The new Olympus SP-560 UZ continues where it’s predecessor, the SP-550 UZ, left off. Boasting an 18x wide optical zoom (equivalent to 27-486mm on a 35mm camera), this versatile camera incorporates Dual Image Stabilisation to provide double protection against blur caused by camera shake – which becomes more likely as the level of zoom increases.

Face Detection Technology has now been included to guarantee the capture of sharper, more accurately exposed faces. This model also upgrades the resolution to 8.0-megapixels

The SP-560 UZ's zoom capabilities can be extended further using the teleconverter lens TCON-017 and adapter ring CLA-10, which extend the focal range to 826mm – or touch the sky when used in conjunction with the digital zoom at 4626mm (35mm equivalents).

Dual Image Stabilisation – combining a mechanical image stabiliser with high ISO – to provide protection against blur caused by camera shake. Meanwhile, by integrating Face Detection Technology, the camera can recognise the faces in a scene and adjust for optimal exposure and sharpness. And to ensure that shadowy areas in compositions are brightened, the SP-560 UZ also features Shadow Adjustment Technology.

Sequence can be captured at up to 15fps*, while the pre-capture mode means five frames are snapped and captured even before the shutter is released. The Super Macro mode allows subjects as close as 1cm to be captured.

A large 6.4cm LCD makes it easy to compose and review macro shots, while Olympus’ own BrightCapture Technology works to brighten both images and movies you capture. What’s more, brighter images relayed on the LCD make it easier to quickly and confidently frame all kinds of compositions, even in dimly-lit conditions.

The Olympus SP-560 UZ will be available from October 2007 for around £300 plus VAT.