The Olympus SZ-10: Gorgeous super zoom with wireless sharing
A ground breaking camera that comes from the same place as previous Olympus innovations such as the PEN camera and XZ-1 compact, this stunning SZ series super zoom is not only drop dead gorgeous to look at, it also has the state of the art features that tech lovers crave.
The small and stylish 14 megapixel SZ-10 is therefore a must-have for people who like moving and shooting 24/7, with wireless connectivity via Eye-Fi card compatibility allowing images to be shared quickly and conveniently, whenever and wherever.
18x wide optical zoom
Although compact in size, quality hasn’t been compromised and an extremely powerful and versatile wide 28-504mm equivalent (in 35mm film terms) zoom lens helps pinpoint the SZ-10 series as one that stays true to Olympus’ remarkable pedigree. Users can now squeeze more into the frame or get closer to the action.
The Olympus range is now enhanced by optional 3D shooting mode, lending images a striking sense of depth. This mode captures two shots from two different angles to create shots that can be viewed on a 3D compatible display. There are two 3D settings: Automatic and Manual.
An in-camera Panorama mode further allows for images with drama and beauty combined.
Eye-Fi card compatible
Connectivity is also enhanced by the SZ-10 being compatible with Eye-Fi media cards, enabling automatic wireless downloading of pictures, straight to your desktop, and facilitating photo sharing.
Eight Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary
Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the SZ-10 utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality. What’s more, most of the filters can be used when recording video as well as shooting stills – a first in the SZ-10’s product category.
Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus and new additions Sparkle and Watercolour.
Punk: Pose like Sid and Nancy and have your world turned dayglo pink, with this fun feature that transforms your photos into crudely photocopied fanzine style images, but in a good way.
Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a “round” effect.
Drawing: This filter gives the impression that subjects have been sketched on the fly by an artist just at the moment that inspiration struck. Images are transformed into line drawings for improvised, creative results.
Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of images like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
Soft Focus: Give your portraits that romantic otherworldly look beloved of wedding photographers.
Sparkle: A Magic Filter that truly imparts a sprinkling of fairy dust, adding twinkling reflections to shiny objects.
Watercolour: With this option pictures are transformed into a watercolour painting framed by soft light.
Dual Image Stabilisation
A bugbear of bigger zoom cameras is the propensity for camera shake at longer focal lengths, when shooting handheld or in lower lighting conditions. Olympus therefore offers not one but two means of reducing the potentially damaging effects of image blur.
As a further help, light sensitivity settings between ISO100-1600 are also manually selectable. Alternatively, turn on the built-in flash.
Pixel rich picture quality
The Olympus SZ-10 doesn’t just deliver the goods on paper. In practice, with a 14 megapixel top photo resolution, TruePic III+ image processor, and 720p High Definition video recording in AVI Motion JPEG format, the manufacturer’s trademark pixel rich image quality is very much in evidence – even when pictures are viewed on a large screen television via HDMI output.
Big and bright LCD screen
The Olympus SZ-10 offers a large 3-inch, 460,000 dot resolution LCD screen for framing and reviewing your photos. This means that sharing shots on the spot with family and friends is not only a possibility but also a real pleasure.
Automatic aids make life easy
Thanks to automatic aids like subject-following AF Tracking, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), 16 Scene modes (for example, Landscape, Night), Beauty Mode, Advanced Face Detection, Pet Detection, and Shadow Adjustment Technology to ensure perfect focus and exposure for any given subject, plus high capacity SDHC and SDXC media card compatibility so you never run out of storage space, slip a SZ-10 in your camera bag and you’re all set for photo excellence.
Quick photo surfing thanks to innovative software
Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.
USB battery charging
Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images. The supplied super-compact AC adaptor also makes it easy to charge the battery while you're travelling.
The Olympus SZ-10 is available in black or silver.