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Olympus announces Stylus SP-100 superzoom with dot-sight

By dpreview staff on Jan 29, 2014 at 06:00 GMT
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Olympus has introduced the Stylus SP-100 superzoom, a camera with a built-in dot-sight that enables you to easily track moving subjects while the lens is zoomed in. The dot-sight pops up just above the high-resolution electronic viewfinder. To make long zoom focusing easier, the SP-100 also features a focus limiter, which lets the user choose what distances the camera searches. The SP-100 combines a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor with a 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom that captures 1080/60p HD video. Eleven creative art filters are also available in camera and be used when shooting movies. The SP-100 will be available in March. Estimated street price is $399.99.   

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Press Release:

NEW OLYMPUS® SP-100 IS A SUPER-ZOOM WITH AN EAGLE’S EYE FOR CAPTURING DISTANT ACTION 

The SP-100 Is the First Camera with a Built-In Dot-Sight* for Easy Framing, Electronic Viewfinder, Improved Grip and Refined Controls for Outstanding Telephoto Results

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2014 — Olympus introduces a breakthrough in its Ultra Zoom camera line-up with the new STYLUS® SP-100, the world’s first-ever camera with a built-in dot-sight*, enabling you to easily track moving subjects, like a soccer game or a flying bird. This technology will allow you to record smoother videos and will help you to not lose sight of your subject. Once the subject is still, then you can frame and shoot. The dot-sight combines with the SP-100’s newly developed 24-1200mm** 50x optical Ultra Zoom lens, or 2400mm 100x Super Resolution zoom, for capturing detailed shots of moving, distant subjects.

The SP-100’s dot-sight is mounted just above the built-in high-resolution, 920,000-dot, bright LCD Electronic View Finder and helps the user keep the subject in the frame by offering a wide-angle view of the scene on its semitransparent mirror. The dot-sight stows away for portability and pops up immediately to easily track any subject without the need to adjust the zoom, so the shooter never has to miss another image by having to retrace and compose. Olympus carefully designed the location of the EVF and the shape of the eyepiece for minimal contact between the photographer’s face and the camera body, giving even greater ease of shooting.

The high-performance optics combine with a 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a next-generation TruePic VII processor to get the very best out of every shot, regardless of lighting conditions or subject movement. The SP-100’s powerful lens shift image stabilization mechanism significantly reduces camera shake even at the highest zoom. Image stabilization is also effective in the Super Macro function when approaching subjects as close as 1 centimeter, even with the 50x optical zoom.

A new focus-limit button lets users focus only in a set range when turned on, and focus only in the distance when set to off. The SP-100 is also equipped with an AF lock feature and manual focusing. A full range of shooting manual modes (P/A/S/M) is also available for customization of exposure parameters like ISO, shutter speed and aperture via the sub dial. The deep grip provides optimal handling during shooting, while the quick-response, single-finger-operation control dial optimizes fast shooting when using the high-resolution electronic viewfinder. The camera includes an additional zoom lever on the left side of the lens, enabling users to hold the camera securely like a DSLR for left-thumb operation of the zoom while operating the shutter button with the right index finger.

The SP-100 captures video with natural motion in smooth 60p recording at 60 frames per second in full HD (1080) and high-speed recording (HS120fps with resolution of 640x480, or HS240fps with 320x240). The Multi-Motion Movie image stabilization compensates for blurring that occurs when shooting video while walking or panning across a scene.

Users can add additional creative expression through eleven available Art Filters that can also be used when shooting Full HD movies. The optional Toshiba FlashAir™ card connects the camera to a Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone or PC to easily import, view and share images.

* As of Janaury 29, 2014

**35mm equivalent

U.S. pricing and availability

The Olympus STYLUS SP-100 will be available in March, 2014.

Estimated Street Price:

$399.99 (Available in Black)

To find out more about the SP-100, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website.

Olympus Stylus SP-100 specifications

Price
MSRP$399.99
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-6400 (extends to 12800)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–1200 mm
Optical zoom50×
Maximum apertureF2.9 - F6.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x Super Resolution zoom, 4x digital zoom)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder resolution920,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1700 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Program Auto
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Super macro
  • Scene
  • Art Filters
  • Panorama
Scene modes
  • Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Interval Shooting, Hand-Held Starlight, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Super Macro, Backlight HDR
Built-in flashYes
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off
Continuous drive7 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264
Videography notesHigh speed: 120 fps (640 x 480), 240 fps (432 x 324)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage included37MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini HDMI)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia Toshiba FlashAir card
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLI-92B lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)594 g (1.31 lb / 20.95 oz)
Dimensions122 x 91 x 133 mm (4.8 x 3.6 x 5.25)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 89
Macist
By Macist (3 months ago)

Without GPS, it's useless as a travel camera.

