Reviews and Problems with Olympus SP-800 UltraZoom
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Value for money 4
4 March 2013
Summary: overall, this is not a good product and you should not be putting your hard-earned cash into it.
Pros: Light weight and easy to carry., Good for bright light photography. Think hikes on a sunny day and beach.
Cons: Impossible to shoot any other kind of shot., Bird shots are highly inefficient since the sensor takes forever to shoot, by which time your birdie has flown., Low light shooting is impossible. Keep your camera switched off if you want to shoot in low light.
Summary: Overall a good travel camera because of the 30 x zoom and size. It is good to take and use for travel photography when you want a light weight camera option. As far as taking action shots, when you zoom out, you might miss the action because of shutter lag and you probably need to mount it on a tripod (which defeats traveling light). I am looking at getting a DSLR or an EVF camera to replace this camera.
Pros: 30 x zoom, compact size, decent low light photography.
Cons: Shutter lag slow, in part because of auto focus. No manual control.
Summary: So I got this camera just a few months ago and quite honestly I'm torn. The camera has plenty of good qualities and just as many bad qualities. The Pros: *Exceptional zoom (30x optical is unheard of on a camera like this) *Great picture quality at 14 mega pixels *HD video always looks great *Fairly compact. Just a little too big to fit in one's pockets, but not bulky at all. *Nice big screen makes life way easier when you can see the picture you just took.
Summary: I have been using Olympus SP cameras for over a decade. I started with a 2 megapixel model and each year or two bought a new one, usually to coincide with a trip I was taking abroad which I wished to document and would probably never be able to repeat. I have taken thousands and thousands of photographs with Olympus SP cameras, and have been especially impressed by and eager for extensions of the optical zooms as I am often at some distance from the subject of my photos...
Summary: Let me start this review by saying I REALLY wanted to love this camera. I haven't bought myself a new camera in years, and I have an old Olympus C740UZ that I just love (it has taken a beating and still takes awesome pictures). In December 2006 I had bought a new Olympus SP-510 and returned it, but I read some good reviews on the SP800-UZ so I figured I'd give Olympus another chance.
Conclusion: I bought this thinking that I might have been buying a reasonable quality camera from a company that is respected as a camera manufacturer of long standing and some repute. I was a bit wrong.
Pros: I bought this thinking that I might have been buying a reasonable quality camera from a company that is respected as a camera manufacturer of long standing and some repute. I was a bit wrong.
Cons: Not really it is just a lightweight in design for those who don't need camera complications. Overpriced by a long yard in Australia - the Amazon price is about what it might be worth - look forward to similar run-out prices elsewhere as people work it out.
Excerpt: I bought this thinking that I might have been buying a reasonable quality camera from a company that is respected as a camera manufacturer of long standing and some repute. I was a bit wrong. This is a super zoom camera for persons who don't think much about their photography and will be satisfied with something less than the optimum in images. It starts off by feeling cheap and plastic. Its images are noisy at high ISO.
Summary: I tried so hard to like this camera. Took many pictures and used most of the settings(yes, I did read the manual.) But I have to say, only had about two or three "clear" shots out of the bunch. I took a picture and took the same picture with my Kodak 14mp. My Kodak was far more sharper than this camera. I loved the fact of the 30x zoom (my Kodak only has 5x) but what good is it if I can't get the crisp pictures I want. Sent back today...
Summary: I bought this camera thinking it would be awesome... not so much! My old camera with only 7MP takes WAY better pics. I played with the settings several times and no luck. I looked up consumer reports and the Panasonic Lumix and Cannon got the best reviews.