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May 14, 1998

Ultra-compact, high-performance design
35mm large-aperture F2.8 lens
High-resolution image
µ[mju:] ZOOM 140

µ[mju:] ZOOM 140


Optical Co., Ltd. is pleased to introduce the µ[mju:] ZOOM 140 compact camera. The new top-of-the-line µ[mju:] Series model features a 38-140 mm 3.7x zoom lens and an elegant design. In addition to the black version, a champagne-gold edition is available.
The latest release retains the µ[mju:] Series' streamlined contours and sliding lens barrier- keys to its sophisticated style as well as easy portability. And the high-powered 38-140 zoom lens brings another dimension to leisure photography.

Thoroughgoing innovations
Even with its 38-140 mm 3.7x zooming range, the µ[mju:] ZOOM 140 is small and convenient. In their pursuit of a body that is only 46 mm thick, the Olympus engineers adopted a four-stage lens barrel and developed a new optical system for the viewfinder. A number of innovations have gone into the electrical circuitry, and the high-powered flash ensures sufficient illumination at the 140 mm telephoto setting.
Not only does the high-performance aspherical glass lens deliver superior resolution, but the lens design contributes to the compact, lightweight design. Along with minimizing the size of the lens group, the engineers have slimmed down the lens when it is retracted. Reflecting these comprehensive refinements, the µ[mju:] ZOOM 140 measures only 120 (W) x 65.5 (H) x 46 (D) mm, and it weighs 255 g without a battery.
The new model's increased zooming capability also led to the first Passive Multi Autofocus system in a µ[mju:] Series camera. Employing a phase-differential method, the AF system is the ideal solution for a high zooming ratio.

Versatility and simplicity
The µ[mju:] ZOOM 140's trim lines hold an array of other leading-edge technologies including weatherproofing and six versatile flash modes. All this performance is packaged in the streamlined contours that are a hallmark of the µ[mju:] Series' elegant design.

Main Features
High-performance 38-140 mm 3.7X zoom lens

The µ[mju:] ZOOM 140 has a 38-140 mm 3.7X zoom lens. With its high-performance aspherical glass lens and hybrid aspherical lens elements, it delivers outstanding resolution and contributes to the compact, lightweight design.

Smaller, lighter and thinner
A broad array of technologies account for the new model's trim dimensions and low weight. The aspherical glass lens elements are a key to the compact, lightweight lens system, while the four-stage lens barrel has slimmed down the body. The roof prism in the viewfinder's optical system also plays a part in the improved space efficiency.

Sophisticated good looks
With its streamlined contours, the design carries on the µ[mju:] Series tradition of elegant beauty.

High-powered flash
The power of the flash system has been raised to ensure sufficient intensity at the 140 mm telephoto setting without increased battery consumption. Three-dimensional simulation was used to optimize the flash's internal architecture, while the new drive mechanism that extends the flash coverage. For natural-looking results, the µ[mju:] ZOOM 140 features a Soft Flash system as well.

Passive Multi AF system
The µ[mju:] ZOOM 140 is the first model in the series to use a Passive Multi Autofocus system. With its phase-differential method, the AF system is the ideal solution for a camera with a high zooming ratio.

Worry-free weatherproofing
The µ[mju:] ZOOM 140's weatherproofing protects against sand and dust as well as a sudden shower or splashing. Meeting the IEC grade 4 standards for "splash-proof," it offers extra reassurance on a rainy day, at a beach or on a ski slope.

Versatile flash modes
Six modes make it easy to take great flash pictures. There is also a Soft Flash system that automatically adjusts the intensity of the illumination according to the distance from the subject.


To ensure that the illumination is appropriate, the flash fires automatically in low light or backlighting.

Red-Eye Reducing

The red-eye effect --- a common problem with flash portraits --- is reduced by a series of pre-flashes emitted before the main flash fires.


The flash does not fire in this mode, making it the right choice when flash photography is prohibited or the photographer wants to capture the mood of the moment.


