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Olympus Camedia AZ-1

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Olympus Camedia AZ-1
Olympus' elegant, pocket-sized Camedia AZ-1 is sophisticated, slim, and full of features, combining style and substance in one.

Chic and ultra-compact, the Camedia AZ-1 looks like many other tiny, fashionable pieces of digital imaging technology, but on closer examination it reveals a multitude of options and some funky new features. The face has a smooth, clean, silver chrome finish, with the buttons lined up neatly along the edge and a rotating control dial next to the shutter for easy navigation and maximum functionality.

Measuring only 94x67x22mm and tipping the scales at a lightweight 160g, the AZ-1 has a slim figure that is just slightly larger than Minolta's Dimage Xg. The built-in lens has its own lens-cap which adds almost nothing to its size.

The most striking feature is the 2.5 inch wide viewing angle LCD screen which takes up most of the back of the camera. Using Mobile Advanced Super View Display, The AZ-1 is the first digital camera to use this display technology, with high contrast which boasts up to 3 times that of conventional displays.

Add the option of creating Photo Albums and Slideshows for on-camera viewing, the AZ-1 removes the need to transfer images to the computer for arranging. You're able to make up to 12 albums, each with 100 items, and choose selected images to appear in a presentation using Normal, Wipe, Fade, and Zoom slide transitions.

The Camedia AZ-1 also integrates a microphone and speaker, in order to capture video with audio. Using the 16MB xD-Picture Card included (expandable up to 512MB), you can shoot up to 41 seconds of footage. The results are satisfactory - not what you'd get from a digital video camera - but what you'd expect as a secondary function of a digital still unit.

With 3.2-megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom, the AZ-1 is a mid-range camera and offers all the essential camera features expected of today's models.

It is extremely easy to use, whether you want to point-and-shoot on Auto Program, or experiment with the 23 Scene Program modes on offer, including panorama, portrait, and fireworks.

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The images we shot were pretty impressive, clear and bright in a dim-lit room even without the flash. The camera has a good light sensor which isn't usually expected from such a compact lens.

Charging the camera and transferring images to your computer is quick and easy using the multi-function cradle with USB connection. Plug it in and you can download or print images (using a Pict-bridge printer) at the touch of a button. The cradle is also convenient for storing the camera safely when it's not in use.

Battery life is limited -- due to the large size of the LCD screen -- and lasted only a few hours. However, you'll probably fill the small memory card with photos before you'll need to recharge the batteries.

Olympus Camedia AZ-1
Company: Olympus
Price: AU$599
Distributor: Selected resellers
Phone: 1300 659 678

Specifications

General
Packaged Quantity 1
Width 3.7 in
Height 2.6 in
Weight 0.44 lbs
Body Material metal
Depth 0.9 in
Sensor Resolution 3.2 Megapixel
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Total Pixels 3340000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution 3200000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1/2.7"
Digital Zoom 2.7 x
System TTL contrast detection
Digital Video Format QuickTime
Image Recording Format JPEG
Interfaces Provided composite video
Carrying Case
Type case
Camera Flash
Type built-in flash
Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 6.4
Effective Flash Range 7.9 in - 12 ft
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Display
Display Format 215,000 pixels
Display Form Factor built-in
Type 2.5" LCD display
Optical System
Min Focus Range 19.7 in
Focus Adjustment automatic
Lens System Features aspherical lens
Exposure & White Balance
Light Sensitivity ISO auto (64-250)
Exposure Metering multi-segment, spot
Exposure Modes automatic, program
Shooting Programs 2 in 1, beach/snow, beautiful skin tone, candle, cuisine, document, fireworks, landscape, landscape-portrait, manor shot, night scene, night scene with portrait, panorama assist, party/indoor, show window, sleeping face, solo travel, sports mode, sunset
Special Effects Black & White, Sepia
White Balance automatic, presets
White Balance Presets daylight, fluorescent, overcast, tungsten light
Max Shutter Speed 1/725 sec
Min Shutter Speed 4 sec
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Lens System
Optical Zoom 3 x
Lens Aperture f/2.9-4.9
Min Focal Length 5.8 mm
Max Focal Length 17.4 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 38 m
Min Focus Distance 19.7 in
Macro Focus Range 3 in - 19.7 in
Focus Adjustment automatic
Zoom Adjustment motorized drive
Group Qty 7
Element Qty 9
Features aspherical lens
Power
Type power adapter
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type none
Memory / Storage
Supported Memory Cards xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H
Image Storage Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536: 20 - with 16MB card
Hi JPEG 1600 x 1200: 33 - with 16MB card
JPEG 1024 x 768: 58 - with 16MB card
JPEG 640 x 480: 99 - with 16MB card
Video Capture QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 41 sec - with 16MB card
QuickTime - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 149 sec - with 16MB card
Camera
Color Support color
Flash Modes auto mode, fill-in mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
Additional Features
Continuous Shooting Speed 1 frame per second
Features AF lock, RGB primary color filter, audio recording, auto power save, date/time stamp, digital image rotation, resizing an image
Digital Camera
Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Optical Sensor Size 1/2.7"
Connections
Memory Card Slot xD-Picture Card
Shutter
Max Shutter Speed 1/725 sec
Min Shutter Speed 4 sec
Battery
Technology lithium ion
Battery Type Olympus Li-20B lithium ion
Details Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1035 mAh (included)
Still Image
Image Recording Format JPEG
Microphone
Microphone Operation Mode mono
Floppy Drive
Type none
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities, Olympus Camedia Master
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Support Apple Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2, Apple Mac OS X, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP
Peripheral Devices CD-ROM drive, USB port
Header
Brand Olympus
Product Line Olympus CAMEDIA
Model AZ-1
Packaged Quantity 1
Monitor
Diagonal Size 2.5 in
Video Input
Type digital camera
Digital Camera Type compact
Continuous Shooting Speed 1 frame per second
Light Sensitivity ISO auto (64-250)
ISO (Max) 250
Digital Zoom 2.7 x
Digital Video Format QuickTime
Image Recording Format JPEG
Interfaces Provided composite video
Special Effects Black & White, Sepia
Features AF lock, RGB primary color filter, audio recording, auto power save, date/time stamp, digital image rotation, resizing an image
Dimensions & Weight
Width 3.7 in
Depth 0.9 in
Height 2.6 in
Exposure Parameters
Exposure Metering multi-segment, spot
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Modes automatic, program
Shooting Programs 2 in 1, beach/snow, beautiful skin tone, candle, cuisine, document, fireworks, landscape, landscape-portrait, manor shot, night scene, night scene with portrait, panorama assist, party/indoor, show window, sleeping face, solo travel, sports mode, sunset
White Balance
White Balance automatic, presets
White Balance Presets daylight, fluorescent, overcast, tungsten light
Auto Focus
System TTL contrast detection
Optical Sensor
Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Optical Sensor Size 1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric) 9.4 mm (1/2.7")
Total Pixels 3340000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution 3200000 pixels
Physical Characteristics
Weight 0.44 lbs
Camera Display
Type LCD display
Display Form Factor built-in
Diagonal Size 2.5 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 6.4 cm
Display Format 215,000 pixels
Camera Memory
Memory Card Form Factor xD-Picture Card
Included Memory Card Capacity 16 MB
Memory Card Slot xD-Picture Card
Supported Memory Cards xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H
Operating System / Software
Type Drivers & Utilities, Olympus Camedia Master
Camera Specifications
Print Standard DPOF support, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge support, direct print