Olympus announces five new digital compact cameras; three high-zoom models, a rugged compact and an entry-level compact.
The furthest-ranging zoom in Olympus' new line-up is the SZ-12, a sleek compact with an impressive 24x optical zoom wide-angle lens, the 35mm equivalent of 25-600mm. Camera shake is a bigger problem the further you zoom, so the SZ-12 comes with two forms of image stabilization to help you get a clear picture. The SZ-12 shoots at 14MP, 720p video and comes with a high-speed, 7 frames per second rate of sequential shooting. It will be available in March for an estimated price of US$199.99.
The Olympus SP-620UZ has the second longest lens among Olympus' five new releases. The 21x optical zoom is the 35mm equivalent of 25-525mm, and the SP-620UZ shoots with a 16MP CCD sensor. The camera will launch in January with an estimated price of US$199.99.
The Olympus VR-340 offers a more affordable high-zoom option. It features a 10x optical zoom lens, the 35mm equivalent of 24-240mm and a 16MP image sensor. It will be available in March at an estimated price of US$149.99.
The Olympus TG-320 is a rugged compact camera with a 3.6x optical zoom lens, the 35mm equivalent of 28-102mm. The new TOUGH camera is water-proof, shock-proof, freeze-proof and dust-proof. It comes with a 14MP image sensor and shoots video at a resolution of 720p. The TG-320 will be available in February at an estimated price of US$179.99.
The Olympus VG-160 launches the new, affordable V series range of cameras. The 14MP VG-160 has a 5x optical zoom, the 35mm equivalent of 26-130 lens. The VG-160 is just 19.3mm thick and records 720p video. It will be available in February at the estimated price of US$99.99.