Olympus has just augmented the Mju range of point-and-shoot digital cams with the new 1060 model. It seems no slouch for a small pocket camera: It's a 10-megapixel shooter, with a 7x optical zoom and "Dual Image Stabilization" to reduce blur. Plus it's got an new intelligent mode that auto-detects the five most commonly used "scenes" and tweaks the exposure settings for you.There's auto face-detection of up to 16 faces, to do something similar with the exposure settings, and "Shadow Adjustment Technology" which sounds intriguing. Basically, it does absolutely everything for you, photographically, except depress the shutter. It can shoot VGA video at 30fps, and has a high-speed photo mode at 9fps. It's out in the UK at first, in September in silver, black and green for around $485. [TFTS]
Finally, a camera that suits my photographic exeprience. A true point-and-shoot.
Too bad I have to wait two years for the price to get down where I need it to be.
Of course, by then all of this technology will be in a cell phone/pda/camera/kitchen sink that I will have injected into my skull, all free with a two-year service plan.