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The new Olympus SZ-10 even detects your cat or dog

Olympus announces the SZ-10 compact digital camera that is perfect for travel and sports and features an 18x ultra-zoom lens, DUAL IS, and HD (1280 x 720) movies. The SZ-10 features an expanded range of Magic Filters inherited from the previous model, and the newly added Watercolor and Sparkle. But what's more, this clever little camera can even automatically detect dog and cat faces. When you select [Pet Mode - Dog] or [Pet Mode - Cat] the camera will detect up to 10 faces of different dogs or cats...

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More details, images and specifications of the new Olympus SZ-10Perfect for travel and sports events! - Stylish ultra-zoom that fits in your pocket

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the OLYMPUS SZ-10, a compact digital camera that is perfect for travel and sports events. It features 18x ultra-zoom lens, DUAL IS, and HD movies. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in Spring, 2011.

The OLYMPUS SZ Series is a digital camera that is perfect for travel and sports events. Thanks to its advanced optical expertise, Olympus has been able to incorporate in a compact, palm-size camera the same high-powered super-telephoto capability that normally makes SLR cameras so bulky and heavy. Because it is so small, this camera is an ideal travelling companion, offering the power of a full-size camera and lenses without increasing the amount of luggage. The SZ Series is an easy-to-use "all-in-one" camera that makes it possible anyone to enjoy the pleasure of advanced photography.

The Olympus SZ-10 covers a remarkably wide shooting range with focal lengths ranging from 28mm wide-angle to 504mm telephoto with the super-telephoto 22x optical zoom lens. It can capture big, up-close images of even the most distant subjects, creating high-impact pictures by capturing details that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as the facial expressions of children in athletic or theatrical events or athletes in professional sport competitions. To reduce the picture blur commonly associated with telephoto shooting effectively, the SZ-10 features DUAL IS using a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism and high-sensitivity image capturing. It also features dedicated Movie REC button to immediately shooting movies and Magic Movies to enhance your camera life. Moreover, you can enjoy the SZ-10 in your usual life as well with the full array of functions such as 3D Photos, Beauty Mode, Beauty Make, and Pet Mode.

HD movie (AVI Motion JPEG) recording
High-quality movies are available in 1280 x 720-pixel high-definition quality. Movie recording can be manipulated by a dedicated movie REC button.

Magic Filters
The SZ-10 features an expanded range of 8 Magic Filters, Pop, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Sketch, Soft Focus and Punk inherited from the previous model, and newly added Watercolor and Sparkle. Furthermore, Magic Movies recordings are available in Pop, Pin Hole, Sketch Soft Focus, Punk and Watercolor delivering distinct look and artistic feel.

Watercolor: Enjoy transforming your images with a finish like that of watercolor paintings.
Sparkle: Enjoy photos with the luxurious feel created by the added twinkling lights.

3D Photo Shooting Function
You can shoot dynamic 3D photos in any mode from usual life to landscape. Recreate a sense of depth like that of the original scene. You can then enjoy the full power of 3D images on compatible TV sets and computers. Simply select the 3D Photo in Shooting mode and then release the shutter and slide the camera sideways to easily get a 3D photo. During 3D Photo shooting, a 3D file and regular JPEG files are recorded at the same time. There are two modes to shoot 3D photos;

Auto mode: After taking the 1st image, pan the camera slowly to line up the on-screen image and the 2nd image will be shot automatically.

Manual mode: After taking the 1st image, pan the camera slowly to line up the on-screen image, and then press the shutter to capture the 2nd image manually.

First select 3D photo playback or ordinary playback, and then you can further enjoy the full power of 3D images by playing them back on 3D-compatible TV sets or computers.

MP Format (Multi Picture Format)
This is a format standardized by CIPA to handle multiple images under a single image file. When you use the 3D Photo Shooting function, the images for the right and left eye are recorded in a single MP format file.

Pet Mode
The camera automatically detects dogs' and cats' faces. Selecting the [Pet Mode - Dog] or [Pet Mode - Cat] from the scene mode, the camera will quickly detect your pet's face and automatically focus on it before shooting the photo. The camera will detect up to 10 faces of different dogs or cats.

Additional information: More details, images and specifications of the new Olympus SZ-10
February 8, 2011
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