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New record-breaking cameras from Olympus

Olympus today announced a range of new cameras, among them the world's first 26x optical zoom compact.

After Kodak's 24x optical zoom monster which was unveiled yesterday just in time for CES, Olympus has gone one better with the announcement of the SP-590UZ — the world's largest optical zoom compact at 26x.

The SP-590UZ boasts the world's longest optical zoom in a compact camera. (Credit: Olympus)

This record-breaking camera features a wide-angle lens (26mm) and a function which Olympus is touting as "background defocus" — which either means the lens will have an amazingly wide aperture or the camera will blur the background after the photo has been taken. The latter seems to be the most logical, given that to use this function you have to be in a dedicated scene mode.

Along with the announcement of the SP-590UZ, Olympus also unveiled four other updates to their range, including two new additions to the Mju Tough line. All models will be available in Australia in March, with pricing to be announced.

Here is a look at the models announced today. We will have reviews of these models soon.

Model Specifications
Mju 7000
  • 12 megapixels
  • 7x optical zoom
  • 3-inch LCD
  • HDMI output
Mju Tough 8000
  • 12 megapixels
  • 3.6x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • Shockproof from 2 metres
  • Waterproof to 10 metres
  • Crushproof to 100kg
  • Snowproof to -100 degrees Celsius
Mju 9000
  • 12 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • World's smallest compact camera with 10x optical zoom and 28mm lens
Mju Tough 6000
  • 10 megapixels
  • 3.6x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • Waterproof to 3 metres
  • Shockproof to 1.5 metres
  • Snowproof to -10 degrees Celsius
  • 26x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • 26mm wide-angle lens
  • CCD image stabiliser
  • HDMI output