Olympus C-1400L (1997)

The Olympus C-1400L was announced 1997-09-17 together with the C-1000L and the Camedia P-300 digital color printer. In the US the camera was called D-600L. To make the most out of images and to recreate colors, Olympus had developed a proprietary algorithm for this camera and equipped the camera with a newly developed IC and RISC microcontroller. When you put the camera upright with the display facing down then you can see that the camera has an 'L' shape, this was intentionally wanted by Olympus so that film SLR users would have a familier camera body and less trouble switching to digital shooting, plus it should protect the high performance zoom lens.
The camera achieved commercial success and was popular among professional photographers. On the downside there was the poor LCD screen that unfortunately did not double as an LCD viewfinder, it was only for browsing through the menu and reviewing taken images and the high power consumption (which was then improved with the C-1400XL model).
For this model Olympus also marketed the high speed transmitter Olympus Camedia T-100HS which you can see in above picture gallery. It basically allowed the user to connect the camera and a cell phone to the transmitter and wirelessly transmit images over a cell phone. These transmitters were only sold in japan and they are very hard to get by.
All images © digicammuseum.com except sample image and P300 © Olympus Corp and interior shot © Impress Corp. Japan


  • Brand: Olympus
  • Model: C-1400L
  • First mentioned: 1997
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $1,299
  • Imager Type: 1.31MP 2/3" CCD
  • Resolution: 1280x1024
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: SmartMedia
  • Lens: f=9.2-28 mm /F2.8-F3.9
  • Shutter: 1/4s - 1/10,000s
  • Aperture Range: F2.8,F5.6 (wide) / F3.9,F7.8 (tele)
  • LCD screen size: 1.8" TFT LCD
  • Size: 130 x 115 x 83mm
  • Weight: 470 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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