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January 28, 2003
The µ-10 DIGITAL,
The World's First All-Weather
Metal-Bodied Digital Camera
High-performance 3.2-megapixel digital imaging
Sleek, stylish, all-weather metal body
Top-class digital camera speed and responsiveness
µ-10 Digital FRONT µ-10 Digital BACK
FRONT BACK
µ-10 DIGITAL
* The information contained in this news release applies only to the Japanese market.
Summary
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. ( President : Tsuyoshi Kikukawa ) is pleased to introduce the µ-10 DIGITAL, a light, compact digital camera with a 3.2-megapixel CCD that is the first metal-bodied digital camera in the world to offer all-weather performance.
The µ-10 DIGITAL's metal body has a rich, high-quality feel with flowing, contoured lines that are naturally pleasing to the eye. Light and compact, it is designed to be easy to carry and use in daily life. As the world's first all-weather metal-bodied digital camera, it also allows users to enjoy digital photography at beaches, pools, ski resorts, and other locations where water or inclement weather may be a source of concern. Despite its compact size, it features a newly developed compact, high-performance lens and 3.2-megapixel CCD that deliver truly amazing image quality. Although designed primarily for full-auto operation that allows users to simply open the lens barrier and begin shooting, it is also equipped with a full range of easy-to-use scene program modes. In addition, it offers the startup speed of a top-class digital camera, and boasts a shutter release lag time that is comparable with compact film cameras.

Since their initial appearance in 1991, Olympus µ[mju:] series film cameras have sold over 20 million units worldwide, making them one of the best-selling compact camera lines in history. Now, with the launch of the µ DIGITAL series, Olympus brings to the digital camera market the µ[mju:] product and image quality that are loved by consumers around the world.
Top Features
The first digital camera in the world to feature an all-weather metal body
Compact, innovative metal body with stylish, contoured design
Full-auto operating ease and 3.2-megapixel image quality
Top-class digital camera startup speed and responsiveness
Development Background
In the digital camera market, consumer demand for compact models and metal-bodied models continues to grow. In view of this trend, Olympus decided to create a new and distinctively different compact, metal-bodied digital camera that would also incorporate the "stylish design" and "beautiful imaging with incredible ease" that are hallmarks of the best-selling Olympus µ film camera series.

In designing the camera, we deliberately avoided the straight lines that are typical of most metal-bodied cameras, and chose a smooth, flowing shape that gives the metal body a fresh new look. We also incorporated all-weather technologies perfected over many years of developing µ film cameras, and significantly boosted the camera's startup speed and responsiveness to allow carefree shooting at a moment's notice.

As the first of a new line of µ DIGITAL cameras, the µ-10 DIGITAL is a stylish and fun digital camera designed to be carried and used anytime, anywhere.
Main Features
The World's First All-Weather Metal-Bodied Digital Camera
Equipped with protection equivalent to IEC Standard Publication 529 IPX4 ( protection against water splashed from any direction ), the µ-10 DIGITAL allows worry-free shooting in rain or snow, and is a perfect camera to take along to the beach, pool, or ski resort.

To achieve this level of water-resistance on a metal-bodied camera required the use of structural plastics between outer body and internal components, and of special rubber seals between individual body components. To achieve it while also making the body more compact - and the camera faster and more responsive - required an extremely high level of technology. Thanks to Olympus All-Weather Technology*, however, it was possible to achieve these diverse and conflicting goals.

Compact Metal Body With Stylish, Contoured Design
Thanks to its flowing, natural lines, the advanced metal body is a pleasure to touch and to hold. While taking advantage of the textural richness of metal, the camera utilizes the reflective characteristics of various parts of the body to emphasize " light " as a visual design concept. The lens barrier, for example, features an acrylic insert that draws on Olympus lens manufacturing technologies to produce a unique effect by which light seems to radiate in four directions from the 'M' in 'OLYMPUS.'

