Zoomy Olympus SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ announced

Claiming to be "scaling new heights in the compact market", Olympus has announced two new models for its ultra-zoom camera series.

Equipped with a "staggering" 30x wide optical zoom covering the equivalent 28-840mm focal length, the 14-megapixel SP-800UZ will appeal to twitchers across the UK.

The zoomy compact boasts a 16:9, 3-inch LCD, 2GB internal memory plus SD card slot, HD movie and HDMI tech, dual image stabilisation and 10fps sequence shooting.

The SP-600UZ offers lesser specs at 15x optical zoom (28-420mm equivalent), a 2.7-inch LCD, 1GB internal memory and a 12-megapixel resolution.

The Olympus SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ will be available in "titanium silver" from March 2010 for a retail price of £369.99 and £259.99 respectively.