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.
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 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.
Excerpt: I bought a SP800 UZ camera from New York, which arrived to me a couple of days ago. It has software (Ib) residing into the internal memory, which you need to download and launch through data cable, supplied alongwith the camera. After downloading, whenever I tried to launch it, in three systems separately under Windows XP environment, it refuses to launch every time. The same error appears everytime which reads as : Could not launch ib. Possible reasons: 1.
Summary: Instead of being a camera that is the best of both worlds, Olympus has made a compromise. Why have Olympus dropped RAW capture from this range? Is it is a marketing ploy to encourage photographers who want to take RAW images to spend more money on a DSLR? The last Olympus super zoom to have RAW capture was the pretty good sp570-uz. Without RAW the superzooms are never going to be true bridge cameras, just a bulkier version of a compact camera.