Exclusive Olympus bonding technologies were also used to develop a compact new lens that incorporates three aspherical elements. Coupled with the use of ultra-compact xD Picture Cards for storage, and a dedicated lithium-ion battery for power, camera thickness was significantly reduced, resulting in an ultra-slim body that measures just 33.5mm (D) x 99mm (W) x 56mm (H), and weighs a mere 165 g.

Easy, Full-Auto Operation With 3.2-Megapixel Image Quality
Although designed primarily for users who prefer the point-and-shoot simplicity of full-auto operation, the µ-10 DIGITAL also has five Scene Program modes: Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape-Portrait, Landscape, and Self-Portrait. As a result, users can instantly apply settings that are optimized to suit these frequently encountered shooting situation. To further simplify operation, the number of buttons and controls has been kept to a minimum.

Image quality is always a priority at Olympus. On the µ-10 DIGITAL, a 3.2-megapixel CCD and compact, high-performance lens are teamed with the proven performance of our exclusive TruePic image processing technology, assuring truly outstanding image quality from an extremely compact body.

Top-Class Digital Camera Speed And Responsiveness
New algorithms significantly improve the user experience by giving the µ-10 DIGITAL the startup speeds and responsive shooting capabilities of a top-class digital camera. When the power is switched on, the camera is ready to shoot in approximately two seconds. In addition, the long shutter-release lag time that has traditionally plagued digital camera users has been reduced to approximately 0.4 seconds, ensuring quick shutter-button response that is comparable with compact film cameras.
Other Features
Versatile White Balance Settings
In addition to an auto white balance mode that assures faithful reproduction of skin tones, four preset white balance settings are provided ( Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light ).

Two Light Metering Modes
Two light metering modes are offered : digital ESP metering, which ensures natural-looking exposures even when shooting in backlight or high-contrast situations, and spot metering, which sets exposure values to suit a specific area of the composition.

Exposure Compensation and Auto-Bracketing
Exposure compensation of up to +-2EV can be set in 1/3EV-step increments.

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.
 
Crop and Merge ( 2-in-1 ) Function
When this feature is activated, the camera automatically combines the next two shots into a single split-screen image.
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, making it easy for users to create photo e-mail attachments without using complicated image-editing software.
All-in-One Package for Image Editing and Storage
All-in-one packaging includes everything necessary for image editing and storage, allowing entry-level users to begin enjoying digital photography right away.

Long-life Batteries for Worry-Free Shooting
To ensure worry-free shooting, the dedicated rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides power for approximately 150 shots under normal operating conditions. Recharging time is approximately 2 hours.

All-in-One Package for Image Editing and Storage
All-in-one packaging includes everything necessary for image editing and storage, allowing entry-level users to begin enjoying digital photography right away.
* Test conditions for normal operation : repeated 2-shot shutter release followed by 10 minutes of rest; one zoom round trip per shot; HQ mode; LCD monitor and flash used on 50% of shots; no digital zoom, image display or file downloading; 25 degrees ambient temperature.
QuickTime Motion-JPEG Shooting
QuickTime Motion-JPEG movies with a frame advance speed of 15 frames-per-second can also be recorded. Up to about 16 seconds can be recorded at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, and up to about 70 seconds can be recorded at a resolution of 160 x 120 pixels.
Optional Accessories
Remote Control
The RM-1 Remote Control is a multi-function unit that allows users to operate the zoom and shutter release from a distance. In addition, it can also be used as a playback controller when viewing images.

Water Protector
The PT-016 Water Protector allows the &µ-10 DIGITAL to be used underwater at depths of up to 40 meters.

Camera Case and Neck Strap
A variety of cases and neck straps that complement the µ-10 DIGITAL's sophisticated design are also available.
Camera Case
CSCH-08 Genuine leather, beige
CSCH-09CG Soft case, champagne gold
CSCH-09BL Soft case, blue
CSCH-09OR Soft case, orange
Neck Straps
CNS-01SV Metal, silver
CNS-01BL Metal, blue
xD-Picture Card Media
In addition to the 16MB xD-Picture Card bundled with the camera, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, and 256MB xD-Picture Cards are also available.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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