Olympus is back with a new ultra-zoom digital camera, the STYLUS SP-820UZ iHS equipped with a 22.4– 896mm (35mm equivalent) 40x optical zoom super wide angle lens. With Super-Resolution Zoom, the camera can even double the focus range, offering 80x zoom. The SP-820UZ houses the super zoom lens with a lightweight and compact body that makes it an ideal travel companion. It uses 4 AA batteries for power for added convenience.
Olympus‘ SP-820UZ iHS sports a 14 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and the TruePic V image processor for faster reaction time and beautiful images. It is capable of 3fps high-speed burst shooting at full resolution, and features Dual Image Stabilization, which combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity to deliver blur-free, clear images. With iAuto mode, the camera will automatically detects the scene and use the suitable settings to capture best photos. In low-light conditions, users can use the Handheld Starlight mode, which captures multiples images and stitches them together into a single clear photo without the use of a tripod. There are also HDR Backlight Adjustment that will capture images at various exposure levels and blends them into one, perfectly exposed image; and the Smart Panorama mode for taking 360-degree panoramic photos easily.
The 40x zoom STYLUS camera can do Full HD 1080p video recording and it uses Linear PCM audio recording to add better-than-CD quality audio to your video. It also provides High-Speed Video HSQVGA recording at up to 240fps. Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization is included to minimize camera shake during video recording. The camera also offers Photo with Video Clip mode that automatically captures a short video before and after the shutter button is released. Users can want to express their creativity with 12 special effects, such as Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, for photos and videos.
The Olympus STYLUS SP-820UZ comes with a 3-inch LCD screen and provides HDMI output for you to share your photos and HD videos on a HDTV. Coming in September, the long-zoom shooter will be priced at $329.99. It comes in black and silver.