Center Valley, PA, November 7, 2006 ? New digital cameras from Olympus are rugged, versatile and easy to use, and they’re the ideal tool for educators who are looking to integrate digital imaging and visual learning into their curriculum. The Stylus 720SW is particularly well suited for use in the classroom. The camera combines light, durable body construction and shock-absorbing materials throughout the interior with the sealant technology used in Olympus underwater housing. Educators will also appreciate the new FE-180, which offers longer battery life than most other point-and-shoot cameras–up to 500 shots on a single charge.

“Our goal is to give educators a variety of tools that help make the learning experience more visually impactful and engaging for students,” said David Willard, Director of Marketing & Community Services, Olympus America Inc. “As a leader in digital imaging technology, Olympus has a wide range of educational products, including digital cameras, printers and accessories, digital audio recorders, and microscopes, offering all the capabilities educators need at prices suited to different budgets.”

The Stylus 720SW can withstand a 5-foot drop, so teachers need never worry about a student dropping the camera. Fully-featured and compact, the Stylus 720SW offers 7.1 megapixels, 3x optical Olympus Zoom Lens, 2.5″ LCD, Bright Capture TechnologyTM, Digital Image Stabilization Mode and much more. The camera can also shoot under water up to 10 feet.
In addition to its long battery life, the compact FE-180 includes Digital Image Stabilization, a 2.5″ LCD, a 6.0-megapixel CCD image sensor and a 3x or 5x optical zoom. The new Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are included with the camera. The FE-180 was designed for effortless picture taking and is easy to use for even the youngest students.

“Olympus has a longstanding commitment to education that includes products, grants, scholarships, product donations and special pricing for educators,” Mr. Willard continued. “Our products, such as cameras, printers and voice recorders, are versatile and bundle together easily for a complete teaching tool.”

ABOUT OLYMPUS IMAGING AMERICA INC.

Olympus is committed to enhancing education by bringing the benefits of digital imaging and visual learning to all subject areas at all grade levels. Olympus provides complete digital imaging solutions for the classroom, including educational tools, professional development and free co-curricular materials for teachers. To learn more about Olympus and its educational programs, please visit http://www.olympusamerica.com/education/.

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