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Olympus announces new compact digital cameras

Olympus SP-610UZ and the ultra-slim Olympus VR-310

Olympus launches two new digital cameras, the SP-610UZ joins the ultra zoom compacts of the SP series and the VR-310 is billed as its latest ultra-slim compact.

The Olympus SP-610UZ will be available from February 2011 for £170, while the lightweight VR-310 will be available this month at a cost of £130.

Olympus SP-610UZ

The SP-610UZ with powerful zoom

Olympus SP-610UZ

The 14Mp SP-610UZ has a 22x optical zoom, which begins from a decent wide angle of 28mm. There’s one touch high definition (HD) movie recording and an optional 3D shooting model for still images. The 3D effect works by capturing two shots at different angles, which can be taken in automatic or manual modes. Bear in mind that to view any pictures in 3D you will need a 3D compatible source.

The model is Eye-Fi card compatible, which allows you to automatically upload your pictures and movies to your computer over a wireless connection.

Other features include Olympus’s Dual Image Stabilisation and AF Tracking, which it says will help to avoid taking blurred images. It even promises a Beauty Mode that it claims makes skin brighter, smoother and more youthful. 

We’ve previously reviewed other models in the SP series, the SP-600UZ and SP-800UZ, both of which impressed in our tests so we look forward to finding out if this model does the same. 

Olympus VR-310

Super slim and light compact

Olympus VR-310

Olympus claims this model can deliver exceptionally high quality pictures at an affordable price. At only 19.3mm deep this 14Mp camera can be charged via USB and pictures can be viewed on the three-inch colour LCD screen. 

Features include Olympus’s Dual Image Stabilisation, AF Tracking, Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology, which automatically adapts settings to different conditions. 

The body is full metal and is available in a range of colours including red and purple, or for the more traditional, sliver and black. 

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