Olympus' Camedia E-20N Digital Camera
Options in purchasing digital photography gear seem to be constantly expanding. Where once digital cameras were considered to be strictly for hobbyists webmasters, now even professionals seem to be embracing them. The range of prices seems to be expanding too and Olympus' new Camedia E-20N 5 Megapixel camera is pushing toward the high end at nearly $2,000. The E-20N's Interlaced Scan mode lets you set the 2/3" RGB CCD for 5 Megapixel (effective) resolution to capture detailed images for pictures up to 11" x 14". The Progressive Scan mode at 2.5 Megapixel (effective) resolution lets you take photographs of fast action scenes or in very bright light with shutter speeds up to 1/18,000 second. Olympus says the camera's 9mm - 36mm Zoom ED and aspherical glass lens is designed to focus light evenly and over the 5 Megapixel CCD. The multi-coated, f2.0 - f11 lens offers the equivalent of a 35mm - 140mm zoom range in 35mm photography. For exposures over 1/2 second, a new noise reduction system produces images from 1/2 second to 60 seconds long in Manual Mode and 120 seconds in bulb. Other features of the Camedia E-20N include file sizes up to 15MB for large prints; a manual focusing ring on the lens barrel; manual zoom ring; traditional-style focusing screen; dual media card slots for compatibility with SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type I and II memory cards including the IBM Microdrive; and a dual AutoFocus system that uses Olympus' IR-active focus system for initial focusing along with a TTL passive focus. The Camedia E-20N will be available in late October 2001 with an estimated street price of $1,999. It ships with a 32MB Olympus SmartMedia memory card, lens hood, video cable, USB auto-connect cable, two LB-01 (CR-3V) Lithium batteries, RM-1 remote control, Olympus Camedia Master 4.0 (Windows/Macintosh), Adobe Photoshop Elements v. 1.0 (Windows/Macintosh), lens cap, strap, QuickStart Guide, Windows 98/98SE USB driver installation guide, and manual.