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Olympus SZ-20 super-slim travel-zoom compact camera test / review by Photography Blog

19 May, 2011 (20:52) | Compact Camera, Olympus, Review | By: Camera News

Olympus SZ-20
Olympus SZ-20

Photography Blog has reviewed a new slim travel camera from Olympus. The digital camera is called Olympus SZ-20 and has nice features such as 16 megapixels, 3D photo shooting and it is able to record full HD movies.

Some key features for the Olympus SZ-20:
-16 megapixel backlit image sensor
-12.5x optical zoom lens (24-300mm)
-3″ LCD screen
-3D photo shooting mode
-9 fps full-resolution continuous shooting
-Eight Magic Filters
-Full 1080p HD movies

Photography Blog ends up giving the SZ-20 an “Above Average” rating with an overall score of 3.5 stars out of 5 possible. The Olympus camera score highest on value for your money, a little lower on features and design, while it scores lowest on image quality and ease of use. The camera has many nice features and a low price tag that is hard to beat, but the controls could be better and the image quality is bit lacking in some areas.
Read the full review of the Olympus SZ-20 super-slim travel-zoom compact camera here.

Olympus launches Olympus LS-20M full HD pocket camcorder and high-end recorder

4 May, 2011 (15:05) | Olympus | By: Camera News

Olympus LS-20M
Olympus LS-20M

Olympus has announced a new device called Olympus LS-20M. This Device from Olympus combines the ability to record HD video and high quality audio.

The device is able to record 1080p high-definition video with 24 bit/96 hHz linear PCM stereo sound making it quite unique.

The Olympus LS-20M will be available in June 2011 and cost about $299.99.

Press release:
New Full-HD Video Combined with Magic Movie Special Effects and Pristine Audio Recording to Create Movies that Look and Sound Like Professional Productions

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 3, 2011 – Transforming everyday videos into memorable movies can be a challenge, but the Olympus LS-20M Linear PCM recorder makes it easy to add creative flair to any recording with the introduction of high-definition video. Record a live recital, create home movies and upload amazing linear PCM audio and high-definition video with the new Olympus LS-20M. Incorporating technologies much like those that debuted in recent Olympus digital imaging products, the new LS-20M is the first Olympus recorder that captures and edits 1080p HD video while recording 24 bit/96 hHz Linear PCM stereo sound. Combined with four different optional Magic Movie special effects features, the LS-20M enables users to create home movies that look and sound like professional productions in a device that’s so compact it fits in your pocket.

“The potential number of uses for the Olympus LS-20M Linear PCM recorder are limitless,” said Amy Leslie, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Anyone looking to capture and upload music performances, sporting events, weddings, meetings or just create their own fun videos, can use the LS-20M for their personal and professional audio and video needs.”

Lights, Camera, Action

The new Olympus LS-20M takes handheld recording to a new dimension with HD video. By combining Olympus’ superior audio capabilities, cutting-edge design and the outstanding optical performance expected from Olympus, this all-in-one handheld offers the versatility and practicality you need.

Olympus is creating more ways for consumers to share memories and express themselves through video. Users can capture full HD movies utilizing one of three video format settings up to 1080p for stunning HD video clarity. The camera lens and microphones are located on top of the unit – just point the device in the direction of the intended object and hit record. A crisp, 2.0-inch color LCD on the front of the device clearly displays the video as its being shot. Below the video LCD is a 1.46-inch LCD data screen that displays time, audio levels and battery life. Want to record a live recital that looks and sounds like a professional ballet? The LS-20M can do that, just point and record.

The HD video compression format makes it easy to upload videos to Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Vimeo and other web-based content sharing sites, and the resolution offers remarkable detail on modern home theatre systems.

The camera features a 4.1mm (16:9 at 49mm, 4:3 at 59mm) autofocus lens and 4x digital zoom delivering premium video no matter where you are shooting. The Olympus LS-20M allows users to record in low light for more dramatic footage and also offers close-up video shooting. The combination of video and audio excellence has an infinite number of possibilities. Record a close-up of a hummingbird in HD video and set it to your own sound track of better-than-CD quality audio.

Studio-Grade Audio

Olympus has been on the cutting edge of audio recording technology since inventing the microcassette format in 1969. The fourth in the series, the LS-20M lives up to the company’s renowned history of Linear PCM recording capability, to capture the rich, dynamic sound quality of music performances; like a studio in your pocket. The device captures rich, dynamic sound with its two condenser mics, and the ability to record in Linear PCM (WAV files) and MP3 formats. Use internal or external microphones to record better-than-CD quality audio for movies that sound like they were made in a Hollywood studio.

The recording features don’t stop at amazing sound quality. For your convenience, the Olympus LS-20M offers manual or auto-level recording. The “auto” level is perfect if you are recording from the crowd. Thanks to the manual level, musicians can capture optimal sound checks and live performances.

Certain settings, like crowded press conferences or a live show at a packed club can provide unwanted background noise that can later be incredibly frustrating. Thankfully, the Olympus LS-20M features a switchable low-cut filter that enables users to eliminate low-frequency sounds and unwanted background noises, like coughing. Collaborating musicians who want to monitor the recording progress on the fly can do so with the built-in speaker.

