If the $330 price tag on the Olympus SP-810UZ which has 36x optical zoom is just too much the other new Olympus compact mega zoom dubbed SZ-11 might be up your alley. First off the Olympus SZ-11 isn’t available now but when it does start to ship it will carry an MSRP or $279.99 and for that price you’ll get many of the features the longer zoom SP-810UZ offers.
However let’s start with the main differences between the Olympus SP-810UZ and the start of this post the Olympus SZ-11. First the SZ11 features a more compact design, the camera is about 83% lighter and about 19% smaller in dimensions. The second difference lies in the maximum zooming capabilities of the two cameras lenses, the SZ-11 offers 20x optical zoom/24x digital and the SP-810UZ has more with 36x optical/40x digital. The third difference is the SZ-11 has a higher resolution 3-inch LCD at 460k dots than the SP-810UZ’s poultry 260k dot 3-inch LCD.
Other than those three main things there is very little that differs between the SZ-11 and SP-810UZ that’s not to do with the cameras having different lenses.
That means the Olympus SZ-11 offers the TruePic III+ image processor, Autofocus with tracking, face detection, dual image stabilization, intelligent auto mode, HD movie recording at 720p HD (1280-by-720) with HDMI output, plenty of scene modes (15 total), the ability to apply Magic Art Filters to photos and videos, the ability to take create panorama photos in-camera, the ability to create 3D still images, and Eye-Fi/SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards support.
At this time Olympus is expected to ship the new Olympus SZ-11 to supersede the Olympus SZ-10 this August. The camera will be available in three color options Black, Red and Silver and each model will cost you $279.99 at retailers. [Olympus]