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Dennis Hissink : November 29th 2004 - 10:12 CET

Introduction of new Olympus Mju Digital 500

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OlympusWith the µ DIGITAL 500, Olympus expands the very successful µ[mju:] series with a 5.0 million pixel model. Its extra-large 6.4cm / 2.5 inch LCD monitor assures a stunning view. Not only for checking and displaying the shots, it also brings added ease for framing compositions. Thanks to the innovative Hyper Crystal technology for high-contrast depictions, the camera's LCD convinces with incredibly wide viewing angles. The µ DIGITAL 500 features a precision 3x optical zoom (1:3.1-5.2) and utilises TruePic TURBO to ensure images are captured in rich, vivid colour and with maximum clarity. Video with sound, Super Macro mode and a choice of 20 scene programmes provide excellent versatility for trouble-free shooting in all manner of situations.
Introduction of new Olympus Mju Digital 500Naturally, as with all cameras bearing the µ[mju:] name, it defines itself with a striking design as well as offering first-class performance. The new retracting lens barrier gives the µ DIGITAL 500 an immediate air of elegance and matched with its choice of silver or navy blue colours, its sleek, weather-proof* metal body will certainly catch the eye.

Innovative LCD technology
One of the most significant advantages of digital cameras is their ability to allow shots to be checked and displayed instantly. It is therefore no surprise that the LCD plays an important role in choosing a camera. At 6.4cm / 2.5 inches, the µ DIGITAL 500 not only incorporates a significantly larger monitor than most of its competition, it also utilises Hyper Crystal LCD technology which sets it even further apart in terms of display performance. The LCD employs liquid crystal molecules laid out in a radial pattern, giving 160° viewing angles from all directions and under virtually any lighting conditions. Furthermore, this technology assures minimal colour variation right across all its 215,000 pixels. Blur and afterimages are virtually completely eradicated due to the special cell construction that achieves very fast response times of merely 25ms.

Picture perfect shots
A 5.0 million pixel CCD in combination with a 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera, 1:3.1-5.2) plus the TruePic TURBO image processor ensures the photos convince with their extreme clarity and definition. The µ DIGITAL 500 also makes it easy on the photographer to obtain optimal settings for myriad situations: 20 scene programmes are available to lend a helping hand no matter if for common landscape or portrait shots or for more unusual situations such as shooting through glass or under water.

For even more versatile applications, a specially-developed underwater case (PT-026) will soon be available that protects the camera and enables shooting to a water pressure equivalent to 40 metres depth.

Video sequences with sound may be captured, with recording length limited only by available memory on the xD-Picture Card. Its capability to focus on subjects as close as 7cm away in Super Macro mode makes the µ DIGITAL 500 a useful companion for detail photography too.

Support of the PictBridge standard means printing couldn't be easier. Any compatible printer, such as the Olympus dye-sublimation printer P-10 which delivers A6 photo-realistic prints with excellent colour reproduction and high durability, allows direct printing. The need for a PC is therefore eliminated.

Easy on the eye
With its elegant styling, the µ DIGITAL 500 is a bona fide eye-catcher. The designers attention to detail is immediately apparent - from its placement of controls to the chic retracting lens barrier. Two colour versions are available - classic silver or sporty navy blue - allowing users to choose one that matches their personal style.

Good looks and high performance go hand in hand with the latest offering from the Olympus µ[mju:] family. Each µ DIGITAL 500 is shipped with a 32MB xD-Picture Card, Olympus Master software, Li-12B rechargeable battery and charger. It will hit the shelves from the beginning of 2005.

The Olympus µ DIGITAL 500 - main features:
• 5.0 million pixels
• Weather-proof metal body in silver or navy blue
• Retracting lens barrier
• 3x optical zoom (equiv. 35 – 105mm on 35mm camera), 1:3.1-5.2
• Large 6.4cm Hyper Crystal LCD with 215,000 pixels
• 20 scene programmes (Incl. Portrait, Night Scene, Self Portrait, Landscape, Candle, Sunset, Underwater, Behind Glass)
• Super Macro mode from as close as 7cm
• Movie recording function with sound
• 6.4cm/ 2.5inch LCD with multi-language menu
• PictBridge support and TruePic TURBO
• Shipped with 32MB xD-Picture Card, Olympus Master Software, Li-12B rechargeable battery, charger
• Underwater case (PT-026) optionally available soon

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