Olympus SZ-11 to Emerge in US Markets

July 30, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Photographers in North America can soon avail of Olympus’s new ultra-zoom product. The company has brought the SZ-11 to the frontier without much fanfare.

The camera looks sleek and stylish and packs a 20X, f3-6.9 lens. The optical zoom is longer reaching but apparently is dimmer when compared to the SZ-10.

The company has stepped up the sensor in the device. The latest model sports a larger 16-megapixel sensor rather than the 14 megapixel of the earlier ones and also has a higher ISO 3,200 sensitivity.

Like its predecessor, the SZ-11 supports 720p video recording and has a three-inch, 460,000-pixel LCD. The device exhibits faster performance and is capable of shooting full-size images twice as quickly at 1.7 frames per second, ranging up to 7FPS for a five-second burst.

You can also get 50 percent faster shooting at 15FPS if you level down to 5 megapixels. The Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.

The camera carries two additional Art Filters for both stills and movies. You now get Miniature (toy world illusion) and Reflection (mirror-like fantasy effect) along with the usual Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor and Sparkle.

Another aspect of the SZ-11 is that the device is WiFi compatible. You can upload images directly from the camera with an optional Eye-Fi card.

The device also supports 3D photos, in-camera panorama and shadow adjustment technology. When it reaches the market, you will have three colours to choose from: black, red, and silver.

Olympus hasn’t announced the specific release date yet but the price tag on the device reads $280.

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