Fail, since superzooms are mostly bought for travel photos.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (3 months ago)

"Useless" really? You can't do /anything/ with a camera without GPS?

11 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

Checked out gpsreview.com yet, Macist?

2 upvotes
Macist
By Macist (3 months ago)

Yeah, well..., I suppose if it was black&white only it wouldn't be totally useless, either. :) Or, alternatively, by getting a good grip on the barrel you can use it to hit people with it :)))

As superzooms are generally a compromise, I wonder what else do people use these superzooms for, if not for travel?

But unless your idea of memorable travel is to just to Paris and back, a GPS is very useful nowadays: virtually every image storing app or site has a mapping feature and most of those who have moved away from film use the location info.

Thus, I think a superzoom without a good GPS implementation is largely "useless" as a travel camera.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

How about just taking along with your a small notebook, and then write brief metadata memos into it, like "shot taken in North America," "shot taken in Asia," "shot take in Africa," and so forth?

1 upvote
Scott Birch
By Scott Birch (2 months ago)

I just tell people where my shots are taken. If that isn't enough for them, then they can sod off.

4 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

So before the GPS was invented, all cameras were useless for travel? We never saw any tourists with cameras before that? Just because something is useful, it doesn't become a necessity.

0 upvotes
Giklab
By Giklab (2 months ago)

I think this camera is aimed at birdwatchers and would-be bird photographers, not tourists.

0 upvotes
LaFonte
By LaFonte (2 months ago)

What is with people and the "its useless " theme?
So many comments on various posts all using the "useless" word.
I just commented on another post where some other user calls e-m1 useless.
Is this a smear campaign or just people are really getting that moronic?
I mean it seriously, so many posts on various Olympus cameras inserting the useless word.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
0 upvotes
papa natas
By papa natas (2 months ago)

Yeah, I hear you.
And the damn thing should also come with the T for TASSIMO coffee brewer.

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Kinda like a me too product. The f2.9 on the wide end is kina nice for a 50x zoom. Everything else is been there done that. Pretty uninspiring after the very well executed stylus 1

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

Wow, yet another "fixes lens superzoom" -- just hat the world has been waiting most anxiously, I suppose.

But this one from Oly and Hardy is so bad, the poor lens' aperture can only be coerced to open up to F6.5 in tele setting. What good is THAT? Particularly when shooting video?

The "dot-line" gimmick is totally ridiculous -- you have to pop up the little flash just to use it, so where are you supposed to be looking at here, anyhow -- dot-line, EVF or LCD screen? Two out of three? All three?

I make mine "none" or "neither," and save $399 in the process as well.

I must give it to Olympus -- they are constantly trying. Just rarely succeeding.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

You are forgetting that it's a 1200mm equivalent zoom!

And look at the competition? Canon SX50 is f6.5 at 1200mm, too.

Complain all you want, but you can't ignore the fact that you really can't get this kind of reach on an SLR setup without a $10,000 prime lens or using enough teleconverters to drop your aperture into the double digits

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

These is no mistaking here -- even Oly cannot bend the law of physics. The 1200mm focal length equivalent sounds good -- on paper. The F6.5 does not even sound good on paper by comparison.

Also, good luck manually focusing with these superzooms as your are zooming into the farthest reaches of the lens. And if you eave it on AF, the poor thingies will desperately search for the focus for SECONDS before they claim to have latched onto something.

A superzoom lens is one that goes OOF for seconds when you d oa quick or moderate zooming in from WA to extreme tele. So, what's the use of 1200mm if you cannot get it in focus Toronto? I am referring to mostly for video use, when you do a nice full focal length range zooming-in shot but the image goes OOF.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

Check out wildlife samples from the Canon SX50 on flickr. It's a lot of zoom and lot of image quality for the price.

And why am I trying to "focus Toronto"? That part didn't make a ton of sense.

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

I have no clue how "Toronto" got in there, so sorry. It should have said maybe "cannot get into focus diddle."

Now, if you have a few seconds to spare and are taking still pix, a 50x or 60x monster reach superzoom is indeed a phenomenal alternative. But in my experience, when you are at 1000mm and past that focal length equivalents and zoom in or out whilst shooting a video clip, the focus hunting can take seconds, thus ruining the shot for you good and proper.

