Olympus has today announced a 6.0 megapixel addition to its new SP series of cameras. The SP-700 squeezes all the controls on the back of the camera to one side to make way for a huge 3-inch LCD, the biggest yet on an Olympus camera. The company is hoping the 'design-led' SP-700 will be the camera to be seen with. The SP-700 has a special guide function for beginners, which explains the different menu options and scene modes and will be available in time for Christmas 2005.

Press Release:

The Olympus SP-700

Olympus SP-700

See the bigger picture with the latest Olympus camera

London, 4 October 2005 – The SP-700 boasts Olympus’s largest LCD to date with its 3 inch (7.6cm) HyperCrystal LCD. Combined with 6.0 million pixels and a precision 3x zoom lens (1:3.3-4.0, equivalent to 38-114mm in 35mm format), the SP-700 ensures that users are able to easily capture, view and share their high quality images with friends.

Whether at the pub, on holiday or on a day out, a streamlined metal body makes this lightweight, design-led camera the latest gadget to be seen with.

The Olympus SP-700 will be available in time for Christmas 2005.

With the SP-700, capturing sharp, vibrant images whilst out and about couldn’t be easier, thanks to its fast response and start-up times, and integrated guide function. Furthermore, the 3 inch LCD with 230,000 pixels means you and your friends can easily view the images at the same time directly on the camera. The SP-700 caters for the perfectionists among us. Its Compare and Shoot function enables users to check and compare results before re-shooting or adjusting settings if necessary, helping to ensure you will never take a bad photograph again. Say goodbye to closed eyes and over-exposure and capture every moment to perfection.

The camera’s functionality is enhanced with a range of 24 scene modes. They include an underwater shooting mode to be used in conjunction with the PT-013 underwater case, Red-eye Fix, and Macro or Super Macro Mode for shooting from just 1cm away. A range of additional features, including multi-shot, Label Shot, Calendar function, 2in1 and panorama (when using an Olympus xD-Picture Card) provides more creative users with the opportunity to experiment with a variety of special effects.

With its LCD, stylish compact design and host of special features, the SP-700 will open your eyes to a wider range of photographic opportunities.

The Olympus SP-700 – main features

  • Extra large 7.6cm/3” LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • 6.0 million pixels
  • Precision 3x optical zoom (38-114mm, 35mm camera equiv.)
  • Auto mode plus 24 scene modes (incl. Portrait, Beach, Snow, Night Scene and Underwater) for trouble-free shooting
  • Movie recording with sound (VGA size at 30fps)
  • Creative functions, e.g. Slide Show, Compare & Shoot, Multi-shot,
  • Histogram in shooting and playback mode
  • Guide Function for easy operation. Explains the different menu options and scene modes.
  • Image editing functions on board incl. red-eye fix, brightness, saturation, trimming, B&W and sepia – without need for a PC
  • 11 MB internal memory plus slot for xD-Picture Cards
  • Super Macro mode for shooting from 1cm
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • PictBridge compatible

Olympus SP-700 specifications


• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 6.2 million pixels total
• 6.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 2288 x 1712
• 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
• 160 x 120
• With sound
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG
• Sound: WAV

Lens • 38 -114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 3.3 - 4.0
Image stabilization Digital image stabilizer for movies
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus • TTL system iESP auto focus with contrast detection
• iESP auto focus
• Spot auto focus
Focus distance • Normal: 0.3m (wide) / 0.6 m (tele)
• Macro: 0.1m (wide) / 0.5 m (tele)
• Super macro: From 1cm
Metering • iESP
• Spot
• Program
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 4 - 1/2000 sec
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Landscape and Portrait
• Night Scene
• Night & Portrait
• Sport
• Indoor
• Candle
• Self Portrait
• Available Light Portrait
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Museum
• Cuisine
• Behind Glass
• Documents
• Auction
• Shot & Select 1 and 2
• Beach
• Snow
• Underwater Wide 1 and 2
• Underwater Macro
White balance • Full-auto TTL ESP
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
Self timer Yes
Continuous shooting 0.7fps for up to 3 frames in Super high
Image parameters • Sepia
• Black and white
• Birghtness and saturation correction
• Color temperature
• Balance
Flash • Built-in
• Auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in , off, red-eye reduction & fill-in
• Range: 0.3m – 2.6m (wide) / 1.2m – 2.1m (tele)
• Guide number: 6.5
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 3" TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
• DC in
Print compliance • PictBridge
• Exif 2.21
Storage • xD-Picture Card
• 11MB internal memory
Power • Rechargeable lithium ion battery
• Charger not included
Weight (no batt) 140 g (4.9 oz)
Dimensions 98 x 57 x 25mm (3.8 x 2.2 x 1 in)