Olympus VH-520

March 21, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | Comment | |
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The Olympus VH-520 is a slimline compact camera with a stabilised 26-260mm equivalent lens, 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and a TruePic V processor originally developed for digital SLR cameras. Other highlights include a 3” rear display, iHS technology with HDR Backlight Adjustment, Magic Filters, Full HD movies with Multi-motion Movie IS and a High Speed Movie mode for recording video at high frame rates (240 or 120fps) and playing it back in dramatic slow motion. Available in brown, black, white, red, purple or blue; the Olympus VH-520 will hit the shelves in April at a suggested retail price of £129.99.

Olympus Press Release

Olympus Smart flagship shoots bright and blur-free, in 1080p Full HD.

The compact class has its low-light hero.
Semi-pro tech gives VH-520 the edge in the dark.

In the new VH-520, Olympus have taken a gorgeously slim compact and packed it full of the technologies, such as low-light iHS, only normally found in much bigger cameras for three times the price. For sheer image quality, the VH-520 is way ahead of the field. Its biggest performance boosters? The 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and a TruePic V processor originally developed for DSLR. Closely followed by the 26mm-260mm* wide, 10x optical zoom lens (20x with Super Resolution Zoom) and lens-shift image stabilisation for taking out blur. When it’s dark, ISO 6400 and HDR Backlight Adjustment are essential. For slow-mo movie playback, there’s High Speed Movie recording, and Multi-motion Movie IS for shooting video on the go. It all sounds unbelievable that all this technology would be feasible in such a svelte camera body, because normally it wouldn’t be. But even in poor lighting conditions, with the Olympus VH-520 great picture quality is feasible. It will cost just £129.99 from late April – in brown, black, white, red, purple or blue.

Point-and-shoot in the day or the dark
For a camera measuring just 25.4mm from lens to its radiant 3” LCD, the VH-520 really has no right to house components of this quality. Forget the gorgeous design, the sensibly laid-out controls (one-button movie recording) and Magic Filters for stills and Full HD movies. The real magic is in the 10x optical zoom, 26mm wide angle lens. By shaving down the lens set, Olympus were able to replace digital IS with mechanical. Combine that with the high-sensitivity, high-ISO capability of iHS, and you’ve got a camera that lets you shoot straight from the hip – bright and blur-free, in good or bad light.

Outstanding features:
10x wide optical zoom lens (26-260mm*) with 20x Super Resolution Zoom for effortless close-ups and wide-angle shots
14 Megapixel CMOS sensor for extremely high-quality full-size movies, stills and prints
iHS technologies for capturing exactly the shots you want with rich colour and low noise, irrespective of shooting conditions
1080p Full HD Movie with stereo sound for capturing movies in the best image quality
Multi-motion Movie IS for recording Full HD movies with reduced blur while walking
Mechanical, lens-based Dual Image Stabilisation for reducing blur caused by shaking, even with long exposures
TruePic V image engine for excellent image quality
HDR Backlight Adjustment for ideal exposure when shooting against the light
High Speed Movie for recording video at high frame rates (240 or 120fps) and playing it back in dramatic slow motion
ISO up to 6400 for excellent imaging despite poor light
3” colour LCD (460,000 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots
Magic Filters for adding creative effects to stills or Full HD movies

* 35mm equivalent.

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at http://www.olympus.co.uk for the latest specifications.

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