Olympus Debuts New Rugged and Ultra-Zoom Cameras

Olympus has taken the wraps off four new cameras, the outdoor-rugged Stylus Tough 6020 and 8010, along with the new SP-600UZ and SP-800UZ ultra-zoom cameras that pack 15× and 30× optical zooms in small packages.

Olympus SP-800UZ camera

First up, the Olympus SP-800UZ offers a 14 megapixel resolution, a 3-inch LCD display, and a mammoth 30× wide angle optical zoom—packed in a body just 4.2 inches wide by 2.9 inches tall by 3.3 inches deep, Olympus is calling it the world’s smallest. The camera saves images and video to SD/SDHC cards and carries 2 GB of its own memory, can shoot 720p high-definition video, offers dual image stabilization, and sports convenience features like autofocus tracking, intelligent scene selection, advanced face detection, and in-camera panorama stitching—oh, and a beauty mode that softens shadows and smoothes wrinkles and blemishes. The SP-600UZ offers a similar set of features, but steps back to a 12 megapixel sensor, 15× optical zoom, 1 GB of built-in memory, and a 2.7-inch LCD display. Olympus expects both cameras will be available March, with the SP-800UZ carrying a suggested retail price of $349.99, and the SP-600UZ going for $249.99.

Olympus SP-600UZ camera

If you want to get wild in the outdoors, Olympus is offering the new Stylus Tough 8010 and Stylus Tough 6020 as cameras that can keep up with you, offering 15 megapixel resolutions, 5× optical zooms, and 2.7-inch LCD displays. And the cameras live up to their names: the 8010 can handle a 6.6-foot drop, 33 feet of water, 220 pounds of pressure, and will operate down to 14°F. The 8010 also features 2 GB of built-in memory, dual image stabilization, tap control (handy underwater or when using gloves), autofocus tracking, advanced face detection, intelligent scene selection, and that ever-popular beauty mode so you can look your best when covered in mud and grim and hanging upside down from a parasail tangled in power lines. The 6020 offers similar specs, but isn’t quite as hard-living: it’ll handle falls of 5 feet and up to 16 feet of water, although it’ll still keep ticking down to the same 14°F. The 6020 also steps back to 1 GB of built-in memory, and the 5× optical zoom isn’t a wide-angle zoom like its bigger sibling. Olympus says the Stylus Tough 8010 and 6020 will be available this month with suggested prices of $399.99 and $299.99, respectively.

Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 camera
Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 camera