Olympus will add three more digicams to its line-up in March.


February 3, 2010: Olympus will add three more digicams to its line-up in March.
The 14-megapixel SP-800UZ (RRP $699) and 12-megapixel SP-600UZ (RRP $399) will join the popular super-telephoto category, offering high magnification lenses with a wide angle of view equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format. The SP-600UZ has a 15x optical zoom lens, while the SP-800UZ is the smallest compact digital camera in its class and the first in the world to incorporate a 30x optical zoom. Both models include Olympus’s advanced Dual Shakeproof CCD-shift image stabilisation function and a range of high-sensitivity settings.


The new SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ cameras. (Source: Olympus.)
Both models also support HD movie recording at 1280 x 720 pixels using the MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 format. They are also compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards. The SP-800UZ boasts a 3-inch 16:9 wide screen LCD monitor and 2GB internal memory and uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries with in-camera charging. The SP-600UZ has a 2.7-inch monitor and 1GB internal memory and uses AA batteries.
Olympus has developed new software called [ib] with a new photo surfing feature that allows users to transfer pictures from a PC back to the camera, where they can be searched quickly by date, person or location. The software provides basic editing facilities and automatic classification of pictures according to the recording date during upload to the PC. It is also able to recognise up to 16 faces as subjects and classify images accordingly.
Olympus will also introduce a new flagship model to its ‘Tough’ camera range, the Mju Tough 8010. The 14th Tough camera to be launched by Olympus globally, the Mju Tough 8010 has a 14-megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and Dual Shakeproof image stabiliser. It also sports a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III for Tough LCD screen with 230,000 dots. An in-camera “how to use” guide is also provided.


The new flagship Mju Tough 8010. (Source: Olympus.)
A new double-lock mechanism provides waterproofing to 10m and the Mju Tough 8010 is also Shockproof to 2m, Crushproof to 100kgf and Snowproof to -10 °C. RRP is $599. The new camera is SD compatible and offers Extended HDTV (1280 x 720 pixels) movie recording using the MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 movie compression format. Full details of the new cameras can be found at www.olympus.com.au.