Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Compact Superzoom and Tough TG-820 iHS Compact Camera

New Olympus "Super Cameras" - SZ-31MR iHS and Tough TG-820 iHS

Today, Olympus announced a variety of new cameras expected to arrive throughout the 2012 year. The
the new SZ-31MR iHS which will eventually replace the SZ-30MR and the TG-820 iHS which will eventually replace the TG-810 cameras. Olympus is calling these first two cameras in their line the "super cameras" due to their new iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) Chip. This iHS technology is expected to harness the power of a new  BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor and the TruePic VI image processor (originally developed for DSLR cameras) to dramatically improve low-light performance, speed up camera response time, enhance scene and subject recognition and double zoom magnification without losing image quality.

The TOUGH TG-820 iHS is a rugged compact with a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm equivalent 5x optical zoom lens. The real standout feature is its 3-inch, 1,030,000-dot LCD, an anti-reflective, scratch-proof display that's as sharp as any camera we can recall. The camera is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), shockproof to 6.6 feet (2 meters), freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius) and crushproof to a weight of 220 pounds (100 kilograms). 

It's out in March, and will sell for $299.99.
Available for pre-order at H and B

Olympus also announced the superzoom SZ-31MR iHS compact , which has a 24x (25-600mm equivalent) lens and 16-megapixel sensor. While the SZ-31's 3-inch, 920,000 dot display isn't quite as sharp as the TG-820's, it's touch-sensitive and lets you focus, zoom and change settings like shutter speed with a few taps — just as well, as the camera body is otherwise suspiciously lacking in buttons.
It'll be released in April for $399.99.
Available for pre-order at H and B

Visit H and B to pre-order the new Olympus Digital cameras now

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