Olympus Outs Two New Cameras With Better Optics

Olympus launched two new point-and-shoot cameras today – the Olympus Stylus SH-1 and the Stylus Tough TG-3. The Olympus Stylus SH-1 features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor complemented by a TruePic VII Processor and an f/3-6.9, 25-600mm 24x optical zoom lens. There’s also a 3-inch 460k-dot LCD panel at the back as well as integrated Wi-Fi…



Olympus launched two new point-and-shoot cameras today – the Olympus Stylus SH-1 and the Stylus Tough TG-3.

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor complemented by a TruePic VII Processor and an f/3-6.9, 25-600mm 24x optical zoom lens. There’s also a 3-inch 460k-dot LCD panel at the back as well as integrated Wi-Fi.

The most interesting feature of the SH-1 tough would have to be its five-axis image stabilisation, which enable the SH-1 to capture crisp images and steady videos. The feature was previously present only in the company’s higher-end OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds camera that comes with a US$1000 price tag.

Having said that, the Olympus Stylus SH-1 will certainly be a bargain when it reaches retail stores this coming May for US$400.

On the other hand, there’s the new Olympus Stylus TG-3 which is the latest member of Olympus’s ruggedised Tough line.

The TG-3 is waterproof up to 50 feet, freeze-proof up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof from seven-foot drops and can withstand the crushing force of up to 220 pounds.

The camera’s internals include a 16MP CMOS sensor, an f/2-4.9, 25-100mm optical zoom lens, a 3-inch 460k-dot LCD panel at the back, 1080p video capture, GPS and Wi-FI. Olympus is also adding a new microscope mode that lets users take photos of subjects 10mm away. There’s even a ring light accessory that mounts in front of the camera’s lens to provide even lighting during macro shots.

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 will be available starting June for $350 in either black or red.

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