0 upvotes
Macist
By Macist (2 months ago)

No offense, but some of the Luddites may as well ask why we need digital cameras, or the internet, when we did perfectly fine before that....

The point is, when many of us travel, we go through jungles, small towns, villages, parks, lakes, etc., many of which are not easily recognizable months, or years, later.

Virtually all photo apps and catalog sites nowadays, such as iPhoto, Aperture, LightRoom or Smugmug, have a mapping feature, which will take the coordinates from your photo and place the precise location on a map.

So, I can see the exact curve on the river in Borneo where I took a particular shot, or where a particular village was, the name of which I never knew, until Aperture mapped my shot of it.

So, yes, I can say "Asia," but it's much better when I know exactly where the shot was taken.

Now back to my point about superzooms: they are a compromise by their very nature and most useful to those who travel and need to pack light, yet need a versatile lens.

Get it?

0 upvotes
Mischa Bronstring
By Mischa Bronstring (3 months ago)

I wonder how I should interpret the following:

"Image stabilization is also effective in the Super Macro function when approaching subjects as close as 1 centimeter, even with the 50x optical zoom."

Does this mean that you can still focus on 1 cm distance when using 1200mm? That would offer tremendous potential! But I fear I read this wrong...

0 upvotes
jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (3 months ago)

Well done Olympus.. Terrific.. Don't care about doomsters who say it won't work because 1/2.3 small sensor. You made smaller OMD sensor jpeg output to defeat the sensor of mighty 7D!!. If this 50x lens has fast AF and precise focus, this will be the best ultrazoom camera for wild life.

2 upvotes
Donald Chin
By Donald Chin (3 months ago)

Why don't you compare the OM-D sensor with current 1" or APS-C sensor instead of an out dated 7D?

3 upvotes
jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (3 months ago)

Donald Chin,
go here and compare with the camera that came AFTER OMD 5 and reviewed 4 months after OMD-5: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i/24

Olympus is far superior in jpeg output. It is not me, but dpreview says that.

I don't know what is your problem with olympus, but the OMD-5 s jpeg output is as good as 24 MP Nikons output.

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4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (3 months ago)

sensor size is only part of the story that anyone can stop down a lens or use an ND filter on 7D and get same as bad low light image quality as anyone including Oly.

Comment edited 43 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (3 months ago)

Donald Chin,
You are being a Nikon fanboy, I guess you would have appreciated if the same camera was made by Nikon. What do you think?

As you advised, i compared Nikon 1" sensors output with OMD-5. And there was no comparison. Nikon 1" was way too inferior.

Comment edited 13 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Man do these guys even know what a larger sensor size means.

0 upvotes
jeangenie
By jeangenie (3 months ago)

The red dot sight is either the stupidest thing that I've seen added to a camera in recent years, or the most genius. It's amazing how often those two intersect.

Either way, we won't know for a while.

5 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (3 months ago)

having a hot-shoe looks good enough to me
for an attached dot-sight.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

"Dumb as rock" -- would be my prediction.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

"dot" tracking is exactly what you'll be doing as your bird at 1200mm equivalent FL will be nothing more than a dot in that pop up viewfinder thing.

5 upvotes
AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (3 months ago)

Kind of useless in practice IMO. $400 for a 1/2.3 camera is an instant deal breaker for many these days, and the reach is nice but a P&S can't track worth a damn, and IQ is garbage above ISO 200, so you won't be getting many BIF's with these. Just seems very gimmicky to me, even though it's a cool idea. They are adding "tracking" features and huge reach to cameras that are the worst possible tools you can use to shoot action - that just screams "marketing ploy".

If you want crazy reach on the cheap with amazing tracking, high FPS, and good IQ, the cheapest solution is something like a J1/V1 and a FT-1, assuming you have some DSLR lenses already.

Not a bad idea for the casual traveler or something, but anyone buying it to shoot action or for its "tracking" features are going to be left very disappointed IMHO.

2 upvotes
Donald Chin
By Donald Chin (3 months ago)

1/2.3" BSI CMOS isn't a garbage if you know how to use it.
http://www.dpreview.com/members/9004478352/forums/recent?forum=1010

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (3 months ago)

the cheap sensor only constitutes a fraction of the price,
the lens costs much more.

