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6.3 out of 10

Olympus SP-800 UltraZoom

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Overall 4

Olympus SP-800UZ

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
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Overall 4

Olympus SP-800UZ review

13 June 2010
  • 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.
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