Olympus SP-800UZ

Last Updated (27 February’11):
– Review & Sample Photos @ CNET

Olympus SP-800UZ is a 14-megapixel digital compact camera features 30x wide-angle dual image stabilized zoom, HD Movie 720p; ISO 50-3200, 2 GB internal memory; capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory (not included) and 3-inch LCD features an extra-wide viewing angle and anti-glare technology. The camera measures 4.2″W x 2.9″H x 3.3″D (107.3mm x 73.4mm x 84.7mm) and weighs 14.7oz (416g) without batteries and media card.

Olympus SP-800UZ
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus SP-800UZ Reviews

CNET reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“The good: 2GB of built-in storage; one-touch movie recording; full, searchable user manual stored in camera. The bad: Soft, noisy photos above ISO 200; long shutter lag; ineffective image stabilization; no electronic viewfinder; poor battery life. The bottom line: If you care more about having a long lens at a low price than photo quality or manual controls, the Olympus SP-800UZ is an option.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“Overall, this isn’t a very good printed performance; one of the worst we’ve seen, in fact. If you don’t think you’ll print larger than 5×7 at most focal lengths, and you don’t crop much, you’ll never notice. “
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MacWorld reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“# Pros: 30x zoom; 14-megapixel resolution; 2GB internal memory; smaller form factor than direct competitors. # Cons: Few buttons and controls means manual operation is convoluted; no EVF; no Raw shooting; can’t record video with zoom and sound at same “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“You can see that the overall image quality is very good, producing excellent exposures and sharp images with good color in both Program and iAuto shooting modes. …With very good image quality and performance, this camera is perfect for anyone looking for an easy to use digicam with as much versatility as possible.”
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PCAdvisor reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“Thanks to Olympus’ built-in Shadow Adjustment technology, detail is preserved in dark areas of the Olympus SP-800UZ’s images, exposures are even, while colours are naturalistic rather than overly saturated. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“The SP-800UZ does best at the lowest ISO levels. Noise starts to intrude at 100 ISO and becomes more evident at 200 ISO. Noise levels and softening from noise reduction increase at 400 ISO through 1600 ISO. Color seems to be fairly consistent throughout the ISO range.”
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PCW reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“Good points 30x optical zoom lens; small proportions; large internal memory. Bad points Fiddly to find settings in menus; have to choose between zoom and sound when shooting video; no optical viewfinder”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET.uk reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“If you need a camera with a long zoom range and compact form factor, and you’re prepared to make a few compromises, the Olympus SP-800UZ superzoom will be worth a look”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“Buy this camera if: You’re looking for a low-priced superzoom digicam that can record 720p HD video clips, You want plenty of scene pre-sets for shooting both video and still pictures, You’d like to take ultra-close-up photographs of small subjects.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechTree reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“you get a camera with an absurdly long zoom, good image quality and HD video recording. Unfortunately, the camera fails when it comes to manual control over the camera settings and the menu navigation isn’t particularly intuitive or convenient. If better control is what you desire then you would do better with a cheap DSLR, such as the Canon EOS-1000D. But if all you need is a high zoom camera with basic features and good image quality, then the Olympus SP-800UZ fits the bill”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PocketLint reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“for those who want a DSLR in a more portable package – the SP-800UZ more obviously stands apart from its competitors, most of which you’d imagine to actually be DSLRs from a cursory glance”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photographyblog reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“Overall, we have found the Olympus SP-800UZ a unique camera with a remarkable lens that caters mostly to the needs of the point-and-shoot brigade. Experienced photographers might find it a bit limiting”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographybay reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“In daily use, the SP-800UZ is mostly pleasant to operate. Even without the buttons for quick settings that I am accustomed to on similar superzoom cameras, the SP-800UZ manages just fine. While I would prefer faster access to modes and common settings like flash and timers, I became pretty comfortable with working my way through the menu system and changing shooting modes.”
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Cameras.co.uk reviews the Olympus SP-800UZ and writes;
“On the whole focusing works well enough. There is little evidence of sharpness being lost to any great degree at the edges of my test shots. The glare from the sun is also handled well enough by the SP-800UZ. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Olympus SP-800UZ User Reviews

Amazing Camera, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The zoom is incredible and and super close up pictures are the best I’ve ever taken. I’ve seen some other reviews that have been critical of the camera’s few manual settings, but, seeing as how I’m an extreme amateur I like the auto settings. Taking good pictures is more important to me than being a good photographer.” – By Donna J. Parker

Amazing Camera, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The telephoto is HUGE. Stock, out of the box, I put the camera on a tripod and took a photo of the full moon with the quality of a telescope. Even without the macro or super-macro turned on, I can focus blades of grass at less than an inch. Telephoto is roughly 28mm to 480mm. On screen menu of features means you can shift settings on the fly without leaving your subject. SLR body type performance in a compact size. Awesome! ” – By Henry C. Wolford

