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Olympus Camedia AZ-1 digital camera
Camedia AZ-1
at a glance
2048 x 1536
3x optical zoom
2.5" lcd viewer
Olympus Camedia AZ-1 review summary
camera date Apr 04  out of production
pixels / class 3.2M  compact digital camera
overall rating not rated overall camera rating  1 reviews
image quality not rated image quality rating  
ease of use not rated usability rating  
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digital features not rated digital features rating  
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user profile user profile: digital photography not specified yet
Olympus Camedia AZ-1 specifications
lens / zoom  38 mm - 114 mm (3x) (dig: 3.3x)
focus / macro  auto / 50 cm / 8 cm
metering mode  ESP, spot
aperture  auto / F2.9 (W) -  F4.9 (T)
white balance  auto | manual
shutter  auto / 1/2s - 1/725s
exposure  +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
flash / mode  internal  / 0.3m - 3.6m
viewfinder  optical
iso ratings  64 - 250
image size  2048x1536 / 1600x1200 / 1024x768 / 640x480
image format  tiff / jpeg (exif 2.2)
image compr.  
lag/cycle times  
remote control  self timer
video options  Qt m-jpeg 320x240 / 160x120 - 15fps
audio options  wave
connectivity  usb / video (NTSC / PAL)
storage  xD
platform  Windows XP / Me / 98 / 2000?Mac OS 9.0~9.2 / X
extra features  PictBridge compatible
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Olympus Camedia AZ-1 announcement clippings

Olympus Corporation (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) is pleased to announce the introduction of the 3.2-megapixel CAMEDIA AZ-1 compact digital camera with 3x optical zoom. In addition to full range of camera features, the CAMEDIA AZ-1 is equipped with a sharp, clear, Mobile Advanced Super View Display that makes it equally suitable for use as a photo viewer.

With its Mobile Advanced Super View Display and new album functions, the CAMEDIA AZ-1 is an entirely new type of camera that offers "shooting," "viewing," and "sharing." The Mobile Advanced Super View Display offers high contrast and a wide viewing angle, and its incorporation into the CAMEDIA AZ-1 marks the first time that this display technology has been utilized in a digital camera or other such mobile device. The 2.5-inch display has a resolution of 210,000 pixels, and its large size and excellent image quality make it ideal for both reviewing and appreciating photos. In addition, New Album and slideshow functions allow users to organize images in the camera, and there is a Camera Album function that allows images edited on a computer to be uploaded and viewed on the camera. By taking advantage of the large, high-definition Mobile Advanced Super View Display, users can easily use the CAMEDIA AZ-1 as a portable photo album that allows them to share their favorite photos with other people wherever they go.

The CAMEDIA AZ-1 is also equipped with 23 Scene Program modes that allow users to obtain optimum image quality in a wide range of shooting situations. Ease of operation is also enhanced by a new control dial that allows various functions to be selected using only the thumb and forefinger of the right hand.

Development Background

The popularity of digital cameras continues to grow, and in 2003 some 43.41 million units were shipped worldwide (8.44 million in the Japanese domestic market). In 2004, worldwide shipments are expected to reach 60.9 million units (9.42 million in the Japanese market).* Although the number of digital camera users is growing, many users fail to fully enjoy the photos they take. Instead, the photos simply accumulate on the user's computer, and are only infrequently viewed and enjoyed. To address this problem, Olympus set out to develop a product that would allow users to enjoy both shooting and viewing to the fullest. The result is the CAMEDIA AZ-1, a camera that allows users "to enjoy digital photography from A to Z" — from "shooting" all the way through to "sharing." This was the design concept behind the CAMEDIA AZ-1's development, and the reason it is the first digital camera in the world to feature a Mobile Advanced Super View Display. With its ability to serve as a photo viewer, the CAMEDIA AZ-1 effectively represents a totally new style of digital communication.

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