0 upvotes
AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (3 months ago)

IMHO the image quality in those samples is quite poor, especially above ISO 200, which is what I said originally. That would not be acceptable to many people. Sensor and AF is where nearly every P&S falls short. They are sold based on zoom & megapixels, which is what the vast majority of low-end camera buyers are looking for - quantitative numbers to compare with other cameras based on limited knowledge and the mindset that "more is better" for both. That is how the marketing works on P&S cameras, and why you see companies release 10X the P&S cameras as they do DSLR's - they are they volume products.

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1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

"the cheap sensor only constitutes a fraction of the price,
the lens costs much more."

Well, since the lens goes as dark as F6.5 even when you open the iris up all the way, I would say that we are talking about a lens worth somewhat UNDER $100. F6.5 maximum open aprture -- and that is using a 1/2.3-inch sensor.
Well done, Oly! You guys had finally outdone yourselves.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (3 months ago)

@Francis Carver so tell me, what other 50x zoom lens are you comparing to to come up with that price?

0 upvotes
wb2trf
By wb2trf (3 months ago)

This is potentially a very interesting camera for those, like me, who shoot birds in flight with a superzoom. The problem of spotting and tracking at zoom levels above 800 is one of the biggest problems. If this dot sight works, it could make a big difference. Unfortunately there are a lot of small factors that affect usability. For example, the Canon SX50 blacks out the vf/lcd during high speed burst shooting, which is a killer for shooting while tracking. Image quality of course is another. It will be interesting to learn more.

2 upvotes
Joseph Mama
By Joseph Mama (3 months ago)

Dot Sight is a great idea, but you would think they would toss in some other feature as well for 400 bucks. I'd expect 60x zoom or a better aperture or slightly bigger sensor (1/1.7), or something. its behind the competition except for this 1 trick.

2 upvotes
jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

"Behind" in what way? The initial $400 price is 1/3 that of an RX10 and the likely $360 street price is the same as that of the FX70. There is no 1/1.7" sensor camera that offers comparable zoom with a tolerable size or price. The Fuji super-zoom with the 1/1.7" sensor proved to offer dubious IQ advantages and the huge lens phallus was prone to drooping. A f/2.8 constant aperture demands less zoom or larger size. There is no overall index of "better," unless one weighs a particular variable. If the dot-sight gimmick works, that may be the "ticket" for some people.

3 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (3 months ago)

You are absolutely insane. Get real. Get crucial. Get a clue. Is this a joke?
Does everyone think the maximum aperture of a lens means anything other than the ability to transmit light? This could be the sharpest lens ever put on a superzoom as far as any of us know. The aperture tells you very, very little about the lens.
There just aren't words to communicate what a facepalm comment you just made.

2 upvotes
DukeCC
By DukeCC (3 months ago)

Howard--I am trying to understand what part of which comment caused your reaction. Can you explain?
Joseph wants a better (wider) aperture for his money.
jkoch2 I believe is saying a better aperture would make the setup too heavy, or might compromise zoom reach.
Seems to be a reasonable 'request', and a reasonable explanation.
What is your reasoning? Do you think wide aperture lenses can be made as small as small aperture lenses? Explain, please. It might help my knowledge. I fear I am missing something.

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

At f 6.5 the lens sharpness matter dipshit. Maximum possible resolution is like 3-4 mp because of diffraction anyway. There is a reason why the fz200 is still king here. Olympus got it right with the stylus 1 so why they make this stupid thing is beyond my understanding.

3 upvotes
jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

Give Oly credit for introducing a new tracking tool. Long zoom is hard to use with moving objects. Let's hope the reviewers check how well it works. Perhaps it aids if the zoom is 600mm or less, but hand-held shots at any longer setting are probably difficult to keep steady or track at all. No mention if the SP-100 has the 5-axis stabilization of the OMD-EM5. Nice if it did, but maybe not.

The 1/2.3" back-lit sensor is all the bigger one can expect and also have a 24-1200mm equivalent focal range. The RX-10 has a 1" sensor, but is bigger, has a much more limited focal range, and costs almost 3X the Oly. 1200mm equivalent range with an APS-C sensor would cost a fortune and require the size and weight of a RPG launcher.

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0 upvotes
Donald Chin
By Donald Chin (3 months ago)

Built-in Dot Sight is interesting, but they forgot to include RAW which is important if you want to get the utmost out of the tiny 1/2.3" sensor.

1 upvote
Al Valentino
By Al Valentino (3 months ago)

No RAW option unlike some of Fuji's Bridge cameras like the new S1. This difference can mean a lot to get the best out of a tiny sensor.

