Summary: I have owned this camera since 2005. It was stolen from my home recently, and I just purchased another one. I compared this camera to all of Olympus's other remakes and none can compare to the picture quality.
Summary: I am not by any means a professional photographer, and this camera is quite a step up from the "point and shoot" cameras I have used so far. That being said so far so good, I think the picture quality is fantastic, the camera fits the hand well and is light weight.
Summary: I was a little skeptical about replacing my stolen digital SLR. This camera more then fills the bill, an excellent choice for beginner to intermediate photography. It will take you a long time to out grow this camera. This merchant is 5 STAR ***** all the way. Thank You --- rcoke2
Summary: I like the zoom and the many features I don't have with my other camera. I have used it already at my children's musical's and it preforms very well in dark auditoriums. It has many features that I haven't had a chance to use yet but can't wait to be able to use.
Summary: This camera replaces a stolen Olympus C725 before that I was a high end 35mm user. This Sp-550uz is great for beginner or Pro users, easy point a click pictures or manual settings your choice. Many preset setups for different types of pictures makes it almost fool proof.
Summary: I got this camera because I started a job taking macro photographs of jewelry which my boss sells on the web. I first tried his Canon Rebel with a macro 100mm Canon lens. Then I tried my Canon 5D with his expensive macros lens.
Conclusion: One problem with reviews is that most opinions are based on first impressions and some limited testing, little can be said about the longevity of a particular product other than "it feels solid", as the Olympus SP-550 certainly does.