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Olympus develops compact camera with Zuiko lens

Built-in Zuiko lens a first for Olympus

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The new Olympus “Zuiko” compact?

Olympus has announced it is developing a new flagship compact digital camera, with a built-in Zuiko-branded lens. 

This is the first time Olympus has associated Zuiko with a compact camera with built-in non-removable lens. A mock-up of the camera is on show at the Photokina 2010 camera and photography exhibition in Germany.

Check out our full report on Photokina 2010 for all the latest launches and news from the show.

Olympus Zuiko

Zuiko lenses are usually found on high-end Olympus cameras, such as its range of DSLRs and micro-four thirds cameras. The popular E-P2, for example, comes with a Zuiko 14-42mm kit lens. Some Zuiko lenses, bought separately, are very high quality and cost well over a thousand pounds. 

For in-depth review of system cameras, including the Olympus E-P2, E-PL1 and others with Zuiko lenses, check out our  digital SLR reviews.

New compact camera

Price and launch date of the new compact are yet to be announced. Olympus does say however that it will have an accessory port compatible with accessories from Olympus’s E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras. The electronic viewfinder will probably be one such accessory.

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