Olympus Announces Stylus XZ-10

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Today Olympus announced the newest camera in their X-series lineup, the Stylus XZ-10. Lightweight and pocketable, this compact point and shoot camera includes many of the stand-out features of the XZ-2. Boasting an f1.8 to f2.7 zoom lens, the XZ-10 also offers manual settings, ISO sensitivities up to 6400, and a 12-Megapixel backlit (1/2.3-inch) CMOS sensor powered by a TruePic VI image processor. The zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent range of 26-130mm. Just like its predecessors, built-in image stabilization and fast AF are a given with XZ-10.

The XZ-10 can shoot both RAW and JPG files, offering professionals and enthusiasts the ability to fine-tune images in post-processing software. If you prefer that the camera takes a greater role in your creativity, the XZ-10 offers Photo Story, a feature in which the camera combines a group of still photos into pre-prepared layouts. This allows you to upload a creative montage without the need for an additional computer program. The XZ-10 gives users a plethora of creative modes and effects, just like on the other X-series cameras. The XZ-10 has a customizable control ring around the lens which allows users to adjust settings such as aperture and exposure time seamlessly. The Fn button also gives users the freedom to assign ISO or metering for easy adjusting. Olympus has opted to keep the user interface the same as other Pen cameras like the OMD-E-M5 and the E-PL5.

The XZ-10 has 1080p Full HD Movie capability with stereo sound. Multi-Motion Movie IS image stabilization is avaiable to reduce camera shake. New with the XZ-10, however is 120fps high-speed HD movie recording.

The estimated street price for the XZ-10 is $399.99. The camera will be available in late March.

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