Olympus to launch its 6 new camera models

Olympus’s CES offerings this week include six new camera models, divided between the company’s Stylus and FE collections. The Stylus 7040 is a 14-megapixel camera, with a three-inch LCD, and a 7x lens providing the equivalent of a 28-196mm SLR range. The camera uses both optical and digital image stabilization, and supports 720p video recording as well as sensitivities up to ISO 1600.

An HDMI output allows display on a TV, and photos can have one of four optional Magic Filters applied: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish-Eye or Drawing. Alternately, a panorama mode can capture three images automatically and combine them in-camera.

The Stylus 7030 has similar specifications, but loses 720p video, and shrinks LCD size down to 2.7 inches. The Stylus 5010 actually regains 720p resolution, but swaps in a 5x lens with a 26-130mm equivalency. The Stylus Tough 3000 scales back to a 3.6x lens and a 12-megapixel sensor, but is designed to be shockproof to a height of five feet, waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as 14F. 720p video is retained.

The new FE cameras, the 4020 and 47, are both 14-megapixel models. Despite being cheaper, the 47 uses a 5x (36-180mm) lens, whereas the 4020 is limited to 4x. The 4020 can however shoot wider, with a 26-105mm equivalency. The pair lack HD video, as well as any panorama functions.

The FE-47 will be out in January for $120, followed by the $150 4020 in February. All of the new Stylus cameras will ship in February, at costs of $200 for the 5010 and 7030, $230 for the Tough 3000, and $250 for the 7040.


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