October 15, 2001

Olympus Camedia C-3020 Zoom Digital Camera

Olympus Camedia C-3020 Zoom Digital Camera

Olympus Camedia C-3020 Zoom
(c) Olympus America Inc.

Olympus Camedia C-3020 Zoom Back
(c) Olympus America Inc.


Olympus America Inc., today announced the C-3020 ZOOM 3.2 Megapixel (2048 x 1536 effective pixel resolution) filmless digital zoom camera to its line of award-winning digital cameras. The C-3020 ZOOM offers consumers an easy-to-use point & shoot camera with all the creative controls of an advanced camera - all for only $499.

Although simplicity of operation is clearly a focus, the Olympus C-3020 ZOOM is much more than a point & shoot camera. The Olympus C-3020 ZOOM combines a large collection of creative control features and high picture quality in a compact easy-to-use design. Based on the familiar and well-established Olympus C-3000 series of digital cameras, most of the advanced features of the award-winning Olympus C-3000 ZOOM are included: a 3X optical zoom aspherical glass lens with continuous 2.5X digital telephoto for a 7.5X total seamless zoom (32-240mm equivalent); 6 mode flash with a slow synchro red-eye reduction mode; and a host of manual exposure adjustments - all for that perfect picture. In addition, DPOF compatibility in the camera allows for easy setup and printing of the photographs you select.

New in the Olympus C-3020 ZOOM is 5 Scene Program Modes, which make the perfect shot easy, plus the customizable "My Mode" setting; USB Auto-Connect ready for Windows XP and Mac OSX for fast downloads; user-friendly menu system; extended battery life; and Noise Reduction modes.

Unsurpassed Optics
Olympus digital cameras are well-known for their exceptionally high-quality images. Images captured with the Olympus C-3020 ZOOM produce photographs equivalent to that of many film-based cameras. This is achieved by a number of factors, including a "designed to be digital" truly world-class all glass 8-element 3X zoom lens with a fast f2.8-f11 aperture range, low compression ratios including an uncompressed mode, and a host of other sophisticated Olympus technologies. Because of these technologies, Olympus high quality images can be achieved above an 8" x 10" photo size.

New Features:

Noise Reduction System - Gives the user clean colors and sharp pictures. For exposures of 1/2 second or longer, the Noise Reduction Mode (when activated) automatically compares the original image with an image taken immediately after the first exposure with no light. This frame contains only the background noise. The Olympus C-3020 ZOOM then compares both images and cancels background noise in the original image for clearer, shaper pictures.

My Mode - Creates unique custom camera settings that can be accessed by simply turning the mode dial to the "My Mode" position.

New Scene Program Modes - Scene Program selects the perfect settings for portrait, sports, landscape-portrait, night-scene, and QuickTimeTM movie modes.

USB Auto-Connect - Connects to most any USB-compatible Windows computer (running Windows Me, 2000, or XP) or Macintosh (running MacOS 8.6 - OSX) in seconds. The camera is configured as an external hard disk for easy downloading of image files to computers without any additional software.

Extended Battery Life - New energy-saving circuitry gives longer battery life.

The Olympus C-3020 ZOOM will be available the end of October 2001 for $499. It includes a 16MB SmartMedia card, Auto-Connect USB cable, carrying strap, lens cap and retainer cord, 4 AA alkaline batteries, Camedia Master Software 2.5, manual, QuickStart Guide and remote control.

Suggested Retail Price: $599.95 Street Price: $499

October 6, 2001

Richard Sapper, Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki

Richard Sapper
Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki
October 4 - November 4, 2001

Richard Sapper, born in 1932 in Munich, has interests scattered over a number of different disciplines. After studying philosophy, anatomy, graphics and engineering, and obtaining the degree in economical sciences at the Univerity of Munich, he entered in 1956 into the styling department of Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart.

In 1958 he went to Italy, establishing himself in Milan and working first for Gio Ponti, then as a designer for "La Rinascente" department store chain, then until 1977 for a part of his activity with Marco Zanuso, in whose studio prize-winning radio and television receivers, telephone, the plastic children chair and a mobile living unit were designed. In 1959 he edited, together with Mario Spagnol, the Italian publication of the diaries of Paul Klee. In 1968 he joined Pio Manzů and William L. Plumb in organizing an exhibition of advanced architectural technology for the 14th Triennale, in Milan. From 1970 to 1976 he worked as a consultant to FIAT for designing test vehicles and to Pirelli, advising on the design of new tires tread patterns.

In 1971 he participated at the exhibition "Italy, the New Domestic Landscape"at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, presenting his mobile living unit designed with Zanuso. In 1972 he collaborated with Gae Aulenti in organizing a study group to develop urban transit systems; he continued working in this field until the exhibit at the 16th Triennale, in 1979.

Since 1980 Richard Sapper is the worldwide product design consultant of the IBM Corporation, working at the same time for a number of other companies.

