Olympus C-21T.commu (© Morio)

Olympus C-21T.commu (2000)

Because the Olympus C-21 was quite popular, Olympus re-badged and re-released it on 2000-01-12 as the Olympus C-21T.commu. It was the world's first two megapixel camera with built-in transmission capabilities. The user could take the C-21T.commu and hook it up to a telephone line or a mobile phone and transmit pictures. The .commu meant 'dot community'. By teaming up with japan's largest network company, NTT DoCoMo, Olympus planned to market more multimedia devices that were equipped with transmission functions. The C21T.commu had a built-in PHS communication interface, a variety of communication modes for emails and pictures, conversion modes, message mode and could even wire a picture to another camera. For this Olympus used the CAMEDIA communication utility that came bundled with the camera.

On the downside the camera was only marketed in Japan and could only be coupled with a NTT DoCoMo issued digital mobile phone. Transmission speed was 32/64kbps. On the plus side the camera could also be coupled with a fixed line and here's the topper, could also be remotely controlled over the telephone line (photographing and recording). Communication cables were sold seperately.


  • Brand: Olympus
  • Model: C-21T.commu
  • First mentioned: 2000
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $998
  • Imager Type: 2.1 MP 1/2" CCD
  • Resolution: 1600x1200
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: SmartMedia
  • Lens: f=7mm /F2.4 Olympus lens
  • Shutter: 1/750 to 1/2s
  • Aperture Range: F2.4 / F8
  • LCD screen size: 1.8" TFT
  • Size: 107 x 62 x 36mm
  • Weight: 195 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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