Olympus has announced the Camedia C-700 UltraZoom, which the company claims is the smallest camera so far to offer a 10x optical zoom. The C-700 will be launched in the US in May for a suggested retail price of $799 (around £560). UK pricing and availability has not yet been announced.
The C-700 measures 107.5-x-76-x-77.5mm and weighs only 310.5g (excluding batteries and media card). It’s based around a 2.11 megapixel CCD, the standard for cameras with 10x zoom lens as 3.3 megapixel CCDs (the standard for most professional digital cameras) are too big to fit at the end of a 10x lens.
The 10x optical zoom lens delivers the equivalent of 38mm-380mm lens on a 35mm camera. This is backed up by a 27x digital zoom facility, which offers a zoom range up to the equivalent of 1,026mm and works seamlessly – clicking in automatically once the optical zoom length has been exceeded.
The camera is also fully programmable. Programmed auto mode offers point-and-shoot capture for average circumstances. For unusual conditions the manual controls allow control over aperture priority (Wide: f2.8-f8.0, Tele: f3.5-f8.0), shutter priority (1/2-1/1,000 second), ISO settings from 100 to 800 and special set-ups including Night Scene, Sports Action, Portrait and Landscape modes.
The C-700 stores images on SmartMedia card, and ships with a 8MB card. The camera can also capture QuickTime video (at 320-x-240 or 160-x-120 at 15fps) with audio and apply four second comments to each still image.