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  • Olympus Releases 32MB SmartMedia for Digital Cameras
  • February 18, 1999 (TOKYO) — Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. released large-capacity, 32MB SmartMedia called M-32P.
    It is used for recording image data of digital cameras, specifically, the CAMEDIA C-1400XL and CAMEDIA C-900ZOOM now on the market. The M-32P is priced at 15,000 yen (US$130).

    Olympus will provide software upgrade services with its digital cameras that do not support 32MB.

    The products that need software upgrade are digital cameras CAMEDIA C-1400L, CAMEDIA C-1000L, CAMEDIA C-840L, CAMEDIA C-830L and D-340L; a color printer CAMEDIA P-300; and image editing device for a digital camera VS100ST and VS100MO.

    Users wishing to have the upgrade should send their camera to Olympus, and then the company will send it back to the users after the upgrade is completed. The service fees range from 1,000 yen to 8,000 yen (US$8.80-70), depending on the type of camera.

    In addition, in early March Olympus will release a floppy disk adapter, the MAFP-2, that supports 32MB SmartMedia. The adapter with the SmartMedia can be inserted into a FD slot of a PC to give the image data to the PC. Its priced at 12,000 yen (US$105).

    Olympus has made a software driver available for supporting 32MB for another floppy disk adapter, the MAFP-1N, supporting SmartMedia up to 16MB.

    Related story: Olympus Discloses New Lines of Popular Digital Cameras

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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