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Wide-angle, 20x zoom Olympus SP-570 UZ announced
by David Rasnake -  1/21/2008

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

Sensor10.0 megapixel, 1/2.33" CCD
Zoom20x (26-520mm) zoom, f/2.8-4.5
LCD/Viewfinder2.7", 230K-pixel HyperCrystal LCD with five steps of brightness adjustment
SensitivityISO 50-6400
Shutter Speed15-1/2000 seconds
Shooting ModesAuto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Mode, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Scene, Movie
Scene PresetsPortrait, 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 SettingsiESP 2 Auto, One-Touch, Daylight, Overcast, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, White Balance Compensation
Metering ModesDigital ESP, Spot, Center-Weighted, Face Detection AE
Focus ModesiESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Full-Time AF, Selective AF, Target AF, AF Lock, Predictive AF, Manual, Macro, Super Macro
Drive ModesNormal, High Speed, Exposure Bracketing, Interval Shooting
Flash ModesAuto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
12 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsxD-Picture Card
Internal Memory
45 MB
File FormatsJPEG, RAW, AVI
Max. Image Size3648x2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During VideoNot Specified
Battery4 AA batteries
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output, DC input
Additional FeaturesDual Image Stabilization, TruePic III processor, Face Detection, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment Technology