Olympus SP-600UZ Review Summary
Olympus SP-600UZ Assessment
This point-and-shoot ultra-zoom offers a rather basic feature set and intuitive menu system which makes it simple to use. Its 15X wide-angle optical zoom lens offers great versatility and it quite usable thanks to a great body design and optical stabilization system which is very effective. The addition of HD video and HDMI output at this price-point makes these features quite afforable. A decision by Olympus to use SDHC memory cards and usage of AA batteries contribute a low total cost of ownership.
Given its afforable price-point and complex lens, it is understandable that image quality is only average. Noise levels and loss of details can be seen at all ISO the Olympus SP-600UZ is still usable for the most common print sizes up to ISO 800. Distortion is low for such a long zoom lens and purple fringing practically inexistant. While exposure is good, white-balance is clearly below average. In terms of speed, it is not so stellar with focus and shot-to-shot speeds being on the slow side. Battery life is good though.
There are a few competing light ultra-zooms with HD video and AA batteries, most of them offering more features than the Olympus SP-600UZ. The more compact Canon Powershot SX130 IS
Canon Powershot SX130 IS may have a slightly shorter 12X zoom but is the only one to also features full manual-controls and is certainly worth a look.
|Good metering but must rely on histogram to evaluate it||Noise and smudging of details even at base ISO|
|Accurate colors when white-balance works||Below average white-balance performance|
|Low optical distortion||Slow autofocus|
|Excellent image stabilization||Slow shot-to-shoot speeds|
|Good body handling||Autofocus misses|
|Durable build quality||Video recording delay|
|Better than average battery-life||Dificulty setting initial video framing|
|Intuitive menu system||No direct access to EC|
|Usable high-speed continuous drive modes||Display not exposure-priority|
|Excellent LCD visitbility||Average Average|
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Olympus SP-600UZ Facts
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 100-1600|
|15X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-4s|
|1.1 FPS Drive, 9 Images||Standard AA Battery|
|1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital High Capacity|
|2.7" LCD 230K Pixels||Internal Memory|
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