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Olympus Announces Full Featured Image Stabilized 10X Zoom Digital Camera

Melville, NY - Olympus America Inc. the world leader in film and filmless photography, today announced the C-2100 Ultra Zoom, a full-featured 10X optical zoom / 2.6X digital Zoom, EVF filmless digital camera.

The 1/2-inch 2.1 megapixel CCD and lens are matched and designed for the best digital photographic performance. Advancing the technology of its predecessors, the C-2100 Ultra Zoom is the first Olympus filmless camera to offer a 10X image stabilized all-glass aspherical zoom lens from 7- 70mm (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm film photography) to remove unwanted user camera shake for a clearer image. For extended range the 2.6X digital produces a 35mm equivalent telephoto over 980mm to bring the action closer. At f2.8 -3.5 the lens is fast and bright with 1/3 step aperture control to fit through out the zoom range to maximize camera control. The C-2100 UZ, there eliminates the need for the photographer to carry heavy attachable telephoto lenses.

The C-2100 UZ is made for the photographer who wants an all-in one camera with the ease of a point and shoot and flexibility and advanced features, including many automatic or manual controls like exposure, focus, white balance and flash.

New advanced features built into the C-2100 Ultra Zoom include fast performance times with the 16MB SD-RAM buffer for a burst mode of 3 frames per second and 1.2 second shot to shot performance for unlimited standard quality images; an electronic viewfinder (EVF) SLR viewfinder design; and iESP TTL or spot autofocus and focusing illuminator to focus from macro to- infinity. White Balance is also the new iESP multi-pattern full-automatic TTL system with 4 preset manual selections. The metering system features the Digital ESP multi-patterned metering system, center weighted, spot or multi-spot metering of up to 8 spot readings.

The popular QuickTimeTM Movie feature provides the ability to film short movies, to post on the internet or view through the camera's LCD. No external microphones are needed as sound is recorded directly from the camera's built-in microphone. The video with sound can also be viewed on any television with the included NTSC AV cable.

The C-2100 employs SmartMediaTM storage cards and comes with an 8MB SmartMediaTM card and accepts cards up to 64MB. A built-in USB connection provides the easiest and fastest solution for downloading images. Other choices for downloading include the optional "FlashPath" floppy disk adapter, USB reader, PCMCIA adapter for laptops, or by using the SmartMediaTM card slot in the P-330N printer.

The manual exposure mode allows the shutter and aperture to be selected independently giving greater creative control power to the photographer. The fast and flexible automatic exposure modes include Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program Auto and the new S-Program mode with Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene, and Custom setup modes For greater control exposure compensation is available in +/- 2 steps EV by 1/3 step increments and Auto Bracketing from 1/3, 2/3 or 1 stop increments for 3 or 5 shots.

The C-2100 Ultra ZOOM provides 4 resolution levels of recording in Tiff or Low and Normal JPEG compressions for photographic images for a total of 12 different settings. You can now set the camera for your use, to print enlargements, or post on the web and get the best result for your need.

The C-2100 Ultra Zoom includes a 8MB Olympus brand panorama SmartMediaTM card, 4 NiMH Batteries and Charger, lens cap, strap, USB cable for WindowsTM and Power Macintosh PCs, NTSC video connection cable for TV or VCR, Olympus Camedia Master Utility Software for downloading images from the camera, Adobe® PhotoDeluxeTM image manipulation and creation software and instruction manuals. All software supports WindowsTM 95/98/2000 Pro and NT 4.0 and Power Macintosh computer systems.

For more information, contact Olympus America, Digital & Imaging Systems Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY 11747-3157, ph: (516) 844-5000 or (800) 622-6372, Fax: (516) 844-5262.

Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These include film and filmless cameras, MicrocassetteTM 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.

Olympus is a registered Trademark, Camedia and Microcassette are trademarks of Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. Adobe is a registered trademark and PhotoDeluxe are trademarks of Adobe Systems Inc. Apple, Macintosh, QuickTime are a trademarks of Apple Computer. Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. SmartMedia is a trademark of Toshiba America, Inc. Specifications subject to change without notice.