Reviews and Problems with Olympus SP-560 UltraZoom
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Olympus SP-560UZ Test Results
16 December 2008
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...
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.
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 bes...
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.
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...
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.
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 p...
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 anyth...
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.
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