Olympus debuts new Stylus, D-series cameras

Olympus on Thursday also introduced four more digital cameras: the Stylus Verve S, the D-630 Zoom, the D-545 Zoom and the D-595 Zoom. The Stylus Verve S and D-630 will ship in April for US$349.99 and $299.99, respectively, while the D-545 and D-595 will ship in March for $199.99 and $279.99. In addition, the company announced a 1GB xD-Picture Card and the MAUSB-300 portable USB 2.0 reader/writer for xD media. The latter can turn an xD card into a portable storage device, enabling it to transfer files of any type. Olympus expects to ship the MAUSB-300 in March for $19.99. The 1GB xD-Picture Card will be available in April, with pricing to be announced.

The five-megapixel Stylus Verve S uses Olympus' TruePic Turbo processing technology, which the company says uses "pixel micro-smoothing" to enhance details and produce clearer pictures at lower resolutions. It also features a 1.8-inch LCD, an Album function that organizes images in up to 12 albums of no more than 100 pictures each, the ability to sort and recall files by date 2x optical and 4x digital zoom, QuickTime Movie Mode with 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution and PictBridge connectivity to compatible printers for direct photo printing. In addition to USB and A/V cables, a wrist strap and other expected accessories, it ships with a 16MB xD-Picture Card and a new rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that Olympus says has been optimized for longer life.

The five-megapixel D-630 Zoom offers a two-inch LCD, 3x optical and 4x digital zoom, 10 scene modes, QuickTime Movie Mode with 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution, PictBridge technology and a macro mode that can capture small details from as close as four inches. It includes the same usual accessories as the Stylus Verve S but also ships with a 128MB xD-Picture Card and Olympus' older Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.

The D-545 and D-595 also include TruePic Turbo processing technology. Their only differences lie in their case design and in resolution: the D-545 is a four-megapixel camera while the D-595 offers five megapixels. Otherwise, both have 19 scene modes, 3x optical and 4x digital zoom, a super macro mode that captures details from as close as .8-inch away, a 2.5-inch LCD, QuickTime Movie mode at 15 or 30fps and PictBridge connectivity. Their one-touch design uses separate buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images. Both of them run on two AA batteries and come with a 128MB xD-Picture Card.

2/17/05, 8:00 P.M. EST: Added information about the D-545 and D-595 cameras, as well as the 1GB xD-Picture Card and the MAUSB-300 card reader/writer.

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