Olympus' SP-800UZ, SP-600UZ Fakes SLR Trickery

If you've got your heart set on a new bridge camera from Olympus, here are the decisions you need to make - would you prefer a 15x or 30x optical zoom, and 12 or 14 megapixels?

If you think you can be quite comfortable with 15x optical zoom and a 12-megapixel sensor, then the SP-600UZ is the mystery camera hiding in the big black box. The screen is a 2.7-inch LCD screen job, and it's capable of shooting in 720p resolution.

As you will have guessed, the more spec'd SP-800UZ is the 30x optical zoomed, 14-megapixel'd model, and has the same 2.7-inch LCD screen as the lesser-named model from before. Both cameras have a new 'background defocusing' feature for defocusing the background, which is a trick stolen from DSLRs.

US pricing has been announced, with the 600UZ coming in at $US249.99 and the 800UZ for $US349.99, with both swinging their ways onto store shelves in March.

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