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Old Jun 25, 2002, 4:32 AM   #1
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Does any one no if any of the Olympus range of digital cameras are switchable between NTSC and PAL? This is a great feature to have when travelling overseas for showing photos and movies on a TV screen.

It is also a feature that I have seen on a lot lesser cameras from other manufacturers.

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Old Jun 25, 2002, 5:49 PM   #2
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but probably not. If you bought the camera here in the States it's most likely NTSC. But some newer tv's abroad have a multi system built-in, and will accept NTSC/PAL/PAL-M/SECAM/etc signals and display images in color (as opposed to b&w, or if at all).
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It looks like you're out of luck with the Olympus. I've just check a few including the E-20 and it seem like the video output varies by region depending on the camera suffix; However, it looks like all the Canon, Minolta, and Nikon support NTSC/PAL switcbing via their camera's menu.

I guess it depends on the manufacturer marketing department on how they want to compartmentalize their respective market. You'll find going to Europe that you'll also need a SCART adapter for your video cable on their newer television as well...
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You can purchase NTSC/PAL converters fairly cheap. In the UK, try www.maplin.co.uk and search for item code NZ77J. The cost is 29 UK pounds.
Presumably there will be similar products in the US.
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Dicki,
As CDRW, card readers and home DVD players that can run a slideshow on TV are pretty much standard equipment now, maybe check to where you are going. If they have that would take care of all and also allow you to clear memory card after save on cd. Just an Idea.
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