Olympus SP-560 UZ

Last update: Review by CNET (30 March’08)

Olympus SP-560 UZ is a 8 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features a huge 18x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 27-486mm) with dual image stabilization, ISO 50-6200 (equivalent), and a 2.5” (6.4cm) LCD with Backlight Boost Button. The camera measures 4.6″W x 3.1″H x 3.1″D (116mm x 78.5mm x 78mm) and weighs 12.9oz (365g) without batteries and media card. (Full Specs)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Olympus SP-560 UZ Reviews

CNET reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
” The good: Superlong, yet wide lens; manual exposure controls; good body design; supports wireless flash. The bad: Softness and noise hurt picture quality; middling performance. The bottom line: Olympus’ 8-megapixel ultrazoom generally improves over the SP-550UZ, but suffers from many of the same problems. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“Noise performance was quite good, with most sensitivities up to ISO 800 usable for small prints. ISO 100 and 200 did produce more noise than anticipated, but it was fine and white and barely noticeable. ISO 400.. While not a perfect camera, Olympus’ SP-560UZ is an excellent choice for users after an ultra-zoom. It combines good pictures with a robust feature set and a fantastic design.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ThinkCamera reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“The Olympus SP-560UZ is fast to power-up and the chunky long range lens extends in an instant. We left it in standby mode and can’t fault it for readiness for use. A burst of standard mode shots captured a dozen shots, which was quite impressive, too.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“Overall, the SP-560’s image quality is very good, perhaps even excellent, and will certainly meet the needs of most intermediate to advanced photographers. If you’re a commercial photographer who wants the ultimate in exceptional image quality, you’ll need to look elsewhere – and spend a lot more money. Personally, photographs I’ve shot with this camera have garnered more than my usual number of compliments, so I’m satisfied.”
Rating: N/A

Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“The SP-560 is a bit hit and miss. Sadly with the lens fully zoomed in picture quality is not brilliant. Although I accept that the extreme length of the lens means that you will not always need to zoom to full capacity it is still a black mark against the camera. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“Shutter lag is generally good, and while focusing can sometimes be sluggish in low light, few photographs were missed due to the shutter not firing at the expected moment. The same can not be said of the flash, which is the primary victim of the AA power strategy and can take several seconds to recharge. The manual states a flash recycle time of 7 seconds, but it was nearer to 20 on too many occasions. The truly awful interface on this camera also slowed things down considerably. ”
Rating: N/A

Photoxels reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“Image quality is very good at ISO 50. As with most compact digital cameras, higher ISOs tend to suffer from noise and image detail loss. The custom White Balance which was a bit finicky on the previous SP-550 UZ model is now fixed. Performance is average. AF is fast at wide-angle focal lengths and average at full tele. It can be a bit slow locking AF in low light. ”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“With a new 18x zoom and 8.0 megapixels, the Olympus SP-560 is a welcome tool for long zoom fans. And new features like the Effects Preview and Shadow Adjustment Technology just make the package sweeter. But the big news is the improved shutter response. That makes the Olympus SP-560 a serious contender in this category. ”
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DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“The Olympus SP-560UZ improves upon its predecessor, but still falls short of its competition. Its colors are inaccurate and there are still problems with basic features like focus and continuous shooting modes: they aren’t fast and the focus can be soft, especially in movies. In the end, there are more things to dislike about the SP-560 than there are to like. There are better ultra-zoom digital cameras out there for less expensive prices. ”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“the Olympus SP-560 UZ is a very well balanced super-zoom model. Overall, the camera offers some very appealing features, great image quality both indoors and out, and plenty of resolution to create up to poster size prints…”
Rating: N/A

InfoSync reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“Our first thought when testing this camera was that it would be too big; we like cameras that fit in our shirt pockets, letting us take them anywhere. But the images we got from the SP-560UZ were so good, we found ourselves finding excuses to take it along…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“One of the selling points of the camera has to be the fantastic ISO range, running from ISO50 to ISO3200 without dropping the resolution, and then the rather pointless ISO6400 at 3Mp, which is a mess. While there is noise at every setting, it is kept under control all the way through, with even ISO1600 being usable in colour, as long as it isn’t printed at A4.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus SP-560 UZ and writes;
“Flash performance was also competent. Even at ISO 50, the built-in flash was able to illuminate an average-sized room – albeit a tad dimly. We noticed some colour shifts in the form of a slight warming of the image at ISO 1600 and above but suspect this could be due to the influence of the ambient lighting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Olympus SP-560 UZ Sample Photos

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Olympus SP-560 UZ Sample Photos @ Photoxels
Olympus SP-560 UZ Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Olympus SP-560 UZ Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Olympus SP-560 UZ Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Olympus SP-560 UZ Sample Photos @ ePhotozine

Olympus SP-560 UZ User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus SP-560 UZ Press Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 23, 2007 – Olympus introduces the new SP-560 Ultra Zoom digital camera, the all-in-one solution for consumers looking for power and versatility for any shooting situation. The compact SP-560 UZ blends ease-of-use with an industry-leading focal range (27mm wide-angle to 18x optical zoom), an 8-megapixel image sensor and the latest technologies to deliver superior image quality and performance.

These new innovative technologies include:

* Face Detection Technology: tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Even if your subjects are moving, the camera continuously tracks your subjects’ faces without having to press the shutter button;
* Shadow Adjustment Technology: allows users to preview and capture their images as they see them with their naked eye. Shadow Adjustment compensates for difficult lighting situations, increasing the detail in highlights and shadows, to produce more balanced photos;
* TruePic III Image Processor: reduces graininess in images to deliver sharper, more vivid photos even at high ISO settings;
* Perfect Shot Preview: enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on the LCD screen before snapping the shot; and
* Dual Image Stabilization: combines the benefits of Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization to ensure beautiful, blur-free images in any situation.

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