Published: January 30, 2013 9:44 AM
By Bruno Labarbere
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
Ahead of the CP+ trade fair, which opens in Yokohama (Japan) on 31 January, Olympus has announced two new point-and-shoot compacts and an advanced compact with a fast lens.


The Olympus Stylus VG-180 and Stylus VR-370 both use a 16-Megapixel CCD sensor. The Stylus VG-180 has a 5x zoom lens starting at an equivalent focal length of 26 mm, a 2.7" screen with 230,000 dots and only gets a digital stabilisation system. All of that makes for a fairly basic pocket camera that's designed to be discreet and easy to use. It'll be available in March in red or black and shouldn't cost more than £100.

The Stylus VR-370 is a slightly more adventurous model with a 3" touchscreen with 460,000 dots, a 12.5x zoom lens starting at 24mm and reaching a maximum focal length of 300mm. This model is barely any bigger than its entry-level counterpart, but gets a mechanical stabilisation system and a small grip handle on the front. Video resolution is limited to 720p HD. Another added extra in the Stylus VR-370 is Eye-Fi™ compatibility, so with an Eye-Fi card you can upload photos to a computer over an Ad Hoc wireless network. Note, however, that Eye-Fi cards can be quite expensive. The VR-370 is coming in March in black, red, silver and blue.


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The Stylux XZ-10 is the most ambitious model of the three announced, as Olympus sets out to conquer the expert compact market with a higher-end spec sheet. This camera gets a 12-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a 26-130mm lens with f/1.8 aperture at wide-angle and a still very respectable f/2.7 aperture at the maximum zoom setting. Lens aperture can be controlled directly using a settings ring around the lens, which is also used to control shutter speed in S mode. A super-macro mode is on hand for shooting subjects just 1 centimetre from the camera.

The Stylus XZ-10 has a 3" touchscreen with 920,000 dots. It films 1080p Full HD video with slow-motion video at 120 frames per second (although resolution drops to 720p). This new Olympus compact is compatible with Eye-Fi and FlashAir cards.

With its PEN-esque design, the Stylux XZ-10 will be landing at the end of March in black, white and brown.

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