Olympus SP-550 UZ: 18x ultra zoom
Today is Olympus day with the announcement of eight new cameras in the FE, Stylus (Mju) and SP ranges. Most interesting is the SP-550 UZ ultrazoom, boasting the world's first 18x (yes 18x) zoom capability. Covering an astounding 28-504mm (equiv.) range it is sure to appeal to travellers seeking a compact camera for all occasions. Also featuring CCD-shift Image Stabilization, a 15fps burst mode (1.2MP) and a 7.1 megapixel sensor, the SP-550 continues a legacy of innovative large-zoom cameras from Olympus.
World’s first 18x optical zoom takes photography to the next level
The Olympus SP-550 UZ: Picture the possibilities
London, 25 January 2007 – Get up close and personal in a whole new way. With the world’s first wide 18x optical zoom, the Olympus SP-550 UZ accepts no limits, bringing photographers closer to distant subjects than ever before. Capture candid street scenes from a discreet distance, grab the detail of your favourite sport from way up in the stands – then even use the wide angle lens to take in the whole game – as this model’s focal length spans an amazing 28mm-504mm (in 35mm camera equivalent terms)! Enjoy double protection against camera shake with Dual Image Stabilization. Even at high magnifications or when capturing fast-moving objects, this technology ensures results are significantly sharper. Packing 7.1 Megapixels of detail-capturing power, the SP-550 UZ opens up a new realm of creative possibility.
Ready for your close up?
Explore the possibilities of truly remarkable magnification power. With an 18x wide zoom lens (equivalent to 28-504mm on a 35mm camera) there’s no need to disturb your subject, whether it be an animal wandering through the wilderness or people lounging in a city park. Telephoto shots can be more prone to blur caused by camera shake, so the SP-550 UZ features Dual Image Stabilization to help deliver the clearest results possible. Get a front-row view from a safe distance in high-action situations – and even make use of the phenomenally-high burst rate to take great sequential shots at speeds never before seen in this category: Up to 15 frames per second*!
See more of everything!
Experience a lens that’s simply more versatile than anything you’ve seen before. On top of astounding ultra-zoom attributes, its wide-angle capabilities stretch to 28mm (35mm camera equivalent). Therefore the SP-550 UZ therefore offers photographers a broader viewpoint from which the photographer can see and do more. And with a 6.4cm LCD it’s easy to frame and capture shots, without having to squint and make guesses about how the image will turn out.
Go for the details
See the world from a different point of view with Super Macro mode – making shots possible from as close as 1cm! From the tiniest wonders nature has to offer, to the simple detail of everyday life: The most unique photographic opportunities are easily recorded with the SP-550 UZ.
Capture the night
Don’t let low light ruin a photo opportunity. You can rely on BrightCapture Technology to add brightness to any shot, even in movie mode! With the help of an extra-bright LCD, framing dim shots is no problem, making high-quality photo and video capture a reality in virtually any low-light situation.
Comfortable, creative control
Thanks to an ergonomic design plus the intuitive menu and button layouts, the SP-550 UZ is a delight to hold and just as much fun to operate. With P/A/S/M exposure modes and 23 scene modes available, there’s a perfect setting for every user, and for pretty much any situation.
The versatile Olympus SP-550 UZ turns creative dreams into reality. Featuring the world’s first wide 18x optical zoom, this compact camera will be available from February 2007. It is expected to cost in the region of £375 (US price - unconfirmed - is expect to be around $500).
The SP-550 UZ main features:
• 18x wide optical zoom (equivalent to 28-504mm on a 35mm camera) 1:2.8-4.5
• Dual Image Stabilization
• 7.1 Megapixels
• 6.4cm/2.5” LCD with 230,000 pixels
• High burst rate (up to 15fps*)
• Super Macro mode (from as close as 1cm)
• P/A/S/M exposure modes
• BrightCapture Technology for better low light photography – also available in movie mode
• 23 scene modes (including Portrait, Sports, Night Scene)
• 25 languages on board
• Internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
• Supplied with Olympus Master software and four AA batteries
* In 1.2 Megapixel mode
1/2.5" Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 3072 x 2304
3072 x 2048 (3:2)
2560 x 1920
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 30fps
320 x 240 30fps
Up to capacity of card
Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.21), RAW
|Lens|| 4.7-84.2mm (28-504 35 mm equiv) 18x optical zoom
|Image stabilization||Yes (Optical)|
|Conversion lenses||Yes (with CLA-10 adaptor)|
|Digital zoom||Up to 5.6x|
|Focus|| TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
|AF area modes|| iESP multi-pattern
143 area selectable spot
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| 0.1m-∞ (wide), 1.2-∞ (tele)
1cm closest focus (super macro)
|Metering|| ESP multi-pattern
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto ISO
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2EV
1/3 EV steps
|Exposure bracketing|| +/- 5EV
1/3 EV steps
|Shutter speed||1/2-1/2000 sec|
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Landscape with portrait
Night scene with portrait
Available light portrait
Shoot & select 1
Shoot & select 2
Underwater wide 1
Underwater wide 2
|White balance|| Auto
Custom white balance
|White balance fine tune|| -7 Red - +7 Blue|
|Continuous shooting|| 1.2fps/7 frames (Full image size)
7fps/15 frames (3MP)
15fps /20 frames (1.2MP )
|Image parameters|| Black & White
RAW data edit
|Flash|| Built in pop-up
Fill-in with red-eye reduction
Working range 0.3-4.5m
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| Combined USB & AV output
|Print compliance|| DPOF
|Storage|| xD-Picture Card|
|Power|| 4x AA batteries (alkaline included)
Optional NiMHs and charger
|Weight (no batt)||365g (12.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||116 x 78.5 x 78 mm (4.6 x 3.1 x 3.1 in)|
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