January 23 2008 - Photo Jottings

January 23 2008


Just when you thought is was safe to buy an SP-560, Olympus comes out with yet another super-zoom.  This time it’s a 20x 26mm-520mm F/2.8-4.5 with a (what’s claimed) manual focus and zoom ring.  It has an AF/MF switch on the side of the lens, so I’m thinking you turn off AF to manually focus with the ring, or when AF is switched on, you manually zoom with the ring.  Another possibility is a push-pull option.  There isn’t too much information right now on how this works.  If it does work with one of these methods, it could be a very attractive camera.  The dimensions are the
same as my old(!) SP-550 UZ so it’ll still be nice and small.

  • Olympus SP-570 UZ
  • 10mp 1/2.33 CCD
  • 26mm-520mmm 20X lens.
  • Optical image stabilization, plus digital.
  • 2.7″ 230,000 LCD.
  • Manual focus and zoom ring…..we’ll see.
  • Shoots at 1.2fps at 10mp or 7.2fps at 5mp.
  • 1/2000-15sec or 8 min bulb mode.
  • Continues the use of AA batteries-good!
  • ISO 64-3200 and 6400 in reduced mode.
  • 45mb internal memory or xD cards.
  • Flash hot-shoe—big deal.
  • Ships in March for $499.
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