Five New Olympus Cameras

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Olympus has introduced a quintet of new point-and-shoot digital cameras, at CES 2012, that include simple snappy-shoots, a new Tough series camera and a couple of pocket-sized super zooms.

Olympus VG-160

The baby of the bunch is the Olympus VG-160, a smooth-featured pocket camera with a 14MP CCD, a 5x 26 to 130mm equivalent zoom lens, and a 3.0-inch 230k-dot LCD.

In addition to sharp stills, the Olympus VG-160 can also capture 720p HD video with one-touch simplicity, and the VG-160’s Intelligent Auto exposure mode takes all of the guesswork out of setting proper exposures when shooting in both still and video modes. To add a touch of spunk to your pictures, the VG-160 offers a choice of a dozen special effects Magic Art Filters and 30 dedicated scene modes that can be applied to both stills and video. Other neat imaging features include a digital image stabilization system, AF Tracking and Face Detection. The Olympus VG-160 is available in a choice of black, silver, red and orange and accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Olympus VR-340

Considering the number of imaging features found in the Olympus VR-340, which includes a 16MP CCD, a 10x 24 to 240mm equivalent zoom and a 460k-dot, 3.0-inch LCD, the term “entry-level” sounds like an understatement. Available in a choice of black, white, silver, purple and red, the Olympus VR-340 can capture stills as well as one-touch 720p HD video, and if the camera’s 24mm equivalent wide-angle lens isn’t wide enough for you, the VR-340’s PC Panorama mode can stitch up to 10 consecutively captured frames together into a single ultra wide-field panoramic image.

In addition to a choice of super-simple iAuto and Program Auto modes, the Olympus VR-340 features 15 scene modes (including 3D capture) and 12 Magic Art Filters for stills and video, a Beauty and Makeup Mode for buffing up portraits, a top ISO of 1600 and a Dual Image Stabilization system that combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with a boosted ISO and shutter-speed range for sharp, low-light shooting. The Olympus VR-340 records stills and video onto SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Olympus TG-320

For those who prefer a camera that can handle bumps, dunks and extreme climes, Olympus offers its newest Tough series camera, the Olympus TG-320. Waterproof down to 10' (3m), shockproof to falls from up to 5' (1.5m) and able to withstand temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C), the compact profile of the TG-320 (3.8 x 2.5 x 0.9" / 96.3 x 63.4 x 22.7mm) makes it a no brainer take-along camera for hiking, biking, skiing and waterborne activities.

On the technical front, the Olympus TG-320 features a 14MP CCD, a 3.6x 28 to 102mm equivalent zoom lens, a 2.7-inch 230k-dot LCD, a top ISO of 1600 and 720p HD video capture with HDMI output and control. The camera also features a Dual Image Stabilization System, an Intelligent Auto Mode that includes 30 scene modes, a Beauty Mode and a dozen Magic Art Filters that include, among other neat stylistic twists: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor and Miniature.

The Olympus TG-320, which is available in a choice of blue and red, can also capture wide-field panoramic images as well as 3D image capture.

Olympus SP-620UZ

For those who prefer a bit more optical flexibility Olympus has introduced the SP-620UZ, which complements its 16MP CCD with a 21x 25 to 525mm equivalent zoom lens. The SP-620OZ has a 3.0-inch 230k-dot LCD for composing and reviewing stills and video clips (720p HD) and has a DSLR-like profile that features a beefy grip, giving you an extra measure of security when you go strapless.

Other noteworthy image-improving features found on the Olympus SP-620UZ include in-camera panoramas, HDMI output, simple-as-can-be iAuto and Program Auto modes, 3D image capture, Dual Image Stabilization, a Beauty Mode, a dozen Magic Art Filters and 30 scene modes designed to capture optimal imagery regardless of the weather and lighting conditions. The SP-620UZ is available in a choice of silver and black, and records imagery onto SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Olympus SZ-12

Need a longer optical range in a camera that you can still slip into your coat pocket? Look no further than the Olympus SZ-12, which sports a 24x 25 to 600mm equivalent zoom lens in a camera body that measures a mere 1.6" (39.5mm) thick.

