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Olympus SP-560UZ 8MP Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 18x Optical Zoom
- 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
- 18x super telephoto zoom; Dual Image Stabilization
- 2.5-inch LCD; Bright Capture technology for low-light photos
- High-speed sequential shooting (up to 15fps) and Pre-Capture
- Captures images to xD memory card (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||15 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||xD Picture Card, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 50 - 3200, 6400 in reduced pixel mode|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Included Components||Olympus SP-560 UZ digital camera - (4) AA|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 3.07 x 4.57 inches|
|Item Weight||0.8 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Parts and Labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||486 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,264|
|Minimum Focal Length||27 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||8 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||2.3 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 @ 30 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps|
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All this technology comes at a price though and it is not in the price tag you take the hit, but in the fuction. If you are looking for a point and shot camera for quick shots of the family or friends you are barking up the wrong tree! There is a LONG delay for the auto range,focus and other features that make this camera so special to work so stop action - spur of the moment shots are not going to happen in full auto. In manual focus the time from off to open shutter cycle and completed photo is impressively fast, but you have to know how to change from full auto and be competent at range focusing. This is a trade off for the full auto - do everything modes. There are faster stop action modes, but again there is a trade off of time for auto focus, as this setting is about shuitter speed. The the burst quality is quite degraded to the point that a print of any size better than a standard snap shot may be hard.
I am not trying to spoil a great camera for anyone, but this is a camera that by definition and fuction is designed for someone who wants manual modes available to them and plans to use manual modes frequently.Read more ›
I got up this morning at about 4:00 AM thinking about the disastrous shoot I'd had at a party the other night with my new Olympus SP 560, the camera that was supposed to the the PARTY CAMERA OF MY DREAMS! On at least two occasions, the results were just awful, and I couldn't believe that Olympus had put out such a lousy box. After thinking it over and over I came to this mind-boggling possibility: could it have been (gulp, gasp) ME??? So I got out of bed and proceeded to do a series of low light experimental shots in the house. What I did was to (first) set the camera on spot-metering and then on center-weighted metering and proceed to take a series of side-by-side shots of first ISO AUTO and then the identical shot at HIGH ISO AUTO.
When they say you must get to know this camera, they aren't kidding. For such a little squirt, the SP 560 has a lot of things in it that can not only enhance your picture-taking, but can throw you off as well.
Bottom line: to avoid chaos in trying to take good pictures in low light situations, MAKE SURE that you NEVER use the ESP meter setting! If you have inadvertently chosen this setting, the camera decides that it knows more than you do about what you're trying to focus on and MAKES THE DECISION FOR YOU. If you're trying to focus on one thing and the camera decides to focus on something else, you're going to pull your hair out.
SO -- when you first turn on the camera make this your standard routine: (1) choose your shooting mode (I prefer the P mode for instance), and (2) THEN PRESS THE OK/FUNC BUTTON TO CHECK THE CAMERA'S SETTINGS.Read more ›
One thing I will add, after doing more research, is that this problem appears is common to all recent cameras in this market segment, such as the Canon S5. They are pushing the pixel counts so high, and the zoom ranges so far, that optical quality is suffering as a result. (See [...] for more explanation of why.)
Another issue I found is that the autofocus algorithm is rather slow, especially at long focal lengths, and it often has difficulty with any scene movement. Worse, it will sometimes tell you it focused successfuly when it didn't. Part of this is the zoom, I'm sure, but my experience in this regard is backed up by some very in-depth reviews on dpreview.com.
I'm sorry to offend the Olympus fans around here, but Olympus engineers can't violate the laws of solid state physics, and smaller pixels means less photoelectron capacity, and that means less dynamic range. Smaller pixels also means less signal to noise, and it shows. The fact of the matter is that they have pushed the pixel count too far for the size of the CCD, and you will get better images from a camera with fewer pixels, ironically.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love this little bridge camera
My Olympus 560 replaces an old 10x Olympus c 740.
I love the extra 8x of zoom. Read more
This camera was a replacement for a camera I broke and used all the time. I ;love this camera and I was so impressed that this was a used camera but it was like new. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Sharon Ross
I picked this camera up thinking that I would give Olympus a try after having used Cannon equipment for years. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by John J. Durcan
I bought this camera a while ago and just few months ago (maybe 4) it started showing "Zoom Error" when it was t=urned on and shutted off by itself. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by JOSE MACHADO JUNIOR
I LOVE this camera..I bring it everywhere with me, it's an extension of my arm lol.
I find the best pics don't come on the highest quality settings, but the level just... Read more
La SP-560 UZ, es una joya desde todo punto de vista no encuentro algún detalle verdaderamente significativo que opaque este producto. Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by Luis P
Bought this camera as an upgrade to what I had. Nikon 4 megs. Easy to use and the quality of the pictures are fantastic. For this amount of money, what a bargin. Read morePublished on September 28, 2008 by W. Walsh
I've had my SP-59UZ four months. I've taken several hundred photos during this time. The camera takes excellent photos and is very easy to operate. Read morePublished on August 9, 2008 by Gary L. Morton