The latest manufacturer to announce a four-megapixel digital camera is Olympus. This is the company’s first compact four-megapixel camera, as it has had the similarly attired SLR E-10 out on the market for some time.
The C-4040 Zoom is based on the 3.34 megapixel C-3040 Zoom. As well as the new CCD, the C-4040 adds a noise reduction system that allows for +/- 5-step sharpness and contrast control for clearer images. According to Olympus, it automatically minimizes background noise by comparing similar images.
The camera also includes a 3x zooms lens (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography) with a maximum F1.8 aperture setting, as well as a 7.5x digital zoom. It includes auto and manual white balance, multiple exposure settings, a two frame a second burst mode, auto exposure bracketing and the ability to record small QuickTime movies. Connection to computers is performed via Olympus’ USB AutoConnect system, which removes the need for additional software and drivers.
The C-4040 Zoom has a US street price of $1,099. UK pricing and availability has yet to be released.