Zoom Wars!
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Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Zoom Wars! on 01/25/2007 11:04:12 MST Print View

Olympus carpet-bombed us with a host of new cameras today, including an 18X zoom model.

The good news is that it's fairly wide, being a 28-504 equivalent, and reasonably fast at f/2.8-4.5, and has image stabilization (it had better!).

I will remain in the skeptics bleachers as to the optical quality of such a beast, which heretofore would have only appeared on a video camera.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0701/07012507olympusp550uz.asp

The competition is now obgliged to launch a 20X zoom. Can't wait.

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: ZOOM WARS! on 01/25/2007 16:24:39 MST Print View

Aww, but it appears to not have threads for mounting a 2x teleconverter!!

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Re: Zoom Wars! on 01/25/2007 17:10:55 MST Print View

Just when I had decided which camera to buy, Olympus comes along and disturbs my thinking.

I am still inclined to go down the Pentax K 10D path, not UL, but a great camera

Victor Karpenko
(Viktor) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: ZOOM WARS! on 01/25/2007 21:53:54 MST Print View

Looks like a camera with a lot of capability. I am surprised that with all of the scene modes,it doesn't have panoramic capability. Even their small digital cameras have it. I took this one with pocket digital.Clouds Rest

Edited by Viktor on 01/26/2007 18:11:36 MST.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
More to come on 01/29/2007 01:55:20 MST Print View

The SP550 should be available in a few weeks, till than we can speculate, small sensor (1/2.5") but could still deliver in most light levels. Sony will announce soon a couple of 15x zoom cameras very similar in size to the H5, and Panasonic will replace the TZ1 (10x zoom,very compact) with a version starting at 28mm.So , yes it is open warfare on the long range.
Franco

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
The Pana TZ2 is out on 01/31/2007 14:59:47 MST Print View

The Panasonic TZ2 has been announced. See details at http://www.dpreview.com/

Franco