Ilse Jurriën : January 6th 2011 - 10:00 CET
Olympus SP-610UZ digital camera : Olympus announces the launch of a striking new addition to the powerful and versatile ultra zoom compacts of the SP Series: the Olympus SP-610UZ. The sophisticated Olympus SP610 UZ camera is packed with quality specs and makes the perfect companion for anyone who wants to take challenging, high precision images. Although it’s compact in size, Olympus hasn’t compromised on the optical zoom that stretches to a remarkable 22x (28mm-616mm). The Olympus SP-610UZ stays true to the SP pedigree - compact cameras that offer ultra-powerful zoom performance and impressive image quality, now enhanced by 3D shooting and wireless Eye-Fi card compatibility.|
Olympus SP-610UZ megazoom camera
Olympus continues to set the standard for all-in-one compacts and the new Olympus SP-610UZ is no different, delivering the SP Series’ celebrated strength: sophisticated, long-zoom, go-anywhere photography. The Olympus SP-610UZ camera packs fun features and superb image quality into its compact body - with Eye-Fi card compatibility (for automatic wireless photo transfer and sharing via a PC or website), one-touch HD movie recording and eight Magic Filters, including new Watercolour and Sparkle. Most of the filters are available for both movies and stills - a first in this category. With optional 3D shooting giving images a striking sense of depth, from macros to landscapes, it all adds up to an unusually versatile camera.
Olympus SP-610 UZ camera features
The Olympus SP-610UZ leaves the competition in its wake with advanced features and specifications that deliver superlative image quality and a variety of special effects. The 22x wide optical zoom means users can put more into the frame and get closer to the action. Olympus’ TruePic III+ image processor, 14 Megapixels and Dual Image Stabilisation ensure high-resolution, virtually blur-free images with ideal colour and low noise. In-Camera Panorama, Pet Detection, Advanced Face Detection and AF Tracking are just some of the automatic features that make it easy to capture images and movies hassle-free. And with the three inch LCD, framing and reviewing shots is likewise a breeze.
3D photo shooting with the Olympus SP610UZ
3D Mode (3D photo shooting) captures two shots of a scene from two different angles to create still photos that can be viewed with the added excitement and realism of 3D (on a 3D-compatible display). The Olympus SP-610UZ offers two 3D settings: Manual and Automatic. In both settings, the camera indicates when it is time to pan. In Automatic, when the camera is panned horizontally after the first shot, it automatically takes the second shot at the ideal moment. Manual is for 3D experts - the user decides when to take the second shot.
Olympus SP-610UZ features Face Detection
Advanced Face Detection technology is a technology that searches for faces in a composition and recognizes them as the main subject. It then automatically puts them in focus and optimally adjusts exposure to create an image that’s sharp in the right places and ideally exposed. Advanced Face Detection Technology on the Olympus SP-610 UZ can detect up to 16 faces. AF Tracking tracks a moving subject automatically and keeps it continually in focus - for optimally focused and exposed pictures. It even memorizes the subject when it goes out of frame and resumes tracking when it reappears.
Olympus SP610 UZ makes you look better on the pictures
Beauty Mode touches up the appearance of subjects even while the shot is being taken. This feature recognizes faces and automatically makes skin on the face and adjacent areas appear smoother, brighter and more youthful. Providing two-fold protection, this special function helps to avoid image blur caused by camera shake or fast-moving subjects. The Olympus SP-610UZ combines high ISO values with a CCD-based mechanical image stabilizer, where a built-in gyro sensor detects camera movement and adjusts the CCD accordingly.
Olympus SP-610UZ camera supports Eye-Fi
Eye-Fi card compatibility lets users insert an Eye-Fi SD storage card and set it to automatically wirelessly transfer new photos and HD movies to the sharing website and computer of their choice. High Definition video (HD video) delivers a broadcast-quality movie experience when played back on an HD TV. In HD Movie Mode, the Olympus SP-610UZ camera captures HD video using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 movie compression format at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Olympus SP-610 UZ photo software
The “intelligent-Auto” mode on the Olympus SP-610UZ uses advanced automatic detection technology that enables the camera to automatically recognize the most commonly shot scenes. This makes it possible to capture perfect photos without the need for manual settings. Olympus now offers [ib], an integrated photo browsing and organizing software. Images can be organized by person with a new face recognition technology, by place with a GPS-based mapping function or by event.
Olympus SP-610UZ features pet detection
Pet Detection automatically detects dog or cat faces (two different modes) and works together with the Auto Release to capture the photo the moment the dog or cat turns to face the camera. By selecting Photo Surfing in the Playback menu, users can opt to browse pictures by date, scene, person, place, or image collection. Scene Mode on the Olympus SP-610UZ offers a choice of different scenes to suit the subject being captured, for example, landscape, night, beach and snow or pet. The camera automatically adjusts a host of parameters to achieve the best possible result for the chosen scene.
Shadow Adjustment feature on the Olympus SP-610
Shadow Adjustment Technology (SAT) is designed to improve exposure for pictures with dark areas. Using a sensor that works much like the human eye, dark parts of a composition (e.g., a shadow under a tree) are identified and the camera then adjusts the exposure settings accordingly for those areas. The result is a more realistic and detailed picture. The Olympus SP-610UZ boasts a TruePic III+ image processor that automatically enhances important aspects of image quality, including colour reproduction (range, saturation and brightness) and picture sharpness (reduced image noise, improved edge reproduction), as well as processing data faster. Supports the Magic Filters that enable unprecedented creative expression.
Olympus SP-610UZ review, price & availability
Given that the Olympus SP-610UZ also features a built-in flash, In-camera manual, [ib] software, Photo Surfing and SD card compatibility, just as remarkable as the 22x zoom is its price tag. The Olympus SP-610UZ camera is available for €189, from February 2011. As soon as we receive an Olympus SP-610UZ test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Olympus SP610 UZ review.
Olympus SP-610 UZ specifications
• 22x wide angle optical zoom (28-616mm) for superb close-ups and group shots
• TruePic III+ image processor for ideal colour reproduction and low noise
• 720p HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in excellent quality
• 14 Megapixels for high-quality full-size movies, stills and prints
• Dual Image Stabilisation for reducing blur with fast-moving shots
• Eye-Fi Card compatibility for automatic wireless uploading of images to a website or PC
• 3” 230,000 dot colour LCD for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots
• Pet Detection Mode for automatically capturing dog’s or cat’s faces when they look at the camera
• Advanced Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology
• Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking for easy setting and focussing
• Beauty Mode for hiding unwanted blemishes
• Scene Mode for automatic settings that suit specific conditions (e.g., Landscape, Night)
• Easy-to-use Live Wheel feature menu for quick selection of modes and settings
• 3D photo shooting mode for HD movies and stills
• Magic Filters for adding creative effects to HD movies and/or stills
• Photo surfing and [ib] software for browsing, organising and viewing images
• HDMI TV interface for easy camera operation during playback via the TV remote
• In-camera Panorama for quick and easy panorama shots
• SDHC and SDXC memory card compatible
• Built-in flash
• In-camera manual
• USB charging