June 12, 1997

Olympus IS-200 SLR

Olympus IS-200 SLR

Olympus IS-200 SLR
(c) Olympus

The Olympus IS-200 adds to this combination of performance and convenience. Although it has the versatility of a 4x zoom lens, it remains very compact and weighs only 640 g. To simplify handling further, it is also the first SLR with an integrated lens cap with the convenience of opening automatically when the power is turned on. The large-diameter aspherical lens has the high resolution that ensures outstanding quality, and the 28-110 mm zooming range is suited to almost every situation encountered in leisure photography. The wide-angle 28 mm setting is ideal for indoor shots and expansive landscapes, while the telephoto settings up to 110 mm are perfect for natural-looking candid photography and striking portraits. With its pushbutton operation, the Direct Mode Select function makes it easy to select the right exposure and make the most of the Olympus IS-200's SLR performance. The Aperture-Preferred AE system and the Long Time Mode also offer the creative freedom of choosing any depth of field or shutter speed. This attention to quality is similarly apparent in the sleek lines, sophisticated metallic color and metal details. Equally important, the IS-200's friendly operation and advanced features come at a very affordable price. And that makes the latest addition the IS Series the clear answer for amateurs who are serious about both photography and fun.

MAIN FEATURES

Compact, lightweight SLR with a built-in zoom lens 
The Olympus IS-200 features a built-in, high-resolution 4x zoom lens, while its L-shaped design reflects a relentless pursuit of optimal handling and holding balance. Not only is operation easy, but the new model is compact and lightweight, measuring just 123 x 88 x 115 mm and weighing only 640g. 

Integrated lens cap 
The Olympus IS-200 is the first SLR with an integrated lens cap that opens automatically when the power is turned on. 

High-resolution 28-110 mm 4x zoom lens 
Quickly and easily, the zooming lever covers a broad range of 28-110 mm. The 28 mm setting offers full wide-angle photography for outstanding results in indoor scenes, group portraits, expansive landscapes and architectural shots. And the telephoto settings up to 110 mm are perfect for striking portraits and natural-looking candid photography. For even greater telephoto possibilities, the optional teleconverter extends the maximum focal length to 180 mm. 

Twin Flash with GN18 power 
In addition to its GN14 flashtube for wide-angle and normal focal lengths, the IS-200 has a GN18 flashtube for telephoto shots. This solution offers a flash range of 4.5m with ISO100 color negative film and 9.0m with ISO400. The automatic changeover from one flashtube to the other is determined automatically according to the focal length and distance to the subject. 

Large-diameter glass aspherical lens 
The large-diameter aspherical glass lens delivers high-quality images with less distortion all the way to the edge of the frame, even at the 28 mm wide-angle setting. Along with ensuring outstanding quality, the lens design accounts for the compactness of the optical system. 

Direct Mode Select Button 
By simply pressing the Direct Mode Select Button, photographers can explore the advantages of SLR performance, confident that the results will be all that they want. The icons are easy to understand, and there are four modes suited to the range of situations. 

・ Stop Action Mode: To freeze fast moving subjects, the camera automatically picks the fastest shutter speed up to 1/2000 sec.

・ Portrait Mode: With the largest available aperture selected automatically, the subject remains in sharp focus while the background is blurred.

・ Night Scene Mode: While the flash captures the subject in the foreground, the shutter stays open as long as 4 sec. to record the night scenery in the background.

・ Landscape Mode: Ideal for landscapes and group portraits with an interesting background, this mode maximizes the depth of field by automatically picking the smallest aperture.

Creative Functions 
Photographers who want to capture every nuance of a scene will appreciate the functions that offer an optimal combination of shutter speed and aperture for every lighting situation.

・ Aperture-Preferred AE: Complete control over the aperture range lets photographers select the F-stop they want, from the widest opening of F4.5-5.6 to the minimum of F22.

・ Spot Metering: An Olympus innovation pioneered with the OM-4 SLR, one-touch Spot Metering helps photographers ensure that the exposure reading is accurate for a particular part of the frame. It is particularly useful when there is backlighting or the lighting is unusually complicated.

・ Long Time Mode: The Long Time Mode is ideal for creative photography in nighttime scenes that are difficult to capture in a programmed mode-for example, the flow of automobile taillights or fireworks against a dark sky. With the aperture locked at F8, the photographer can choose from shutter speeds of 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 and 60 sec. The shutter can be triggered from a distance with the optional Remote Control RC-200.

Versatile flash modes 
To make sure that flash photographs come out right, the IS-200's Intelligent Variable-Power Flash system checks the distance to the subject and automatically sets the appropriate flash intensity and aperture setting.

・ Auto: In low light or backlighting, the flash fires automatically, delivering the appropriate illumination for a correct exposure.
・ Redeye Reduction: This mode minimizes the redeye effect which spoils many flash portraits taken in low light. To make the subject's iris contract, a series of lower-powered pre-flashes is triggered before the main flash fires.
・ Fill-in: The flash fires every time in this mode. It is especially helpful when a photographer wants a natural look without the harsh shadows created by strong sunlight.

Other features 

・ Built-in dioptric correction: Dioptric correction of -2 to +1 is built in to compensate for any eyesight problems.

・ Optional accessories for enhanced creative control: IS/L Lens C-180 H.Q. Converter 1.7x For full telephoto photography, the compact and lightweight teleconverter extends the maximum focal length to 180 mm. It measures just 56 x 56mm, and it weighs only 100g.

・  Remote Control RC-200 The remote control triggers the shutter from as far as 5m from straight ahead of the subject or from 3.5 m at a 50degrees angle on either side.