Reviews and Problems with 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 worldâ€™s largest zoom lens for a fixed lens camera (thatâ€™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 subjectsâ€™ 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 youâ€™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)
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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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.
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
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.
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