New High Speed Digital Camera Hits The Street

Olympus America has released a new high-speed, professional level digital camera, the Camedia E-100 RS (Rapid Shot). The new camera offers ultra-fast capabilities, allowing users to take clear action shots with incredible detail. According to Olympus:

Olympus America Inc., the world leader in film and filmless photography, today introduced the fastest digital camera on the market, the Camedia E-100 RS (Rapid Shot). A full-featured 10X optical zoom/2.7X digital zoom filmless digital camera, the Camedia ES-100 RS provides user-selectable shooting speeds of 15 fps, 7.5 fps, 5 fps, and 3 fps; Electronic Viewfinder SLR design; a 1.5 megapixel CCD (1368 x 1024); a file size of up to 4.01 MB; and a unique dual slot design for both SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards.

Targeted at the professional photojournalist and serious amateurs alike, the Camedia E-100 RS offers a host of advanced features and capabilities. Standard USB port connectivity permits the camera to mount Windows and Macintosh PCs like an external hard drive. Multiple file compression formats give users finer control of image quality and storage capacities. A full complement of automatic and manual exposure controls deliver the power to capture sharp images in any shooting situation.

The E-100 RS offers QuickTime(TM) movie and sound capture capabilities in full VGA mode (640 x 480) at up to 30 fps, allowing photographers to capture still images at speeds and quality equivalent to motion picture frames. Short movies may be posted on the Internet, viewed through the camerais LCD or on a video monitor. External microphones are not necessary as sound is recorded directly from the built-in microphone.

The Camedia E-100 RS starts taking pictures before the shutter is completely depressed. This Pre-Capture mode saves up to five images by storing light registered in the CCD sensor and moving it to the RAM buffer until the user instructs the Camedia E-100 RS to erase or save the images. Its ability to allow users to review images on the LCD screen before saving and printing eliminates the costs associated with unwanted pictures, darkroom and developing time.

The Camedia E-100 RS includes an 8 MB Olympus brand panorama SmartMedia card, 4 NiMH batteries and charger, lens cap, strap, USB cable for Windows and Power Macintosh PCs, NTSC audio/video connection cable for TV or VCR, Olympus Camedia Master 2.5 Utility Software for downloading images from the camera, Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE image manipulation and creation software, Altamira Genuine Fractals 2.0 software, instruction manual and QuickStart Guide.

The Olympus Camedia E-100 RS will be available in October for US$1,499. You can find more information at the Olympus America web site.