Olympus has today added to its Ultra Zoom (UZ) ‘Traveller series’ with the launch of the eye-catching Olympus SP-820UZ. It has an impressive 40x optical zoom featuring a wide-angle of just 22.4mm and tele-end of 896mm, providing an immensely useful focal length range. The lens itself is supported by dual image stabilisation for stills capture as well as Multi-motion Movie IS aimed at combating shaky videos.
The SP-820UZ is styled much like a bridge camera and features a host of manual shooting functionality to cater for the advanced shooter. Alongside manual shooting, the SP-820UZ also features twelve of Olympus’s Magic Filters, including ‘dramatic’ and ‘punk’ effects.
A 14MP sensor features, as well as a 3in 460k-dot LCD screen for framing and review of images. Unfortunately there’s no viewfinder, although its absence does result in a noticeably compact body.
The Olympus SP-820UZ is due on sale in October of this year, with an RRP of £279.99. Just in time for the (s)Jubilee(/s) (s)Olympics(/s) (s)Paralympics(/s) Christmas then…