Olympus Unveils 30x Megazoom and Tougher Cameras

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Ablang, Feb 5, 2010.

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    Olympus Unveils 30x Megazoom and Tougher Cameras

    Tim Moynihan, PCWorld

    Feb 1, 2010 10:00 pm

    Hot on the heels of Fujifilm's 30x optical zoom camera announcement,
    Olympus rolled out its high-zoom heir to the SP-590 UZ's throne.

    The 30x optical zoom Olympus SP-800UZ (28mm to 840mm; F2.8 to F5.6)
    offers the farthest-reaching telephoto end of any fixed-lens camera
    we've seen; the just-announced Fujifilm Finepix HS10 also serves up a
    30x optical zoom lens, with more coverage on the wide-angle end (24mm
    to 720mm).

    The 14-megapixel SP-800UZ also offers dual image stabilization (sensor-
    shift and digital) to steady high-zoom shots, as well as manual
    controls, 720p high-definition video capture with HDMI-out, a 3-inch
    LCD, motion-tracking autofocus, and a one-shot panorama mode akin to
    Sony's Sweep Panorama feature.

    That megazoom camera also has a little brother: the 12-megapixel, 15x-
    optical-zoom (28mm to 420mm; F3.5 to F5.4) Olympus SP-600UZ. In
    addition to the lesser optical range and megapixel count, the SP-600UZ
    also has a smaller 2.7-inch LCD.

    The SP-800UZ is slated for March at $350, while the SP-600UZ is also
    available in March for $250.

    Two New Olympus Tough Cameras

    Along with the megazooms, Olympus also announced two additions to its
    Tough series of ruggedized cameras.

    The more-resilient of the two, the Olympus Tough-8010, is shockproof
    to drops of 6.6 feet, waterproof down to 33 feet underwater,
    crushproof to 220 lbs. of pressure, freezeproof to temperatures down
    to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof.

    The Tough-6020--the "wimpier" of the two--is still no slouch:
    shockproof to drops of 5 feet, waterproof down to 16 feet, freezeproof
    to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof.

    Both cameras also have a generous amount of internal memory. The
    Tough-8010 offers 2GB of internal storage, while the Tough-6020 gives
    you 1GB of out-of-the-box storage. Both cameras also accept SD or SDHC

    Each camera offers a 14-megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens (28mm
    to 140mm), an LED light on the front of the camera for underwater
    shooting, 720p high-definition video recording, dual image
    stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD, and the "Tap Control" feature found on
    previous Olympus Tough cameras, which lets you change in-camera modes
    by smacking the sides of the camera.

    Both cameras will be available this month; the Tough-8010 is priced at
    $400, while the Tough-6020 will go for $300.

    Ablang, Feb 5, 2010
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    Rich Guest

    Garbage. A LONNNNGGGGGGG way from their formerly excellent bridge
    cameras of yesteryear.
    Rich, Feb 5, 2010
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