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Olympus flagship concept: Zuiko snapper, qu'est-ce que c'est?

Olympus has teased us with a glimpse of a new flagship to its compact camera fleet, armed with Micro Four Thirds technology and a high-end Zuiko lens.

Olympus has teasingly revealed a new flagship to its compact camera fleet, armed with a high-end Zuiko lens. It'll slot into the top of the Olympus compact range while drawing on technology from the Micro Four Thirds series of Pen snappers.

So far, the camera is just a prototype mock-up concept-type affair, shown off at camera show Photokina. The mock-up includes a lens ring and hotshoe that will take accessories designed for the Micro Four Thirds E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1, such as a flash or electronic viewfinder.

The camera's controls are extremely simple, including a scroll wheel and dedicated video button. That suggests Olympus isn't looking to pitch this camera as high as the likes of the Canon PowerShot G12 or Nikon P7000, compact cameras packed with dSLR-like features. It may be that Olympus is going after the likes of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10, the top of a Lumix range that has long benefited from Leica lenses.

The flagship Olympus will arrive in 2011, but that's all we know for now. Come back tomorrow for more from Photokina.