30x optical zoom Olympus cameras


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


Olympus SP-600UZ


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. 

Olympus Tough


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.

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