Olympus Imaging America Inc. on Monday introduced its new point-and-shoot Stylus 500 digital camera. The 5.0-megapixel camera features a 2.5-inch LCD and an all-weather body protected with rubber gaskets. It measures 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches. The camera has a 3x optical zoom lens, speaker and microphone, and can record movies using Apple’s QuickTime media technology. Images are stored on xD-Picture flash media (a 32MB card is included). A USB 2.0 interface connects the camera to Macs or PCs and allows the images to be downloaded without using special software; it’s also PictBridge-compatible, to connect directly to supported printers. Expect the Stylus 500 to hit store shelves in January 2005 for US$399.99. The Web site for Olympus’
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