Olympus SP-800UZ Summary
Olympus SP-800UZ Assessment
This point-and-shoot ultra-zoom offers a rather basic feature set and intuitive menu system which makes it simple to use. Its 30X 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 contributes to a lower 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-800UZ 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 quite poor though.
There are a few competing light super-zooms with HD video, most of them offering more features than the Olympus SP-800UZ. Nearly every other super-zoom also features full manual-controls and are worth a look.
|Generally good white-balance||Noise and smudging of details even at base ISO|
|Good color accuracy||Occasional overexposure|
|Low optical distortion||Slow autofocus|
|Excellent image stabilization||Slow shot-to-shoot speeds|
|Good body handling||Some autofocus misses|
|Durable build quality||Video recording delay|
|Usable high-speed continuous drive modes||Dificulty setting initial video framing|
|Intuitive menu system||No direct access to EC|
|Excellent LCD visitbility||Display not exposure-priority|
|Poor battery-life||Average Average|
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Olympus SP-800UZ Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|14 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 50-1600|
|30X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-4s|
|0.8 FPS Drive, 24 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital High Capacity|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Internal Memory|
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