Olympus has become the latest manufacturer to announce a 3.3 megapixel camera – following recent declarations from most of the other major players in the field (including Fujifilm’s feted release of a 4.3 megapixel unit). The C-30330 ZOOM offers a 3.34 megapixel CCD, a 3x zoom (offering equivalent to 32-96mm), and USB and serial connectivity. It can record images at fifteen different resolutions, including five uncompressed TIFF modes, and incorporates a flash with six modes. The unit can also shoot 3.5 frames per second, as it uses a 32MB SDRAM buffer. The camera can also record QuickTime video with sound. It offers over 3 minutes (191 seconds) of video at 160x120 or 46 seconds at 320x240. Both of these are record at 15 frames per second (fps). Sound is recorded through an internal microphone, and can also be added to still images (up to 4 seconds). Also included in the camera’s features are b/w and sepia shooting modes, and manual controls over ISO (100, 200 or 400), shutter speed and aperture. UK release dates and prices have not been agreed – but the camera will cost $999 when released in the US in May. Olympus also announced new CR-3V long-life lithium batteries designed especially for digital cameras. The AA size 3V and 6V batteries have a life up to 2.75 times standard AA lithium batteries, which is up to 30 times that of AA Alkaline. Again UK pricing and availability has not been set.