Summary: This point-and-shoot ultra-zoom offers a rather basic feature set and intuitive menu system which makes it simple to use. Its 30X wide-angle optical zoom lens offers great versatility and it quite usable thanks to a great body design and optical stabilization system which is very effective. The addition of HD video and HDMI output at this price-point makes these features quite afforable.
Pros: Generally good white-balance, Good color accuracy, Low optical distortion, Excellent image stabilization, Good body handling, Durable build quality, Usable high-speed continuous drive modes, Intuitive menu system, Excellent LCD visitbility
Cons: Noise and smudging of details even at base ISO, Occasional overexposure, Slow autofocus, Slow shot-to-shoot speeds, Some autofocus misses, Video recording delay, Dificulty setting initial video framing, No direct access to, Display not exposure-priority, Poor battery-life
Excerpt: Topping out Olympus's SP line is the new SP-800UZ, featuring an unbelievable 30x optical zoom lens. This lens has a 35mm equivalent range of 28-840mm, giving you a great wide end along with an outrageous telephoto end without having to change lenses or adding adapters. With a maximum aperture of F2.8 on the wide end, it also handles low-light situations very well.
Summary: As you can probably tell from the tone of the review, I was not terribly pleased with the Olympus SP-800UZ. While its long 30x optical zoom lens gives the camera great versatility, the big zoom lens comes with a price. At longer focal lengths, it is hard to get a sharp picture and colors tend to fade. I also noticed problems with the auto focus in dim light, chromatic aberration and overexposure. Slow shot-to-shot times are also an issue.
Pros: Good build quality, Versatile extra-long lens, Accurate color, Good auto white balance, Excellent flash
Cons: Blurry images at long focal lengths, Slow shot-to-shot time, Auto focus problems in dim light, No viewfinder or manual control over shutter speed and aperture
Excerpt: Now that cameras such as this are nearly commonplace, the decision whether to buy a digicam that shoots HD movies as well as pretty big stills or a camcorder that shoots HD video and stills is a tricky one. Pricewise, it’s also a close race. Now we have the Olympus SP-800UZ with an enormous 30x optical zoom that equates to a 35 SLR range of 28-840mm and, note, the tele end enjoys an f5.6 aperture.
Excerpt: For the past three years, Olympus has continuously been at the forefront of the super-zoom race. The Olympus SP-550UZ was the first camera with a 18x zoom, the SP-570UZ was the first 20x zoom model in the world, and the SP-590UZ, reviewed here almost exactly a year ago, broke yet another record by becoming the first digicam to offer a whopping 26x zoom ratio.
Excerpt: Olympus has led the charge for all-in-one cameras with gargantuan zooms. This latest 30x optical model in black or titanium silver offers the furthest reach yet, at a 35mm equivalent 28-840mm. The Olympus SP-800UZ's maximum stills resolution is also generous; at 14Mp. It's got a reasonable price and, despite the class-leading spec, it's a pretty small camera.
Summary: A compact, lightweight digicam with a 30x zoom lens plus 720p HD video recording.When it was unveiled in February, Olympus's SP-800UZ was one of only two digicams with a 30x zoom lens. Claiming the advantage of being the world's smallest in this category, the SP-800UZ boasts a 14-megapixel sensor and was released with a 'sister' model, the SP-600UZ which sports a 15x zoom lens and 12-megapixel resolution. Reviews of both models will appear on the Photo Review website. .
Pros: You're looking for a low-priced superzoom digicam that can record 720p HD video clips., You want plenty of scene pre-sets for shooting both video and still pictures., You'd like to take ultra-close-up photographs of small subjects. Don't buy this camera if :, You demand consistent high image quality for stills and video clips., You want A, S and M shooting modes., You want high burst capacity at high resolution., You require fast and accurate autofocusing.