Olympus unveils SZ-12 compact superzoom with 24x lens
Pre-CES: Olympus has unveiled the SZ-12, a 24x compact superzoom camera. The camera is based around an image-stabilized 14MP sensor and adds a 25-600mm equivalent zoom lens. Like the other releases it includes the company's Magic Art Filters, but it also features a well-specified 460k dot 3.0" LCD. The SZ-12 will sell for around $199 from March 2012.
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)
For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com.
|Max resolution||4288 x 3216|
|Other resolutions||4288 x 2416, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480|
|Effective pixels||14 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||15 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||No|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–600 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F3.0 - F6.9|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT Color LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1700 sec|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in|
|Continuous drive||1 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Type D)|
|Battery description||Lithium-ion rechargeable LI-50B battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||220|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||226 g (0.50 lb / 7.97 oz)|
|Dimensions||106 x 69 x 40 mm (4.17 x 2.72 x 1.57″)|