Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Olympus SP-570uz has a 20x zoom, goes 26mm wide, and adds a lens ring!

The "flagship" of the 11 new Olympus digital cameras is the brand new Olympus SP-570uz, the third in a series of hyper-zooms released by Olympus.

Meet the Olympus SP-570uz

  • 10 megapixel 1/2.33" sensor. Two extra megapixels, while the sensor size only marginally increase!
  • New wild 20x ED optical zoom lens, that ranges from 26mm to 520mm in 35mm equivalency. Maximum aperture is f2.8 to f4.5. This is wild!
  • sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Zoom ring allows you to zoom with that instead of using buttons
  • Conversion lens support using CLA-10 adapter
  • Hot-shoe
  • Supports RAW
  • PASM exposure (manual, Tv, Av)
  • 13.5 fps burst mode (at 3 megapixels)
  • 1.2 fps (7 images) at full size (not sure if it is RAW or JPEG)
  • Pre-capture mode
  • TruePIC III image processor
  • 31 shooting modes (23 scene modes) Weeee!
  • face detection
  • EVF with diopter, and 2.7" LCD (230k)
  • xD memory card only with the usual panorama silliness (BOO!)
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Not announced in Japan
  • Pre-order: $500 (Amazon)

    Web coverage of the SP-570uz
  • Hands-on preview of a pre-production SP-570uz model at e-photographia.com
  • Quick intro at the RAWsumer blog
  • Ryan Brenizer discusses the SP-570uz in his blog.
  • Press release at the Imaging Insider
  • Adorama News desk
  • dpreview
  • Imaging Resource
  • DC Resource
  • Photography Bay

    Coverage by the gadget blogs
  • SciFi Channel's DVICE blog
  • Amazon Current
  • Peter Ha at Crunch Gear
  • CNet's Crave blog
  • Ubergizmo
  • Wired's Gadget Lab by David Becker


    Judi said...

    I can't wait to purchase the new Oympus SP-570uz. When will the camera be available?

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Thanks for your comment!

    The press releases of the announcement state March 2008. The Amazon pre-order page says April 15, 2008. Amazon's estimates are very defensive, they seem to want to err on the side of caution.

    If I were guessing, I would say sometime in March, but I have no concrete information to base this on.

    Anonymous said...

    How soon can we start seeing some pictures taken with this monster? I always look for those before buying, as it gives a better "all around use" preview to what a camera can do.

    Anonymous said...

    Newegg has it in stock since a month ago


    albinparady said...

    Hi.. Can u pls tell me if the camera has a zoom button(W/T) as well along with the ring lens ?
    Or do we have t use both the hands to take a snap ?

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    I don't see a W/T zoom button on the camera, so it is probably just the zoom ring. But I could be wrong, I haven't looked at its user manual (and I don't know if it has been posted online yet).

    I agree, it would be more flexible if manufacturers offered the option for both types of zoom, as different people in different situations have different preferences. Of course there could be implications in such a case in terms of design and cost.

    albinparady said...

    Thanks mate for the reply. It does not have a W/T zoom button , i am sure. Its a little sad that I cant do a single handed zoom and click. I am yet to buy my first own camera and I m looking forward to this one! Guess I made a good choice.

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Congratulations! This camera certainly has a lot of features to and options to experiment with.