Olympus announced its new compact digicam, the Mju 780, which offers a 7.1MP CCD sensor and a mechanical image stabilizer with high ISO settings to ensure crisp photos. Available in silver or black, the digicam is also a solid weatherproof camera. Using the HyperCrystal LCD, you can be assured of viewing your captured images in glorious color even under the harsh glare of bright sunlight. No word yet on pricing. However, it will be available sometime in late April this year.
That’s right! Olympus FE-250 is a 8MP camera that boasts up to ISO 10000 to shoot pictures in pitch dark. However, switching the camera to ISO 10000 will bring it down from 8MP to 3MP. The FE-250 measures just 94mm x 56.5mm x 22.3mm and weights 115 grams. It also has 20MB of internal memory and able to take videos at 30fps. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
Priced at US$400, the Olympus Stylus 1000, which is also called mju 1000, features a 10MP CCD, F2.8-4.7, 3X optical zoom lens, 28.5MB built-in memory, xD picture card slot, 640 x 480 (30 fps) video recording capabilities, digital image stabilization, and a sharp 2.5-inch LCD display. TrustedReviews reviewed this camera. Here is the bottom line.
The Olympus mju 1000 is a camera with some very good points offset by some rather bad ones. It is about average for 10MP compacts in terms of picture quality, with good colour and exposure but poor noise control and some optical problems. Build quality, weatherproof durability, performance and ease of use are all good, but let down by poor low light focusing. The 6400 ISO setting is pretty much useless, but the Perfect Fix feature is very handy. It’s worth looking at if you need splash resistance, but there are better high-end compacts on the market.
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Olympus has announced a prototype of three dimensional camera made from Japanese evergreen wood at Photokina 2006. It is made by three dimensional compression of the wood using latest technology. Japanese cypress wood was compressed for the model. The hardness of the compressed wood exceeds that of plastic. The camera uses microscope lens A Japanese cypress is an evergreen that grows to between 100 and 130 feet tall with a base diameter from two to five feet. No word yet on if this camera will go into production. Two more pics after the jump!
The new Olympus Stylus 810 is a compact 8MP camera with a 3x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch 230,000 pixel LCD, and a 28Mb of internal memory. Dcviews has a review of this camera. They wrote:
When you pick up the Stylus 810 you can feel that this is a quality piece of equipment. Its slim-line, durable all metal body gives the impression that this Olympus is built to last. Thanks to its compact and ergonomic design it easily fits a shirt pocket and its all-weather construction ensures that the Stylus 810 is equally at ease on a hot summer’s day as in a downpour. Mind you it is not submersible as some other Olympus models, but the rubber sealing throughout the interior of the camera will make sure that a drop of rain or speck of dust will do no harm.
The Olympus Stylus 810 is also called µ [mju:] 810 in Europe. The product package includes USB and AV cables, a wrist strap and printed instruction manual. For price comparison, visit Dcviews.
Olympus has released firmware updates for their digital SLR’s. Both of the E-330 firmware update to version 1.2 and the E-300 update to version 1.4 are available for download now. These updates enable Auto Focus in Live View B Mode (via the AEL/AFL button) and to improve exposure accuracy for Macro mode with Spot metering. Via Digital Photography Journal.