Olympus SP-570 UZ

Last update (30 March’09):
- Review by ePhotozine

Olympus SP-570 UZ is a 10 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features a huge 20x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 26 – 520 mm) with dual image stabilization, ISO 64-6400 (equivalent), and a 2.7” LCD screen. The camera measures 4.7″W x 3.3″H x 3.4″D (118mm x 84mm x 87.5mm) and weighs 15.7oz (445g) without batteries and media card.

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


Olympus SP-570 UZ Reviews

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“If you already have a high spec compact camera, keep it and enjoy it. If you are looking for more, get a modern DSLR, with a good lens and a system back up to buy into later. Nice try Olympus, better luck next time.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“the test camera delivered bright and sharp-looking pictures with natural-looking colours and plenty of detail. However, subjects in shadow often appeared flat-looking and with moderately strong backlighting, veiling flare reduced image contrast and colour saturation.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCI reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“We usually grab an SLR when headed out to shoot, but recently we’ve found ourselves voting for portability and long zoom versus optimal image quality on several occasions, and that’s high praise for the 570UZ.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“the test camera delivered bright and sharp-looking pictures with natural-looking colours and plenty of detail. However, subjects in shadow often appeared flat-looking and with moderately strong backlighting, veiling flare reduced image contrast and colour saturation.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Overall A huge competition-battering zoom lens is the SP-570UZ’s reason for being, so it’s disappointing that it’s sluggish to respond – and for sharp images it’s impossible to shoot handheld at maximum zoom. That aside, the camera is sturdy, feature-packed and, if used with a tripod, capable of sterling results.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“The Olympus SP-570 would serve as a great take-anywhere snapshot camera if 8×10-inch prints are all you’re looking for. You might not even notice the pincushion distortion in most pictures. The lens does have good sharpness over most of the frame, a significant high point, and the flash range is decent, but overall the Olympus SP-570 UZ falls short where it matters. ”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“The good: Lots of helpful and useful features. The bad: Slow; big; manual zoom ring on lens not responsive enough; can’t zoom in movie capture. The bottom line: Poor performance diminishes the Olympus SP-570 UZ’s potential as an otherwise solid megazoom..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

RegHardware reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Colour, resolution and contrast were good and noise was minimal up to ISO 400 – few would be disappointed by the SP-570 UZ’s picture performance… If you’re looking for a camera with an extra-long zoom and delivers very good picture quality, then look no further..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET.UK reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“The Olympus SP-570 UZ shows how the ability to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s done well. On paper, this is a cracking camera with amazing specifications, but while it’s well-designed and well-made, the average picture quality and poor high-zoom and high-ISO performance are a blunt reality check.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“The Olympus SP-570 UZ is a decent camera to use, with some nice handling features such as a decent EVF, good zoom ring and plenty of control. It’s Raw capabilities are an eye catcher, but it lacks the finesse of some competitors, particuallry when it comes to the images”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“The Olympus SP-570 handles more like a Digital SLR than any other camera I have tested. I like the barrel twisting method of zoom. Add in a hot shoe, RAW mode and various manual controls and you have a very good camera for a photography enthusiast..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR compares the Olympus SP-570 UZ vs. Fujifilm S8100fd and writes;
“Cleaner shots from the Fuji, combined with more consistent AF lock in low light than the SP-570 provides, make the FinePix the clear winner for ultrazoom users needing a fairly competent low-light camera, and this distinction alone is enough to pull the S8100fd into the lead where image quality is concerned.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGudie reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Olympus’ SP-570UZ continues the trend of its past ultra-zooms, offering an enticing package for users looking for a larger lens. It isn’t perfect — at times it can be sluggish and the pictures have some minor issues — but on the whole it does a solid job.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Image quality from the SP-570 is excellent indoors and out. The colors are crisp, vibrant and natural looking…. The SP-570 also takes very good videos. They show good exposure and color and run very smoothly when shooting at 30 fps. ”
Rating: N/A

LetsGoDigital reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“The lab tests are clear; ISO up to and including 400 is fine to reasonable in use but the remaining ISO values show visible noise and even annoying noise at ISO 1600.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“In bright daylight, however, the Olympus SP-570 UZ’s iESP targeting system (which the autofocus controls use to pick a spot to focus on) worked remarkably well, and produced clear shots even at the maximum zoom”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
The Olympus SP-570UZ produces decent image quality despite some inconsistency. Features are where this camera shines: Perfect Shot Preview and the Shadow adjustment alone are reasons to consider it over other superzooms such as the Sony CyberShot DSC-H10 and the Fuji FinePix s8100fd
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Looking at the photographs from a distance won’t cause any problems for you until you get to ISO800 and higher, when the noise causes a greying of the overall image. Moving into full size, the noise actually starts showing at ISO200..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Between ISO 64 and ISO 200, our test shots were almost noise free. However, by ISO 800 noise was quite obvious and images taken at higher ISO settings were badly noise affected.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Images shot at ISO 64 to ISO 200 have extremely low noise levels and are dependably very good to excellent with accurate colors, decent shadow detail and acceptable highlight detail, and accurate Caucasian skin tones. Noise levels start to pick up at slightly after ISO 200, and ISO 400 shots show some obvious loss of detail. ”
Rating: N/A

DCViews reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“Image quality at low ISO settings is excellent, with well balanced, realistic colours and lots of punch… It can capture nice wide angle shots of landscapes or interiors while the tele lens is long enough to capture that bird on a wire as well. Handling is excellent and image quality is very good..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Olympus SP-570 UZ and writes;
“..there’s no fringing despite the strong backlighting, and the optical image-stabilization rendered a sharp exposure from a 1/25-second shutter. We also liked how much detail the camera managed to eke out of the foreground from such a difficult contrast scenario. .”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Olympus SP-570 UZ Price Comparison


Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos

- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ DCI
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ RegHardware
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ DCR
- Olympus SP-570 UZ Sample Photos @ InfoSync


Olympus SP-570 UZ User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus SP-570 UZ Press Release

London, 22 January 2008 –The ultra zoom camera category has a new world champion with the new Olympus SP-570 UZ, bringing you closer to the action than ever before with an incredible 20x wide optical zoom. Featuring built-in Dual Image Stabilisation, Olympus’ latest innovation for ambitious, specialist and creative photographers eliminates blur associated with camera shake to deliver razor sharp images, even at high levels of magnification. You can also breathe easy as you close in on the shot of a lifetime: sequential shooting at up to 15fps makes sure you won’t miss a thing.

The SP-570 UZ will arrive in stores in March 2008 at a recommended retail price of £389.99. Cuttin-edge ultra zoom technology

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