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Olympus introduces Camedia X-3 High-Performance 6 Megapixel Imaging






PRESS RELEASE

Olympus introduces Camedia X-3 High-Performance 6 Megapixel Imaging - digital camera and photography news The information contained in this news release applies only to the Japanese market.

Summary

Olympus Corporation (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) is pleased to announce the introduction of the CAMEDIA X-3, a 6.1-megapixel compact digital camera that features Olympus' newly developed TruePic TURBO image processor.

The new CAMEDIA X-3 is a high-quality compact digital camera that is designed to offer image quality, design quality, and a feature set that are one rank above competing cameras.

It features a high-pixel-count CCD and a newly developed TruePic TURBO image processor that deliver exceptionally sharp, clear, 6.1-megapixel image quality.

The CAMEDIA X-3's advanced feature set includes a high-speed, high-precision dual autofocusing system for high-speed shooting that ensures fewer missed photo opportunities. It also has a Super Macro mode that allows users to shoot from as close as 4cm, a histogram function, and a wide range of programmed exposure modes and manual settings that make it possible for users to express their photographic creativity.

In addition, the CAMEDIA X-3's high-quality metal body has an aluminum outer shell and elegant, sophisticated design that will satisfy the most aesthetically demanding user.

Main Features

Ultra-High Image Quality In An Exceptionally Compact Body

6.1-Megapixel Image Quality in a Compact Body
 Although it measures only 99.1mm x 56.4mm x 41.0mm, the CAMEDIA X-3 has an effective pixel count of 6.1 megapixels that ensures superb high-definition imaging.

New TruePic TURBO Image Processor for Improved Image Quality and Speed  
    - Enhances high-resolution detail and suppresses noise for sharper, clearer image quality.
    - Reduces recording and playback time, enabling image processing faster than on previous models, reducing the likelihood of missed shots in active shooting situations.

High-Speed, High-Precision Dual AfFSystem

The advanced dual autofocusing system uses a passive sensor and TTL contrast detection, and reduces the time required for focusing by up to approximately 50% in comparison to the previous model (CAMEDIA X-2).

In addition to single-shot AF mode, a fulltime AF mode that uses a newly developed algorithm is also offered. With fulltime AF mode, focus is continuously maintained when tracking moving subjects, ensuring fewer missed shots for carefree shooting in a wider range of situations.

Versatile Functions for High-Performance Digital Shooting
1.8-Inch 'Sunshine' LCD Monitor
A 'Sunshine' LCD monitor provides significantly improved viewing ease in bright sunlight. The 1.8-inch monitor has 134,000 pixels and provides a large, high-definition display that is handy for both shooting and image playback.

Super Macro Mode Close-Ups from 4cm
Perfect for high-end users who want to explore the limits of digital photography, Super Macro mode fills the frame with a subject area that measures just for approximately 47.1mm x 34.8mm.

Histogram Display
Histograms can be displayed on the LCD monitor during or after shooting to allow quick confirmation of the spread in exposure values for each subject. As a result, users can control exposure to get the precise results they want.

Click-Stop Mode Dial
The Mode Dial is located on the top of the camera, allowing users to easily operate it with their right thumb when the camera is held in the shooting position.

Movie Recording with Sound
In addition to still photos, the CAMEDIA X-3 allows users to shoot movies with sound. Movies can be as long as available memory media allows, and are recorded at a frame rate of 15fps in QuickTime Motion JPEG format with audio in WAVE format.

High-Capacity LI-12B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
LI-12B rechargeable lithium-ion batteries help reduce size, weight, and operating cost.
*  LI-10B batteries can also be used.


PictBridge Direct Printing
Support for PictBridge direct printing enables users to connect the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer with the included USB cable, and print their photos without using a computer.

High-Quality Metal-Clad Body  

The aluminum-clad metal body has a hairline finish that contributes to the camera's stylish good looks and overall feeling of quality. Despite the camera's wealth of features, it measures only 99.1mm x 56.4mm x 41.0mm. In both design and quality, it is constructed to satisfy the most demanding users.
March 18, 2004
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