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5.4 out of 10 based on 362 reviews

Olympus SP-550 UltraZoom

7.1 megapixels

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  • User Score (313)
    8.6 8.6 from 313 reviewers
  • Expert Score (21)
    7.7 7.7 from 21 reviewers
  • Design (4)
    5.7 5.7 from 4 reviewers
  • Value for money (18)
    5.4 5.4 from 18 reviewers
  • Features (14)
    6.1 6.1 from 14 reviewers
  • Ease of use (16)
    5.5 5.5 from 16 reviewers
  • Performance (108)
    5.5 5.5 from 108 reviewers
  • Picture quality (125)
    5.1 5.1 from 125 reviewers
  • Durability (3)
    5.3 5.3 from 3 reviewers
  • Overall quality (2)
    5.3 5.3 from 2 reviewers
  • Looks (2)
    4.6 4.6 from 2 reviewers
  • Display (103)
    5.2 5.2 from 103 reviewers
  • Video quality (4)
    4.6 4.6 from 4 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (105)
    5.9 5.9 from 105 reviewers
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    5.4 5.4 from 2 reviewers
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Olympus has a long history of ultra-zoom compact cameras and its SP-550 model has reached a new standard with its 18x optical zoom (28 to 504 mm). The Olympus SP-550UZ is certainly a very impressive camera in many respects. The 18x stabilized optical zoom lens, being its unique feature makes it remarkably easy to use. A big zoom lens extends from a very solid body with an ability to zoom-out to a 28 mm to 35 mm range. The design of Olympus SP-550UZ has been made with a great attention to detail. The body…

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Olympus has a long history of ultra-zoom compact cameras and its SP-550 model has reached a new standard with its 18x optical zoom (28 to 504 mm). The Olympus SP-550UZ is certainly a very impressive camera in many respects. The 18x stabilized optical zoom lens, being its unique feature makes it remarkably easy to use. A big zoom lens extends from a very solid body with an ability to zoom-out to a 28 mm to 35 mm range. The design of Olympus SP-550UZ has been made with a great attention to detail. The body, including the lens barrel, is covered in rubber and is comfortable to use. Another added advantage of this camera is that almost all the buttons are on the right side and easily accessible to your right thumb and forefinger, enabling photos to be taken by one hand, but it is advisable to use both hands to better steady the camera. There is also a sensor-shift image stabilization to help steady your shots. According to one user, he found this optical image stabilization to be more effective than the sensor-shift variety, and is very satisfied with the Olympus' method and found it to be very effective and surprisingly quiet for mechanical stabilization. The Olympus SP-550UZ has a built- in guide, through the main mode which helps to make the necessary adjustments for difficult shots, especially for subjects that are moving. Even when the camera is turned off, time and date will be shown if the display button is pressed. An alarm function is also included in this camera. However another user complained that this camera is not fast enough, as it took 2.86 seconds to capture its first JPG and 4.61 seconds between shots with the flash turned off and 4.76 seconds between shots with the flash turned on.

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