January 7, 2010: Olympus will release its just-announced Mju Tough 3000, Mju 9010 and Mju 5010 cameras in Australia in March.
Announced today, the new models feature slim, stylish designs and support HD movie recording at 1280 x 720 pixels, using the advanced MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 movie compression format. The new models record to SD memory cards, instead of the more expensive xD cards used in previous models. Perfect Shot Preview enables users to correct the exposure and white balance in shots by comparing images on the LCD screen. Both models include HDMI output control which allows picture selection and frame-by-frame advancement to be controlled by a TV remote control.
The new models feature internal USB charging that recharges the camera’s battery automatically via the USB cable whenever it’s connected to a computer. Users can also transfer favourite shots from your PC back to the camera and search desired pictures according to recording information such as date, shooting mode and share and view them on the camera screen.
For point-and-press photographers, the Intelligent Auto (iAUTO) mode that analyses the current composition and optimises camera settings automatically. More experienced users can utilise the in-camera panorama function that guides users as they shoot a panorama picture sequence. All models come with high performance Dual Shakeproof image stabilisation.
Front and rear views of the new Mju Tough 3000. (Source: Olympus.)
The Mju Tough 3000 is the twelfth Tough camera launched in Australia by Olympus. Offered in blue, red and pink, it features a 12 megapixel CCD sensor and 3.6x optical zoom lens with 28mm (equivalent) wide-angle shooting. It is waterproof to three metres, shockproof against falls from as high as 1.5 metres and snowproof at temperatures as low as -10 °C. It comes with 1GB built-in memory.
Front and rear views of the new Mju 5010. (Source: Olympus.)
The Mju 9010 and Mju 5010 models come with a 14-megapixel 1/2.33-inch (6.13 x 4.6 mm) CCD sensor and include Face Detect AF for up to 16 faces and Olympus Shadow Adjust technology. AF tracking enables the camera to keep a moving subject in focus and both models include a range of Magic Filter effects.
The Mju 9010 is equipped with a 10x zoom lens with 28mm (equivalent) wide-angle shooting plus 2GB of internal memory, while the Mju 5010 has a slightly wider (26mm equivalent) 5x optical zoom lens plus 1GB of internal memory. A large 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD panel is provided for accessing camera menus and composing shots. Both provide an in-built operation manual plus a portable photo album function for sharing images wherever you go.
The Mju 9010 will be available in black, while the Mju 5010 in silver and pink. Pricing is yet to be announced. For more information, visit www.olympus.com.au.