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Featuring a powerful 18x optical zoom lens, the SP-550 UZ offers maximum shooting versatility for travel, sports and day-to-day use. The 18x super telephoto zoom gets you closer to the action than any compact digital camera on the market. At the same time, the wide-angle lens gets more into your frame – perfect for shooting indoors, landscapes and group shots. The super macro mode is ideal for capturing the most subtle details from as close as one centimeter. This precision-crafted lens combines high-refractive, aspherical and extra-dispersion (ED) lens elements to deliver edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity.
Dual Image Stabilization technology ensures crisp, clear pictures in virtually any shooting situation – adjusting for camera shake and moving subjects. The Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization keeps images sharp by adjusting the CCD to compensate for camera shake and Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blur caused by a moving subject.
Capable of capturing images at an incredible 15 frames per second (at 1.2MP), the SP-550 UZ offers the highest burst rate of any compact digital camera. The inclusion of Pre-Capture technology, which works in conjunction with High-Speed Sequential Shooting, enables users to capture the action before and after fully pressing the shutter button. Pre-Capture begins working as soon as the focus is locked, automatically archiving five frames prior to the shutter release – virtually guaranteeing that none of the action will be missed.
The Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes give advanced users the control for optimal performance in any situation. Users can adjust the f-stop for detailed portraits with softened backgrounds, or slow the exposure speed to create the blurred effect of motion, or just let the camera do the work with its automatic settings.
The SP-550 UZ makes it easy to take great photos in a variety of scenarios and lighting situations with 30 shooting modes, including television-quality video with sound (640x480/30fps) up to the capacity of your xD card. Simply select the desired mode for portraits, landscapes, night scenes, fast-action, macro and more.
With in-camera editing features such as Red-Eye Fix and the ability to add frames and titles, crop, adjust brightness, switch from color to black-and-white or sepia, make calendar prints, and more – all without using a computer and editing software. Also, the new Lighting Fix feature corrects the underexposed areas in your picture to reveal the details hidden in the shadows.
Connecting the SP-550 UltraZoom to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects directly via USB 2.0 cable and requires no software. Or, if you prefer, forget the computer altogether. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the camera with any PictBridge-enabled printer.
OLYMPUS Master™ software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive
user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are
searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. And with one-click editing tools, such
as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online
support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away.
SP-550 UltraZoom Features:
The SP-550 compared in size to a standard CD disc.
US visitors SP-550 UZ Black Digital Camera (7.1MP, 3072x2304, 18x Opt, 20MB Internal, xD-Picture Card Slot)
UK visitors Olympus PT-037 Underwater Housing for SP550/560
|Imager||7.1 Megapixel (effective), 7.4 Megapixel gross, 1/2.5” CCD|
|Lens||4.68 – 84.24mm (28 – 504mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 14 lenses in 11 groups; 4 aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses|
|Zoom||18x Optical + 5.6x Digital (Seamless to 100x)|
|Aperture Range||f2.8 – f4.5 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)|
|LCD||2.5” (6.4cm) Color LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (dioptic correction)|
|Focus System||CCD Contrast Detection|
|Focus Range||Normal/Macro Mode:
(Wide) 3.94” – infinity (.1m – infinity)
(Tele) 47.24” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)
Super Macro Mode:
0.39” – infinity (.1m – infinity)
|Focus Mode||iESP Auto, Spot AF, Selective AF Target, Manual|
|Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec. – 15 sec., Bulb|
|ISO||Auto, High ISO Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*, 5000* (*approx. 3MP)|
|Metering Mode||Digital iESP Auto Multi-Pattern TTL, Center-Weighted Metering|
|White Balance||iESP2 Auto, One-Touch, Presets (Sunlight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents)|
|Exposure Compensation||±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV increments|
|Recording Modes||Still Image: DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG, PIM3
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
|Adjustment Resolutions||3,072 x 2,304, RAW / SHQ / HQ
3,072 x 2,048, 3:2 / SHQ / HQ
2,560 x 1,920, SQ1 High, Normal
2,304 x 1,728, SQ1 High, Normal
2,048 x 1,536, SQ1 High, Normal
1,600 x 1,200, SQ2 High, Normal
1,280 x 960, SQ2 High, Normal
1,024 x 768, SQ2 High, Normal
640 x 480, SQ2 High, Normal
|Shooting Modes||30 Shooting Modes: Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Modes, GUIDE, Scene Presets (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow, Underwater Wide1, Underwater Wide2, Underwater Macro), Movie|
|Panorama Modes||Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master Software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™|
|Sequential Shooting||Hi-Speed2: 15 frames per second for 20 frames (1.2MP)
Hi-Speed1: 7 frames per second for 15 frames (3MP)
Normal Speed: 1.2 frames per second for 7 frames (7MP)
Bracket: Exposure bracketing up to 5 frames
|Shooting Assist Functions||Histogram, Frame Assist|
|Movie Mode||AVI Movie with Sound: 640x480/30fps, SHQ; 640x480/15fps, HQ; 320x240/30fps, SQ1; 320x240/15fps, SQ2|
|Image Processing||TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor|
|Pixel Mapping||Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting|
|Noise Reduction||Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer|
|Image Playback||Still Image: Single, Index, Enlargement, Slideshow, Calendar, Album, Histogram, Rotation|
|Playback Edit Effects||Still Image: Lighting Fix, Red-Eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Crop, Resize, Rotate, Brightness, Saturation, Frame, Label, Calendar, Layout|
|Direct Printing Options||PictBridgeTM and DPOF|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Fill-In & Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Off|
|Flash Working Range||Wide: 14.8 ft. (4.5m), Tele: 9.2 ft. (2.8m) at ISO 200
Wide: 42.3 ft. (12.9m), Tele: 26.2 ft. (8.0m) at ISO 1600
|Selftimer||12 Seconds/2 Seconds, AUTO|
|Setting Memorization||On (stores changes) / Off (restores default settings)|
|Date/Time Calendar||Automatically recorded with each image (up to 2099)|
|Memory||20MB internal memory|
|Removable Media Card||xD-Picture Card™ (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB or 2GB)
Type H card is required for SHQ movie recording beyond 15 sec.
|Outer Connectors||USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input|
|Auto-connect USB||2.0 Full Speed|
|System Requirements||Auto-connect USB: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS® 9.0-9.2x/OS X 10.1-10.4 with USB port. Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac® 10.3 and higher|
|Operating Environment||Operation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity
|Power Supply||(4) AA Batteries, AC Adapter (C-7AU)|
|Size||4.6” W x 3.1” H x 3.1” D (116mm x 78.5mm x 78mm)|
|Weight||12.9oz. (365g) without batteries and media card|
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