Zoom lenses are really incredible. One lens can capture wide-angle pictures for magnificent landscapes and then zoom forward to capture a picture of a bird perched on a branch across a field. The zoom power is based on the wide-angle focal length with multiples to the telephoto focal length. If a camera lens had a 35mm wide-angle focal, a 3x lens would deliver a range of 3x or 35mm x 3 (105mm). Most compact point-&-shoot cameras have 3x to 10x lenses. Mid-size digital cameras have been offering lenses up to 32x. Olympus introduced a camera that has a 40x lens.
The OLYMPUS STYLUS SP-820UZ is equipped with a 22.4mm wide-angle to 896mm super-telephoto, high-magnification zoom lens, enabling an extremely wide range of shooting possibilities. The power of a large and heavy, sized super-telephoto lens is available on the compact body of the STYLUS SP-820UZ, making it the perfect companion for keeping baggage light on a trip. This is an “all-in-one” camera for easily taking high-grade pictures on the go.
With the 40x optical zoom lens, users can capture intense and up-close photos of far away subjects with ease. The STYLUS SP-820UZ can capture the expressions on children’s faces at school games and plays, and the action of athletes at sporting events, with a level of detail not visible to the naked eye. With Super Resolution zoom, users can not only zoom up to 80x with virtually no image degradation, but in combination with the digital zoom it is even possible to photograph craters on the moon at 160x.
With CMOS shift-type image stabilization and DUAL IS*3 for high-sensitivity shooting, camera shake is effectively reduced during telephoto shooting. With 22.4mm*2 wide-angle shooting, landscape photos and large group photos are a cinch. With just this one camera, users can enjoy shooting various scenes at just the right angles.
Simply pressing the button on the back of the camera allows super telephoto HD movie shooting, and Magic Filter also adds to the enjoyment of shooting movies on a digital camera. Full High-definition size 1920 x 1080 movies, and an extremely good compression format for computers. With MOV and H.264 formats, longer movies can be shot more smoothly and beautifully. With the dedicated movie button, movie shooting can be started and stopped with a single touch. The STYLUS SP-820UZ is also equipped with Multi-Motion Movie IS image stabilization. Because this function corrects for the gradual camera shake that commonly occurs when shooting a movie while walking, users can more fully enjoy shooting beautiful, high-quality movies.
Of course the SP-820UZ has many automatic features plus on-camera editing that you find in other quality cameras but, if you wanted to get a good picture of the moon or of a boat sailing to the horizon, the 40x zoom lens is an extremely special feature.