Reviews and Problems with Olympus SP-560 UltraZoom
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Value for money 8
Picture quality 7
Build quality 8
25 December 2008
Conclusion: We described the Fuji S8000fd as trying to be all things to all people, but that was before we really got to grips with the Olympus SP-560UZ. The number of features and options available on the Olympus is frankly comical. You could use this camera for years without ever finding all the (often fairly pointless) things it can do, so numerous and deeply buried in menus are they. The SP-560UZ has more features than most users will ever discover, let alone want to use.
Pros: Phenomenal zoom range that includes real wide-angle to long telephoto capability, Huge range of features, Reliable exposure, Good ergonomics, RAW mode (though very slow), Bright, immediate 'consumer friendly' output, Good detail and color at lowest ISO settings, Shadow Adjust helps produce nice portraits, Fix Lighting helps make the most of the camera's dynamic range, Control of off-board flash is both useful and simple, Image stabilization, Manual controls available,...
Cons: More features than you will know what to do with (many of them gimmicky), Unwieldy menu system, Corner softness at shorter focal lengths, High contrast tone curve tends to clip shadows or highlights, RAW mode so terribly slow, Limited AA battery life, Evidence of noise reduction smearing at anything over base ISO, ISO 400 and above noisy and showing heavy noise reduction, Plastic tripod mount, Manual focus requires a lot of guesswork, Focus hunting in low light, at lo...
Excerpt: WHAT'S HOT • RAW capture • Guide Mode helps beginners nail difficult shots • High shot-count, hi-speed, lo-rez bursts with animated playback • "Perfect Fix" allows for easy in-camera corrections • 5 shot AEB sequence at up to +/-1 WHAT'S NOT • RAW capture is slow, and RAW utility is lacking • JPEG image processing is slow • Playback is slow • Mediocre DxO 2.0 lens distortion tests at all tested focal lengths, from true wide angle to supertelephoto.
Excerpt: Introduced in August 2007 as part of massive product intorduction of nine new consumer cameras, the SP-560UZ is the latest in Olympus's "Power & Versatility" class that also includes the SP-510UZ and the SP-560UZ. "UZ" stands or Ultra Zoom and this is what these cameras are all about. They do have power and versatility, but their long optical zoom lenses are the primary attraction.
Pros: 18X optical zoom!, Dual image stabilization, Bright hi-res 2.5-inch LCD with adjustable backlight, 640 x 480 movies at a full 30 fps, Advanced face detection mode, As close as 0.4 inches in super macro mode, Full manual modes in addition to 33 scene modes, PreSet Shooting Mode lets you select best setting, Underwater modes with optional underwater housing
Cons: No voice recording mode, Remains at 8 megapixel, xD-Picture card harder to find and more expensive
Conclusion: The Olympus SP-560 UZ mega zoom camera has a lot of things going for it but in the end, its picture quality and performance that matter the most. My advice would be to buy the Panasonic if you’re looking for an 18x zoom since they’re similarly priced. I just wish Olympus would beef up its point-and-shoots to the level of its D-SLRs. Until then, they’ll continue to be also-rans.
Pros: 8MP 18x zoom digicam with sensor shift stabilization
Summary: When it comes to purchasing a bridge camera, there are several things that normally seal the deal. Lugging around a DSLR and a range of lenses is not always convenient or preferable, so DSLR functionality accompanied by a wide zoom range and combined in a compact body is, on paper, the perfect package – and that’s exactly what’s offered by this model.While there is very little to tell them apart with regards to their specification, the cameras are vastly different in...
Summary: The Olympus SP-560 UZ provides a full-featured ultra zoom with a 27mm wide-angle for large group and wide landscape shots and a 486mm tele to bring far scenes up close. Sensor-shift image stabilization helps eliminate camera shake when using long focal lengths. This camera is packed with features
that should appeal to the serious amateur photographer.
It is now in an (almost) all-black body with a DSLR-look, has excellent build and construction, and very good handling.
Conclusion: Perhaps I have been a bit harsh in my assessment of the Olympus SP-560, but I am disappointed by the quality of some of my test shots. The camera has plenty of features and I am sure its long lens will appeal to many.
Pros: Macro shot
Cons: Picture quality when full zoom used - shutter time for single photo with flash