Reviews and Problems with Olympus SP-800 UltraZoom
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29 September 2011
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: 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.
Summary: Superzoom cameras are always a compromise, and this is very true with the Olympus SP-800UZ. The SP-800UZ is almost the size of a compact DSLR; however, the 30x zoom range does what no DSLR can do. Unfortunately, you have to give back some image quality for the added convenience of carrying a wide angle and super telephoto package in a purse or a small camera bag.
Excerpt: The Olympus SP-800UZ offers more zoom power than any other digital camera at the time of writing this review. It has a 30x wide angle zoom lens. Also on offer are 14 megapixels and High Definition movies. On top of these features Olympus has built into the SP-800UZ 1.8GB of internal storage. This is enough for up to 500 photos. You can also charge the camera by attaching it to a computer using a USB cable.
Pros: Ease of use - USB battery charging - 2GB of built in memory - built in manual
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.
Conclusion: If you want a huge zoom in a relatively small and portable package, the class-leading focal range provided by the Olympus SP-800UZ is worth seeking out. However, we could have done with a few more dedicated buttons in order to find certain functions quicker, and unlike competitors there's no EVF to fall back on as an alternative to the admittedly clear LCD.
Pros: Huge focal range and large 2GB internal memory provide plentiful options from the outset
Cons: Optical zoom disabled when shooting video with audio, no EVF or optical viewfinder as alternative to the LCD for framing and review, menus are simplistic but finding more expansive settings is convoluted
Excerpt: A promotional sticker left a sticky residue when we removed it from the SP-800UZ, literally taking the shine off what is otherwise an extremely smart-looking camera. Aside from its handgrip and hulking great lens, it’s surprisingly slim. This means there’s only room for a slim battery, which lasts for just 200 shots. Its 3in widescreen LCD dominates the back of the camera, and that means there’s little room for physical controls.
Excerpt: Zachowywałem spokój, gdy zoomy cyfrowych kompaktów sięgały odpowiednika małoobrazkowej ogniskowej 400 mm. Gdy przekroczyły magiczne 500 trochę już się dziwiłem, a mocniejpo kolejnych 200 mm. Nie wierzyłem w dalszy szybki postęp w tej dziedzinie, a tu wyskakuje „kosmiczne” 840 mm. No, może przesadziłem, kosmiczną wartością będzie dopiero 1000 mm, ale i tak wyczyn Olympusa to nie byle co. Zwłaszcza że w SP-800UZ ta długa ogniskowa nie jest jedynym atutem.