Olympus debuts modular digital photo system

Olympus has introduced its Total Imaging Solution, which enables photographers to shoot, store and print digital photos without requiring a computer connection. The first iteration of the system, which will ship in January, includes an IR-500 4-megapixel camera, a 40GB S-HD-100 portable hard drive and a P-S100 dye-sublimation photo printer. Olympus noted that a portable DVD burner will also ship at a future date, but no specific information is currently available.

The IR-500's main feature is a 360-degree rotating color LCD display that enables users to snap shots from different angles. The camera also offers 2.8X optical and 30X total zoom, an f2.9-f4.8 aperture range in the lens, 19 scene modes and the ability to shoot video at 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution. It uses xD-Picture Card Media -- a 16MB card is bundled with it -- and includes the ability to sort images into up to 12 albums with a capacity of 100 pictures each. Pricing is US$499 and Mac OS X v10.2 is required.

While the IR-500 can connect to your Mac via its USB 2.0 cable, the idea behind the Total Imaging Solution is to use it with the $299.99 S-HD-100 hard drive and $199.99 P-S100 portable printer. The former also offers USB 2.0 connectivity as well as a file management function that only downloads new images when connected to the IR-500 or any other compatible camera. The latter can produce a 4 x 6-inch print in approximately 84 seconds and offers a 50-sheet photo paper capacity, as well as PictBridge technology, which enables any PictBridge-compatible camera to connect to its USB 2.0 port.

Olympus' new portable hard drive and printer can also connect to a Mac when necessary. Product pages were not available, however, as MacCentral posted this article.

This story, "Olympus debuts modular digital photo system" was originally published by PCWorld.

Shop Tech Products at Amazon