Olympus unveils small 4M pixel-class camera

By Kuriko Miyake, IDG News Service |  Hardware

Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. has launched a 4 megapixel digital still camera that measures 43.5 millimeters thick by 87 millimeters wide by 68.5 millimeters tall, and weighs 190 grams.

The company claims this makes the Camedia C-40Zoom the smallest and lightest in its quality class.

The camera features a 4.13 megapixel, 1/1.8 inch CCD (charge-coupled device) image pickup and has a 2.8x optical zoom and a 1.5-inch TFT (thin film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor. It can also record moving images.

The Camedia C-40Zoom features the "my mode" function, which allows users to set up and memorize their favorite settings.

The camera accepts Smart Media Cards and can record up to 165 images at the lowest resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels on a 16M-byte card. The highest resolution mode is 3200 x 2400 pixels.

Images on the camera can be downloaded to a PC via USB (universal serial bus).

The Camedia C-40Z will be on sale in Japan on Oct. 19 at 99,800 yen (US$830) and sometime in November worldwide, the company said.

Olympus, in Tokyo, can be contacted at +81-3-3340-2111 or online at http://www.olympus.co.jp/.

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