Olympus SP-590UZ

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– Nikon P90 VS Olympus SP-590 Comparison Review by DCR

Olympus SP-590UZ is a 12 megapixels ultrazoom digital camera features 26x Optical Zoom (26 – 676mm equivalent in 35mm photography), ISO 80-1600, Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection, burst rate of up to 10 fps (3MP), Smile Shot, Supports HDTV, Beauty Mode and a 2.7″ (6.9cm) HyperCrystalTM II LCD screen. The camera measures 4.3″W x 3.5″H x 3.9″D (110mm x 89mm x 98mm) and weighs 15.3oz (435g).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½| Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus SP-590UZ Reviews

DCR compares the Olympus SP-590 UZ vs. Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Is it unbridled zoom power you’re after? The 26x Olympus SP-590 UZ might be the camera for you. Do you attach more importance to the look, feel, and user experience of your camera? Take another look at the Nikon Coolpix P90. Bottom line – there are no losers here. When $350 can buy an excellent camera with all the zoom you could dream of, we’re all winners.”
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Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“If it is plenty of zoom you are after you will struggle to find more than the 26x zoom on offer here. The camera does a good all round job and achieves what it sets out to do. It has a set of manual exposure controls and a wide angle lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“the 590’s increased performance really helps this camera shine in a category that is becoming more and more competitive. With great image quality, speedy performance, loads of exposure options, and a generous 26x optical zoom lens, the SP-590 has a lot to offer.”
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DCI reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“It’s light and doesn’t feel as sturdy as many of the other ultrazooms we’ve tested. The grip on the right side is decently large, and lets you get a solid hold on the camera. That said, the left side of the camera doesn’t have a good area to put your hand, which makes two-handed shooting awkward…”
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CNET.asia reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“The good: Noisy and soft images even at low ISO sensitivities. The bad: 26x optical zoom lens; MyMode holds four groups of custom settings. The bottom line: Aside from a debatably useful 26x zoom lens, there’s little that’s notable about the Olympus SP-590UZ. .”
Rating: ★★★½☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“the image quality; more so the telephoto pictures, is less than that of the wide angle ones. This is something you will not easily come across in the digital SLR camera segment. If we compare an average DSLR with the SP-590 UZ, we can’t but conclude that whereas the DSLR is all-round applicable, the Olympus SP-590UZ should be qualified as a ‘nice-weather-camera’.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“The good: MyMode holds four groups of custom settings. The bad: Image noise and softness even at low ISO sensitivities. The bottom line: Aside from a debatably useful 26x zoom lens, there’s little that’s notable about the Olympus SP-590 UZ.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“…crowd will find lots to like with this camera as well, beginning with the biggest zoom range in the class and adding in good image quality, color reproduction, and shutter response. AF acquisition times at the telephoto end were sometimes inconsistent even in good conditions, but this trait seems to be shared in some degree with most, if not all other members of the class.”
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PCWorld.au reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“Olympus’s SP-590UZ does a good job of delivering some of the advantages of a larger SLR camera without an interchangeable lens system. Shots taken with the massive 26x zoom lens are almost always crisp and clear, and it comes equipped with a 12-megapixel sensor.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“Colours were also recorded with a natural-looking balance, a factor confirmed by our Imatest tests, which showed saturation to be modest and colour accuracy to be above average…Image noise was obvious in shots from ISO 400 on and shots taken at ISO 1600 and above were seriously noise-affected. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“The Olympus SP-590UZ is attractive to both beginner and serious photographers…Images are soft and seems to be the price we pay for that long zoom in such a relatively small package.”
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CNET.uk reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“Olympus SP-590 UZ struggles to produce really crisp shots at maximum range, but it makes up for that with its extra-wideangle lens and amazing 10mm super macro mode. If you’re shopping around for an ultimate do-it-all compact, this one should definitely be on your list”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus SP-590UZ and writes;
“SP-590UZ is an intuitive and well-featured compact bridge camera with a frankly amazing lens and focal range, which delivers good-looking images if taken in the right lighting conditions. It doesn’t fare so well in low-light, isn’t a great choice for keeping up with the action, and feels incomplete without the RAW mode.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCR has a preview of Olympus SP-590UZ;
” if it’s as sharp and performance-focused as we have reason to hope, Olympus should have no trouble keeping excitement around this camera high.”