3 upvotes
jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

RAW is not high on the priority list of people buying an ultra zoom to track sports action or birds in flight. Key question here is whether the "dot sight" and AF are efficient enough to perform those tasks better. A shoot-off comparison of the Oly and S1 would have to be based on outdoor action, not a studio still life with bottles of cordials, schnapps, and brandy.

1 upvote
John Miles
By John Miles (3 months ago)

FZ50 rating (-3) http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52339583

A dedicated front wheel would allow instantaneous EV adjustment whilst the right thumb assisted in steadying the camera. A hot shoe for standard accessories does not appear to be present. The screen does not look to articulate to allow waist height composition.

The first Non Fuji 2/3" sensored superzoom camera of this generation. This camera has enormous potential, with broadly speaking double the typical superzoom sensor area. An excellent contender for the superzoom enthusiasts cash; a fitting "camera bag in a camera" release.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

"The first Non Fuji 2/3" sensored superzoom camera of this generation. "

huh?

1 upvote
jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

FZ50: a 12x 1/1.8" CCD Panasonic model sold in 2006, which DPR rated 7.5 on a 1 to 10 scale.

1 upvote
John Miles
By John Miles (3 months ago)

Correction. Yes it is not a 2/3" sensor alas.

(BTW - FZ50 DP review score 8.4 not 7.5) "And so, to sum up; for the serious user the FZ50 is without doubt the best equipped, best specified and best handling 'bridge camera' on the market today". Physically the camera hasn't changed. It's still possesses the best handling ergonomics out there.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (3 months ago)

John, have you tried shooting with X-S1 or HS50? It will change your perception about what is best.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

Looks like the best of 50x cameras, and the only one with decent EVF. 60x Panasonic FZ70 still has better lens - both wider and brighter.

0 upvotes
AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (3 months ago)

Samsung Post a bridge camera and you get endless comments on its sensor size, Olympus make a bridge camera with the same sensor size and no on seems to notice!!!??

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

You cannot read, can you?

2 upvotes
Shamus1
By Shamus1 (3 months ago)

A couple of years ago, I obtained an Xtend-a-sight mount and put a red/green Tru-Glo dot sight on it for my Canon EOS bodies. Works fine for fast acquisition of moving long shots. :)

http://www.photosolve.com/main/product/xtendasight/index.html?SSAID=314743

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Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (3 months ago)

Fabulous, genius!
Those who already use red-dot sights for aeroplane photos should test this ASAP, I hope it works as well as it looks.

1 upvote
JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (3 months ago)

Sight should be easy enough to build as an accessory-shoe add-on, e.g. a simple flip-up wire frame & back-sight, like the one on my 1910 Roussell plate camera.

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0 upvotes
Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (3 months ago)

Very nice design. But such small sensor? The cam is already over half kilo.

probably, todays physics does not allow further range with bigger sensor above 500g. !

0 upvotes
Gordon W
By Gordon W (3 months ago)

No RAW, no deal!

6 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (3 months ago)

Right. Don'buy it, then.

1 upvote
Gordon W
By Gordon W (3 months ago)

I certainly won't.

1 upvote
ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (3 months ago)

These days, most cameras that don't have raw have serious lens issues being corrected in software... so raw isn't as good a deal as you'd think. That said, I can get better images (and a significantly wider view) out of an A4000 using CHDK to extract raws from it... they just look nasty without a lot of careful postprocessing. ;-)

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0 upvotes
completelyrandomstuff
By completelyrandomstuff (3 months ago)

This is styled like an F-117 fighter jet and then it comes with a red dot sight. Coincidence?

5 upvotes
Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (3 months ago)

Conspiracy!

3 upvotes
ashokvashisht
By ashokvashisht (3 months ago)

Why are superzooms not coming out with bigger sensors, say, 2/3" instead of the normal 1/2.3". Ideally priced at about US$550-600 and having a fixed focal lenght zoom ( f2.8) of 25-600 mm. That would be a good camera!

2 upvotes
AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (3 months ago)

Because its because of the sensor size they can make the zoom so large. Sony are the only ones who have put a bigger sensor in and they couldn't even get it over 10x optical (200mm) and its priced at £900!!! madness. at the moment its technologically impossible to make a fixed long zoom with big sensor

2 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (3 months ago)

There laready is one ultrazoom with 2/3 sensor (Fuji X-S1), but did not make big sales. The reason is that ultrazoom (let´s say 25-600 mm) with this sensor size would need considerably big lens. The X-S1 is just as big and heavy as a mid-sized DSLR. Imagine it has constant aperture lens: it would be even bigger; who would buy it instead of DSLR? What advantages woud it have?

