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Olympus SP-590UZ 12MP Digital Camera with 26X Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD

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  • 12-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
  • 26x wide-angle optical dual image stabilized zoom
  • Pre-capture scene modes: Multiple Exposure, Soft Background Focus and Beauty Mode
  • 2.7-inch Advanced HyperCrystal III LCD screen
  • Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
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Product Description

Olympus SP-590 UZ Digital Camera, Black Capture every detail-even from far away-with the SP-590 Ultra-Zoom. Its amazing 26x wide-angle optical zoom is the longest, most powerful in the world. Get sharp shots with Dual Image Stabilization. It's the perfectpoint-and-shoot camera for sports, outdoor and travel photography-or for anyone who wants an all-in-one compact camera that takes stunning pictures. Features: * Shoot telephoto (up to 26x optical zoom), wide-angle (26mm equivalent) and macro (as close as 1cm) with the SP-590UZ. * Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutterspeeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation. * Face Detection automatically focuses onyour subjects' faces and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. * With one click, take several shots in rapid succession. With a burst rate of up to 10 fps (3MP), you can freezemoments to capture your shot. * Pre-capture automatically archives ten frames (3 MP) as soon as the focus is locked to capture the perfect shot. * View photos on your HD-TV in sharp, clear hi-definition. The HD output lets you connect your camera to your HD-TV using a single HDMI cable. * 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. * Using a live, multi-frame window on the LCD, Perfect Shot Preview lets you view the effects of various settings and then selectand capture the perfect shot. * 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. * The 12 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD create superior image quality. Create large prints without losing a single detail. *The Manu

From the Manufacturer

Olympus has rewritten the rule book for how powerful a point-and-shoot camera’s zoom can be with the launch of the new 26x optical zoom SP-590 Ultra Zoom. Its extremely versatile zoom lens can capture extraordinary images at virtually any distance--from a delicate flower close up to wide-angle photographs of friends posing before the vast Grand Canyon, or even images shot from the back row of the stadium that look like they were taken courtside.

The SP-590UZ offers the advanced manual controls that experienced photographers demand and find on a digital SLR (single lens reflex). At the same time, users can easily set the camera to operate like a simple point-and-shoot with automatic scene modes. It offers the compact body of an ultra zoom with the flexibility of high-performance optics usually found in interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras, a 12-megapixel image sensor, Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Ultra High-Speed Sequential shooting and a bright 2.7-inch LCD.

Olympus SP-590UZ Highlights

Capturing It All--Near, Far and Wide
Optical precision is the foundation for creating quality images. The bright, f2.8-5.0 lens provides the equivalent of 26-676mm focal length. Users can get close to the action with the compact 26x super telephoto zoom and at the same time, the wide-angle (26mm) lens captures more in each frame. Its super-macro capabilities capture the subtlest details. The compact lens construction combines aspherical lens elements and extra-low dispersion (ED) lens elements to deliver edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity. Whether it is capturing fast-action sports or everyday snapshots, this sturdy compact body with a wide-angle and telephoto lens provides the versatility to get the job done.

12 Megapixels for Superior Image Quality
The SP-590UZ has a 12-megapixel sensor that enables consumers to achieve consistently sharp and vivid images when producing large-format prints or cropping/enlarging a portion of an image.

Unleash Your Creativity with New Artistic Scene Modes
Olympus’ ultra zoom cameras have been known for being the perfect, versatile solution for dual households; providing flexibility and manual controls for experienced shutterbugs, while being as easy and approachable as a point-and-shoot for novice or even first-time users. The SP-590UZ takes this to a new level with pre-capture scene modes: Multiple Exposure, Soft Background Focus and Beauty Mode. The new features enable creative effects to be made inside the camera as the images are captured! The new creative features were adopted from Olympus’ recently announced E-30 DSLR camera.

Multiple Exposure, in the new SP-590UZ, empowers you to take two separate photographs and overlay them to craft one unique image. Create a masterpiece for Mother’s Day with a beautiful image of the kids overlaying her favorite landscape. Use the new Soft Background Focus mode on your next trip to a National Park. It enables you to slightly blur the beautiful vista, lake or canyon in the background to accent the majestic wildlife in the foreground.

Beauty Mode lets you soften shadows and smooth wrinkles or blemishes on your subject’s face--all in the camera and as you capture the image! Additionally, subtle edits can be made post-capture using the Beauty Fix mode. Choose "Clear Skin" to smooth a person’s complexion, "Dramatic Eye" to slightly emphasize the eyes, and "Sparkle Eye" to brighten and enhance the contrast of the iris and pupils. You can also apply all three edits at once. Have fun customizing your brilliant images without a PC and costly image editing software.

Your Images on HDTV
Gone are the days of friends and family huddling around a camera’s LCD to see the pictures you just snapped. Now, you’ll be the hit of the party or any family function when you proudly display your brilliant images on high-definition televisions. Simply connect the new SP-590UZ to an HDTV with an HDMI cable, which can be purchased separately at any consumer electronics store.

