Olympus SP-550

I was skimming through the Sun newspaper the other day and suddenly an ad caught my eye. It’s Olympus digicam offering at RM1499, with 18x zooming glory! Recently you can see a lot of digicam promotions from various brands from Sony, Fujifilm, Kodak, Canon….each with their own unique features to show off. Now Olympus is trying to jump in the bandwagon with their monstrous cam, the SP-550. I did a quick survey and found that SP-550 is not really the latest one in the market. There is already another new replacement model SP-560 which offers even better spec than this. Anyway, the SP-550 is definitely good enough to capture my attention!

camera-front-angledthumbnail.jpgOlympus SP-550

This piece of mean gadget packs 7.1MP CCD, 2-in-1 anti-blur solution, ISO up to 5000, 18x optical zoom (28 to 504mm equivalent, no less). It runs on 4 AA size batteries so you can use rechargeable NiMH batteries after you trash the supplied alkaline batteries(why they even bother to include?) in a few hours.

What actually makes this piece attractive is the zoom lens. Come on, a normal point and shoot camera only offers up to 5x (as with Sony T200), and other ultra zoom cameras only offers up to 12X zoom. But this baby offers 18x, which means you can shoot an far away object as though it is right next to you. What’s more the price is lower than a high end point and shoot camera. It’s definitely in my wish list for Christmas present (not that I celebrate Christmas anyway). I just want it!

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