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.
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
Summary: The Olympus SP-800UZ is an SLR-like ultrazoom which, like most of the cameras in its class, has a large lens and built-up right hand grip. However, unlike many ultrazooms, which are often referred to as “hybrid” cameras because they have many of the functions of a DSLR in a smaller package, the...
Pros: Good build quality, Versatile lens, Accurate color reproduction
Cons: Blurry images at telephoto, Slow shot-to-shot time, AF problems in dim light
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Ease of use - USB battery charging - 2GB of built in memory - built in manual
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...
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.
Summary: The Olympus SP-800UZ is the latest in a long series of ultra-zoom cameras from Olympus, and one of only two digicams in the world to offer a 30x optical zoom. That immediately makes it special, and worthy of anyone's attention.
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.