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March  3, 2003
Olympus to Exhibit Four Thirds System
Digital SLR Prototypes at PMA2003
CAMEDIA Four Thirds System Concept Model
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. ( President : Tsuyoshi Kikukawa ) is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting prototype models of new Four Thirds System digital SLR camera, lenses, and accessories at PMA2003, Annual Convention and Trade show being held March 2-5, 2003 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Four Thirds System is a new open standard for digital SLR cameras and interchangeable lens systems that utilize a 4/3-inch image sensor. In addition to facilitating the development of camera lens systems specifically designed to maximize digital image sensor performance -- without being bound by the design conventions imposed by 35mm film camera SLR systems -- the Four Thirds System establishes a common standard for lens mounts, ensuring compatibility between lenses and bodies even if they are produced by different manufacturers.

Olympus is currently developing a line of Four Thirds System bodies, interchangeable lenses, and accessories that offer professional-quality ruggedness, performance, and system expandability. The interchangeable lenses are exceptionally bright and compact, and offer resolving power that compares favorably with film camera lenses. The new Olympus Four Thirds Systems products are to be officially announced in June, and introduced to the market in September 2003.

Prototype models identical to those on display at PMA2003 will also be presented at the Cebit exhibition March 12-19 at the Hannover Messe in Germany, and at the Photo Expo exhibition March 14-16 at Tokyo Big Site in Japan.
Four Thirds System Prototypes to be Exhibited
Camera body
Lenses ( figures in parentheses indicate 35mm film camera equivalent )
300mm, F2.8 ( 600mm )
14 - 54mm, F2.8 - F3.5 zoom ( 28 - 108mm )
50mm, F2.0 macro ( 100mm )
50 - 200mm, F2.8 - F3.5 zoom ( 100 - 400mm )
External flash unit
Power Battery Holder
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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