CES: Olympus intros new digital cameras

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Olympus Imaging America Inc. on Wednesday introduced three new digital cameras aimed at first-time, experienced and high-end amateur photographers -- the D-425, C-5500 and C-7070.

The D-425 is a new 4.0-megapixel "One Touch" camera featuring a 4x digital zoom lens. Compatible with PictBridge-based printers, the D-425 writes to an xD-Picture Card and uses AA alkaline batteries. It includes ten shooting modes accessed via a rotating dial on the back, and can record QuickTime movies as well. Data is sent to Macs or PCs using a USB 2.0 interface. The D-425 measures 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.4 inches and weighs 4.2 ounces. It's coming this month and will cost US$149.99.

Coming in February, the C-5500 Sport Zoom sports 5.1-megapixel resolution, a two-inch LCD viewfinder, and a 5x optical zoom lens with Super Macro mode for closeups up to 0.8 inches. It writes to xD-Picture Cards and connects to Macs and PCs using USB 2.0. A burst mode lets users grab 2.7 frames per second, and an "anti-shake" function improves stability when shooting QuickTime movies. It measures 4.9 x 3.3 x 3.9 inches and weighs 8.9 ounces. The C-5500 Sport Zoom has a "Full Auto" mode for beginning photographers and 15 different automatic shooting modes, and also offers control of exposure, aperture and shutter speed. The C-5500 Sport Zoom will cost $349.99.

The C-7070 Wide Zoom is a 7.1-megapixel camera in a magnesium body equipped with a 4x optical zoom ultra-wide-angle-lens, equivalent to 27 to 100mm. The camera's Super Macro Mode supports shooting from 1.18 inches, and it features a "Semi-Transmissive" swivel LCD (better in bright lighting conditions) that lets you pivot the viewfinder so you can take photos above your head, from the side, or with the camera placed on the ground, or even 180 degrees for a self-portrait.

Made with a rubberized grip, the camera measures 4.9 x 3.3 x 3.9 inches and weighs 15.3 ounces. The camera supports predictive and target selection auto focus, features a Direct Histogram function and more. It also features support for both xD-Picture Card and Compact Flash Type I or Type II media, and connects using USB 2.0. Accessory lenses can be used with the optional CLA-7 conversion lens adapter. Other options include an external flash unit and an underwater housing. Look for the C-7070 in February for $699.00.

Olympus' Web site had not been updated with information about the new cameras as MacCentral posted this article.

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