Olympus announce five new compacts

Olympus SZ-15 compact

Olympus has revealed five new compact cameras, including three Toughs and two slim-line zoom models

The new cameras incorporate the same processing and technology that was pioneered in the hugely popular OM-D, TG-2 and SH-50 in order to produce advanced compacts.

The new cameras in the Traveller and Tough series are high zooms with outdoor/sports capturing capabilities all packed into a robust body, as expected. They also include five-axis image stabilisation for what should be blur free movie recordings.

New models include the TG-2 – aimed at taking impressive action and sports shots underwater as well as on dry land, the SH-50 Traveller – suitable for any traveller due its inclusion of multiple-axis image stabilisation for photographing in any terrain and at any angle, as well as the SZ-15 with its impressive zoom length and the extra powerful TG- 830 and TG-630.

For more details on the new compact lines please see the press release below from Olympus.

Press release:


TG-2 : Taking brilliant imaging to new heights and depths
Shoot 15m underwater with image quality matching that in dry land.

As with the TG-1 before, the new flagship of the Olympus Stylus Touch TG-2 supplies light to the sensor through a remarkable, extra-bright maximum aperture 1:2.0 high-speed lens.

Together they capture excellent images in conditions that leave lesser rugged compact cameras in the dark.

For fans of background blur the manual aperture priority option is a category rarity, while close-up and macro lovers benefit from 200mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto power as close as 1cm from the subject. Of course, the TG-2 also spoils outdoor enthusiasts like bikers and climbers.

With GPS tracking, 240fps high-speed movie recording for super slow-motion playback and, best of all, a peace-of-mind guarantee. It’s waterproof to a depth of 15m, shockproof to a height of 2.1m, freeze proof to -10°C and crushproof to a force of 100kg, and is FlashAir compatible for transferring password protected images to selected smart phones and social networks.

Key stats
- 12MP BSI CMOS sensor
- 4x optical zoom from 25mm wide
- Microscope mode
- Full HD 1080 movie recording
- GPS and e-Compass


SH-50: Sharper images and movies
New Olympus Stylus Traveller flagship features world-beating IS system to all but eliminate blur.

The new Traveller flagship SH-50 comes with manual settings and multiple-axis image stabilisation (IS), a technology that can claim two world firsts for compact digital cameras.

Hybrid five-axis movie IS compensates for movement around the axis of the lens in addition to the usual yaw and pitch, as well as horizontal and vertical shift.

With five-axis movie IS, you can record a blur-free Full HD movie literally on the run, while three-axis Photo IS can counteract movement around the rotary axis - the imaginary line that runs straight through the lens from the front of the camera to the back. This is vital with hand-held shots at high-zoom ratios where even the slightest tremble can be magnified disproportionately to cause less than sharp images.

Other key features
- 24x optical zoom and 16MP CMOS Sensor
- 1080 Full HD 60i or 30p movie with sound for choosing the very best movie format
- 720p HD with 120fps or HVGA with 240fps high-speed movie recording for dramatic slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes
- Tele-macro for shooting fascinating close-ups and detail from as far as 40cm from the subject
- M mode for manual adjustment of aperture and exposure time
- FlashAir compatible for transferring password protected images to selected smart phones and social networks

Also joining the fray will be:



In this fast growing category, the SZ-15 demonstrates in one press on the zoom control why a compact camera offers so much more than a phone.

Go from 25mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle all the way to 600mm (35mm equivalent) in old money all on a pocket friendly body that boasts dual image stabilisation. In fact, the 16MP resolution means that high quality results are even possible using digital SR zoom that will take you all the way to 1200mm (35mm equivalent), although we might recommend resting on a wall for that! In practice this makes the SZ-15 a great all round family and travel camera capable or delivering stunning scenes all the way to the smile on a batsman’s face from the boundary rope.

Add to that features like beauty mode for stunning portraits and tele macro for impact laden close ups and your timeline and photobooks will be the envy of all.


TG- 830 and TG-630

Carrying on the tough tradition that Olympus pioneered, these two add some useful extra power to help you get the best shots in the most challenging conditions.

The TG-830 hosts a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, 5x zoom from 28mm (35mm equivalent) plus GPS and e-Compass, High Speed Movie, Full HD with one button Operation and Sequential shooting with 60fps. The high level of toughness carries on from previous models: Shockproof 2m, Waterproof 10m, Freezeproof -10C, Crushproof 100kg.

Middle sibling TG-630 might be seen as more family oriented with Shockproof 1.5m and Waterproof to 5m stats meaning it is great for pools and snorkelling. Offering 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and including the top end iHS process like its two bigger brothers, you can be sure of excellent image quality and all models have Olympus auto underwater white balance to improve colour rendition.


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