Olympus has recently announced the introduction of the SP-810UZ point-and-shoot snapper that comes with an 36x (24-864mm equivalent) zoom lens, advertised by the company as offering the world's longest optical zoom in a compact camera.
The SP-810UZ is the successor of the SP-800UZ and brings a new series of features and enhancements to Olympus'
previous design, meant to make it more attractive to travelers.
Outside the super-zoom lens
used, the SP-810UZ also includes a 14MP CCD sensor that is paired with a TruePic III+ image processor tuned for providing tack-sharp photos and to eliminate blur in high-definition (HD) videos.
This combination also enables the camera to capture images at ISO levels ranging between 80 and 3200, but sadly the maximum video recording resolution is set at 720p.
Other features include a 3-inch rear mounted display with a resolution of 230,000 dots, a dual image stabilization system, mini HDMI connectivity and a Super Macro mode that can get you as close a 5cm to the subject.
Olympus's latest creation also includes a special 3D mode and a Panorama function, two features that have become increasingly common lately on high-end point-and-shoot cameras.
"The SP-810UZ is the best zoom performance Olympus has ever delivered," said Jennifer Schmell, product manager at Olympus Imaging America Inc.
"No compact camera from Olympus has ever offered such impressive wide-angle zoom performance. As the most powerful camera
in Olympus' ultrazoom category, it succeeds the prestigious SP-800UZ," concluded the company's rep.
The Olympus SP-810UZ will be available in black, starting in September 2011 for a recommended price of $329.99.
It will ship with a Lithium-Ion battery and charger, USB-AC adapter, audio/video cable, a protective lens cap, camera strap, and a few other accessories.