It could be seen as a direct competition when Olympus has immediately unveiled its high-zoom heir to the SP-590 UZ’s throne right after Fujufilm rolled out its 30x optical zoom camera.
It could be said that the 30x optical zoom Olympus SP-800UZ provides the farthest-reaching telephoto end of any fixed-lens camera up to now. In comparison with the newly unveiled Fujifilm Finepix HS10, its 30x optical zoom lens offers more coverage on the wide-angle end (24mm to 720mm).
According to Olymus, its 14-megapixel SP-800UZ also brings 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.
Olympus is planning to roll out its SP-800UZ at $ 350
It is also possible for customers to choose among other offerings of this megazoom camera including the 12-megapixel, 15x-optical-zoom (28mm to 420mm; F3.5 to F5.4) Olympus SP-600UZ. Apart from the lesser optical range and megapixel count, version SP-600UZ offers a smaller 2.7-inch LCD. Olympus is planning to roll out its SP-600UZ at $ 250 and SP-800UZ at $ 350.
The megazoom camera of Olympus SP-800UZ
Apart from megazoom editions, two other Olympus’s Tough series of ruggedized cameras are also introduced at the same time.
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.
Unlike Tough-8010, Tough-6020 offer no slouch, which means that shockproof to drops of 5 feet, waterproof down to 16 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof.
One of the most outstanding features of the two cameras is generous amount of internal memory. The Tough-6020 gives you 1GB of out-of-the-box storage whereas the Tough-8010 offers 2GB of internal storage. Additionally, the two cameras all support SD or SDHC cards.
Other specifications of both new cameras of Olympus include 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.