Summary: This camera is very good in all areas, plenty of mega pixels (10) long zoom (20X) optical image stabilization plenty of dedicated buttons for the important functions meaning less menu searching and every other bell and whistle I have heard of. Don't expect great low light performace from this or any other long zoom do everything point and shoot camera. At the long end of this zoom I feel a tripod or mono pod should be used no image stabilizer could be adequite for that.
Summary: Tried the camera out for the past 4-5 days, under various conditions. All and all, for the price and the functions/ability this camera offers, it is a solid camera. First of all, this is obviously no SLR camera. The aperture and the shutter speed are more limited than I would prefer. As such, it probably might turn off people that are looking for a SLR styled camera.
Flexible yet superbly easy to use, only weakness is low-light color noise
James J. Horning "Jim H.", Amazon
2 May 2009
Summary: Hands down, this is the most flexible of the dozen or so (film and digital) cameras that I have owned. But it is also the easiest to use over a wide variety of situations. And the 20x optical zoom is just amazing, equivalent of 26mm to 520mm on a classical 35mm camera. For 3-megapixel shots, there's a 30x "soft zoom" mode that combines 1.5x digital zoom with the optical zoom, without loss of resolution.
Summary: My Sony F828 was stolen, and I was looking for a replacement. Having used the SP-570uz for a bit, I am pleased with the camera. Before purchasing I was aware of the operation of the zoom lens being a little spongy - it doesn't have the same professional feeling that the Sony has. I have never used the Xd memory card before, and wished Olympus would use the SD card. Still, having hundred's of pics avaliable on a 2mb card is plenty for me.
Summary: I have it, use it and love it! I did knock off a star because I HATE that if you turn on the camera without removing the lense cap that you have to turn it off, remove the cap and start over. I also dislike that on the battery save feature you have to turn off the camera...you can't just click the shutter button and have it turn back on. And lastly..
Summary: I've been tracking these cameras since they came out, and they were just out of my price range for a backup camera. But, after shooting a job and realizing I wanted a longer focal length for the digital, it seemed smarter to get the whole camera instead of just a new lens. Since getting it I've had a blast playing with the panorama modes. I've run tests at full optical and digital zoom.
Summary: I upgraded from Olympus C-750UZ (4 MP, 10X zoom) to SP-570UZ. Features I wanted were longer zoom, higher MP, zoom ring (selectable as manual focus ring), and continued full manual control. I immediately installed an Olympus website firmware update to smooth the zoom ring operation. I'm using 2 GB M+ xD card which saves large photo files quickly enough. With added experience, the many control buttons/switches/rings seem logical enough.
Summary: I was a big Olympus fan back in the days of film, but switched to other brands when digital came along. I bought my 570UZ for a photo safari in Kenya. I no longer care to haul all the lenses that are necessary to shoot a wide range of subjects with an SLR. My 570 performed well under most conditions, but fell short in low-light scenarios (too much noise), and resulted in some shots being too soft.
Summary: Oly's SP-570 is a unique camera. If a person is looking for a "move-up" camera from a simple "point 'n' shoot" this may not be the one. Nor is it a replacement for a dslr. It is in a class by itself, and takes some getting used to. However, once one gets into the "learning curve," this camera becomes a powerful tool. Image quality is typically Olympus - excellent, with great color reproduction. A caution: this is a small sensor camera.