Olympus is announcing five new cameras at CES, and I'm going to split them into three news items. First, let's start with ultra zooms. Surprisingly, it's the smaller of the two cameras which has the most powerful lens!
- 16 Megapixel CCD
- F3.1-5.8, 21X optical zoom, equivalent to 25 - 525 mm
- Sensor-shift image stabilization
- 3-inch LCD display with 230,000 pixels
- Point-and-shoot operation, with scene-selecting iAuto mode
- Numerous "Magic Filters" (special effects)
- In-camera panorama stitching and 3D still capability
- Scary-sounding Beauty Make-up Mode lets you "apply everything from eyeliner to eye shadow and rouge" and "even lift cheekbones"
- Records 720p video with sound using the H.264 codec
- Unknown amount of onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
- Uses four AA batteries; battery life not available
- Available in silver and black
- Shipping this month for $199
SZ-12 [specs] - changes:
- 14 Megapixel CCD
- F3.0-6.9 (!), 24X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 600 mm
- 3-inch LCD has 460,000 pixels
- Continuous shooting at 7 frames/sec (at what resolution, I don't know)
- Ultra-compact aluminum body, comes in silver, black and red
- Uses NB-50B lithium-ion battery, 220 shots per charge
- Ships in March for $199
PORTABLE POWERHOUSE: OLYMPUS SP-620UZ ULTRAZOOM BOASTS OUTSTANDING OPTICS, IMAGE QUALITY AND AFFORDABILITY
High-Performance 21x Wide Zoom Compact Camera--The Ideal Travel Companion
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus today unveils the SP-620UZ, a long zoom camera designed for consumers looking for a powerful, great-value, go-anywhere compact that captures challenging shots. Offering impressive wide-angle capability for shooting landscapes, interiors and crowds, it's a 21x optical zoom lens (25-525mm equivalent*) gives you the flexibility to focus and capture wildlife, competitive sports and other distant subjects without having to carry interchangeable lenses.
The outstanding optics are matched by Olympus’ advanced technologies, including Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization, which minimizes camera shake even when the user is moving and Dual Image Stabilization allowing you to record crisp, clear stills and HD videos. Capture images with radiant colors, low noise and razor-sharp edges, thanks in part to the 16-megapixel CCD sensor.
In addition to shooting wide-angle shots in close quarters, expansive panoramas and nose-to-nose close-ups, the Olympus SP-620UZ is flexible enough to experiment with intermediate zoom settings for portraits, still-life subjects and movies. A host of creative in-camera Magic Art Filters enables you to apply spectacular effects to all of life’s adventures both with stills and in video mode.
No time to fix your make-up before someone takes your picture with the SP-620UZ? Olympus’ Beauty Make-up mode will let you apply everything from eyeliner to eye shadow and rouge. You can even lift cheekbones and morph your subjects into cover-models. With 3D image capture, the Olympus SP-620UZ combines two photos of the same subject from different angles to generate dynamic 3D images that can be viewed on a 3D-compatible monitor or television.
Eye-Fi™ card compatibility and a 3.0”LCD make it simple to share stills and HD videos with ease.
*35mm camera equivalent.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The SP-620UZ will be available in January and ships with a Camera Strap, Protective Lens Cap, USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable, 4 AA Batteries, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual and OLYMPUS [ib] Software CD-ROM and a Warranty Card.
Estimated Street Price: $199.99 (Available in silver and black)
TRACK YOUR SUBJECTS NEAR OR FAR WITH NEW ULTRA-SLEEK OLYMPUS SZ-12 LONG ZOOM CAMERA
Super-Slim & Stylish 24x Optical Zoom Camera Captures the Action Close Up and Personal
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus today unveils the full-featured, slim and sleek SZ-12, a compact superzoom camera with a powerful 24x optical wide-angle zoom lens (25-600mm equivalent*) and two forms of image stabilization to help deliver the clearest results possible. Whether you’re traveling, at a family function, or on the sideline of a sporting event, the new, powerful SZ-12 gives you the flexibility to zoom right in and shoot brilliant close-ups without sacrificing versatility and image quality.
With remarkable magnification power in combination with 14-megapixel resolution, the super-slim SZ-12 is packed with state-of-the-art Olympus technology that delivers excellent image quality. A new, retro-chic “smart grip” at the front of the camera combined with built-in Dual Image Stabilization, helps cut out blur caused by imperceptible camera shake, allowing you to zoom right in for expressive close-ups and vivid HD 720p video.
High-speed, seven-frames-per-second (7 fps) sequential shooting gives you the power to capture a dynamic series of images of fast-moving subjects. For more composed shooting, the Olympus SZ-12’s Telephoto Macro captures all the rich detail of small subjects like flowers from inches away. The powerful zoom brings you up close to whimsical subjects like butterflies from a safe distance, so you don’t scare them.
Ten Magic Art Filters power your creativity by adding a whole range of special effects to your images directly in the camera. The Olympus SZ-12 offers the new Reflection magic filter takes the image and duplicates it across a horizontal or vertical plane of symmetry creating powerful illusions.
Easily frame and review your images on the large, 3-inch LCD display (460,000 dots) and share them wirelessly throughout your social networks or on your computer via an optional Eye-Fi Card – or in all the glory of High-Definition using an optional HDMI cable on a big-screen HDTV.
* 35mm camera equivalent
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus SZ-12 will be available in March and ships with a Camera Strap, USB Cable, USB-AC Adapter (F-2AC), Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B), Audio/Video Cable, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual and OLYMPUS [ib] Software CD-ROM and a Warranty card.
Estimated Street Price: $199.99 (Available in silver, black and red)