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Old 03-22-2007, 05:05 PM
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Smile 18x Optical Zoom - new Olympus

Has anyone else heard of Olympus's new SP550-UZ? 18x OPTICAL ZOOM!

http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/29...om_Details.htm

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Old 03-22-2007, 05:07 PM
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It looks great
But I just had a new camera, I love Nikon more.
 
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Old 03-22-2007, 05:46 PM
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Tried that camera out in a store, the zoom is good but the camera itself felt somewhat lacking to me. Great zoom though
 
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:41 PM
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Looks nice... The huge zom would be awesome! Dunno about the 15fps @ 1.2mp though, seems to me if someone is looking to capture fast action at that rate, they might want the megapixels to boot. But that's probably just me.
 
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:43 PM
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Tried that camera out in a store, the zoom is good but the camera itself felt somewhat lacking to me. Great zoom though
Hi DB,
I am currently a voluntary photographer for a local park, mainly of the bird species (around 30 seen in three months) and my camera at the moment has a 10x optical and a five-times digital zoom. I have to use the digital as well to get a good shot, but because of the digital, the pictures are good but have 'noise'. As you have had the chance to use it, would this Olympus give better pictures with the additional 80% optical?

PS What shop did you try it in - I didn't know it had been released yet.

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Old 03-24-2007, 03:43 AM
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Look nice

Anyone know how much it cost? I haven't found any price...
 
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Hi DB,
I am currently a voluntary photographer for a local park, mainly of the bird species (around 30 seen in three months) and my camera at the moment has a 10x optical and a five-times digital zoom. I have to use the digital as well to get a good shot, but because of the digital, the pictures are good but have 'noise'. As you have had the chance to use it, would this Olympus give better pictures with the additional 80% optical?

PS What shop did you try it in - I didn't know it had been released yet.

Thanks!!!
Hey Jason, pretty sure i've tested it but now i'm in doubt! When I was going to buy an SLR I was testing everything, maybe i've only tested a lower model? haha

I think i definitely saw an article showing the zoom though and it looked awesome. It's about 400 pounds i think, not sure.
 
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:18 PM
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I have to use the digital as well to get a good shot, but because of the digital, the pictures are good but have 'noise'.
I'm no photographer, so I don't know a lot about it, but I have found that I can get a much clearer picture by taking it without the digital zoom and using photoshop to crop and enlarge. Same effect in the end, but better quality. Although, I assume the digital zoom is better on some cameras than on others.
 
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Hey Jason, if you doing bird photography, I would suggest you consider a little more about investing in a low range DSLR instead. This will afford you the range of high quality zoom lenses that you can change on location and even upgrade from, at later dates, rather than looking for a camera with a built in zoom factor.

I understand the price difference is likely a factor for you but you cant argue the immense range of freedom and availability that comes with having 100's of lense options and SLR options. It will serve you more in the long run.

No doubt you've conisdered this of course, I'm just throwing in my 2 cents on this option and DSLR's have come down quite a bit in recent years.

cheap 6.1mp nikon dlsr
 
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Just read the specs on that camera.

- The large zoom paired with a small sensor will cause a lot of noise at anything higher than ISO 200 (maybe even at ISO 200)

- lens specs show it will likely cause lots of barrel distortion at or close to extremely close-ups, which kinda defeats the benefit of the 18x optical.
 
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