April 24
Olympus Debuts C-3000 Zoom
3.34 megapixel camera for $799

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Olympus has unveiled a new model in its line of Zoom digital cameras. The C-3000 Zoom offers a resolution of 3.34 megapixels (2,048 x 1,536 pixels) and will launch at a price point of $799.

The C-3000 is the younger sibling of the C-3030 (pictured), offering most of its features, including USB connectivity; QuickTime movies with sound; 3x Zoom aspherical glass lens with continuous 2.5x digital telephoto; 15 modes of resolution, including five uncompressed tiff modes; removable SmartMedia; two CR-3V Lithium batteries; a six-mode flash with a slow syncro red-eye reduction mode; and DCF and DPOF compatibility in the camera for cropping and editing.

The QuickTime mode allows for the capture of 15 seconds of video with sound at a resolution of 320 x 240 (15 frames per second) or 60 seconds at a resolution of 160 x 120. Shutter speeds range from 1/30 second to 1/10,000 second. Sound can be recorded during the video filming, or a four-second sound annotation can be recorded separately for play with a single image. Sound is recorded directly from the camera's built-in microphone. The video with sound can be viewed on a television with the included NTSC cable.

The C-3000 offers black and white and sepia modes for shooting monochrome images. In the Blackboard/Whiteboard mode, the appropriate exposure settings are automatically selected for capturing text and ensuring clear, visible writing on the images. ISOs of 100, 200, and 400 are user selectable; and longer, slower shutter speeds are available: up to 16 seconds manual or 1/800 second to 1/2 second in auto.

The C-3000 will be available the end of May for $799. It includes an 8 MB SmartMedia card, remote control, two CR-3V Lithium batteries, lens cap, strap, USB and serial cable for PC and Mac, video connection cable for TV or VCR, new Olympus Camedia Master 2.0 Utility Software for downloading images from the camera and instruction manuals. All software supports both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

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