CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

HolidayBuyer's Guide

Olympus' high-end compact prototype

Olympus' high-end compact prototype

Olympus' high-end compact prototype

Olympus' high-end compact prototype

Olympus' high-end compact prototype

Olympus' high-end compact prototype

Olympus' high-end compact prototype

COLOGNE, Germany--At the Photokina trade show here Monday, Olympus announced a higher-end compact camera to be released in the first quarter of 2011. The camera is the first compact model to be equipped with a lens bearing Olympus' Zuiko lens brand that for decades has only appeared with its SLR cameras. Presumably Olympus is trying to telegraph that this is a premium product.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET
It's only a prototype, so don't read too much into it, but the amount the lens telescopes out indicates Olympus has a wide zoom range in mind.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET
With its lens withdrawn, the camera is more compact than Olympus' Pen line of Micro Four Thirds cameras. Like them, Olympus said, the compact camera will sport a flash hot-shoe. That would put it more in league with high-end compact cameras such as Canon's PowerShot G12 and Nikon's CoolPix P7000.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET
The back of the prototype features a wheel interface.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET
The design is compact. Building a wide zoom range into a small body typically means using a small sensor, though, which can hold back image quality and low-light performance. Olympus didn't share details on elements of the design.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET
A front view shows the Zuiko brand name.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET
An adjustment knob, zoom control, shutter release, and power button adorn the top of the camera prototype.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET
Updated: