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Olympus have today pulled the curtain that was covering their latest zoom compacts, the flagship of which they clam to be the world’s first camera of its kind to include a five-axis image stabilisation, the SH-50 will also include a 24x optical zoom lens and the same image stabilisation technology used in the Olympus OM-D.

The lens can run from 25-600mm and includes a maximum aperture of f/3.0, there;s also a mode dial on the top.

Inside the camera there’s a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with the TurePic IV image processing engine, all of which can be controlled with a number of shooting modes, and can be seen via the 3 inch 460k dot display on the back which also happens to be a touch screen.

The Olympus Sh-50 will be available to buy from mid March 2013 for £249.99.

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However if you prefer a cheaper option, Olympus also unveiled the Olympus SSZZ-15 that will give you the same 24x optical zoom with 25-600mm zoom range and f/3.0 but you won;t get the image stabilisation included in the SH-50.

There’s also a 16-megapixel CCD sensor instead of the CMOS one.

The Olympus SZ-15 will however be available for only £179.99 from mid-March 2013.

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