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The Newpic XB AF from Olympus

MELVILLE, NY - Olympus America, Inc. is pleased to introduce the Newpic XB AF compact camera for the Advanced Photo System format. The design features autofocus precision plus a large, easy-to-use viewfinder. Compact and lightweight, the NEWPIC XB AF is available in a silver-metallic finish.

More Functions and Fun

Fun and convenience are built in to the stylish and easily portable Newpic XB AF.

Composition is simplified by an oversized, high-magnification viewfinder that creates a large and natural-looking image. Film handling is also trouble-free with the Advanced Photo System's one-touch drop-in loading system.

Focusing, film advance/rewind and flash operation are fully automatic as well. A continuous shooting capability is at hand for capturing sequences, while the versatile flash modes include red-eye reduction and night scene mode.

Main Features

Large Viewfinder

The large viewfinder's high-magnification 0.68 x image creates a bright, natural field of view that simplifies composition. Even those who wear glasses will find viewing easier.

Compact, Lightweight And Stylish

A metallic-silver finish adds an elegant touch and a high-grade feel to the Newpic XB AF's design. It also offers outstanding portability with its compact dimensions and low weight of only 5.5 ounces.

Friendly, Automatic Operation

Taking outstanding pictures is as simple as pressing the shutter release button. The camera automatically handles steps such as focusing, flash operation and film advance/rewind.

Easy One-Touch Drop-in Loading

Film loading is foolproof—just drop the film cartridge in the chamber and close the lid. The camera takes care of everything else. There is also a safety lock feature to prevent the lid from opening accidentally during shooting or rewinding.

Versatile Flash Modes

Multiple flash modes make it easy for anyone to take great flash photographs.

Auto
In low light or backlight, the flash fires automatically to ensure that the illumination is appropriate.

Red-Eye Reducing
This function reduces red eye, a common problem with flash portraits taken in low light. When the shutter button is pressed, the red-eye reducing lamp lights up before the main flash fires.

Flash Off
The flash does not fire in this mode. It is ideal for capturing the natural ambience or when flash photography is prohibited.

Fill-in
The flash fires every time in this mode. It is especially helpful in eliminating unnatural shadows on a subject.

Night Scene
The intensity of the flash is determined by the foreground, while the length of the exposure is set according to the backdrop. Slowing the shutter speed to as long as 1/3 sec., this mode captures both the subject in the front and the background scenery.

Three frame formats

At any point on the roll, the Classic, HDTV or Panoramic frame format can be selected according to the subject and scene. This versatility makes photography even more fun.

Other Features

Continuous Shooting
This feature allows you to keep shooting picture after picture, automatically advancing the film after each shot, for as long as you hold down the shutter button. Convenient for capturing fast action, the continuous shooting function allows you to take sequences of pictures a bit faster than you can by shooting a single picture at a time. (Can not be used with flash).

Focus Lock
This convenient feature keeps the subject in sharp focus no matter how the photographer adjusts the composition.

The suggested list price of the Newpic XB AF is $90.00.

Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These include 35mm, Advanced Photo System and digital cameras, binoculars, Microcassette and digital voice recorders, printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical analyzers, and other high-technology products. Olympus America is responsible for marketing Olympus products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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NEWPIC XB AF
Specifications

Type Autofocus lens-shutter camera Film Format IX240 cartridge film Image Size 16.7 x 30.2 mm Print Type Selection from C, H, and P print types Lens Olympus lens 24 mm, F4.5, 3 elements in 3 groups Shutter Programmed electronic shutter (1/250-1/60 sec.)
1/3 sec. maximum in Flash Off and Night Scene modes
Viewfinder Albada viewfinder, 0.68x magnification with C/H/P print type selection. Shooting ready indicator (green lamp) Focusing Active type autofocus with focus lock possible
Focusing range: 2.6 Feet - Infinity
Exposure Counter Progressive type, reverses during rewind Self-timer Electronic self-timer with approx. 10-sec. delay
Cancellation possible
Film Speed Automatic setting. ISO 200 or above set to ISO 200;
ISO 160 or below set to ISO 100
Film Loading One-touch insertion with mechanical misloading prevention device Film Advance Automatic film winding Film Rewind Automatic film rewind at end of roll.
Mid-roll rewind is also possible
Flash Built-in flash Flash Modes Auto (automatic flash activation in low light), Red-Eye Reducing (otherwise same as in Auto), Off (no flash with slowest shutter speed of 1/3 sec.), Fill-In (forced activation), Night Scene Data recording Optical recording system (print type information only) Power Source One 3V lithium battery (CR2) Dimensions 4.3 (W) x 2.5 (H) x 1.5 (D) inches (without protrusions) Weight 5.5 ounces (without battery)

*Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.