Wide-angle, 20x zoom Olympus SP-570 UZ announced

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In an announcement early this morning, Olympus unveiled the presumed successor to its SP-560 18x ultra-zoom: the 20x, 10.0 megapixel SP-570 UZ.

Olympus SP-570 UZ

Offering a level of manual control rivaling that found on a DSLR and a 35mm-equivalent zoom range of 26mm to 520mm, the SP-570 sports a large 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD display with a wide viewing angle, an external flash hotshoe, and a unique bezel-ring zoom control. Dual Image Stabilization, combining ISO boost and sensor-shifting technologies, shows up on the new model, as does a sequential high-speed shooting mode capable of capturing up to 13.5 frames per second at 3 megapixels.

Olympus SP-570 UZ

As noted, the SP-570 UZ, which captures both RAW and JPEG images, features SLR-like full manual control, including aperture and shutter priority modes. Likewise, the new model carries over the Olympus TruePic III image processor from Olympus’s DSLR line. The camera also comes equipped with 31 scene modes and fully automatic operation for straight-up point-and-shoot usability.

Olympus SP-570 UZ

Expected features like face detection and Olympus’s Perfect Shot Preview system also make an appearance on this flagship model. The SP-570’s Shadow Adjustment Technology provides on-board dynamic range compensation, bringing out detail and definition in underexposed areas without overexposing highlights, and with a maximum ISO of 6400 the SP-570 has the specs, at least, to perform well in low light.

The SP-570 UZ will be available in March, for a suggested price of around $499.99.

Olympus Stylus 1010/1020 specifications:

Olympus SP-570 UZ

Sensor 10.0 megapixel, 1/2.33" CCD
Zoom 20x (26-520mm) zoom, f/2.8-4.5
LCD/Viewfinder 2.7", 230K-pixel HyperCrystal LCD with five steps of brightness adjustment
Sensitivity ISO 50-6400
Shutter Speed 15-1/2000 seconds
Shooting Modes Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Mode, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Scene, Movie
Scene Presets Portrait, Landscape, Landscape-Portrait, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Multi-Firework, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select 1, Shoot & Select 2, Smile Shot, Beach & Snow, Pre-Capture Movie, Underwater Wide 1, Quick Shutter
White Balance Settings iESP 2 Auto, One-Touch, Daylight, Overcast, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, White Balance Compensation
Metering Modes Digital ESP, Spot, Center-Weighted, Face Detection AE
Focus Modes iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Full-Time AF, Selective AF, Target AF, AF Lock, Predictive AF, Manual, Macro, Super Macro
Drive Modes Normal, High Speed, Exposure Bracketing, Interval Shooting
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
12 seconds, Off
Memory Formats xD-Picture Card
Internal Memory
45 MB
File Formats JPEG, RAW, AVI
Max. Image Size 3648×2736
Max. Video Size
640×480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
Battery 4 AA batteries
Connections USB 2.0, AV output, DC input
Additional Features Dual Image Stabilization, TruePic III processor, Face Detection, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment Technology
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