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Olympus slims down with Stylus 1040
by David Rasnake -  8/25/2008

The most visually arresting new offering from Olympus this evening, the slim Olympus Stylus 1040 pushes the high-fashion envelope in the manufacturer's Stylus lineup of ultracompacts.

Olympus Stylus 1040

Sporting a 10.1 megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom, the sliding front 1040 offers twelve shooting modes including an Intelligent Auto setting and an in-camera panorama function. With a depth measurement of only 0.65 inches, the 1040 is also the slimmest Stylus model yet.

Olympus Stylus 1040

A 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD provides high-contrast image reproduction, glare control, and 140-degree viewability in every direction.

Olympus Stylus 1040

The newest Stylus incorporates a full complement of Olympus's current technologies, including multi-face face detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Smile Shot, Perfect Shot Preview, and Perfect Fix in-camera editing – all powered by a TruePic III image processor.

Digital Image Stabilization is employed to provide sharp shots in less than ideal lighting conditions; there's no optical or mechanical IS on the 1040, however.

As with the rest of this group of new models, the Stylus 1040 should be available in October, attractively priced somewhere around the $200 according to Olympus.

Olympus Stylus 1040 Specifications:

Sensor 10.1 megapixels, 1/2.33" CCD
Lens/Zoom 3x (38-114mm) zoom, f/3.5-5.0
LCD/Viewfinder 2.7", 230K-pixel HyperCrystal II LCD with five steps of backlight adjustment
Sensitivity ISO 80-1600
Shutter Speed 1/2-1/2000 seconds
Shooting Modes Program, Intelligent Auto, Scene, Movie
Scene Presets Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene with Portrait, Sports, Self-portrait, Smile Shot, Cuisine
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3
Metering Modes Digital ESP, Spot, Face Detection AE
Focus Modes iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Macro
Drive Modes Not Specified
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
12 seconds, Off
Memory Formats xD-Picture Card, microSD (with included adapter)
Internal Memory
48 MB
File Formats JPEG, Motion JPEG
Max. Image Size 3648x2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
Battery Lithium-ion rechargeable
Connections USB 2.0, AV output
Additional Features Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment Technology, In-Camera Panorama