Cheaper than a DSLR! Picture quality still good | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Stable photos with great zoom in a handheld seem very hard. Stick it on a tripod and they really become much more clear and easier to take. The Macro setting is crazy. You can literly touch what you are taking a picture of with the lens and still take a great clear picture.” – By Ronald Ellis

Great Camera for amateur and professional | Rating: ★★★★★
“The digital age makes it so easy to take and discard photos that you like and don’t like and you end up with the ‘perfect picture’ that you wanted. 14 megapixels will ensure you never have to worry about quality of reproducing photos and since we don’t reproduce any photo over an 8×10 we know it will come out perfect. ” – By Gary Vengley

Great Camera for sports! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this camera specifically for taking pictures of my daughters playing sports. I have to say it is awesome when I first got the camera it took me a couple of volleyball matches before I figured out how to set up the camera to take the best action shots…. I also took pictures of the high jump, long jump and hurdles and they were awesome I can not say enough good things about this camera for action shots. Better than I expected at a better price!” – By kcarter71

olympus camera | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I takes great pictures and has lots of options to give you great photos. The other negative is no guide book except on line which means if you want to carry it with you – you have to download and print the manual- not user friendly. ” – By P. beaver

I Love this camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m not professional. This camera is surprising me in many ways. I will go on vacations next week and them i’ll write a review” – By Didou

My 70th birthday gift to me; worth the 70 year wait!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This camera is an excellent choice for anyone who needs quick-grab family shots, crowded event photos, travel pictures taken from a bus window, and then miraculously, having the ability to completely capture the most exquisite architectural detail from great distance, or preserving the macro beauty of everyday items, or freezing any instant in time–enhancing, filtering, or distorting for impact.” – By Mary the Gator

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Olympus SP-800UZ Sample Photos

Olympus SP-800UZ Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Olympus SP-800UZ Sample Photos @ Photographyblog
Olympus SP-800UZ Sample Photos @ Flickr
Olympus SP-800UZ Sample Photos @ CamerasUK
Olympus SP-800UZ Sample Photos @ Amazon


Olympus SP-800UZ User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus SP-800UZ Features

An amazing 14 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD create superior image quality. Create poster-sized prints without losing a single detail.

All the capabilities you need in one compact lens. The 30x optical zoom gets you amazingly close to the action while the 28mm wide-angle lens lets you capture breathtaking panoramas.

3″ LCD
The huge 3″ LCD features an extra-wide viewing angle and anti-glare technology for easier composing and shooting even in direct, bright sunlight.

A simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera.

Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.

Store more photos and videos than ever before, right in your camera with 2GB of internal memory. (Usable memory is 1.83GB.)

AF Tracking automatically tracks unpredictable, fast-moving subjects such as kids and pets, and continuously adjusts the focus and brightness so you can capture these photogenic whirlwinds with ease.

Using Creative Art Filters you can give your photos a distinct look and artistic feel by applying one of four different in-camera effects, including Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye and Drawing.

The Intelligent Auto setting identifies the scene you’re shooting — portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport — and adjusts the settings to optimize results.

Face Detection automatically focuses on your subjects’ faces and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

Captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a panoramic scene.

Shadow Adjustment Technology helps you capture scenes exactly as you see them, even in difficult lighting situations — perfect for outside shots in bright sun when dark shadows are prevalent or shooting in backlit situations.

Beauty Mode lets you smooth a person’s skin, removing unwanted wrinkles or blemishes. Additionally, make subtle edits, such as slightly emphasizing and brightening the eyes, with a new post-capture feature: Beauty Fix.

Using a live, multi-frame window on the LCD, Perfect Shot Preview lets you view the effects of various settings and then select and capture the perfect shot.

3 Responses to “Olympus SP-800UZ”

  1. Marilyn says:

    I’ve just had this camera for 3 days & love the zoom which gives clear pictures at full zoom, even without a tripod. I took a regular picture of our back farm yard & you can’t even tell that there’s an old building back there, but it fills the viewfinder with the 30x zoom.
    I also love the explanations along with the icons and initials in the LCD screen. I’m from the older generation and I hate initials!
    The picture I took facing the sun turned out very well also.
    I’m sure I’ll have more comments as I get used to it and use it in more situations.

  2. pazg says:

    Got this camera about two weeks ago…

    need help in getting brilliant pics..

  3. vlewis63 says:

    Got this camera a month ago. Would like to take pictures of my daughter playing volleyball and running track. Would like to get tips from the person that wrote the following.

    Great Camera for sports! | Rating:
    “I bought this camera specifically for taking pictures of my daughters playing sports. I have to say it is awesome when I first got the camera it took me a couple of volleyball matches before I figured out how to set up the camera to take the best action shots…. I also took pictures of the high jump, long jump and hurdles and they were awesome I can not say enough good things about this camera for action shots. Better than I expected at a better price!” – By kcarter71

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