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August 29, 2005 – Adding to its Stylus line of weatherproof cameras, Olympus today introduced the 6 megapixel Stylus 600, featuring a 2.5-inch LCD screen and a 3x optical zoom lens. The Stylus 600 is expected to ship in September at an estimated price of $299.99.
Featuring rubber seals and gaskets on its doors, the Stylus 600 is designed to endure the splashes and spray that accompany shooting in bad weather. The camera has a 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm 35mm equivalent) that retracts fully into the camera’s body behind a sliding, stainless steel door. The Olympus lens offers an aperture range of f/3.1- f/5.2 and the camera’s shutter speed range is 1/1000-1/2 sec.
The Stylus 800 offers an ISO range of 64-1600 and additional +/- 2 EV exposure compensation adjustable in 1/3 EV steps. The camera has a 115,000 pixel, 2.5-inch LCD screen, but no viewfinder. A built-in help guide is available as are 26 shooting modes, although no manual controls are offered.
Video capture at 15 frames per second for 640 x 480 video is available as is a high speed still burst mode of 4.3 fps at a reduced 1600 x 1200 resolution, with 1.3 fps available in the highest resolution. The Stylus 600 measures 3.8 x 2.2 x 1 inches and weighs 4.52 ounces with no battery or xD-memory card.