Olympus C-400L (1996)

The C-400L was the same as the basic model C-400 but with an 1.8" LCD screen. The internal memory was 2MB instead of 1MB. The US model name was D-200L.
 
In retrospect I am certain that Olympus probably was the only camera manufacturer that actually made the first professional compact digital cameras. Early Olympus models were always at the top of the price range and most of the cameras provided outstanding picture quality combined with a good camera body design and impressive optics. I own all digital camera models Olympus built in the 1990's and not one of them has ever failed me. All work flawless until this very day.
 
You can always distinguish professional history websites from poor hobby websites by seeing the author complain about the poor VGA quality of those cameras. Those people still don't understand that this was the standard CCD resolution back then for several years and monitors of that time often only had 800x600 pixel resolution. So a 640x480 image on such a monitor was actually a pretty awesome result. I worked with computers back then and I was always pleased to see a 640x480 image on my SVGA screen. That was HUGE compared to most images that were only 320x240 or less.
 
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Specifications

  • Brand: Olympus
  • Model: C-400L
  • First mentioned: 1996
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $599
  • Imager Type: 0.35MP 1/3" CCD
  • Resolution: 640x480
  • Internal Storage: 2MB
  • External Storage: -
  • Lens: f=5mm /F2.8
  • Shutter: 1/8s - 1/500s
  • Aperture Range: F2.8 / F5.6 / F11
  • LCD screen size: 1.8" LCD
  • Size: 145 x 72 x 47mm
  • Weight: 295 gr.
  • Remarks: Olympus D-200L in the US

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