Thursday, March 3, 2011

The New Ideal All-Rounder Digital Camera: The Olympus VG-120

H and B Digital received a shipment of the newly released Olympus VG-120 entry-level digital compact cameras in black and in silver today (the VG-120 in red is available for preorder and will be available in about a week or so). The VG-120 is what Olympus calls the “ideal all-rounder” digital camera and from what I’ve seen, they might just come correct.

The cameras come equipped with the essentials - 5x (26mm) wide optical zoom lens, 14 megapixels, 3 inch LCD screen and digital image stabilization. It also includes the full array of Olympus high-end optics and inspired features like the Instant Movie Record option that can capture 720p HD videos with just one click of a button or the seven Magic Art Filters that can enhance your shots and encourage your creativity. All these features packed into a pocket-sized, slim body at pretty good price ($139.99).

High-Definition with High Impact: 720p HD Video
Capture the action as it happens in gorgeous high definition and play it back easily on your television screen or on YouTube. 

See the Whole Picture on an Extra-Large 3.0-inch LCD Display
Composing your shot has never been easier. This large, crisp 230,400-dot 3.0” LCD screen makes it a pleasure to share shots on the spot with family and friends. 

Frame Your Work Before You Frame Your Work: 14 Megapixels and 5x Wide Zoom
Forget post-edits with the VG-120. Simply zoom in and crop right in the camera to frame your shot perfectly the first time. With a 26mm wide-angle lens and 5x zoom, get closer to the action than ever before. 14-megapixels ensures that each shot will look beautiful, even when printed poster-size. 

Express Your Inner Artist with Magic Filters
The VG-120 is equipped with in-camera Magic Filters that enable users to enhance and customize images as they’re being captured. Have more fun and flexibility without expensive and time-consuming computer software. 

The Magic Filters include:
    Pop Art – enhance and saturate colors to create vivid, high-impact pictures that express the joyful, lighthearted feeling of the Pop Art style of the 1960s;  
    Pop Art
    Pin Hole – reduce the peripheral brightness of an image as though it were shot through a pin hole, connecting the viewer intimately with the subject at the center;
    Pin Hole
    Fish-Eye – emulate the wide-angle of a fish-eye effect lens by taking extremely wide, hemispherical images and magnifying the center of the frame; 
    Soft Focus - encloses the foreground of an image in gentle, pastel colors with a soft, elegant focus; similar to effects achieved in a studio. 
    Soft Focus
    Drawing – turn your image into a sketch outline for children to color. 
    New! Sparkle – shoot photos with the luxurious feel of added twinkling lights
    *New* Sparkle
    New! Punk – create two-tone images full of rock and roll spirit.
*New* Punk
Digital Image Stabilization to Eliminate Blurry Images
The VG-120 features Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) to capture crystal, clear pictures. By boosting the camera’s ISO sensitivity and shutter speed, DIS freezes the action and provides virtually blur-free images, even when you or your subject is moving. 

Easier Group Shots with Face Detection
Wedding, birthday and family reunion group shots have never been easier with Face Detection. The VG-120 detects up to 16 faces within the frame and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure to capture sharp, brilliant portraits and group shots. 

Intelligent Auto Thinks for You
With the Intelligent Auto Mode in the VG-120, your camera knows and automatically identifies what you are shooting (i.e., Portrait, Night + Portrait, Landscape, Macro and Sports) and adjusts the camera’s settings to capture the best quality results. Even the most rookie photographer has the ability to jump into this quick and hassle-free feature that does the thinking for them and produces incredible images. 

Lock Into the Action with AF Tracking
AF Tracking technology locks on your fast-moving subject and continuously adjusts focus and brightness. This enables you to keep fast-moving, unpredictable subjects like small children and pets in focus for the perfect shot. 

Perfect Fix In-Camera Editing
Olympus’ Perfect Fix feature offers quick solutions for unanticipated image quality issues, which may be caused by several adverse conditions. Lighting Fix can be used to adjust any underexposed areas and Red-Eye Fix can be used to reduce the effects of red-eye sometimes caused by a direct flash. Additional in-camera editing functions can be quickly accessed right in the camera by the touch of a button; features available include resizing and trimming. 
High-Quality Stylish Cameras in a Range of Colors
Your creativity is not limited to just what’s in the camera. The VG-120 is available in three colors - silver, black, and red - to suit anyone’s style. (I personally prefer the way it looks in red!)

Sharing is Caring: SD Compatibility
With SD compatibility, the VG-120 allows users to share their work easily through SD-compatible computers, digital picture frames and HDTVs. 

Olympus Software Makes it Even Easier to Share and Print Your Photos
All Olympus digital compact cameras now offer the new Olympus photo organizing and editing software. It includes photography workflow, browsing, editing and unique photo organizing functions. You can organize photos by person with automatic face-recognition technology, by place with a map-tagging function, or by event. All information will be tagged in each photo’s data. You can then easily upload images to the integrated online service to share and backup photos, as well as order prints and photo merchandise. 


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