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February 8, 2012

16 megapixels, 21x optical ultra-zoom and HD movie with AA batteries




Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the OLYMPUS SP-620UZ featuring 21x ultra-zoom lens that runs on AA batteries. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan February 17th.

Main Features

  1. 21x ultra-zoom from 25mm*1 wide-angle through to 525mm*1, and DUAL IS*2 to reduce hand shake and subject blur
  2. HD movie*3 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) and Multi-motion Movie IS features image stabilization to correct large amounts and slow blur
  3. AA batteries

The SP-620UZ is a digital camera equipped with a high-magnification zoom lens that covers a remarkably wide shooting range with focal lengths ranging from 25mm wide-angle to 525mm telephoto. Thanks to its advanced optical expertise, Olympus has been able to incorporate in a compact, palm-size camera the same high-powered super-telephoto capability that normally makes SLR cameras so bulky and heavy. Because it is so small, this camera is an ideal travelling companion, offering the power of a full-size camera and lenses without increasing the amount of luggage. The SP-620UZ is an easy-to-use "all-in-one" camera that makes it possible anyone to enjoy the pleasure of advanced photography.
The super-telephoto 21x optical zoom can capture big, up-close images of even the most distant subjects, creating high-impact pictures by capturing details that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as the facial expressions of children in athletic or theatrical events or athletes in professional sport competitions. When combined with the digital zooming, the total zoom ratio can be increased to a phenomenal 84x. Now, a single camera makes it possible to take a wide variety of pictures from various angles of view, including 25mm wide-angle for landscape or group shots. To reduce the picture blur commonly associated with telephoto shooting effectively, the SP-620UZ features DUAL IS using a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism and high-sensitivity image capturing.

21x optical ultra-zoom lens
Olympus has distilled zoom performance equivalent to that of a 500mm-equivalent telephoto lens for DSLRs into such a compact body. Get closer to far subject with the dynamic, powerful zoom. You can even capture facial expression in great detail, which used to be a problem with existing models.

Image Stabilization is an indispensable feature for the cameras with powerful zoom. To reduce the picture blur due to camera shake and subject motion effectively, the SP-620UZ features DUAL IS using a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism and high-sensitivity image capturing.

HD movie (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) recording
Extended smooth and beautiful HDTV (1280 x 720 pixels) movie recording is available, as movies are encodd in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format.
When using any of SD/SDHC/SDXC/Eye-Fi memory card, the movie is to be recorded to memory card, not to the internal memory. Movie recording can be manipulated by a dedicated movie REC button.

Multi-motion Movie IS
Multi-motion Movie IS features image stabilization to correct large amounts and slow blur.

Magic Filters*4
The SP-620UZ features an expanded range of 11 Magic Filters, Pop, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Sparkle, Reflection and Miniature inherited from the previous model, and newly added Fragmented. Furthermore, Magic Movies recordings are available in Pop, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor and Reflection delivering distinct look and artistic feel.

Fragmented: Turn an image into a photo composed of multiple casually laid-out tiles.

3D Photo Shooting Function*5
You can shoot dynamic 3D photos in any mode from macro to landscape. Recreate a sense of depth like that of the original scene. You can then enjoy the full power of 3D images on compatible TV sets and computers. Simply select the 3D Photo in Shooting mode and then release the shutter and slide the camera sideways to easily get a 3D photo. During 3D Photo shooting, a 3D file and regular JPEG files are recorded at the same time. There are two modes to shoot 3D photos;

Auto mode: After taking the 1st image, pan the camera slowly to line up the on-screen image and the 2nd image will be shot automatically.

Manual mode: After taking the 1st image, pan the camera slowly to line up the on-screen image, and then press the shutter to capture the 2nd image manually.

First select 3D photo playback or ordinary playback, and then you can further enjoy the full power of 3D images by playing them back on 3D-compatible TV sets or computers. When playing them back on the camera display, 3D icon will be displayed on images in Single-frame playback and Thumbnail playback mode.

MPO File (Multi Picture Format)
This is a format standardized by CIPA to handle multiple images under a single image file. When you use the 3D Photo Shooting function, the images for the right and left eye are recorded in a single MP format file.

Pet Mode*6
The camera automatically detects dogs' and cats' faces. Selecting the [Pet Mode - Dog] or [Pet Mode - Cat] from the scene mode, the camera will quickly detect your pet's face and automatically focus on it before shooting the photo. The camera will detect up to 10 faces of different dogs or cats.

Auto Release
The camera captures perfectly your pet's cute expressions. Use the Auto Release function to have the camera automatically shoot the photo the moment the dog or cat who is the main subject turns to face the camera. You will never again miss your pet's whimsical facial expressions.

Eye-Fi Card Compatible*7
Eye-Fi Cards are SDHC memory cards with built-in wireless LAN functionality. The images that you take can easily be uploaded wirelessly to your computer and to photo printing services and online albums, such as "ib on the net".

*1 35mm camera equivalent
*2 Image stabilization effect varies depending on shooting conditions.
*3 Recording time per session is limited to less than 29 minutes. Recording is terminated automatically when the file size reaches 4GB.
*4 Image size is limited to 5M or smaller in Sketch, Soft Focus, Watercolor and Sparkle. Filters.
*5 The 3D effect cannot be obtained in moving subject
*6 The number of pets automatically detected is limited to 1 when Auto Shutter Release is set to ON, or up to 10 when it is set to OFF. Depending on the subject and shooting conditions the camera may not be able to correctly detect faces. In Pet mode, the flash and face detection of people's faces cannot be used.
*7 The use of Eye-Fi cards is limited to the original country of purchase. Observe all the applicable laws of the country of use. Turn off the Eye-Fi setting or refrain altogether from using Eye-Fi cards inside airplanes or in other places where wireless communication is restricted or forbidden. Single files (images or movies) exceeding 2GB cannot be transferred wirelessly. Files recorded using the 3D shooting function (MP files) are supported only by the X2-Pro card. For any inquiries regarding Eye-Fi cards please contact the card's manufacturer.
*8 Effective pixels

Basic Performance

Effective pixels 16 megapixels*8
Optical zoom 22X
Wide-angle shooting 25mm (35mm camera equivalent)
Image stabilization DUAL IS (CCD-shift image stabilization & High-sensitivity shooting)
LCD size 3.0-inch, 230,000 dots
LCD type TFT colour
Movie recording 1280 x 720 pixel HD movie (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

Other Features

  • Shadow Adjustment Technology that detects faces of subjects and optimizes focus and exposure accordingly
  • Beauty Mode to touch up human faces for more attractive results
  • Scene Modes for one-touch shooting adjustment in difficult environments as well as in standard conditions
  • HDMI output control for operations including picture selection and frame-by-frame advancement using a TV's remote control
  • Face Detection AF with which the camera detects and focuses on human faces automatically
  • iAUTO function that analyzes the current composition and optimizes camera settings automatically
  • In-body panorama composition function that lets you shoot a panorama picture by simply panning the camera as guided
  • AF Tracking to keep a moving subject in focus by tracking it automatically
  • Photo-surfing allows you to search desired pictures according to recording keyword such as "date" or "subject".
  • AF Illuminator to make focusing easy for subjects in dark location
  • Easily obtainable AA batteries
  • Compatible medias: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Eye-Fi memory cards
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