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Olympus SP-560 UZ Digital Camera
The Olympus SP-560UZ is a super telephoto camera that features a versatile 18x optical zoom range (27-486mm equivalent), and is perfect for... Read More
The Olympus SP-560UZ is a super telephoto camera that features a versatile 18x optical zoom range (27-486mm equivalent), and is perfect for sports and wildlife photography. The camera also has a two-in-one blur solution that combines sensor-shift image stabilization with high ISO settings, ensuring every photo you take comes out tack-sharp. The Olympus SP-560UZ is home to the company’s TruePic III image processor, producing photos with more accurate colors and truer flesh tones than ever before. A vivid 2.5-inch LCD screen and 33 shooting modes round out this very capable camera. Minimize
2 Reviews from Epinions.com
Oct 15, 2008
My epinion of the Olympus SP-560UZ
Pros: Zoom, Picture Quality, Comfort, Battery life
Cons: Menu System, Slow operation, Quarky Software, xD Picture Card
The Bottom Line:
I would recommend this camera for anyone in the market for a high level point and shoot camera.
I have been very pleased with the quality of the photos produced by this midrange camera. The zoom on this camera is excellent. It allows you to zoom in on just about anything you would want to photograph. Contrary to the expected belief, there is little to no degradation in image quality at the maximum optical zoom level (18x). As long as you follow the usual rules of photography as in remaining steady you will get a great shot in good lighting. No human can elimate all movement in a handheld scenario but the Olympus SP-560UZ uses an effective image stabilization system. As you look through the view finder you can tell that the image stabilization is doing its job.
I am also impressed by the dramatic quality of the RAW photos in this camera. The RAW photos produced by this camera are outstanding. The only drawbacks of shooting in RAW is the delay when writing the image to the xD card. It takes about 18 seconds for the camera to recover and take another photo while the image is saving a RAW file. This is obviously bad when you are in an action shot scenario or you want to capture another quick moment. Additionally, the Olympus Master 2 software can be a little cumbersome when working with the RAW files (.orf). The camera does, however provide a RAW editing tool right in the camera itself. After saying all of that, YES the quality of the RAW files are well worth the extra work.
Another aspect of the camera that bothers me at times is the menuing system. It is easy to get lost at times in the menus especially since somethings are available only in certain modes of camera operation. I often get the feeling of "wasn't that function there before?"
I also wish the camera used an SD Card as opposed to the xD picture card. The xD picture card is slightly harder to find and at the moment the largest I have ever seen is 2 gig. The technology in the xD picture card is a bit behind the curve.
Overall, this is a good quality camera that produces some great results. If you are a photo enthusiast that wants more than a credit-card looking camera but you don't want to fork out a fist-full of dollars for an SLR then this is the choice for you.
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