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Olympus Announces Digital Camera Loaner Program at COMDEX

Melville, NY—Olympus America Inc., Digital & Imaging Systems Group, the leading digital camera manufacturer, announced today that it is providing free digital camera loans, free photo albums postings at Photopoint.com, and free photo CD burning as a service to editors during Comdex. Fifty Olympus award-winning C-2000 Zoom 2.1 Megapixel digital cameras will be made available to editors to document the largest computer show in the U.S., held November 1999 in Las Vegas.

Editors need to sign up ahead of time for this program. The cameras will be made available to pre-registered editors at the Olympus digital camera booth in the Hilton Ballroom. Editors can take photos all day and at the parties at night and stop by the Hilton ballroom to download images Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Photopoint.com will also be at the Olympus Digital Camera Booth all week to create photo albums for the press at http://www.photopoint.com. Each day, Olympus will also provide editors with CDs of their images as they stop by to download the cameras for more shots.

The C-2000 Zoom, the world's first 2.1 Megapixel zoom lens filmless digital camera, offers a 2.1 Megapixel resolution (1600 x 1200), 3X optical zoom lens, infrared remote control with fully automatic controls for novice users and powerful manual controls any photo enthusiast would appreciate, packaged in a compact ergonomically designed point & shoot body. Featuring both fully automatic and manual modes of most all selections, this camera is both a convenience camera and a photo enthusiast's tool. Manual controls extend into areas other digital cameras have yet to approach in this price range, including the choice of 100, 200 or 400 ISO film speed equivalency.

PhotoPoint.com was launched in 1998 and is the Internet's largest free photo community where members have shared over 3 million photos. PhotoPoint.com (http://www.photopoint.com) makes it easy for consumers to share their digital images over the web. The site features an extremely easy way for people to send in their photos, add captions, organize them into albums, and then send out email announcements to friends and family.

Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These include film and filmless cameras, Microcassette and digital voice recorders, binoculars, film scanners, personal photo printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical analyzers, and other high technology products. Olympus America is responsible for sales in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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For more information, contact:
John Knaur
Marketing Manager, Digital Products
(516) 844-5201
jknaur@olympus.com

Chris Sluka
Public Relations Manager
(516) 844-5321
slukac@olympus.com

Karen Thomas
Thomas PR
(516) 549-7575
kthomas@thomas-pr.com