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Olympus Camedia C-4000 Zoom announced - Equipped with a f2.8 3x zoom lens, four million pixels and a wealth of photographic functions the C-4000 Zoom will be available mid-August for around 449.99.
Following on from the success of the C-4040Zoom, Olympus introduces the Camedia C-4000 Zoom. It comes equipped with a bright f2.8 (vs the C-4040Zoom f1.8) 3x zoom lens and four megapixels.
Besides its full automatic mode, the digital camera offers six pre-set scene programs for typical shooting conditions such as portrait and sporting events. Ambitious photographers will also be able to benefit from the adjustable controls for aperture, shutter speed and white balance.
The model's 3x zoom lens is constructed from eight elements arranged in six groups and contains two aspherical lenses to return sharp, bright photos. With a focal length equivalent to 32 - 96mm in a standard 35mm camera, it is suited for both landscape and portrait styled photos. Combine that with the 3.5x digital zoom and over 10x magnification is possible.
Equipped with three exposure metering options, photographers can stay in control of exposure come rain or shine. The digital ESP (Electro Selective Pattern) is the best choice for easy every-day shots. Taking readings from various points in the frame, the camera intelligently processes the data to determine the optimal settings to achieve the best results. Alternatively those wanting more control can opt for spot metering. The multi-spot system sets the exposure based on several individual readings selected by the photographer.
The iESP (Intelligent Selective Pattern) auto-focus system automatically determines the distance of the subject and alters the focus accordingly to allow for better pictures. The C-4000 Zoom also features a unique 'AF area selection' system that gives the user the chance to move the Focusing point along a horizontal and vertical axis within the viewfinder. This gives the photographer greater control over the cameras autofocus. If a subject is off centre, the system can be guided to focus on that rather than the photographer having to point the centre spot at the subject, lock the focus and reframe.
White balance has also undergone further development to ensure more realistic reproduction of skin tones under all light sources. This is reflected by the six pre-set white balance settings (daylight, overcast, tungsten and three for fluorescent lighting) now featured on the camera.
The built-in flash offers five flash modes; Automatic, red-eye reduction, off, fill-in, and slow synchronisation allowing greater control over how the user illuminates the subject. The C-4000 Zoom also includes a histogram function normally only found in cameras targeted at professionals that allows the user to view the brightness distribution of a shot in a graphic form. This feature is available on photos after capture or on the live image shown in the monitor.
Pre-shooting programs controlled via a 'virtual dial' are displayed on the 1.8inch LCD, enabling the selection of the movie mode as well as six scene programs. Settings are optimised for portraits, self-portrait, landscape, landscape portraits, night scenes and sport. The users may also save their favourite manual settings in the four 'My Mode' program settings that can be accessed as easily as the pre-set programs. Those keen on sequences will benefit from the C-4000 Zoom's capability to take eight shots in succession at a speed of up to 1.5 frames per second.
The camera offers the user the choice to shoot in black and white or sepia for that emotional feeling, while the blackboard and whiteboard feature allows for high definition results when capturing text.
As standard for all Olympus cameras, the C-4000 Zoom is shipped with Olympus software CAMEDIA Master 4.0 that can be used to process, edit, organise and print photos. Combine this with the C-4000 Zoom and you have a package that gives you a professional solution out of the box at the fraction of the cost of professional prices.
Retailing at 449.99, the C-4000 Zoom is available mid-August. Call 0800 072 0070 for stockist details.