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Olympus SP-600UZ Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringRuns on standard AA batteriesRuns on standard AA batteriesAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

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PROS CONS
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
AverageAverage Average

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Olympus SP-600UZ Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-1600
15X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-4s
Built-in StabilizationSpot-Metering
1.1 FPS Drive, 9 ImagesStandard AA Battery
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital High Capacity
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsInternal Memory
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