The flash fires with every shot. Even when there are such complications as sidelighting or backlighting, Fill-in flash produces the balanced illumination essential to a lifelike image.

Night Scene

The intensity of the flash is determined by the foreground, while the length of the exposure is set according to the background. Slowing the shutter speed to as long as 4 sec., this mode captures both the subject in front and the background scenery.

Red-Eye Reducing Night Scene

This mode reduces the redeye effect in pictures taken in the Night Scene mode. Except for the series of pre-flashes,it is identical to the Night Scene mode.

Other features

Wide and Tele modes

For striking close-ups, the distance to the subject can be as close as 60 cm in the Wide mode and 90 cm in the Tele mode.

Spot mode AE

This mode ensures accurate focusing and exposure for the main subject, regardless of the surrounding light.

Focus Lock

This convenient feature keeps the subject in sharp focus while the photographer adjusts the composition.

Built-in dioptric correction

Dioptric correction of -2 to +1 per meter (m-1)is built in to compensate for any eyesight problems.

Optional remote control

With the optional remote control, it is easy to trigger the shutter from as far as 5 m.

Type Full-automatic 35 mm autofocus lens-shutter camera with built-in 38-140mm zoom lens
Film 35mm standard DX-coded film (24 X 36mm)
Lens Olympus lens 38-140 mm, F4-11 (10 elements in 8 groups)
Shutter Programmed electronic shutter
Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder (with autofocus mark, close-up correction marks, autofocus indicator and flash indicator).
Focusing Passive Multi Autofocus System. Focus lock possible. Focusing range: Wide: 0.6m-infinity; Tele: 0.9m-infinity.
Exposure Control Programmed automatic exposure control, switchable from 3-Zone to spot metering.

Auto exposure range: Wide: EV2 (F4.4 sec.)-EV16 (F12.8, 1/400 sec.)
Tele: EV5(F11, 4 sec.)-EV17 (F22.9, 1/250 sec.)

Exposure Counter Progressive type, displayed on LCD panel
Dioptric correction range -2 to +1 diopters
Self-timer Electronic self-timer with 12 sec. delay
Remote Control(option) Infrared remote control unit with approx. 3 sec. delay
Film Speed Range Automatic setting with DX-coded film

with ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800,1600 or 3200. Other intermediate film speeds are automatically set to the next lower speed. For non-DX-coded and films under ISO 50,film speed is automatically set to ISO 100.

Film Loading Automatic loading (auto advance to the first frame when the camera back is closed)
Film Advance Automatic film winding
Film Rewinding Automatic film rewind (automatic rewind

activation at end of film, automatic rewind stop) Rewind possible at any point with rewind button.

Flash Built-in flash. Recycling time: Approx.

0.5-7 sec. (at normal temperature and with new batteries) Flash Working Range: Wide: 0.6-6.4 m, Tele: 0.9-2.3m with ISO 100 color negative film; Wide: 0.6-12.8 m, Telephoto: 0.9-4.6 m with ISO 400 color negative film

Flash Modes AUTO (automatic flash activation in low

light and backlight), Red-Eye Reducing (red-eye reduction in low light and backlight), OFF (no flash), FILL-IN (forced activation), Night Scene (slowest shutter speed of 4 sec. Other functions operate the same as in Auto), Red-Eye Reducing Night Scene (red-eye reducing, same as Night Scene otherwise)

Battery Check Displayed on LCD panel
Power Source One 3V lithium battery (DL123A or CR123A)
Dimensions 120 (W) x 65.5 (H) x 46 (D) mm (without protrusions)
Weight 255 g (without batteries)
Weatherproofing IEC Standard publication 529.

Classification of degrees of protection provided by enclosures. Degrees of protection indicated by second characteristic numeral 4

Short description: Protected against splashing water
Definition: Water splashed against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.
Test for second numeral 4: Equipment is sprayed from all practical directions

*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.

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