PHOTOPLUS: New digital cameras shown by Olympus

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Olympus is demonstrating its new D-40 digital camera publicly for the first time at Photo Plus Expo this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The company claims it's the world smallest 4-megapixel digital camera.

Introduced in September, the new camera measures 3.4 x 2.7 by 1.7 inches. It sports a 2.8x optical zoom and features a "Noise Reduction" mode to help produce better looking night shots with longer exposures. The USB-equipped D-40 also supports SmartMedia, and works with Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X. It carries a suggested retail price of US$799.

Also debuting at Photo Plus Expo is Olympus's E-20N, a 5-megapixel SLR which uses what Olympus claims is the first dual interlaced and progressive scan CCD system. In interlaced mode, the camera grabs pictures with the highest possible detail, while progressive mode enables users to capture fast action scenes or very brightly lit images, with shutter speeds up to 1/18,000th of a second. Featuring SmartMedia support and USB connectivity, the E-20N retails for $1,999.

Although the event primarily draws professional photographers, Olympus is also showing off its consumer-oriented Brio D-230. The $299 2-megapixel camera is designed for first-time digital camera users looking for an easily pocketable digital model. It features digital telephoto up to 5x, SmartMedia support and Auto-Connect USB technology, which is supported by Mac OS X, as well.

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