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Olympus announces SP-810UZ with the world's longest zoom lens

By dpreview staff on Jul 27, 2011 at 17:54 GMT

Olympus has announced the SP-810UZ superzoom with a 36x (24-864mm equiv.) zoom lens - the world's longest optical zoom in a compact camera. Successor to the SP-800UZ, the SP-810UZ also boasts a 14MP CCD sensor, 3.0" LCD and 720p HD video recording. Also included are a 3D capture mode, AF Tracking and Magic Filters including a new 'reflection' effect. Priced at $329.99, the camera will start shipping from September 2011.

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Olympus SP-810UZ boasts the world's longest zoom in a compact camera


Amazing 36X Ultra Wide Zoom, 3.0" Wide LCD and New Magic Filters Maximize Performance, Flexibility and Creativity for All of Life's Adventures

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., July 27, 2011 – Travelers looking for a camera flexible enough to get up close for beautiful macro images of flowers while exploring exotic islands or to capture the magnificence of the Old Faithful geyser from hundreds of feet away without changing lenses, now have the ultimate camera with the introduction of the new SP-810UZ. Featuring a wide 1:2.9-5.7 24-864mm* zoom lens and a 36x optical zoom, this S-series camera is one of the smallest compact cameras currently on the market with a zoom of 36x**, providing further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all.

"The SP-810UZ is the best zoom performance Olympus has ever delivered," said Jennifer Schmell, product manager Olympus Imaging America Inc. "No compact camera from Olympus has ever offered such impressive wide-angle zoom performance. As the most powerful camera in Olympus' ultrazoom category, it succeeds the prestigious SP-800UZ."

Expert Still and HD Movie Performance
From the sidelines of the soccer field to bird-watching on a riverboat, engage AF Tracking technology to lock focus on your fast-moving subjects and keep them in focus, even while they move in and out of the frame. The fast, wide 1:2.9-5.7 24-864mm* zoom lens combined with Dual Image Stabilization, enhanced ISO sensitivity, Shadow Adjustment Technology and TruePic III+ image processor guarantee tack-sharp photos and virtually eliminate blur in high-definition (HD) videos. With HDMI Control, you can use your HDTV's remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch.

Be Creative and Express More
Ten Magic Filters apply your own creative vision to movies and stills for greater artistic freedom. New Miniature Filter narrows the depth of focus and enhances color and contrast to convert your real-life images to look like a magical toy world. The new Reflection Filter adds a reflection to your subject as though it were standing over a glassy, still lake. In 3D-mode, the SP-810UZ combines two photos of the same subject from different angles to generate dynamic 3D images that can be viewed on a 3D-compatible monitor or television. Another creative highlight is In-Camera Panorama, which helps you capture a super-wide angle photo simply by panning the camera across the scene to combine three shots into one inside the camera.

Easy Operation
By eliminating time-consuming manual settings, the SP-810UZ frees you to concentrate on your subject. Intelligent Auto Mode recognizes the five most common photo scenarios and automatically optimizes settings such as focus and lighting. Don't forget the family pet! Activate Pet Detection mode to automatically capture your furry friend's face when it looks at the camera. The SP-810UZ is also compatible with an optional Eye-Fi SD card, adding Wi-Fi capability so you can automatically upload images to your computer as you take them. Be the life of the social media party by uploading your shots immediately.

Availability
The Olympus SP-810UZ will be available in black, starting in September 2011. It will ship with a Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50C) & Charger, USB Cable, USB-AC Adapter, Audio/Video Cable, Protective Lens Cap w/ Strap, Camera Strap, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Instruction Manual and [ib] Software CD-ROM.

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations
Olympus SP-810UZ Estimated Street Price: $329.99

* 35mm camera equivalent.
**As of July 2011.

Olympus SP-810UZ specifications

Sensor • 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 14 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
Movie clips • 720p
Lens • 36x optical zoom
• Focal length 4.3 -154.8 mm
• Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 24 - 864mm
• Aperture 2.9-5.7
Image stabilization Yes
Digital zoom Yes 4x
Focus • TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
• Standard
• Macro
• Super-Macro
• Spot AF
• Face Detection AF
• AF Tracking
Focus distance • Standard mode 0.3m (wide) / 2.9m (tele)
• Macro mode 0.3m - (wide) / 2.9m (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 5 cm
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High Auto
• Manual ISO 80,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 1/850 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
Aperture f2.9-5.7
Modes • Intelligent Auto
• Programme automatic
• Scene Modes
• Panorama
• Movie
• 3D Photos
• Magic Filter (Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water color, Reflection, Miniature)
Scene modes 16
White balance • Auto
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Custom -2 settings
Self timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds, Pet Auto-shutter
Flash • Auto
• Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in
• Off
Flash Range • Wide: 0.5m –6.2m at ISO 800
• Tele 2.0m –3.2m at ISO 800
LCD monitor • 3.0" / 7.6 cm LCD
• 230,000 dots
Connectivity • Mini HDMI Type =D
• DC input
• Combined A/V & USB output
• USB 2.0 compatible
Storage • SD/SDHC/SDXC
• 14 MB internal memory
Power • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
Weight (no batt) 413g
Dimensions 106 x 76 x 73.5mm

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