Versatile Memory
All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. Starting with products available in August 2008, they also accept microSD memory cards to capture images. The new SP-590UZ offers the flexibility to use either xD-Picture Card or microSD memory cards, which is just one more advantage of Olympus point-and-shoot cameras.

Dual Image Stabilization
Dual Image Stabilization enables users to take crisp, clear pictures in virtually any shooting situation--adjusting for camera shake and a moving subject. Olympus’ mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization keeps images sharp by adjusting the image sensor to compensate for camera shake, which often occurs when zooming in on your subject and in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower. Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blur caused by a moving subject.

Ultra High-Speed Sequential Shooting and Pre-Capture with TruePic III Image Processor
The Olympus TruePic III Image Processor makes it possible for the SP-590UZ to capture images at incredible speeds. The inclusion of Pre-Capture technology, which works in conjunction with High-Speed Sequential Shooting, enables users to capture the action before and after fully pressing the shutter button. Pre-Capture begins working as soon as the focus is locked, automatically archiving frames in the camera’s buffer memory prior to the shutter release--virtually guaranteeing that you’ll get the shot even if the user’s reaction time is slower than the action. Perfect for situations where timing is essential, such as photographing a tennis player serving, children playing or a whale breaching. Olympus’ enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures sharp images at high ISO settings, minimizing image noise or grainy photos traditionally associated with shooting with high ISO.

Full Manual Control
The Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes give users versatility and control for optimal performance in any situation. Users can express their creativity--adjusting the f-stop for detailed portraits with softened backgrounds, or slowing the exposure speed to create the blurred effect of motion, or just sit back and let the camera do the thinking through the use of the automatic settings. Manual focus is also available for users who want to have full control.

Face Detection
Face Detection tracks up to 16 faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) quickly for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Now, your subject’s face is in focus whether it is in the center of the target area or not.

Wireless Flash Compatibility
Wireless flashes can help photographers cast the best light on their subjects and capture great images. For this reason, the SP-590UZ is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography. When these flashes are used in combination with the SP-590UZ, wireless multi-flash photography is possible. The SP-590UZ can control up to three wireless flash groups independently, with multiple flash units in each group.

Large HyperCrystal II LCD
The SP-590UZ boasts an advanced HyperCrystal II LCD. It reproduces true colors with a dynamic contrast ratio of more than 180 percent and a color reproduction performance of more than 160 percent compared to HyperCrystal LCD, providing a preview that is more true to the final image.

Shadow Adjustment Technology
Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlight areas. While the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The SP-590UZ addresses this challenge head-on with a new Shadow Adjustment Technology, which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With the new technology, users can preview and capture images that have the same contrast as seen with the naked eye.

Perfect Shot Preview
The SP-590UZ features a Perfect Shot Preview mode that enables users to preview and select various photographic effects (such as zoom, exposure compensation, white balance and metering) on a live, multi-window screen before snapping the shot. Perfect Shot Preview enables users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring users are capturing the exact image they want. It is an ideal way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques.

Perfect Fix In-Camera Editing
Olympus’ Perfect Fix feature offers quick solutions for unanticipated image quality issues, which may be caused by several adverse conditions. Shadow Adjustment Edit can be used to adjust any underexposed areas and Red-Eye Fix can be used to reduce the effects of red-eye sometimes caused by a direct flash. Additional in-camera editing functions can be quickly accessed right in the camera by the touch of a button; features available include resizing, trimming, black and white, and sepia.

29 Shooting Modes
The SP-590UZ offers new features, including, Multi-Exposure, Soft Background Focus and Beauty Mode. A new Bird Watching mode is also great to capture the unpredictable movements of wildlife. The new camera offers a total of 20 pre-set scene modes. To activate, simply select the desired mode for multi-fireworks, portraits, landscapes, night scenes, fast-action and more.

Olympus Master 2 Software
Olympus Master 2 Software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are easily organized by folders or albums and searchable by date in Calendar view. A direct link makes uploading your images and videos to YouTube easier than ever. Additionally, with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee Theater Pack to create professional quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates. Additionally, create scrapbooks, greeting cards and other fun prints using the optional ArcSoft Print Creations plug-in.

What's in the Box
Neck Strap, WIN/Mac USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable, four AA Batteries, MASD-1 (microSD Adapter), Manual, Warranty Card and Olympus Master 2 Software CD-ROM

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.9 x 3.5 inches ; 15.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B001P06Q66
  • Item model number: SP-590UZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,607 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

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257 of 258 people found the following review helpful By Bob on May 12, 2009
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I bought this camera to replace my Olympus SP 565UZ. Overall the SP 590 out performs the 565 with the exception of its much higher price.

