updated 11:10 am EDT, Thu August 23, 2012
Options include camera for underwater filming
Olympus has shown off its low-range compact camera releases for the next few months. Coming out in three colors for each model, the collection includes a toughened and waterproof option, variations in resolution and zoom, and an image processing system with a number of filters usable for both still images and capturing video.
The Stylus TG-625, with a 28mm wide-angle to 5x optical zoom is claimed to be waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof, allowing it to be used in harsh environments as low as -10 centigrade and even underwater. The 12-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and TruePicVI SLR image processing engine are combined to lessen the start-up time of the camera and make the autofocus work faster, while the Magic Filter adds 12 different filter effects and the Beauty Make-Up option adds 19 more. Face detection for pets as well as humans is also included.
Although the Stylus VH-515 loses the durability of the TG-625, it does retain similar specifications, including the 12-megapixel CMOS and high-definition movie mode. It does however have an improved 8x optical zoom and 25mm wide-angle lens. The Stylus VH-410 also keeps the same image processing capabilities as the other two, however it uses a 26mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, and an upgraded 16-megapixel sensor.
All three ranges will be made available in three different colors, however pricing is not currently known. The waterproof TG-625 is scheduled to go on sale at the end of this month, the VH-515 in mid-September, and the VH-410 in mid-October.