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New Digital Camera With Super Bright 3X Zoom Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y. – The latest digital camera from Olympus incorporates the world’s first large-aperture F1.8, super bright, high-performance 3X zoom lens.

CAMEDIA C-3040 ZOOM 3.34 Megapixel (2048 x 1536), super bright 3X zoom compact digital camera is based on the award-winning Olympus C-3030 digital camera, the C-3040 ZOOM now
offers the world’s first super bright F1.8 aperture high-performance digital zoom lens with an extended flash working range and better low-light shooting and new USB Storage Class plug n’ play capability for easy and quick mounting of the camera to a USB computer.

The C-3040 ZOOM uses a 3.34 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch CCD matched to the Olympus digital optical zoom. To maximize the performance of this high resolution CCD, the camera features a newly designed super-bright F1.8 multi-element aspherical glass 3X zoom lens. As a result, the resolution and image quality deliver the highest level of picture quality available in a 3
Megapixel camera.

The camera offers the same compact design and features of the best-selling C-3030 ZOOM, such as Auto and Manual White balance and exposure for many light sources or conditions. For easy viewing, the improved Wide-View LCD display and the optical viewfinder are available. Other features include 3.3 frame
per second sequence shooting, QuickTime movie, black and white or sepia shooting modes, Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), and more compression settings.

The C-3040 ZOOM also incorporates the heritage of over 80 years of outstanding photographic technologies such as Aperture-Priority and Shutter-Priority modes, manual exposure, auto bracketing and Slow Synchro flash, as well as a range of quality modes and ISO sensitivity settings that allow the photographer more creativity.


    New Super Bright Lens:
  • From wide-angle to telephoto settings, the new super-bright 7.1-21.3mm 3X
    zoom (35-105mm equivalency) captures digital images of unrivaled precision.
    The F1.8-2.6 aperture range allows the photographer greater freedom in low-
    light photography and extends the flash range.

    USB Storage Class Connectivity:

  • The camera’s ability to connect to any USB Macintosh or Windows computer
    running MacOS 8.6+ or Windows Me and 2000 make it easy to download the photos
    to the computer. A Windows 98 rev 2 driver is also include for direct
    connection. The USB capability also means rapid downloading of the files from
    the camera to the computer without installing any extra software.

    Many Metering Modes:

  • Like the C-3030 ZOOM, the C-3040 ZOOM offers the choice of ESP multi-
    patterned metering and spot metering for easy accurate exposure or advanced
    exposure control. The ESP multi-pattern meter looks at a variety of areas in
    the photo, for accurate automatic exposure. Spot metering allows for fine
    accurate exposure of the subject using only the very center of the image area.
    The C-3040 ZOOM also includes the new Multi-Spot metering mode combining up to
    eight spot readings to be averaged for complete user control over the subject.
    The combination of the metering systems in the C-3040 ZOOM gives it the
    distinction of being one of the most advanced in it the growing field of 3
    megapixel cameras.

    White Balance:

  • New to the C-3040 ZOOM is the one-touch white balance function allowing
    exact white balance under most light sources for the correct color
    reproduction. The new iESP multi-pattern white balance system will
    automatically adjust the light when ease of use is required, or the four
    manual preset white balance settings. In addition, a new +/-3 step white
    balance correction function enables minor adjustments in color tones.

    Spot AF Function

  • A newly featured Spot AF function allows focus on points intentionally
    selected by photographer.

    Sharpness and Contrast Settings:

  • Like many more advanced cameras, the C-3040 ZOOM offers control for both
    contrast and sharpness. Setting sharpness at soft, normal or hard allows the
    user to control the sharpening of the image to meet his own uses.
    Complimenting the sharpness is the Contrast mode which adjust from low to high
    contrast. With these controls, the photographer now takes control of final
    output quality, or they can be left in normal mode for the ease of point and

    QuickTime Movie with Sound:

  • The C-3040 ZOOM includes the QuickTime movie capture mode with sound
    allowing up to 5 min with sound. The sound is recorded simultaneously in the
    QuickTime movie and a 4-second audio attachment can be added to a still image.
    Ideal for voice memos, notes may be re-recorded over images and are supported
    in the included Camedia Master software.

    Tethered Lens Cap:

  • The lens cap is now tethered to the camera to avoid the irritation of
    losing the cap or not knowing where to put it.


  • Olympus provides a whole line up of new optional accessories for the C-
    3040 ZOOM: camera case; FL-40 external flash for synchronized shooting with
    TTL cable and bracket; an assortment of lenses from 28mm equivalent to 152mm;
    RM-1 remote control; NiMH batteries and charger, and C7AU AC adapter.

The CAMEDIA C-3040 ZOOM will be available in March 2001 with an estimated street price of $999. It ships with an 16MB Olympus SmartMedia memory card, USB cable, AV cable, two 3V lithium battery packs (CR-3V), Olympus Camedia Master 2.5 Utility Software for image manipulation and creation, instruction manual, QuickStart Guide, lens cap and strap.

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