The megapixel space race continues, and the 7 megapixel barrier was broken for a compact camera in Australia this week when the new Olympus C-70 ZOOM went on sale. Claiming it is the smallest 7.1-megapixel, 5x optical zoom model in the world the C-70 went on sale in Australia in September, retailing for $899 and measuring just 102mm (W) x 59mm (H) x 42mm (D).

The C-70 features a newly developed 5x optical zoom lens that is specifically designed to maximise the imaging potential of its 7.1-megapixel CCD, as well as an Olympus-developed TruePic TURBO image.

Inside its sophisticated Titanium case it incorporates two lens elements that are aspherical on both sides. With a host of features the C-70 combines the advantages of a compact body with ultra-high image quality.

A large, high-definition, 2.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 210,000 pixels allows images to be displayed in a large size during shooting and playback.

Numerous SLR-type features are included for advanced users. An AF Target Selection function allows users to choose from 143 different AF target zones.

There is also a Super Macro mode that enables users to shoot from as close as 2cm, filling the frame with a subject area which measures approximately 34mm x 25mm.

Other advanced features include manual focusing capability, 4 user-definable My Mode settings, and an easier-to-view histogram function. Image editing and management software is included with the camera.

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