The tiny Olympus C-40Z (known as the D-40Z in North America) was announced on the 2nd September this year, it entered the market as the first pocket sized (ultra-compact) four megapixel digital camera (and still is at the time of writing this review). In a small almost square case the C-40Z features a familiar Olympus sliding lens cover which also acts as the power switch, behind this we'll find a 2.8x (equiv. 35 - 98 mm) F2.8 - F4.8 lens.
Olympus haven't "dumbed down" this camera, it has a full set of manual controls and is completely configurable, to the extent that it could be seen as a pocket sized C-4040Z, there are very few features which haven't made there way over to the C-40Z.
The rest of the (current) Camedia range
| Model name
(Japan / Europe)
|E-20||E-20N||ZLR (professional)||5 megapixel||4x optical|
|E-10||E-10||ZLR (professional)||4 megapixel||4x optical|
|E-100RS||E-100RS||SLR-like||1.5 megapixel||10x optical*|
|C-2100UZ||C-2100UZ||SLR-link||2 megapixel||10x optical*|
|C-700UZ||C-700UZ||Compact (semi-pocketable)||2 megapixel||10x optical|
|C-4040Z||C-4040Z||Compact||4 megapixel||3x optical|
|C-3040Z||C-3040Z||Compact||3 megapixel||3x optical|
|C-2040Z||C-2040Z||Compact||2 megapixel||3x optical|
|C-40Z||D-40Z||Ultra-Compact||4 megapixel||2.8x optical|
|C-990Z||D-490Z||Compact (semi-pocketable)||2 megapixel||3x optical|
|C-100||Brio D-370||Compact (semi-pocketable)||1.3 megapixel||Fixed|
|C-200Z||Brio D-510Z||Compact (semi-pocketable)||2 megapixel||3x optical|
|C-2||Brio D-230||Compact (semi-pocketable)||2 megapixel||Fixed|
|C-1Z||Brio D-150Z||Compact (semi-pocketable)||1.3 megapixel||3x optical|
This is an interesting question, the C-40Z's appears to be identical (all but a very slight spec difference) to the lens found on Toshiba's PDR-M81 and Sanyo's new DSC-AZ1. Both the Toshiba and Sanyo are 4 megapixel digital cameras with a 2.8x F2.9 - F4.8 lens, that lens, on both cameras is labelled as a Canon lens. The other thing that makes this lens so distinctive is the vertically offset position of the lens elements within the barrel.. Spot the similarity in the images below.
|Olympus C-40Z (D-40Z)||Toshiba PDR-M81|
Toshiba PDR-M81 lens crop courtesy of Imaging-Resource.