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: 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.
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.