Olympus claims its new Camedia C-2020 zoom digital compact camera combines the features of its earlier model, the award-winning C-2000, with higher performance, easier handling and a greater range of optional manual functions.
The C-2020 stakes its flag on image quality, offering a half-inch CCD with 2.1 megapixels and a high-performance 3x optical zoom lens with a bright f2.0 aperture.
The manufacturer has also added an array of features commonly found in its 35mm conventional cameras, including optional manual exposure and manual focusing, aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes, slow synchro and more equivalent ISO sensitivity settings.
Other features include auto bracketing so the camera automatically shoots an image several times at different exposure settings, and sepia, black-and-white and whiteboard/blackboard modes. Olympus claims the C-2020 is the world's first digital camera that has a colour TFT monitor with a wide viewing angle so an image can be checked from the side.
It's also the first Olympus Camedia model that features simplified motion image recording compatible with Apple's QuickTime Motion JPEG format.
Olympus Camedia digital products are distributed in Australia by R. Gunz (Photographic), and sell for an approximate retail price of $2049.
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Canon bills the PowerShot S10 as "the world's smallest and lightest 2.11 megapixel digital camera", and the company's first digital camera to support USB as well as serial interfaces.
Functions include rapid shot-to-shot recycling, dual USB and serial port interface, digital print order format (DPOF) support, 8x digital zoom capability, a newly designed GUI menu and five picture modes.
The PowerShot S10's software suite includes ZoomBrowser EX and PhotoRecord, Canon's image management and photo album printing software.
The camera is compatible with Type I and Type II CompactFlash memory cards, including IBM's 340MB microdrive, allowing hundreds of images to be stored at high resolution and more than 1000 images at lower resolutions.
The optical 2x zoom lens of f/2.8 to f4.0 has a focal length of 35-70mm. While using the LCD viewfinder, the digital teleconverter function offers a maximum rate of 4x, but the combined use of the teleconverter and the zoom lens provides a factor of up to 8x (ie 280mm in terms of 35mm film).
The new camera also features a 2.1 megapixel CCD sensor that creates full colour (and black-and-white) high-resolution images up to 1600x1200 pixels when set to its "large" mode.
Canon has incorporated automated image modes (slow-speed shutter, high-speed shutter, night scene, landscape and black-and-white), with manual options, for functions like flash modes and ISO speeds.
The PowerShot S10 sells for a suggested retail price of $1599.
Phone: 1800 816 001, www.canon.com.au.
Kyocera has announced the Australian launch of the 2100DG digital camera, the latest model in its new line of Yashica Samurai digital cameras.
Kyocera claims the 2100DG is the world's first two megapixel digital camera with a 4x optical zoom lens, which offers significantly better image quality than cameras that only have a digital zoom.
The camera is ergonomically shaped, making it easy to hold, and enhancing stability and improving picture quality, officials said. The essential controls - including the shutter button, zoom control and selectors for photography mode and image quality - can be operated easily with one hand.
Features include integrated storage, display and delete functions; an 8Mb CompactFlash card; 6.6 to 26.4mm lens (equal to 35-140mm for conventional 35mm camera); CCD electronic shutter and programmable shutter; 1.8in colour TFT LCD monitor; colour, sepia, and black-and-white modes; and a built-in optical real-image zoom viewfinder.
Additionally, users can play images back on a monitor in several different ways: single image advance, automatic advance, quick thumbnail display, multi-image display and rotate.
The new 2100DG includes an environmentally friendly, rechargeable, lithium-ion battery and charger. About 200 shots, using the flash 50 per cent of the time, can be taken before the battery requires recharging, according to officials. An AC adaptor is also included.
The camera is priced at $1999 (ex tax).
Phone: (02) 9888 9999, www.kyocera.com.au.
Kodak's top-end digital camera is the DC290, which combines point-and-shoot utility with manual controls. The DC290 features a 2.1 megapixel CCD sensor that captures images suitable for 8x10in prints, as well as an uncompressed "ultra" mode for optimal image quality.
Like its predecessors, the DC290 is an autofocus, auto-exposure camera with a built-in automatic flash and offers a 3x (33-99mm equivalent) optical zoom, which can be digitally extended to 6x.
The user can also adjust the exposure values two stops over and under, in half-stop increments and switch to a manual focus mode. The DC290 features flash sync capability, as in a traditional camera, and for extra flexibility, a lens mount is available to support 37mm threaded optional lenses and filters.
The camera comes with a 16MB CompactFlash card, four NiMH batteries and charger, four AA alkaline batteries, USB cable to support both Windows and Macintosh platforms, audio/video cable, handstrap, lens cover and a software pack including Adobe PageMill, PhotoDeluxe, and Kodak PicturesNow software.
The DC 290 has an expected street price of $1699.
Phone: 1800 674 831, www.kodak.com.
The ePhoto CL30 Clik! is the new digital camera from Agfa, designed by Iomega. The USB-compatible digital camera comes with a 2x digital zoom and 40MB of removable storage on Iomega Clik! disks.
Features include an optical viewfinder for framing shots and a 1.8in colour LCD screen, which can be switched off to save power, for playing them back.
The digital camera operates on four, AA-sized alkaline batteries and ships with a 40MB Clik! disk - enough capacity to store between 60 and 360 images, depending on the resolution setting.
Clik! disks are an affordable solution for users looking to capture and easily organise the many images they may have on their memory cards, officials said. Image resolution is 1.5 megapixels.
The ePhoto CL30 Clik! retails for $1299.
Phone: (03) 9264 7711, www.agfa.com.au or for more product focus, www.agfahome.com.