Olympus declares: ‘it's raining Mju’

Today is officially Olympus day, with a whopping seven new launches across its extensive digicam range.Top of the pile is this 18x optical-zooming mon

Today is officially Olympus day, with a whopping seven new launches across its extensive digicam range.Top of the pile is this 18x optical-zooming monster, the SP-550 UZ (pictured) with a staggering 28mm-504mm range and 7MP sensor. That just about covers everything from wide-angle telephone box group shots to whisker-brushing telephotos on safari. Thankfully there is a built-in image stabiliser to take care of the inevitable camera shake when zooming close in.Four new additions to the entry-level FE range include the 7MP FE-240 with generous 5x zoom and the 8MP FE-250. The latter only gets a standard 3x zoom but boasts an incredibly sensitive 10,000 ISO – high enough to shoot in almost complete darkness without flash. The pay off is in nasty unwanted 'noise' and measly resolution – just 3MP are available when switched to the highest ISO setting.At the more upmarket end of Mju range there’s a new all-terrain SW in the form of the 7MP, 3x zooming Mju 700 SW. Built to rival the proverbial brick outhouse, it's waterproof to 10m, shockproof to withstand a 1.5m plummet and will cope at temperatures down to -10c, or roughly when your fingers start to drop off.Slightly less danger-loving but still weatherproof, is the all-metal Mju 760 which gets the same image stabilization as the SP-500, combined with a 7MP sensor and 3x zoom lens.Now we're off for a lie down – no more new cameras for a while please Olympus.

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Olympus SP-550 UZ, FE 250, 240, 230, 220, Mju 700 SW, 760 Price: TBA On sale: TBA Contact: Olympus Related stories: Pick a pair of Pentax