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By 23 July 2010 | Categories: news

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Olympus has introduced two new models joining their compact µ series of digital cameras.

The symbol µ, meaning micro, is fitting for the two new devices as they’ve both been designed to be as compact as possible.

Able to easily fit in any jacket pocket, the µ-7040 and µ-9010 sports one of the world’s smallest zoom power packages.

These ultra-thin 14 megapixel cameras are fitted with up to 10x (µ-9010), and a 7x (µ-7040) wide optical zoom with the ability, like most new compact cameras, to shoot high-definition (HD) movie clips which can then be viewed on your TV via HDMI.

 A new Photo Surfing option now allows users to tag their pictures by person, event and location using Advanced Face Detection technology.

Some more features included in the new Olympus line-up include Dual Image Stabilisation, i-Auto (intelligent auto mode) and in-camera panorama, which all help users take snaps without worrying about the details.

Another interesting new feature is ‘Beauty Mode’. When using this function the camera touches up the appearance of your subjects, even while the shot is being taken. It recognises faces and makes skin appear smoother, brighter and more youthful.

Olympus has already sent out stock to retailers, so these cameras should be available at most major electronics stores. The Olympus µ-7040 has a recommended retail price of R2799 and the µ-9010 clocks in at R3499, both including VAT. For more info head on over to the Olympus site.

The Olympus µ-7040 and µ-9010 specs are as follows:

·         10x (µ-9010), 7x (µ-7040) and wide optical zooms (28-280mm, 28-196mm, 26-130mm)
·         Dual Image Stabilisation (combines mechanical and digital image stabilisation)
·         HD movie recording and HDMI technology (µ-7040: movie with sound)
·         14 Megapixels
·         2GB internal memory (µ-7040) and SD Card compatible
·         Photo Surfing and software
·         3.0” (µ-7040) or 2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD (230,000 dots)
·         Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking
·         Advanced Face Detection
·         Magic Filters
·         In-Camera Manual
·         In-Camera Panorama
·         TruePic III image processor
·         Available in Copper Blue and Dusty Pink (µ-7040) or Champagne Gold and Midnight Black (µ-9010)

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