Monday, February 12, 2007

Olympus SP-550 UZ Ultra Zoom Preview Roundup

As the name suggests, this is not your normal super zoom. It's called the Ultra Zoom because it has a whopping 18x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 28-504mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8-4.5. The wide 28mm is not common with these superzooms, and it is a very useful focal length. Resolution is 7.2 megapixels, with support for RAW mode. The Olympus SP-550 UZ can capture 15 frames per seconds. It's so fast, the Pre-Capture technology even captures 5 frames in the camera buffer, BEFORE the shutter is released. Unique among manufacturers, the SP-550 has what's called Dual Image Stabilization that shifts the sensor and boosts the ISO when necessary. Normally it's either or and this is an interesting combination that could help in desperate situations. Maximum ISO is 5000! The stats really does not stop to impress. How does it stack up? Here are 5 sites with first hands-on previews for your pleasure:

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