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Olympus updates range of compact digital cameras

Including the well-documented SP-590UZ super-zoom

Olympus Stylus 7000

Olympus Stylus 7000

The impressive 26x zoom on the Olympus SP-590UZ has been widely reported, but here’s a quick overview of the other digital cameras unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Budget digital cameras

Firstly, there are the additions made to the FE range of Olympus digital cameras, with the 10Mp FE-5000, the 12Mp FE-30-10 and the 10Mp FE-45. The FE-5000 features a 5x optical zoom and face detection for up to 16 people, the FE-5000 is slightly more compact and features a 3x zoom, while the FE-45 also houses a 3x zoom and runs on AA batteries.

The FE range of compact digital cameras is Olympus’ budget range. There are 11 Olympus FE cameras in our digital camera report.

Also introduced at the CES 2009, were five new additions to the Olympus Stylus range or, as it’s called in the UK, the Olympus mju range. The Olympus mju 7000 and the mju 9000 both feature 12Mp sensors, with the 7000 sporting a 7x zoom and the 9000 sporting a 10x zoom.

Weatherproof and waterproof cameras

Two additions were made to the Olympus mju SW range, which Olympus has rebranded as the Olympus mju Tough range. The additions include the mju Tough 6000 and the mju Tough 8000. The Tough range, as it’s now known, has been designed by Olympus to withstand dust, splashes and cold temperatures.

The final addition to the mju range is the 10Mp Olympus mju 550WP, where the ‘WP’ stands for waterproof. Olympus claims that the 550WP is suitable for underwater depths not exceeding ten feet.

Olympus SP-590UZ super zoom camera

Perhaps the camera that received the most media attention this year at the CES, however, was the Olympus SP-590UZ with its impressive 26x zoom. More information about this model can be found in our CES 2009 report.

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