Conclusion: Olympus SP-590 UZ Megazoom digital camera Mega zoom cameras have been under a lot of pressure for a small period of time, mainly caused by the launch of affordable entry-level DSLR cameras. The manufacturer reckoned on a quicker switch from compact to DSLR, making the mega zoom segment superfluous.
Summary: Perhaps operating on the theory that someone has to be in first place and it might as well be us, Olympus has raised the ante in the ultrazoom big lens sweepstakes with the introduction of the Olympus SP-590 UZ and its 26x zoom that covers the 26-676mm (35mm equivalent) focal length range.
Pros: Large lens range, Fast shutter times, Good image quality
Cons: Low battery life, Inconsistent AF, Digital IS
Conclusion: The Olympus SP590 Ultra Zoom is a decent super-zoom camera, but certainly not the best out there. The Olympus SP590 boasts the world’s largest zoom lens for a fixed lens camera (that’s 26X optical zoom), a 2.7 inch LCD, full manual controls and modern features (which you may or may not find useful)...
Pros: Good detail levels and images usable up to ISO 400; suited mostly for good lighting/outdoor shooting, 26X optical zoom lens with image stabilization (the most zoom you’ll find on a camera at the moment), 2.7 inch LCD with good visibility, Full manual controls, Wireless flash control out of the bo...
Cons: Visible noise starting from ISO 100, horrible noise above ISO 800; edge softness, Sluggish AF at telephoto/low-light, limited burst buffer, No RAW mode or HD movie capabilities, Controls on the back a bit cluttered; no dedicated command dial for changing settings, Many movie restrictions; Type H ...
Excerpt: With the roster of each manufacturer's Super Zoom line up burgeoning, there's the constant pressure to one up each other where specifications are concerned. The predominant spec that's being hyper-extended in this sector, is undoubtedly the Optical Zoom capability, and in that department the Olympus...
The Olympus SP-590UZ is equipped with a massive 26x zoom
Good Gear Guide.au
3 February 2010
Summary: Olympus’s SP-590UZ does a good job of delivering some of the advantages of a larger SLR camera without an interchangeable lens system. Shots taken with the massive 26x zoom lens are almost always crisp and clear, and it comes equipped with a 12-megapixel sensor.
Pros: Incredible 26x zoom is versatile, good macro and super-macro modes
Cons: Lens has some imperfections, shots at ISO 800 and above suffer from noise
Conclusion: I find with these larger cameras there is less difference in the quality of the photos they take. Therefore whether you buy the Olympus SP-590UZ in preference to other similar cameras is likely to come down how you fell about the features and handling.
Pros: Long lens - start up times
Cons: Purple fringing - sharper images when zoom is not used