CeBIT 2004: Olympus today announced two new digital cameras which will be available all around the world and one which will be only available in the UK. These three cameras will be known as the C-60 Zoom, C-460 Zoom del Sol (UK only) and C-160 (D-395 in the US). Probably the most interesting camera here is the C-60 Zoom which again is another six megapixel compact camera which started life as a five megapixel, a relatively simple 'drop in a new chip' upgrade for Olympus.

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The Olympus C-60 ZOOM

Combining good looks with outstanding performance

Housed in a stylish, full metal jacket, the new Olympus C-60 Zoom is sure to impress. The digital model offers 6 million pixels and a bright (f2.8) 3x zoom lens for optimum results. Furthermore, the camera’s TruePic TURBO image processor boosts camera speed and picture quality to guarantee sharp, true-to-life results. Plus, you can enjoy your shots on a bright, summer’s day with new sunshine LCD technology. Available from April 2004, RRP will be £349.99 (inc VAT). For stockist information call freephone 0800 072 0070 or visit www.olympus.co.uk.

The C-60 Zoom supports the PictBridge standard, so you don’t even need a PC for printing shots. Simply connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer, such as the Olympus P-10, for high quality prints. The model also offers six scene programs to cater for every situation. These include Landscape for recording expansive architecture and Night Scene for capturing sunsets.

The camera offers a Dual Auto Focus system also seen in top of the range cameras such as the C-8080 Wide Zoom. The system is able to detect the distance of the subject from the lens, cater for the surrounding environment and produce sharp, true-to-life results. In addition, the C-60 Zoom features a short movie function with sound, perfect for recording action shots with commentary.

The C-60 Zoom – main features

  • 6.1 million pixels
  • Metal body
  • 3x optical zoom (equiv. 38 – 110mm on 35mm camera), f2.8-4.8
  • Sunshine LCD monitor
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • Programme, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual modes
  • Six scene programs (Portrait, Self-Portrait, Night Scene, Sports, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait)
  • Dual AF system
  • Movie recording function with sound
  • USB 2.0 and PictBridge compatible
  • CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software provided

Fun in the sun with the Olympus C-460 ZOOM del Sol

The new Olympus C-460 Zoom del Sol digital camera features an innovative sunshine LCD to allow you to enjoy your shots even on a bright day. This compact model also boasts 4 million pixels, a 3x optical zoom and a new optimised image processing system, TruePic TURBO, which displays images more quickly, in turn producing sharper prints. The C-460 Zoom del Sol is your ideal travel companion for fun in the sun. The camera will be available exclusively through Dixons Tax Free stores in major UK airports, RRP will be £249.99 (inc VAT).

The C-460 Zoom del Sol offers a Super Macro mode which allows you to shoot from as close as 7cm away. The camera’s movie function with sound enables you to record sporting action shots or funny moments at the office party. The model also offers five special scene programmes to cater for a variety of photo opportunities. These include Landscape, which is perfect for capturing impressive mountain ranges, and Night Scene which produces stunning results after dark.

Furthermore, the camera supports the PictBridge communication standard which eliminates the need for a PC for printing. You simply have to connect the model to a PictBridge compatible printer, such as the Olympus P-10, to produce high quality, laminated prints with sharp contrast and detail. The USB AutoConnect interface, however, enables you to download images quickly and easily to a computer if necessary.

The C-460 Zoom del Sol will come with rechargeable batteries, a charger, a 16MB xD-Picture Card and CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software.

The C-460 Zoom del Sol – main features

  • 4.0 million pixels
  • 1.8 inch sunshine LCD
  • 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera), f3.1-5.2
  • Super Macro mode: shooting from as close as 7cm
  • 5 scene programmes (Portrait, Self Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait)
  • TruePic TURBO
  • Movie recording function with sound and editing function
  • PictBridge support
  • CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software

The Olympus C-160 – a perfect start for digital photographers

Olympus introduces the entry level, 3.2 million pixel C-160 digital camera. The stylish camera is ideal for those keen to discover the world of digital photography, featuring a bright f2.8 lens (equivalent to a 38mm lens on a 35mm camera body) and delivering stunning results. Weighing just 154g, this compact model is perfect for everyday use. Available from the end of March 2004, RRP will be £119.99 (inc VAT). For stockist information call freephone 0800 072 0070 or visit www.olympus.co.uk.

The C-160 has been designed for ease of use without sacrificing photographic quality. The model offers built-in automatic exposure, focusing and ISO systems, white balance and an integrated flash.

Additionally, the camera boasts four scene programmes enabling you to get to grips with any photographic situation. These include Landscape to capture sweeping mountain ranges and Night Scene to shoot after sundown. Plus, if you want to try your hand at filming, the C-160 features a short movie recording function with sound.

The C-160 supports the PictBridge standard so you do not need a PC to print your favourite shots. Just connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer, such as the CAMEDIA P-10, to produce prints of the highest quality.

The model features a 1.5”, 120, 000 pixel LCD display with a multi-language menu. CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software is also supplied with the camera.

The C-160 – main features

  • 3.2 million pixels
  • 5mm AF (equivalent to 38mm on a 35mm camera), f2.8 lens
  • 1.5” LCD with multi-language menu
  • 4 scene programmes (Portrait, Self Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape)
  • Movie recording function
  • PictBridge support

SUNSHINE LCD TECHNOLOGY

A footnote:

Olympus' new sunshine LCD technology enables you to review your shots even in direct sunlight. A standard display reflects sunlight from its surface and therefore in bright sunshine it is difficult to review an image. The sunshine LCD, however, has semi-transparent layers which enable the sunlight to penetrate a few layers into the panel. This light is reflected by the underside of the liquid crystal layer and with additional 'back light', the images are much clearer and brighter. The display also adjusts its brightness to cater for the surrounding light conditions, whether it be on a beach or in a brightly-lit room.