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Olympus E-20 Digital Camera Review

Model name: Olympus CAMEDIA E-20P
Product type: Digital SLR camera with 4.5 cm/1.8 inch colour TFT LCD monitor.
Effective pixel number: 4.95 million pixels. (Approx. 2.5 million pixels in progressive scan mode.) (The actual number of pixels used in image processing.)
Memory: 3V (3.3V) SmartMedia (SSFDC) card (4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 MB).
One 16 MB SmartMedia card is supplied with camera.
CompactFlash Type I/II (up to 1 GB possible with Flash Memory Microdrive*).
Recording system: Still image: JPEG (DCF: "Design rule for Camera File system"), TIFF (non-compress), DPOF support, RAW data (Camera ships with Photoshop plug-in for RAW mode).
Image size: 2,560 X 1,920 (RAW, TIFF, SHQ, HQ, SQ)
1,792 X 1,344 (SHQ, HQ, SQ)
1,280 X 960 (SHQ, HQ, SQ)
1,024 X 768 (SHQ, HQ, SQ)
640 X 480 (SHQ, HQ, SQ)
Number of storable pictures with 16 MBSmartMedia card: Approx. 1: RAW 2,560 X 1,920
Approx. 1: TIFF 2,560 X 1,920
Approx. 4: SHQ 2,560 X 1,920
Approx. 10: HQ 2,560 X 1,920
Approx. 52: HQ 1,280 X 960
Image pickup element: 2/3 inch CCD solid-state image pickup 5.24 million pixels.
RGB interlaced scan.
White balance: Full-auto TTL, pre-set manual (3000, 3700, 4000, 4500, 5500, 6500 and 7500 K) "one touch" manual.
Lens: Olympus 4x zoom lens, 9 36 mm F2.0-2.4, all glass zoom lens with one ED and two aspherical lens elements (14 elements in 11 groups).
(Equivalent to 35 140 mm lens on 35 mm camera).
Optional 0.8x (wide) 1.45x, 3x (telephoto) and macro extension lenses.
Filter size: 62 mm.
Light metering system: Digital ESP multi-pattern metering system, centre-weighted average metering and spot metering.
Exposure control: Programmed auto exposure.
+/- 3EV by 1/3EV steps exposure compensation. AE lock possible.
Auto bracketing: selectable from 1/3EV, 2/3EV and 1EV; 3 images. Aperture priority:
Wide: F2.0 11.0; Tele: F2.4 11.0, 1/3EV steps. Shutter priority:
Interlace Scan mode: 2 - 1/640 sec. (used with mechanical shutter), 1/3EV steps.
Progressive Scan mode: 2 1/4,000, 1/18,000 sec. Manual exposure:
Shutter speed; bulb (up to 8 min), 60 sec. 1/640 sec. (Interlace Scan)
Shutter speed; bulb (up to 8 min), 60 sec. 1/4,000, 1/18,000 sec. (Progressive Scan mode)
(1/18,000 sec. shutter speed in Progressive Scan mode is possible in Manual and Shutter priority exposure mode)
ISO: Auto, user selectable (80, 160, 320 equivalent ISO).
Focusing: Dual AF active and passive TTL system autofocus (contrast detection system) with focusing range: 0.2 m infinity (step-less). Manual focus (setting by gauge) with focusing range: 0.2 m infinity (step-less).
Working range: Standard mode: 0.6 m infinity;
Macro mode: 0.2 0.6 m.
Viewfinder: Optical SLR viewfinder with 95% viewing field. (Full Information/Mode/Aperture/Shutter Speed/Metering/+/-/AF/Flash/AE lock/WB.)
Focusing screen (shows focus).
LCD monitor: 4.5 cm/1.8 inch wider angle colour TFT LCD monitor with 118,000 pixels
(made from low-temperature poly-silicon), brightness adjustment is possible.
LCD can be tilted down 20 and up 90 degrees (click stops).
Flash guide number Approx. 13 (ISO 80).
Flash modes: Built-in Flash:
Auto (low-& back-light), Red-eye Reducing flash, Off, Fill-in.
External terminal: (hot-shoe): FL-40 control available.
(x-synchronisation): ON
Slow synchronisation (First-curtain / second-curtain synchronisation effect).
Flash working range: Wide: 0.6 8.9 m (auto ISO).
Tele: 0.5 7.4 m (auto ISO).
Shutter release time lag: Approx. 60 msec.
Battery charging time for flash: Less than 7 sec. (at normal temperature with new battery).
Sequence mode: Interlace Scan (IS) mode: Approx. 2.5 frames per sec. up to 4 frames (up to 3 frames in RAW data mode),
Progressive Scan (PS) mode: Approx. 4.5 frames per sec. up to 7 frames.
Quick shooting: Approx. 1 sec. shot to shot or faster at all times up to 4 frames (IS), 7 frames (PS)
Self-timer/remote controller: 12 sec. delay / 2 sec. after optional remote controller operation.
Setting memorisation: Possible.
Outer connector: DC input terminal, USB AutoConnect interface (Storage Class). Video output terminal (PAL), external flash terminal for FL-40 (shoe type connector), x synchronisation socket, remote controller jack.
Operating environment: Temperature: 0 40 C (operation), -20 60 C (storage).
Humidity: 30 90% (operation), 10 90% (storage).
Power supply: Main power source: 2 x lithium battery CR-V3 / LiPo battery with optional grip / 4 x AA Ni-MH batteries / 4 x AA Ni-Cd batteries / optional AC adapter.
(Zinc carbon (manganese) and AA lithium batteries cannot be used.)
Date/Time/
Calendar:
Simultaneous recording onto image data.
Automatic calendar system: Up to year 2030.
Dimensions: 128.5 (W) x 103.5 (H) x 161 (D) mm (excluding projections).
Weight: 1050 g (without lens cap, batteries and storage media).

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