Professor of Industrial Design at the Kustakademie in Stuttgart since 1986, he has taught at Yale, Vienna, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Milan (at the Domus Academy) and in 1995 in Beijing. In 1993 he has held personal exhibitions at the Museum of Applied Arts in Cologne, in Hamburg and in New York at the Museum of Modern Art.

His products have won the prestigious Italian prize "Compasso d’Oro" six times (in 1998 for the expresso coffee machine "Cobán Nespresso"), as well as a number of other international design prizes such as the "BIO Gold Medal", "Die Gute Form", etc. Some of his creations, like the "Tizio" lamp for Artemide and the "9090" coffee maker for Alessi, have been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Richard Sapper is a honorary member of the Royal Society of Arts since 1988.

Today his main interests are complex systems, such as residential landscapes, office seating, electronic measuring devices and kitchen appliances.

MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN, HELSINKI
Korkeavuorenkatu 23, 00130 Helsinki
www.designmuseum.fi

October 1, 2001

Epson Colorio PM-730C Printer

The Epson Colorio PM-730C share the 4-pl microdots and MSDT (Multi-Size Dot Technology) with the higher-ranking model of Colorio serie (Colorio PM-890C), yielding attractive photo output with high 1440 dpi resolution.
This printer is designed for users who wish to print out photos in a variety of forms, and it come packed with fun photo output functions. For starters, it support BorderFree printing on cut paper, a function that has enjoyed strong popularity since its announcement at the end of 2000. The printer let the user enjoy printing out BorderFree photos of size L and 2L, just right for albums, and also greeting postcards, with no border at all, on official-size inkjet postcards. The Epson Colorio PM-730C is the first low-price printer to offer BorderFree printing.
The Epson Colorio PM-730C is ready to use Print Image Matching, the advanced technology with high digital camera compatibility that is quickly gaining popularity. When using a combination of a digital camera with this function and a printer compatible with it, Print Image Matching applies a print command to photo data when the digital camera captures it, and the printer uses this command to print. The resulting data can faithfully recreate the intended color, brightness, etc. as captured by the digital camera or record the desired coloring optimized by the user at the site of the image, thus yielding perfect digital photo printouts.
Epson PhotoQuicker 3.1, software for easily printing high-quality photos, comes standard with the Epson Colorio PM-730C. Epson PhotoQuicker 3.1 is compatible with the new Print Image Framer function. This means that in addition to the standard layouts found in Epson PhotoQuicker3.1, users can add other desired frame layouts to their printed photos, including photo frames and New Year and other seasonal frames.
Finally, the Epson Colorio PM-730C already had standard-equipment drivers for the new Windows XP operating system set to launch in November 2001. Drivers also come standard for Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT4.0 and for Macintosh. The printer driver is packed full of functions, including a new feature that lets even low-resolution images (such as those downloaded from the Internet) print out attractively, and functions suited for text document printing, such as multi-page printing and stamp marks.
Launch date for Japan: October 5, 2001 - Japanese Price (exc. tax): 24,800 yen
Photo (c) 2001 - Seiko Epson Corp. - All rights reserved

Epson Colorio PM-830C Printer

The Epson Colorio PM-830C share the 4-pl microdots and MSDT (Multi-Size Dot Technology) with the higher-ranking model of Colorio serie (Colorio PM-890C), yielding attractive photo output with high 1440 dpi resolution.
This printer is designed for users who wish to print out photos in a variety of forms, and it come packed with fun photo output functions. For starters, it support BorderFree printing on cut paper, a function that has enjoyed strong popularity since its announcement at the end of 2000. The printer let the user enjoy printing out BorderFree photos of size L and 2L, just right for albums, and also greeting postcards, with no border at all, on official-size inkjet postcards. The Epson Colorio PM-830C have greatly enhanced BorderFreeTM printing speed that is 70% faster than the earlier release Epson Colorio PM-880C in L size [1].
The Epson Colorio PM-830C offer roll paper printing for continuous BorderFree printing on roll paper as a standard feature. Users can print a succession of digital camera images on roll paper and even print out striking panoramic shots with ease. This is space-saving model with a standard-equipment roll paper holder that can be mounted simultaneously with the cut paper sheet guide.
The Epson Colorio PM-830C is ready to use Print Image Matching, the advanced technology with high digital camera compatibility that is quickly gaining popularity. When using a combination of a digital camera with this function and a printer compatible with it, Print Image Matching applies a print command to photo data when the digital camera captures it, and the printer uses this command to print. The resulting data can faithfully recreate the intended color, brightness, etc. as captured by the digital camera or record the desired coloring optimized by the user at the site of the image, thus yielding perfect digital photo printouts.
Epson PhotoQuicker 3.1, software for easily printing high-quality photos, comes standard with the Epson Colorio PM-830C. Epson PhotoQuicker 3.1 is compatible with the new Print Image Framer function. This means that in addition to the standard layouts found in Epson PhotoQuicker3.1, users can add other desired frame layouts to their printed photos, including photo frames and New Year and other seasonal frames.
Finally, the Epson Colorio PM-830C already had standard-equipment drivers for the new Windows XP operating system set to launch in November 2001. Drivers also come standard for Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT4.0 and for Macintosh. The printer driver is packed full of functions, including a new feature that lets even low-resolution images (such as those downloaded from the Internet) print out attractively, and functions suited for text document printing, such as multi-page printing and stamp marks. The Epson Colorio PM-830C also had the "Duplex Printing Function" that can be set from the driver for large text document printing jobs. Used in tandem with plain paper for double-sided printing, this feature can prove remarkably economical for large jobs.
[1] Printing conditions: printing on PM photo paper, L size, cut paper, quality mode.
Launch date for Japan: October 5, 2001 - Japanese Price (exc. tax): 34,800 yen
Photo (c) 2001 - Seiko Epson Corp. - All rights reserved

