Olympus refreshes camera line up

Olympus has refreshed its consumer line of cameras with six shooters to go on sale in Australia from September.

The Mju 750 ($599), Mju 740 ($499) and FE 200 ($399) will be the first cameras to be made available to consumers.

The Mju 750 features "dual image stabilisation", which combines mechanical and digital image stabilisation technologies. When camera shake is detected, the CCD-shift system helps reduce blurring by shifting the CCD image sensor in the opposite direction to camera movement. It has a 5x optical zoom lens and 7.1Mp (megapixel) sensor, a 2.5in LCD, 27 selectable shooting modes, PictBridge support and more.

Both the Mju 740 and Mju 750 offer a "Nightproof" function that makes it possible to frame subjects easily on the LCD monitor, even when shooting in low light. In Nightproof mode the ISO levels can be boosted to 3200, compared to a maximum of ISO 1600 in normal mode.

The Mju 740 and Mju 750, both 7Mp cameras, also feature an anti-blur function, and like all the new Mju cameras, they are waterproof.

The 7.1Mp Tough 725SW replaces the popular Tough 720SW which was released earlier this year. The body design remains the same; however, the newer version is now capable of underwater shooting to a depth of five metres, as opposed to two metres. It is shockproof to 1.5m and the lens is now fitted with a Teflon coat preventing water from sticking to the lens when it is taken out of the water, which in the past led to blurred images. It goes on sale in October and will sell for $599.

It's been about a year since the company released the SP-500UZ model with a 6Mp sensor, and the SP 51OUZ now bumps that figure up to 7Mp. It has a 10x optical zoom lens, ISO is 50 to 400, and the camera can handle JPEG and RAW; it can shoot 640x480 pixels at 30fps (frames per second). The camera measures 105.5x70x74.5mm and comes with a 2.5in LCD screen.

Olympus is also talking up the battery life on this camera. It says power-saving design enables approximately 630 shots to be taken when using the included AAA alkaline batteries. Even more shots, it claims, can be taken with Ni-MH batteries. Due in October, it will sell for $499.

The Mju 1000 features a Perfect Fix button that can correct camera shake, backlighting and red-eye on the fly. "This guarantees you take a half decent shot," says Lisa Forrest, Olympus group product manager for its imaging division.

ISO ranges from 64 to 3200 with up to ISO 6400 when using Nightproof scene modes, 3x optical zoom, 2.5in high resolution LCD screen and stainless steel body. The Mju 1000 will be priced at $649 when it goes on sale in October.

The FE 200 features a 28mm wide-angle lens, 5x optical zoom, 6Mp sensor, Li-Ion rechargeable battery and shakeproof anti-blur mode.

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Howard Dahdah

PC World

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