The Olympus LS-20M voice-activation feature automatically starts a recording when a certain level of sound is reached. The self-timer feature starts the recording process after a predetermined amount of time; both are ideal for recording a performance or video without having to operate the recorder.

Movie Making Magic

Specially designed to expand the potential of your creativity, the new, simple to operate, Magic Movie special effects technology turns scenes of everyday life into extraordinary images that are distinctive and compelling. Using technology from Olympus’ cameras, Magic Movie allows users to create exciting videos, then upload and share them with the world on YouTube or Facebook. Unleash your creative side by incorporating linear PCM audio with your own artistic expression.

The LS-20M Magic Movie special effects settings:

Rock—create your own rock video! Step on stage with the classic Rock Magic Movie setting, featuring saturated black images and bright, bold background colors;
Sketch – the Sketch Magic Movie setting turns your video into a living and breathing pencil drawing, reminiscent of some popular 80’s videos. Sketch adds an artistic feel and poetic flavor to your recordings;
Pinhole—the Pinhole Magic Movie setting allows users to record video with soft, darkened outside edges – enhancing the subject in the center of the video. Pinhole is great for setting a mood to tie in with the melody or focus of your recorded sound;
Pop—The Pop Magic Movie setting super-saturates colors to create a brighter, more vivid video recording. Turn your world into a work of pop art!

Powerful Punch in a Compact Package

The Olympus LS-20M features a lightweight, durable, black body with silver function buttons in a slim, pocket-size device that fits in your palm. At just 5.3 inches long and 5.4 ounces, the LS-20M provides remarkable power in a convenient and portable size.

The attractive Olympus LS-20M is eye-catching and designed with ease-of-use in mind, with the control panel located just below the video and data LCDs. As the previous LS-series models, the record button lights up when activated and the thumb panel enables easy adjustments to settings while recording. A switch on the right side panel allows for easy transition from audio/video to audio-only recording.

Inputs at the base of the unit offer easy access to USB and HDMI connections. Plugging the device into a computer or tablet for fast video uploads couldn’t be easier.


The Olympus LS-20M is packaged with everything needed to make HD movies straight out of the box. It’s equipped with a 2GB SD card, one rechargeable Lithium ion battery, and a USB cable. The battery is easily charged by plugging in the LS-20M to a computer. For added memory, the LS-20M can handle SDHC cards up to 32GB for long hours of movie making.

An optional RS-30W Wireless Remote empowers users to start and stop the recording of the Olympus LS-20M without touching the unit. This is ideal for live performances, as the device can be placed in an optimal recording position and activated at a distance.

Pricing and Availability

The Olympus LS-20M provides excellent audio and HD video recording of premium movies at a highly competitive price: estimated street price of $299.99 (U.S.). It will be available in June 2011.


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Olympus XZ-1 high end compact camera test / review by Photography Blog

8 February, 2011 (10:05) | Compact Camera, Olympus, Review | By: Camera News

Olympus XZ-1
Olympus XZ-1

Photography Blog has tested an exciting new camera from Olympus called Olympus XZ-1. It has a high sensitivity 1/1.63″ CCD sensor with 10 megapixels and the brightest lens that you will find among compact digital cameras on the market right now.

Some key features for the Olympus XZ-1:
-10 megapixel high sensitivity 1/1.63″ CCD sensor
-4x optical zoom lens, 28-112mm equivalent, f/1.8-2.5
-3″ OLED screen
-Sensor-shift image stabilization
-Twin control dials
-ISO sensitivity 100-6400
-RAW file support
-720p movie mode
-Uses SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards

Photography Blog ends up giving the XZ-1 a very good review with a “Highly Recommended” rating and an overall score of 4.5 out of 5 possible stars. The Olympus camera scores highest on features, design and image quality, a little lower on ease of use while it scores lowest on value for your money. If you are looking for a high end compact camera with compact design and great image quality that also have many manual controls, this camera is one of the top choices. There are not many downsides to the Olympus XZ-1, but the reviewer wants an ISO button and better video mode when Olympus releases the next camera in this line.
Read the full review of the Olympus XZ-1 high end compact camera here.

Olympus E-5 DSLR camera test / review by Photography Blog

22 December, 2010 (17:40) | DSLR, Olympus, Review | By: Camera News

Olympus E-5
Olympus E-5

Olympus are known for making top class DSLR cameras that are weather resistant. Now they have released a successor to the E-3, a DSLR called Olympus E-5. Let us hear what Photography Blog has to say about this camera.

Some key features for the Olympus E-5:
-Weather-sealed body
-12 megapixel image sensor
-3″ 920k LCD screen
-Live View with Contrast AF
-HD video recording
-Shutter speeds of up to 1/8000
-Art filters
-HDMI port

Photography Blog gives the E-5 a very good review with an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and calls it “Highly Recommended”. The Olympus camera scores highest on design, features and image quality, a little lower on ease of use while it scores lowest on value for your money. The blog claims that the E-5 is the best Four Thirds camera made to date. It produces images of excellent quality and is extremely well built, but it also comes at a very high price tag. It seems like Olympus are concentrating on pushing their Micro Four Thirds cameras so who knows if this is the last Four Thirds camera from them..
Read the full review of the Olympus E-5 DSLR camera here.

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