Attractive in a choice of black, silver or red, the Olympus SZ-12 features a 14MP CCD, a 3.0-inch 460k-dot LCD, a top ISO of 1600, Wi-Fi compatibility for fast and easy image transfer, HDMI compatibility, 3D image capture, Dual Image Stabilization and a host of imaging features including Magic Art Filters for stills and video, an image-enhancing Beauty Mode, an Intelligent Auto Mode and a choice of 30 scene modes. The Olympus SZ-12 records stills and video to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

  Olympus SP-620UZ Digital Camera  Olympus SZ-12 Digital Camera  Olympus TG-320 Tough Digital Camera Olympus VG-160 Digital Camera Olympus VR-340 Digital Camera
Resolution 16MP 14MP 14MP 14MP 16MP
Sensor 1/2.3" CCD 1/2.3" CCD 1/2.3" CCD 1/2.3"  1/2.3" CCD
Formats Still Images: JPEG - Movies: MPEG-4 Still Images: JPEG - Movies: MPEG-4 Still Images: JPEG - Movies: MPEG-4 Still Images: JPEG - Movies: MJPEG Still Images: JPEG - Movies: MJPEG
Max. Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456 14MP: 4288 x 3216 14MP: 4288 x 3216 14MP: 4288 x 3216 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Image Stabilization Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital
Lens EFL: 4.5-94.5mm (35mm equivalent: 25-525mm) / Aperture: f/3.0 (W) - 16.3 (T) EFL: 4.5-108mm (35mm equivalent: 25-600mm) / Aperture: f/3.0 (W) - 20 (T) EFL: 5.0-18.2mm (35mm equivalent: 28-102mm) / Aperture: f/3.5 (W) - 7.1 (T) EFL: 4.7-23.5mm (35mm equivalent: 26-130mm) / Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 18 (T) EFL: 4.2-42mm (35mm equivalent: 24-240mm) / Aperture: f/3.0 (W) - 15.4 (T) 
Zoom  Optical: 21x - Digital: 4x Optical: 24x- Digital: 4x Optical: 3.6x- Digital: 4x Optical: 5x - Digital: 4x Optical: 10x - Digital: 4x 
ISO Auto, 80 - 1600 Auto, 80 - 1600 Auto, 80 - 1600 Auto, 80 - 1600 Auto, 100 - 1600
Shutter 1/1500 - 4 sec 1/1700 - 4 sec 1/2000 - 4 sec 1/2000 - 4 sec 1/2000 - 4 sec
Exposure Metering Digital ESP, Spot Digital ESP, Spot Digital ESP, Spot Digital ESP Digital ESP
White Balance Modes  Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Overcast, Tungsten Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Overcast, Tungsten Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Overcast, Tungsten, Underwater Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Overcast, Tungsten Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Overcast, Tungsten
Self Timer  12 Seconds, 2 Seconds  12 Seconds, 2 Seconds  12 Seconds, 2 Seconds  12 Seconds, 2 Seconds  12 Seconds, 2 Seconds 
Built-in Flash  Yes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction  Yes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction  Yes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction  Yes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction  Yes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction 
Memory SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC
Recording Audio, Video Audio, Video Audio, Video Audio, Video Audio, Video
LCD 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels) 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (460,000 pixels) 2.7" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels) 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels) 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (460,000 pixels)
Connectivity  AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 AV Output, USB 2.0  AV Output, USB 2.0 
Software Requirements Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - Mac: OS X 10.3 or later Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - Mac: OS X 10.3 or later Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - Mac: OS X 10.3 or later Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - Mac: OS X 10.3 or later Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.32 x 2.93 x 2.90" / 109.7 x 74.3 x 73.7mm 4.19 x 2.70 x 1.56" / 106.5 x 68.7 x 39.5mm 3.79 x 2.50 x 0.89" / 96.3 x 63.4 x 22.7mm 3.78 x 2.22 x 0.76" / 96 x 56.5 x 19.3mm 4.11 x 2.37 x 1.11" / 104.3 x 60.2 x 28.3mm 
Weight 15.34 oz / 435 g 7.62 oz /
216 g
5.47 oz /
155 g
4.41 oz /
125 g
6 oz / 170 g 
Color Black, Silver Black, Red, Silver Blue, Red Black, Orange, Red, Silver Black, Purple, Red, Silver, White