After plenty of anticipation, Olympus is officially announcing their new professional-level digital SLR, the Olympus E-3. The weatherproof, 10 megapixel E-3 sports a swiveling LCD, fast auto focus and a shutter rated for 150,000 cycles. The E-3 body will be available in November 2007 for an estimated street price of $1700.
Today Olympus is updating three product lines of digital cameras. The entry-level, easy to use, FE line is going to see three new models, the FE-280, FE-290, and FE-300. Among the three new cameras, you'll find a 12 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch LCD, face detection, and, new to this line, a Truepic III imaging processor. All three models will be available in August, with the FE-280 available for $200, FE-290 for $250, and FE-300 for $300.
The four new cameras in Olympus' Stylus line are the shockproof, waterproof and coldproof Stylus 790 SW; Stylus 820, Stylus 830, and 12 megapixel Stylus 1200. The new cameras sport some new or useful features, like face detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, and Perfect Fix. The Stylus 790 SW and Stylus 820 will be available in September 2007 for $300 and $250, respectively. The Stylus 830 and Stylus 1200 will be available in October 2007 for $330 and $350, respectively.
The new Olympus SP-560 UZ still gets the wide angle capable, 18x optical zoom lens that we saw on its predecessor, the SP-550 UZ and then it gets some new features made possible with new TruePic III processor. Some of the new features include Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, Perfect Fix, and face detection AF and AE. The SP-560 UZ will be available in October 2007 for $450.
Olympus did announce two additions to their Stylus line back in February, but managed to save one for the PMA show that starts this week. The Olympus Stylus 780 brings several new features and technologies to the Stylus line. The 7.1 megapixel Stylus 780 will be available in silver and black sometime in May 2007 for $349.
Soon, we'll be posting a full review of the Olympus Stylus 770 SW, but wanted to give you some of our first impressions of the latest shockproof, wateproof camera from Olympus. The Stylus 770 SW is the successor to the Stylus 720 SW and still features 7.1 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD. There are also some improvements and new cool features.
Olympus has a couple "worlds first" claims to make with their newly announced SP-550 UZ. It is the world's first 18x optical zoom camera and has the world's fastest sequential shooting (at a lower resolution though). The Olympus SP-550 UZ also features 7.1 megapixel capture resolution, a 2.5 inch LCD, and dual image stabilization. It will be available in March 2007 for $499.
Olympus has updated its entry level FE line of digital cameras with four new models. The FE-210, FE-230, FE-240, and FE-250 will be available in February with prices ranging from $149 to $299. Ease of use and slim, sturdy metal bodies pretty much define the FE line and the new models represent, with bodies as slim as 0.6 inches.
The weatherproof Olympus Stylus 760 offers 7.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD and dual image stabilization. The Olympus Stylus 770 SW is shockproof, waterproof (now to 33 feet), and crushproof with a 7.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD and LED illuminator. The Stylus 760 will be available in February for $249 and the Stylus 770SW will be available in March for $379.
The Olympus FE-200 is a 6 megapixel camera with a wide angle (28mm equivalent), 5x optical zoom lens and a 2.5 inch LCD. It's quite a bit chunkier than the FE-190 that I reviewed recently, but it also has to accommodate a physically larger lens. Our full review is coming soon, but I wanted to give you a couple first impressions until it's completed.
The Olympus SP-510 UZ has a nice spec sheet - 7.1 megapixels, 10x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, the ability to shoot at up to ISO 4000, and full set of exposure modes. Can it compete with the rest of the ultra-zoom market? Here are our "first thoughts" on this camera and we'll have the full review for you soon.
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