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January 07, 2009

Olympus SP590uz outdoes everyone with a 26X superzoom lens (updated #2 - NO RAW)

The new Olympus SP590uz is going to have a 12-megapixel sensor and a wild 26X optical zoom lens. Yes, twenty-six times zoom! Wild? You betcha! This is an update to the original post, at least two different sources state that this camera has RAW, and its image stabilization is of the sensor-shift variety. UPDATE #2: This camera DOES NOT HAVE RAW, as shown in this technical review of the camera at Photo Review.

This outdoes the Kodak Z980, which held the "SuperZoom Ratio Crown" for just a couple of days.

Main Specs
+ 26X zoom lens (26-676mm equivalent)
+ sensor-shift stabilization
+ 12mp 1/2.33" sensor
+ manual exposure (thankfully!)
+ no hot-shoe, but has wireless flash compatibility and control (FL50R, FL36R)
+ 2.7" LCD
+ sadly xD or microSD (does not support SD/SDHC/MMC)
+ four AA batteries
+ around March starting at $450
+ does not have RAW - see Photo Review review
+ has RAW according to Olympus UK spec-sheet:


SP-590uz available for pre-orders
It is now available for pre-ordering at Amazon for $450 and with free shipping. No shipping date estimate is given. As of the time of writing the specs are incorrect at the page.

Olympus sp590uz

Reactions to the announcement
+ Olympus dpreview forum main discussion
+ Will Olympus make an ethusiast compact?

More details
+ DC Resource
+ Photo Scala (German)
+ Digital Camera Review
+ Gizmodo
+ Olympus UK
+ dpreview

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