5 upvotes
ashokvashisht
By ashokvashisht (3 months ago)

Got it. I thought that the only reason not to put a bigger sensor was to protect DSLR sales. I was planning to buy a Lumix FZ200 but I now plan to buy a Nikon D5200. Only that buying an assortment of lenses will add to the cost. My interest is nature landscapes & wildlife (large game).

0 upvotes
jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

"Ideally priced at about US$550-600"? Fantasy. Wake up. Think $3,500. Or go back to sleep and dream of Turkish Delight or being wooed by a mermaid.

The RX10 has fixed aperture, and a 1" sensor, but a limited zoom and costs $1,200 price. A 600mm equivalent zoom with f/2.8 aperture, on a 2/3" sensor, would have to be very big and very very very expensive. Or you could slap a mirror lens onto a cheap camera, and claim long reach, but get a poor image.

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ashokvashisht
By ashokvashisht (3 months ago)

I will stick to a D5200 with a kit lens for the time being! I would get it in India for about INR 41300 / US$690.

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ashokvashisht
By ashokvashisht (3 months ago)

But going back to previous comments is it not possible that the sensor is ramped up to 1/1.7 inch minimum ?

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Parappaman
By Parappaman (3 months ago)

I'll use it as a scope for my airsoft rifle. Nice idea, Oly!

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

This is a camera no one needs but some will want.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (3 months ago)

That can be said about alot of cameras.

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rpm40
By rpm40 (3 months ago)

That can be said about ALL cameras. :P

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Revenant
By Revenant (3 months ago)

All we need is air, water, food, and perhaps clothes and shelter in harsh climates. Some people need medicine. Everything else is luxury.

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DStudio
By DStudio (3 months ago)

God didn't create us just to survive. We all need at least something beyond these basics.

Other things are not mere luxury. They're what make our lives meaningful. Not just to us, but to others as well.

For most of us on this site, photography is one of the meaningful parts of our lives.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

I wish the super zoom category had never been invented.

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Mister J
By Mister J (3 months ago)

Not quite sure why… my Pana FZ is a lightweight all-in-one working tool that has a terrific lens range (especially at wide angle) and captures decent images. Matches well with my iPhone, though not so hot for sports action - but that's not my thing, so no prob.

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Zigadiboom
By Zigadiboom (3 months ago)

Perhaps if you cared to check out some photos as well as the literally 1000's of user reviews of the Canon SX50HS, Panasonic FZ200 and the likes thereof you may actually reconsider your comment.

In an age where entry level cameras are a dying breed due to improved camera capabilities in smartphones, the superzoom category is still able to hold its own both in sales as well continuing to appeal to its target market.

Of the many different camera categories that exist, when it comes to bang for your buck the superzoom category sits very close to the top.

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (3 months ago)

It was invented 'cause it can be sold.

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DStudio
By DStudio (3 months ago)

Superzooms are not only useful in and of themselves, they also helped many of us to get started (or perhaps re-started).

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Babya
By Babya (3 months ago)

Been awhile since a superoom Olympus had PSAM-the SP- series before the 590UZ had it last.

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Babya
By Babya (3 months ago)

The dot-sight feature seems unusual. We'll have to see how well it works in practice.

Compared to the Stylus 1, there's no constant aperture throughout the zoom range. And the styling is bit OM like.

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phazelag
By phazelag (3 months ago)

I use a red dot and green dot on my FZ200 and love it. Its calibrated to the center focus point, but also works with with multi point too.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 months ago)

No raw, bummer.

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Hubertus Bigend
By Hubertus Bigend (3 months ago)

Right, too bad. Alongside DSLR and CSC, I still use an Olympus C-7000Z/C-70Z, a roughly travelzoom-sized compact with 7x zoom, optical viewfinder and RAW mode, introduced ten years ago, because I couldn't find anything worthy to replace it for a long time. Only lately Panasonic, on the other hand, started to offer some compacts I actually might consider to buy one of (like the FZ70, but more likely the ZS40/TS60 or the LF1).

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (3 months ago)

Where are the pictures of this interesting camera?
OK, the Olympus website, OK!

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 months ago)

All over this page.... move your eyelids in a vertical position.

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (3 months ago)

Can I start a web page from bottom up? I didn't know that! :)
They were not there! You posted 12 minutes later than I did.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 months ago)

You can almost "shoot" with it, interesting.

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