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Olympus announces SP-620UZ 21x 'Ultrazoom' camera

By dpreview staff on Jan 10, 2012 at 03:00 GMT

Pre-CES: Olympus has announced the SP-620UZ, the latest in its long-running 'ultrazoom' series of cameras. The SP-620uz has a lens covering a 25-525mm equivalent range, mounted in front of a 16MP stabilized CCD sensor. It features the company's Magic Art Filters and a multi-shot 3D imaging mode for playback on 3D monitors and televisions. The SP-620UZ has a recommended selling price of $199.

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Press Release:

PORTABLE POWERHOUSE: OLYMPUS SP-620UZ ULTRAZOOM BOASTS OUTSTANDING OPTICS, IMAGE QUALITY AND AFFORDABILITY

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus today unveils the SP-620UZ, a long zoom camera designed for consumers looking for a powerful, great-value, go-anywhere compact that captures challenging shots. Offering impressive wide-angle capability for shooting landscapes, interiors and crowds, it's a 21x optical zoom lens (25-525mm equivalent*) gives you the flexibility to focus and capture wildlife, competitive sports and other distant subjects without having to carry interchangeable lenses.

The outstanding optics are matched by Olympus’ advanced technologies, including Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization, which minimizes camera shake even when the user is moving and Dual Image Stabilization allowing you to record crisp, clear stills and HD videos. Capture images with radiant colors, low noise and razor-sharp edges, thanks in part to the 16-megapixel CCD sensor.

In addition to shooting wide-angle shots in close quarters, expansive panoramas and nose-to-nose close-ups, the Olympus SP-620UZ is flexible enough to experiment with intermediate zoom settings for portraits, still-life subjects and movies. A host of creative in-camera Magic Art Filters enables you to apply spectacular effects to all of life’s adventures both with stills and in video mode.

No time to fix your make-up before someone takes your picture with the SP-620UZ? Olympus’ Beauty Make-up mode will let you apply everything from eyeliner to eye shadow and rouge. You can even lift cheekbones and morph your subjects into cover-models. With 3D image capture, the Olympus SP-620UZ 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.

Eye-Fi™ card compatibility and a 3.0”LCD make it simple to share stills and HD videos with ease.

*35mm camera equivalent.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The SP-620UZ will be available in January and ships with a Camera Strap, Protective Lens Cap, USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable, 4 AA Batteries, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual and OLYMPUS [ib] Software CD-ROM and a Warranty Card.

Estimated Street Price: $199.99 (Available in silver and black)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com.

Olympus SP-620UZ specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorTruePic III+
Image
ISOAuto, High Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceNo
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG 2.21
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–525 mm
Optical zoom21×
Maximum apertureF3.1 - F5.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range60 cm (23.62)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Color LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1500 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Beauty
  • Landscape
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Candle
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Pet (Cat)
  • Pet (Dog)
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type D)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryAA
Battery description4 x AA batteries
Dimensions110 x 74 x 74 mm (4.33 x 2.91 x 2.91)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 7
McLuhan
By McLuhan (Jan 13, 2012)

why still no viewfinder ??? having a superzoon without a viewfinder means your IS system at telephoto end effectively disabled !

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Jan 10, 2012)

When are you gonna stop creating toy-ish cameras?

Raise the the level Oly and abandon the pinhead sensor. Make something 15x-20x with bigger sensor, manual zoom and manual controls!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 12, 2012)

They do. It's called a FUJIFILM camera.

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Simon97
By Simon97 (Jan 10, 2012)

The styling looks to be from 10 years ago. A shame they are all going to the 16mp sensor. I've not seen a camera with one that made usable images. Of course this is a budget cam.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 10, 2012)

Looks bigger than the SZ-12, but has the same 1/2.3" sensor and less maximum focal length. What's the distinction between "compact super zoom" and ultra-zoom? Looks as though two Oly units devised cameras that compete (absent-mindedly?) with each other. Both are priced the same.

No Oly entré to contend with the Fuji 2/3" sensor XS-1 zoomer?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 12, 2012)

"No Oly entré to contend with the Fuji 2/3" sensor XS-1 zoomer?"

Not even close. Olympus cannot make a Fujinon quality lens based on one of Fujinon's own 2/3-inch B4-mount professional video lenses, anyhow.

Just ordered my X-S1 after seeing some superzoom footage done with it (in Moscow) on YouTube. There is nothing like it at all.

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star shooter
By star shooter (Jan 10, 2012)

They say it can handle sport so I wonder what the lag time is between shutter release and writing to card? I bet its not instant! Just another 'bread and butter' cash-flow camera for Olympus.

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