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Olympus C-2500L Digital Camera

The Olympus C-2500L is a 2.5 megapixel filmless digital camera. It is aimed at professional digital photographers and other power users.

Significant new features of the C-2500L include a 2.5 megapixel CCD, an all-in-one SLR design, a 3X - 9.2 to 28mm aspheric glass zoom lens (36-110mm in 35mm photography, built-in flash, hot-shoe and full exposure control.

According to Ben LaMarca, Group Vice President Marketing, Digital Products, "The C-2500L is Olympus' most significant contribution to digital photography since the launch of the D-300L. It confirms our commitment to innovation and redefines the standards for filmless digital photography"

TruePic Technology

Olympus' TruePic technology uses an Olympus Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), which allows the C-2500L to manage the image in the camera for truer color, contrast, and gradation, producing a more realistic color photograph. The TruePic algorithms utilize all the pixel information to produce detailed photographs with smoother photographic appearance. This results in images that print with enough pixels for a photo quality 8 x 10 inch print.

The large 2/3 inch progressive CCD is less noisy, producing a better image than a smaller CCD. The aspect ratio (4 X 5) of the 1712 X 1368 pixel image is matched to printing a 4 x 5, 8 x 10, or 11 x 14 inch photograph without cropping or throwing away unused pixels.

Advanced Features

The 7-element aspheric glass lens produces sharp, clear images. The lens design also incorporates a 43mm - threaded lens barrel for optional accessory lenses like the B-28 wide-angle converter and the 1.45X telephoto converter. These accessory lenses extend the lens range from a 35mm-film camera equivalent 36 - 110mm zoom f2.8/3.9 to include a 29mm wide-ange and 160mm telephoto.

Lens performance is further improved by an advanced autofocus system. The camera incorporates a low-light Autofocus illuminator like those found on advance 35mm SLR cameras. This AF system is fast and works in low-light levels without any hesitation. The C-2500L's AF system works from 0.8 inches in the super-macro mode to infinity in the normal autofocus mode. The camera also has manual focus from 12 inches to infinity and a user selectable quick focus mode. The ranges for focus are from 0.8 inches to 24 inches in AF Super-Macro mode, 12 inches to 24 inches in the AF Macro mode and 24 inches to infinity in normal Autofocus mode. In the manual focusing mode, the camera focuses from 12 inches to infinity.

The camera has a 95% -centered SLR viewfinder. The viewfinder shows both the focus area and spot metering area for precise exposure and focus control. The viewfinder includes a built-in dioptric corrector to focus the viewfinder to the user's eye.Olympus claims that the 2500L's viewfinder is more accurate than most 35mm file SLR cameras.

The advanced user has full-control of exposure with the three exposure modes - Programmed Automatic, Aperture Priority Automatic and Manual Exposure. In the automatic exposure modes, the C-2500L feature exposure controls of +/- 2 steps in 1/3-step increments. The exposure and white balancing is through the lens for increased accuracy. There are three options for white balancing - full through the lens automatic, 6 preset white balance settings from 3000K to 6500K, and a "one-touch" manual setting. This gives great flexibility to the photographer.

The built-in flash features fully automatic through the lens flash, "red-eye" reducing flash, fill-in flash, slow syncro flash with first or second curtain sync, and flash-off. In through the lens mode, the camera allows flash exposure controls of +/- 2 steps in 1/3-step increments. The hot shoe enables the use of accessory flashes, including the Olympus FL-40. With the optional flash unit the camera has a flash range over 30 feet.

The camera is designed for speed and integrates dual processors and a 16 MB D-RAM buffer for fast performance. You can take photos as fast as you can compose, focus and shoot, at any resolution. In burst mode the camera will capture 5 images at any resolution in less than 3 seconds.

To store images the user has the choice of uncompressed SHQ-TIFF or low compression JEPG files. Integrated into the camera is a dual SmartMedia/CompactFlash media slot allowing the user to use either type storage card.

To review captures photos the camera has a high-resolution 122,000 pixel color LCD. The LCD allows for index viewing of 1, 4 or 9 images as well as 2X or 4X magnification inspection mode. In inspection mode you can scroll within the image to pinpoint the exact location you want to view. The LCD also displays the camera control menus, camera set-up and camera print menus. The print menus utilize the Digital Print Order Form standard for tagging photographs to print. The camera has NTSC video out for viewing the photos on a television or capturing on a VCR.

Included with the camera is a 32MB SmartMedia memory card, four batteries and a charger, Camedia Master image editing and download software and Enroute QuickStitch panorama softare.

You download images through the included serial cable žor use the optional FlashPath Floppy Disk adapter or PCMCIA card.

In recent Macworld's review of this camera they gave the C-2500L 4 mice out of a possible 5 and said this about the camera:

"We keep expecting digital cameras to get dull, but they steadfastly refuse. This time, the standout is the Camedia C-2500L, from Olympus. At $1,499, it costs more than twice as much as the least-expensive camera in this roundup, but if you have the budget, the C-2500L earns its fee."

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Olympus America
Digital & Imaging Systems Group
Two Corporate Center Dr.
Melville, NY 11747-3157
ph: (800) 622-6372,
Fax: (516) 844-5262.

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