Sample Photos

Olympus SP-590UZ Samples

Olympus SP-590UZ Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
Olympus SP-590UZ Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Olympus SP-590UZ Sample Photos @ DCI
Olympus SP-590UZ Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
Olympus SP-590UZ Sample Photos @ CNET
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Olympus SP-590UZ Sample Photos @ Photoxels
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Olympus SP-590UZ User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus SP-590UZ Press Release

London, 7 January 2009 – With a 26x optical zoom lens covering a remarkable 26-676mm* focal length range, 10fps sequential shooting, and a 12 Megapixel CCD, nothing can escape the scrutiny of the SP-590UZ. Photographers using the latest Olympus Ultra Zoom can further increase the power of its lens to 130x using the optional TCON-17N Teleconverter. Luckily, Dual Image Stabilisation is on hand to protect photos from blur caused by camera shake, and Shadow Adjustment Technology has been included to bring out details hidden in darker areas of the picture. So when photographers view their results on the camera’s 6.9cm/2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD, they know that they’ll be picture perfect. The SP-590UZ will be in shops from March 2009.

Whether stalking wildlife on the moors, or photographing portraits on location, the last thing that a photographer needs is to be weighed down with heavy camera equipment. But with the Olympus SP-590UZ they have every focal length they need, built into one neat 26x optical zoom. That’s the freedom to choose from a 26mm* wide-angle lens, a 676mm* super telephoto, and everything between. And, should even this impressive range not be enough, the optional TCON-17N Teleconverter can be attached using the CLA-11 Adaptor Ring to give an unparalleled focal length equivalent to 1149mm*. Alternatively, the 5x digital zoom can be used to give a total magnification of 130x, that’s equivalent to 3380mm*!

For situations when working fast is a must, photographers can choose from 18 built-in shooting modes. And when more exposure control is required, full Manual, Aperture Priority, or Shutter Priority can be selected. So that photographers can be certain of the results they’ll get, Perfect Shot Preview allows the different effects of a particular setting, White Balance for example, to be compared next to each other on screen before the photo is taken.

Portrait photographers – and their models – will be delighted with the SP-590UZ. Advanced Face Detection Technology can identify up to 16 human subjects in a photo and expose and focus for them automatically. And even more remarkable, Beauty Mode will actually touch up the appearance of subjects as the photo is being taken, making their skin appear smoother, brighter and more youthful!

Creative photographers can focus as close as 1cm for dramatic natural history shots, control the optional Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless flash units remotely for special lighting effects, and even superimpose one image on top of another using Multiple Exposure.

Image quality is paramount with the SP590UZ. Dual Image Stabilisation has been included to prevent blur caused by camera shake – very useful with such a powerful zoom – and Shadow Adjustment Technology brings out details that would otherwise be lost in shadows. And, of course, the camera’s 12 Megapixel picture resolution means that even giant display prints can be produced with ease.

The new Olympus SP-590UZ is compatibility with both xD-Picture Card and microSD Card*** and will go on sale from March 2009.

The Olympus SP-590UZ – main features:

– Most powerful optical performance in minimum size: 26x wide optical zoom (26-676mm*) – from extreme close-ups to the action as well as landscapes, 130x incl. digital zoom
– Avoids camera shake and blurry images thanks to Dual Image Stabilisation (combines mechanical and digital image stabilisation)
– Don’t miss the moment with high-speed 10fps sequence shooting**
– P/A/S/M exposure modes for creative freedom
– High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI™) technology incorporated for viewing images in high definition on HDMI TVs
– 12 Megapixels to make prints up to poster-size
– Advanced Face Detection of up to 16 persons for perfectly focused and exposed faces. In combination with Shadow Adjustment Technology other main parts of the picture are also correctly exposed.
– 6.9cm/2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD with a bright display even in brilliant sunlight and at extreme angles (230,000 dots)
– Built-in flash and wireless flash control directly from the camera body
– Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound (up to VGA resolution at 30fps)
– xD-Picture Card and microSD Card*** compatible

3 Responses to “Olympus SP-590UZ”

  1. Jane says:

    Is it the longest zoom at the moment?

  2. nj says:

    I am experiencing light problems with panoramic feature…my photos are darker and more saturation on the two ends, and the middle is lighter…where the camera lens shame is slightly noticable… HELP or suggestions please! ty

  3. connell says:

    According to me, Olympus SP-590 UZ is an average camera. It is a 12 mp camera. Design and features wise, its has nothing new to offer. The one good thing is the MyMode feature. The speed of this camera is very good. The photo quality is not very satisfying. If money is not a problem, go with a high-end model. For more details refer http://www.digitaldesires.net/olympus-sp-590-uz-26x-optical-zoom-but-bad-photo-quality.html

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