV, allowing users to immediately share their photos with everyone in the room.

USB Cable
The included USB cable allows easy downloading of image files to a PC.

CAMEDIA Master 4.0 Image Editing and Management Software
Easy-to-use CAMEDIA Master 4.0 software allows even beginning users to enjoy the full potential of digital photography. The software's user-friendly interface makes it simple to download, edit and organize image files, and enables the creation of original calendars and photo albums with just a few mouse clicks.

Easy-to-Use Menu-Based Controls
To further enhance operating ease, the CAMEDIA C-2Zoom is equipped with the menu-based control system first introduced on the CAMEDIA C-700 Ultra Zoom. The menu is displayed on the camera's built-in color LCD monitor and features a tabbed directory with four gateways: one gateway gives users access to all of the camera's settings; the others provide quick access to frequently used settings. As a result, users can instantly access the setting they want.
Other Features
TruePic Image Processing
The CAMEDIA C-2Zoom features the exclusive Olympus TruePic image processing technology that is also found in our top-of-the-line CAMEDIA E-20 digital SLR. Even when shooting at smaller image sizes for monitor/web display or e-mail attachment use, image quality is high because the image is drawn from all of the pixel data captured by the 2.11-megapixel CCD.

Pre-Set White Balance Settings
When lighting conditions make it difficult to obtain correct color balance with the Auto setting, users can choose from four pre-set white balance settings ( Clear Sky, Cloudy Sky, Incandescent Lamp and Fluorescent Lamp ).

Versatile Flash Modes
The built-in flash offers a choice of six flash modes: Auto Flash ( auto flash in low light and backlight ), Red-Eye Reducing Flash, Night Scene Red-Eye Reducing Flash, Flash Off, Fill-In Flash and Night Scene.

Manual Exposure Compensation
+-2EV exposure compensation can be set in 0.5EV increments.

2.5x Digital Zoom
Seamless 2.5x digital zoom can be combined with the camera's 3x optical zoom to achieve maximum zoom power of up to 7.5x. Maximum power in SQ mode ( 640 x 480 ) is 5x.

High-Precision LCD Monitor for Immediate Image Display
The high-precision, 114,000 pixel, 1.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor is exceptionally clear and easy to view even in bright light, allowing it to be used both as a viewfinder and display device.

Bright, Real-Image Optical Viewfinder
The bright, real-image viewfinder provides a clear view of the subject just like on a conventional film camera, and can be used instead of the LCD monitor if the user wants to conserve battery power.
Optional Accessories
Dust & Water Protector
An optional PT-013 dust and water protector ( available from Olympus ProMarketing Inc. starting March 20 ) allows user to enjoy totally worry-free digital photography - even at the ocean or in the mountains, or at construction sites and in other environmentally demanding business situations. The body is constructed of tough polycarbonate resin and is waterproof to a depth of 40m.

Camera Case
A range of attractive and convenient optional cases ( available from Olympus ProMarketing Inc. ) are offered for the C-1 series. In addition to three previously available types, stylishly casual brown and khaki cases have been added to the line.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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