off the Press - Product Launch News
Tuesday, 02/15/05 by Chuck Brown, Assoc. Editor
Débuts 1GB xD Picture Card and USB Reader
Card comes of age to serious potential use for professional digital
photographers as Olympus delivers the first One Gigabyte card.
used in digital voice recorders, the xD-Picture Card is one of the
world's smallest storage media for digital cameras. Though it replaces
the seriously fragile Smart Media Card, the xD-Picture Card was
still handicapped by it relatively small capacity compared to CF
(Compact Flash), SD/MMC (Secure Digital) and Memory Stick.
According to Olympus,
the xD-Picture Card is now capable of holding an entire gigabyte of
data, whether it’s digital images, video, music files, written
documents, or presentations. Along with the xD-Picture Card announcement,
Olympus also debuted the compact MAUSB-300 Reader/Writer, data can go
anywhere and be directly transferred quickly to and from a personal
computer for added convenience.
small size and powerful memory card platform, the xD-Picture Card enables
Olympus to develop feature-rich digital cameras that are consistently
rated among the best in their class. The One Gigabyte xD-Picture Card
is a tremendous benefit for photographers who wish to capture a greater
number of images, at higher resolution settings.” said Chip Pryor,
memory products business manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Beyond
photography, the functionality of all xD cards is increased when used
with the MAUSB-300 Reader/Writer, as it can plug directly into a computer’s
USB port to drag and drop files of any kind to or from the card.”
carry more –
Going on a long vacation or a few day professional photo-shoot, it doesn’t
take much to imagine that a smaller card with a big capacity means you
can carry more with you. Rather than waste time deleting bad shots while
you go, anyone would rather just shoot away with spontaneity and edit
the bad shots back at home base.
Used with the 5.0-megapixel Olympus Stylus 500, the
one gigabyte removable media can save up to approximately 800 High Quality
(HQ) images – an incredible amount of image files. The new high-capacity
card also supports Olympus exclusive features such as Panorama photography.
Olympus xD-Picture Cards are the only media cards on the market that
enable the Panorama function on Olympus digital cameras, whereby up
to 10 images can be stitched together to create incredible vistas.
Memory Media –
Using multi-level cell (MLC) technology, the Olympus One Gigabyte xD-Picture
Card inaugurates the first of the Type-M series of xD media designed to
reach up to 8 gigabytes in storage capacity. MLC technology doubles the
amount of information that can be stored in a single memory cell, increasing
storage capacity and cost effectiveness.
Compact and durable, the Olympus xD-Picture Card is the ultimate reusable
digital media. The size of the card (20mm x 25mm x 1.7mm, a weight of
only 2 grams) allows for digital manufacturers to design even smaller,
more stylish and powerful digital devices today and in the future.
Stylish and lightweight, durable and easy to use, the MAUSB-300 is an
inexpensive must-have accessory to any xD-compatible camera. Simply insert
an xD-Picture Card into the MAUSB-300 and you upgrade the card into a
portable storage device capable of transferring images, audio, video and
data to and from a computer.
The Olympus MAUSB-300 Portable xD-Picture Card USB Reader/Writer has an
attractive, durable and sleek white plastic body with a removable clear
plastic top cover to protect against shock, dust and static electricity.
With an ergonomic palm-sized design (dimensions 2.5" x .75"
x .38"), the MAUSB-300 is a lightweight (14 grams) travel-friendly
companion that can also clip onto a key ring to provide the ultimate in
unimpeded mobility, speed and convenience – no matter where you
are. The Olympus MAUSB-300 xD Reader/Writer can plug directly into a USB
port (ideal for laptops).
The Olympus 1 Gigabyte xD-Picture Card will be available in April 2005.
The MAUSB-300 Portable xD-Picture Card USB Reader/Writer will be available
in March, 2005.
U.S. Pricing –
MAUSB-300 Portable xD-Picture Card USB Reader/Writer Estimated Street
The 1 Gigabyte xD-Picture Card Estimated Street Price is yet to be announced.