Olympus has announced three new cameras due for a spring 2011 launch, the Olympus SZ-30MR, the Olympus SZ-20MR and the Olympus TG810.
The SZ-30MR and the SZ-20MR both offer powerful zooms: 24x on the SZ-30MR camera and 12.5x on the SZ-MR20. They each offer an interesting feature that allows them to shoot two videos at the same time.
The Olympus TG810, on the other hand, is a ‘rugged’ camera, meaning it’s designed to withstand the knocks, bumps and splashes it may suffer when used by those who enjoy an adventurous, outdoor lifestyle.
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Olympus SZ-30MR and SZ-20MR
The 16Mp SZ-30MR’s zoom range begins at 25mm and extends to 600mm, offering both a generous wide angle and a powerful tele-zoom. It launches in April for around £300. The pricing and launch information for the SZ-20MR has not been finalised, but its zoom range extends between 24mm and 300mm.
Along with the SZ-20MR, the SZ-30MR is capable of something that Olympus calls ‘Multi Recording’. This feature allows the camera to shoot two videos or a video and a still image at the same time. One may be a wide shot, and the second could be a tighter, cropped shot.
The cameras are both able to film Full HD 1080p video, but if the Multi Recording feature is being used, only one clip will be available to use at Full HD, and the other will be at a reduced resolution.
Multi Recording will also allow users to shoot two videos concurrently using different filters. Olympus cameras often come with a selection of creative art filters such as Pop Art, Soft Focus or Fish Eye. Seven different filters can be used when filming video, while a new, eighth filter called Sparkle is available only for still photographs.
The Olympus TG801 is the latest model in Olympus’ ‘Tough’ range of cameras, commonly referred to as ‘rugged’ cameras. It launches in late March 2011 for around £270.
Like other Tough cameras from Olympus, the 14Mp TG-801 is designed to be shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof. The TG-810 has a metal lens cover and is claimed, by Olympus, to be able to withstand crushing forces of up to 100kg.
Which? is looking to bring you first looks of these new cameras in the coming weeks, followed by full, lab-based reviews later in the year.
- Compact camera reviews
- Bridge and superzoom camera reviews
- Cameras at CES 2011
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