Olympus has launched the "extremely powerful and ergonomically designed" Olympus SP-560 UZ that they say continues where its predecessor, the award-winning SP-550 UZ, left off.

Boasting an impressive 18x wide optical zoom (equivalent to 27-486mm on a 35mm camera), photographers have lots of options open to locate and frame their subjects, both far and wide.

This 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 as well as Shadow Adjustment Technology.

This model also upgrades the resolution to 8.0-megapixels, boasts a 6.4cm LCD, 24 scene modes, 5.6x digital zoom and a Super Macro mode which lets you get as close as 1cm to subjects

The Olympus SP-560 UZ will be available from October 2007 at around £350.