Olympus took the wraps off two new digital cameras: the
C-60 Zoom, a 6.1 megapixel model with a compact size and plenty of prosumer functions, and the
D-395, a 3.2 megapixel model with a low price point. Both cameras will be available in April.
The C-60 Zoom features Olympus’ TruePic TURBO Image Processor, which enables rapid start-up, shutter release, and playback, as well as PictBridge technology for printing directly from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer. It also offers 3x optical and 4x digital zoom, macro mode for sharper close-ups, dual auto focus, and a semi-transmissive LCD screen that combines a back light with the ability to allow light to penetrate a few layers into the LCD, resulting in a brighter image even in direct sunlight.
The C-60 Zoom also offers 13 shooting modes as well as 6 scene program modes and a MyMode option that allows you to save custom camera settings. Program Auto lets the camera choose the best settings for any given situation. You can also save audio narration for your still images or record short QuickTime Motion JPEG video clips.
Images transfer to your Mac via USB 2.0. The cable for that is included, as is a 32MB xD-Picture Card, a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, an RM-2 remote control, an audio/video out cable, and a wrist strap. System requirements call for Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X. Retail is US$449.
If you’re looking for an entry-level camera instead, the $149 D-395 features PictBridge technology, 2.5x digital zoom, 6 shooting modes, a 2-in-1 picture option that shoots images in a split-screen view and takes up less memory than two separate snapshots, and QuickTime Movie Mode for brief silent film clips.
The D-395 comes with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, a USB 1.1 cable for image transfer, 2 AA batteries, and a wrist strap. System requirements call for Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X.