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September 25, 2002
THE NEW µ[mju:]-III WIDE 100
35mm Zoom Compact Camera
High-performance 3.6x Zoom Lens System with a 28-100mm Range
Newly Developed Autofocus and Auto Exposure Systems
for Wide-angle Photography
µ[mju:]-III WIDE 100
µ[mju:]-III WIDE 100
* This news release is only for the Asian market.
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) will launch the new µ [mju:]-III Wide 100, a 35mm zoom compact camera. The new camera features a high-performance 3.6x zoom lens system with a 28-100mm range and supports a wide variety of shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto .
The µ[mju:]-III Wide 100 is equipped with the 11 points multi-wide passive autofocus system using a newly developed wide area passive autofocus sensor for more precise distance measurement. It also features 3-way AE system, the world's first auto exposure system that ensures optimal exposure in a wide range of shooting situations. Priority was given to achieving the highest possible resolution at infinity in the design of the high-performance 28mm-100mm zoom lens. These features make wide-angle photography easier and more enjoyable than ever before. With its emphasis on both basic camera functionality and ease of use, the µ[mju:]-III Wide 100 was developed as a standard zoom camera for a broad range of users.

Olympus has developed the µ series as its flagship family of compact cameras. The series has gained worldwide popularity, with cumulative global sales exceeding 20 million units by the tenth anniversary of the launch of the series last year. The µ series, including the new µ [mju:]-III Wide 100, will remain the world's leader in compact cameras.
Main Features
High-performance 3.6x zoom lens system with 28-100mm range for all shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto.
Newly developed 11-point multi-wide passive AF system to recognize the main subjects and brings them into focus even they are slightly off-focus in wide-angle shots.
New 3-way AE system for optimal exposure in a wide range of shooting situations.
More sophisticated and elegant compact body design - a new evolution in the µ series concept.
Feature Details
1. High-performance 3.6x zoom lens system with 28-100mm range for all shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto
The 3.6x 28-100mm wide-angle zoom lens system provides powerful performance in a miniature size. Made up of 7 groups and 7 elements, the lens system was designed with emphasis on optimal resolution at infinity. It is ideal for landscapes, which are frequently photographed with a wide zoom setting. For superior definition, contrast and depth, the lens system features two aspherical lenses, including a high-performance glass lens. In the wide 28mm setting, the camera provides impressive results in diverse shooting situations, whether tall buildings or expansive landscapes, as well as confined interior scenes, which are often difficult to capture successfully. With a range up to 100mm, the zoom function provides versatile support for most shooting situations, including portrait photography.

2. Newly developed 11-point multi-wide passive AF system to recognize the main subjects and brings them into focus even they are slightly off-focus in wide-angle shots
The 11-point multi-wide passive AF system with its newly developed passive wide-range AF sensor provides precise distance measurements across almost double the area of the existing model (µ ZOOM WIDE80). The AF area can be measured separately at up to 11 points (in wide-angle mode). The measurement results are processed rapidly using algorithms exclusively developed by Olympus, this system recognizes the main subjects and brings them into focus even they are slightly off-focus.

3. New 3-way AE system for optimal exposure in a wide range of shooting situations
The µ[mju:]-III Wide 100 features a newly developed 3-way AE system with three types of optical sensor for optimal exposure in diverse shooting situations.
i. 3-point amorphous silicon sensor
With a sensitivity distribution extremely close to that of the human eye, this sensor precisely measures the subject's exposure and detects backlighting by comparing brightness at the center and periphery of the image.

ii. Infrared sensor
This sensor measures infrared light across the entire image and detects fluorescent lighting and other forms of artificial illumination.

iii. Exposure measurement using 11-point AF sensor
By measuring the brightness of the main subject area up to 11 points, the system can automatically assess backlighting on a dark main subject which is not at the center of the image.

The system provides integrated exposure control (including flash control) taking advantage of the specific characteristics of each sensor. It even detects lighting problems that cause a darkened main subject away from the center of the image (wide backlight detection) and uses the flash to create a balanced image of the main subject and its background. The auto color-balancing flash effectively prevents the green tinge caused by artificial light.

4. More sophistication and elegance in compact body design - Evolution of the µ series concept
The unique beauty of the µ series body design is a blend of soft contours and sharpness that clearly conveys quality and presence. The µ [mju:]-III Wide 100 represents a new stage in the evolution of this design concept, which has attracted users throughout the world. Olympus's development goal was to create a camera that would be a joy to own and use, thanks to a combination of advanced camera functions and an enhanced design based on elegant streamlines. The new camera fits perfectly in the hand, and every feature, including the lens barrier system, is designed for ultimate ease of use. And these advanced features have been unobtrusively packaged into a simple yet elegant body that is compact and slim for the ultimate in portability.
Other Features
Worry-Free Weatherproofing
The weatherproofing protects against rain, snow or splashing. (IEC grade 4 standards for "splash-proof").

Auto Color-Balancing Flash System
It ensures natural lighting effects even in photographs taken under fluorescent lighting or other types of artificial illumination.

Landscape Mode
This mode ensures that shots taken of distant scenery are always sharp and clear.

Dioptric Correction
Dioptric correction of -2 to +1 per meter (m-1) is built in to compensate for any eyesight problem.

Remote Control
Remote control unit allows shutter to be released from up to 5 meters away.

Spot mode
This mode ensures accurate focusing and exposure for the main subject, regardless of the surrounding light.

Focus lock
This convenient feature keeps the subject in sharp focus while the photographer adjusts the composition.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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