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Olympus SP-590 UltraZoom

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Olympus SP590 Ultra Zoom

Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
  • 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) such as Shadow Adjustment, face detection and now, beauty mode which removes blemishes and smoothens your subjects’ skin.
  • 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 box, Bulb mode and customizable mode dial spot, Time lapse shooting option and sharpness/saturation/contrast adjustment, Lots of point-and-shoot features: scene modes, beauty ...
  • 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 xD-cards for VGA 30 FPS, image stabilization disabled, audio needs to be sacrificed if you want to use zoom (and vice versa)
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Overall 6
6.0

Olympus SP-590 UZ

CNET
13 March 2010
  • Summary: Aside from a debatably useful 26x zoom lens, there's little that's notable about the Olympus SP-590 UZ.
  • Pros: MyMode holds four groups of custom settings.
  • Cons: Image noise and softness even at low ISO sensitivities.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus SP-590UZ

Tech2
6 March 2010
  • 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 SP-590UZ is ahead of the rest with a whooping 26x optical zoom. The question then is, does the bolstering of the spec sheet come at the price of quality?
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
8.0

Olympus SP-590 Review

What Digital Camera
17 January 2010

Olympus SP-590 UZ

Steve's Digicams
16 September 2009
  • Excerpt: Jump to Page: SP-590 UZ Specifications Physical Views Features & Controls Record Screens & Menus Playback Screens & Menus Steve's Conclusion Sample Photos Next: Specifications Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.
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Overall 6
5.9

Expert Review

reviewed
4 September 2009
Overall 8
8.0
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Durability 8
8.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
7 August 2009
  • 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. However, this turned out differently in practice.
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Olympus SP-590 UZ Review

Digital Camera Review
20 July 2009
  • Summary: The Olympus SP-590 UZ should appeal to a broad spectrum of folks for whom an ultrazoom is the instrument of choice - there's all the auto and scene shooting options any dedicated Point and Shoot user could dream of, as well as the face detection and smile detection features that make great marketing copy.
  • Pros: Largest lens range in the class at present, Good image and color quality, Mechanical image stabilization, Good shutter response
  • Cons: Sometimes inconsistent AF at telephoto, Digital image stabilization, Battery life apt to be below average without rigid shooting protocols
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Olympus SP-590UZ camera

Techworld
2 June 2009
  • Summary: A mixed bag. We liked the extreme aspirations of the Olympus SP-590Z but felt it didn’t fully realise that 24x zoom’s potential. Against that is the solid dual-stabilisation setup and the lack of noise in good light.
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 7
7.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 8
8.0

Olympus SP-590 UZ

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • 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. Overall I like this camera and there is little to put me off buying.
  • Pros: Long lens - start up times
  • Cons: Purple fringing - sharper images when zoom is not used
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