Olympus has announced the addition of two superzooms to its SP series. First comes the SP-800UZ with a 30x ultra-telephoto optical zoom (28-840mm equiv.), 2GB internal memory, 3 inch LCD and a 14MP sensor. Next comes the SP-600UZ with 15x zoom lens starting at 28mm, 1GB internal memory, 2.7 inch LCD and a 12MP sensor. Both cameras come with SD card slots, Dual Image stabilization, HD video recording and AF tracking.

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Olympus scales new heights with
SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ


Compact camera’s ultra-zoom leaves competition in its tracks

Hamburg, 2 February 2010 –Scaling new heights in the compact market, Olympus proudly presents the latest from their ultra-zoom camera series. Equipped with a staggering 30x wide optical zoom covering a 28-840mm* focal length, the 14 Megapixel SP-800UZ makes other contenders pale in comparison. Whether snapping photos or trying out the new HD movie shooting option, a colossal internal memory of 2GB gives you the freedom to capture more. The 3” LCD displays in 16:9 format, which makes sharing the fruits of your labour with friends even more enjoyable. Little sister SP-600UZ also has built-in Dual Image Stabilisation, rendering clean, sharp images. The new [ib] software allows you to effortlessly tag your photos while browsing your albums gets simpler with Photo Surfing. Making it easy to shoot and easy to share the Olympus SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ are available in Titanium Silver from March 2010 for a retail price of £369.99 and £259.99 respectively.

The new features of the most powerful ultra-zoom compact, the SP-800UZ, offer ultimate versatility for innovative photography, but without the inconvenience of heavy duty equipment:

  • 30x wide optical zoom
  • 14 Megapixels
  • 3” wide LCD in 16:9 format
  • HD movie and HDMI technology
  • 2GB internal memory and SD slot
  • Photo Surfing
  • [ib] software
  • USB charging

Easier to shoot
Experience the action as though you were ringside with the groundbreaking 30x wide optical zoom (28-840mm*). Outclassing all pretenders to the point-and-shoot zoom title, the SP-800UZ makes sure you always have a front row seat. The built-in Dual Image Stabilisation of the 14 Megapixel camera guarantees defined image clarity, and high-speed shooting at up to 10fps means you’ll document the action blow by blow. But why not record the whole event using the new HD movie option? A heavyweight internal memory of 2GB means you can store plenty of videos and images, and an SD card slot enables further storage capacity. Check your shots on the new 3” LCD in wide 16:9 format.

And if you need help or simply want to investigate your creative options, just consult the In-Camera Manual – with the new scroll dial, you can adjust your camera’s functions more intuitively. A handy USB port facilitates battery recharging.

Little sister SP-600UZ also packs a punch with a 15x optical wide zoom (28-420mm*), 2.7” LCD and 1GB internal memory and SD slot. The
12 Megapixel edition shares most of the family traits, including Dual Image Stabilisation, HD movie capability and HDMI technology.

Easier to share
The SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ truly bridge the gap between taking and sharing photos. When it’s time to admire your handiwork or show off to friends, explore your archive using the new Photo Surfing tool. Thanks to [ib] software, people in your photos (using face recognition technology), places (using GPS technology), and events can be tagged automatically. You can even surf from one picture to the next in high definition quality on HDMI compatible HDTVs.

The sheer variety of SP series features lets you take your very best shots, for example AF Tracking follows your subject even when in motion, and i-Auto identifies your shooting environment, automatically adjusting your camera settings. Available from March 2010, the Olympus SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ offer all you need for ambitious shoot and share photography.

The Olympus SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ – main features:

  • 30x wide optical zoom (28-840mm*) (SP-600UZ: 15x, 28-420mm*1)
  • Dual Image Stabilisation (combines mechanical and digital image stabilisation)
  • High-speed 10fps sequence shooting
  • HD movie recording and HDMI technology
  • 14 Megapixels (SP-600UZ: 12 Megapixels)
  • 2GB internal memory (SP-600UZ: 1GB) and SD Card compatible*2
  • Photo Surfing and [ib] software
  • 3” LCD with 16:9 wide format (230,000 dots) (SP-600UZ: 2.7” LCD (230,000 dots))
  • Advanced Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking
  • Magic Filters, Beauty Mode, In-Camera Panorama
  • Built-in flash
  • In-Camera Manual
  • USB charging (SP-800UZ only)

*1    35mm camera equivalent
*2   SD is a trademark of SD Card Association

Olympus SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ specifications

  Olympus SP-800UZ Olympus SP-600UZ
Sensor

• 1/2.33" Type CCD
• 14.7 million total pixels
• 14 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)

• 1/2.33" Type CCD
• 12.5 million total pixels
• 12 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)
Image sizes

• 14M 4288 x 3216
• 8M 3264 x 2448
• 5M 2560 x 1920
• 3M 2048 x 1536
• 2M 1600 x 1200
• 1M 1280 x 960
• VGA 640 x 480
• 16:9 4288 x 2416
• 16:9 1920 x 1080

• 12M 3968 x 2976
• 5M 2560 x 1920
• 3M 2048 x 1536
• 2M 1600 x 1200
• 1M 1280 x 960
• VGA 640 x 480
• 16:9 1920 x 1080

Movie clips • 720p HD
• 640 x 480 @ 30/ 15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15 fps
• MPEG-4
Lens • 30x optical zoom
• 1 Aspherical glass elements
• 3 ED glass elements
• Focal length 5.0 -150 mm
• Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 28 - 840mm
• Aperture 2.8 - 5.6
• 15x optical zoom
• 2 Aspherical glass elements
• Focal length 5.0 -75mm
• Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 28 - 420mm
• Aperture 3.5 - 5.4
Image stabilization Yes
Digital zoom Yes 5x
Focus

• TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
• Standard
• Macro
• Super-Macro

Focus distance • Standard mode 0.1m (wide) / 1.8m (tele)
• Macro mode 0.1m - (wide) / 1.8m (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1 cm
• Standard mode 0.15m (wide) / 1.8m (tele)
• Macro mode 0.15m - (wide) / 1.8m (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1 cm
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High Auto
• Manual ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (at 3M), 10000 (at 3M)
• Auto
• High Auto
• Manual ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shuttter speed 1/4 - 1/2000 1/2 - 1/2000
Aperture f2.8-5.6 f3.5 - 5.4
Scene modes

17

13
White balance

• Auto
• Preset

Self timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds
Flash • Auto
• Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in
• Off
Flash Range • Wide 0.3 - 3.1 m (ISO 100)
• Tele 1.8 -2.2 m (ISO 200)
LCD monitor

• 3.0" / 7.6 cm LCD
• 230,000 dots

• 2.7" / 6.9 cm LCD
• 230,000 dots
Connectivity • Mini HDMI Type S=D
• DC input
• Combined A/V & USB output
• USB 2.0 compatible
Storage • SD/SDHC
• 2 GB internal memory
• SD/SDHC
• 1 GB internal memory
Power • LI-50B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery • AA batteries Alkaline or Ni-MH
Weight (no batt) 435g
Dimensions 110 x 90 x 91 mm

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