Zoom: I think most people who are looking at this camera are doing so because of the 26x zoom feature, so I will remark on this first. In my armature opinion the zoom on this camera is awesome. Obviously when you are stretching out to the full length of the zoom you are going to want some kind of support (such as a gorilla pod if you're a backpacker like me) because dual image stabilization can only do so much for you to prevent blurry pictures of something that is miles away. I have been able to capture some pretty good photos of objects that are not easily viewed by the human eye. I do recommend using light filters, but I definitely give this feature 5 stars

Physical features: As a previous reviewer noted, right out of the box this camera feels pretty cheap due to its larger size and remarkably light weight. After handling it for a while I defiantly think it is more durable than the 565 was though. Its access doors are much beefier than the 565's and it has an aluminum casing around the lens that you can grab onto. I like this feature because the 565 had almost nothing to hold onto in the front when you wanted to add that extra two handed stability to your shot. Once you throw some batteries into the camera the weight does go up and the cheap feeling goes down.

Battery life - I love the fact that the SP 590 takes AA's instead of a Li-ion batteries (this was a deciding factor in me not getting the Nikon P90) because it guarantees that I can just pick up another set of AA's on long trips or camping where you're not around a reliable power source long enough to recharge your batteries.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By JT on July 28, 2009
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I've owned this camera for a month now. Here's how I rate it:

-Great zoom capacity - fast.
-All the shooting modes you could possibly want (I believe there are 28 picture modes)
-Automatic,Manual, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority modes on dial
-Dedicated Review mode on dial for picture viewing
-Capability to go full manual ; reasonably good manual focus to infinity.
-Good construction & solid build (droped it from about a 12" and no damage was done)
-Olympus Master 2 is bundled with the camera. Nice basic image editor.
-Offers ISO 64
-Easy menu to navigate (in color to boot!)
-2.7" LCD Screen
-Liveview (lets you see picture on LCD before shooting as it will appear)
-Various drive modes; Single, sequential, high 1(6 fps at 5mp), high 2(10fps at 3mp), bracket and more.
-Various Auto-focus options to meet the way you want to shoot and compose.
-Powerful built in flash
-Amazing Macro capabilities
- 3 Light Metering Options (ESP, Spot, Center-weight)
- Good battery life if you follow some of the tips to keep your battery life optimal
- Image stablization works reasonably well. There is a definate differance between shooting and comparing with this option on or off, but don't expect miracles when shooting with slow shutter speeds.

-Shooting above ISO 100 will produce noticable noise. Only ISO 64 produces noise free images.
-AF can be slow to acquire especially at full zoom or low light settings.
-Image Quality is inconsistant. If you don't plan on view your images at 100%, the image quality is top notch. If you do view at 100% at 12MP the image quality is very frustrating. Some are sharp, some not so much regardless of use of tripod or not.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on April 28, 2009
I wanted a camera to take bird photos to substantiate sight records and to take landscapes and panoramas to print up to 12x16" and this seems to do the job well. I've had the camera for a few days and have found it well made (much plastic, but light to carry), quick to focus in sunny or moderate light, and the lens seems excellent for a zoom. The "movie" mode works well, and there are a number of other worth-while features I've yet to try. The image-stabilization has allowed me to take sharp hand-held photos at maximum zoom by leaning against a fixed object. So far, it's been a pleasure to carry (when compared to a slr plus lenses) to use, and the results have been pleasing.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Primus on August 3, 2009
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I've owned a Canon Rebel XT for the last 5 years. The problem with a real SLR especially a Canon is that in order to take nice pictures in a variety of setting you need 2-3 different lenses(very pricey with a Canon). My son graduated from high school in May and after the ceremony wife promptly informed me "I NEED A CAMERA THAT CAN ZOOM IN! Like the people who sat in front of us!!" I concurred. A camera that can't what you need it to do is pretty worthless. Fast forward to July. Michael Jackson passes and my wife is a huge MJ fan said she wanted to go to his funeral. So we booked plane tickets to LA. We figured we could visit her sister while we were there. She also reminded me in her words "We need a GOOD camera!" I could have debated the fact that the Rebel XT is a GOOD camera as long as you have all the lenses but like I said without them it is pretty useless. So I set out researching "Mega Zoom" cameras. None of them have consistently good reviews. It seems that you trade one thing or another between models. One has a good battery life but not so good pictures. Another takes good pictures but has a terrible battery life. Still some have old school image stabilization. Then I came across the Olympus SP-590UZ at the Costco website. There weren't many reviews to be fond but it seems that the Cameras in this family of Olympus Megazooms have a good set of feature without any major trade offs. Not to mention that 26X zoom is one of the highest right now for a Megazoom. The Costco price of $399 was something I was willing to pay since it is about as much as I'd pay for a cheap zoom lens for my Canon. The only problem was that to order the camera from Costco would take 4-7 days and we were leaving for LA in two days.Read more ›
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