Epson Colorio PM-890C Printer

The Epson Colorio PM-890C represents a doubling of resolution from 1440 dpi to 2880 dpi. Microdots as small as 4 pl and MSDT (Multi-Size Dot Technology) produce rich image gradation.
It is designed for users who wish to print out photos in a variety of forms, and this printer come packed with fun photo output functions. For starters, it support BorderFree printing on cut paper, a function that has enjoyed strong popularity since its announcement at the end of last year. The printer let the user enjoy printing out BorderFree photos of size L and 2L, just right for albums, and also greeting postcards, with no border at all, on official-size inkjet postcards. The Epson Colorio PM-890C had greatly enhanced BorderFree printing speed that is 70% faster than the earlier release Epson Colorio PM-880C in L size [1].
The Epson Colorio PM-890C offer roll paper printing for continuous BorderFree printing on roll paper as a standard feature. Users can print a succession of digital camera images on roll paper and even print out striking panoramic shots with ease. This is space-saving model with a standard-equipment roll paper holder that can be mounted simultaneously with the cut paper sheet guide.
The Epson Colorio PM-890C, like the earlier high-end model Epson Colorio PM-920C, is equipped to print CD-R media and thick paper. It prints directly on widely available white-label CD-R media. This function works not only on the 12-cm CD-R media as in the past but also 8-cm CD-Rs.
Using the standard-equipment EPSON CD Direct Print2 utility, users can easily print original photo and audio CD-R labels. It also handles thick paper media up to 2.5 mm, making it a good choice for creating in-store displays.
The Epson Colorio PM-890C is ready to use Print Image Matching, the advanced technology with high digital camera compatibility that is quickly gaining popularity. When using a combination of a digital camera with this function and a printer compatible with it, Print Image Matching applies a print command to photo data when the digital camera captures it, and the printer uses this command to print. The resulting data can faithfully recreate the intended color, brightness, etc. as captured by the digital camera or record the desired coloring optimized by the user at the site of the image, thus yielding perfect digital photo printouts.
Epson PhotoQuicker 3.1, software for easily printing high-quality photos, comes standard with the Epson Colorio PM-890C. Epson PhotoQuicker 3.1 is compatible with the new Print Image Framer function. This means that in addition to the standard layouts found in Epson PhotoQuicker3.1, users can add other desired frame layouts to their printed photos, including photo frames and New Year and other seasonal frames.
Finally, the Epson Colorio PM-890C already had standard-equipment drivers for the new Windows XP operating system set to launch in November 2001. Drivers also come standard for Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT4.0 and for Macintosh. The printer driver is packed full of functions, including a new feature that lets even low-resolution images (such as those downloaded from the Internet) print out attractively, and functions suited for text document printing, such as multi-page printing and stamp marks. The Epson Colorio PM-890C also had the "Duplex Printing Function" that can be set from the driver for large text document printing jobs. Used in tandem with plain paper for double-sided printing, this feature can prove remarkably economical for large jobs.
[1] Printing conditions: printing on PM photo paper, L size, cut paper, quality mode.
Photo (c) 2001 - Seiko Epson Corp. - All rights reserved

Epson Colorio Serie New Printers

Seiko Epson Corporation announce the Epson Colorio PM-890C printer with "Multi Play Print" for 2880-dpi high image quality, CD-R label printing and BorderFree (entire surface) printing; the Epson Colorio PM-830C for BorderFree and roll paper printing; and the Epson Colorio PM-730C entry-level model, the first low-price printer to offer BorderFree printing. These three products launch October 5, 2001 from Epson Sales Japan.
Prices (excluding tax) and launch date for these products are as below.
Epson Colorio PM-890C - Price (exc. tax): 45,800 yen
Epson Colorio PM-830C - Price (exc. tax): 34,800 yen
Epson Colorio PM-730C - Price (exc. tax): 24,800 yen
Launch date for the three models: October 5, 2001
Epson forecasts that sales of the Epson Colorio series, including four new products, will reach 4.5 million units in the next one year.