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Olympus SP-560UZ Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.58 (out of 10)
Hands-on Preview (Summary): "The SP-560UZ updates Olympus' ultra-zoom series with one additional megapixel and a few new features. The new camera has 8 megapixels as opposed to the older SP-550's 7.1 megapixels. Both have 18x optical zoom lenses and mechanical sensor-shift image stabilization. One of the biggest differences is the new image processor: the SP-560 has a TruePic Turbo III processor and includes face detection. ...

We can’t draw conclusions on the camera's performance based on the pre-production model we evaluated, though Olympus is promising the new 8.1-megapixel SP-560 will provide more accurate colors and less noise than its predecessors, and we look forward to putting this camera to the test when the final production model is available."

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DPReview 9.40  12-21-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... Realizing that the utility of a 10X zoom was great enough to make many users overlook the compromises that such a large zoom range entails, Olympus decided to investigate whether customers would put up with still more compromises if the zoom range was even greater. The result was the SP-550UZ with its astonishing 18X zoom range. . ...

... We described the Fuji S8000fd as trying to be all things to all people, but that was before we really got to grips with the Olympus SP-560UZ. The number of features and options available on the Olympus is frankly comical. You could use this camera for years without ever finding all the (often fairly pointless) things it can do, so numerous and deeply buried in menus are they. ..."

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Megapixel.net 8.50  01-17-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): " Olympus offering feels substantial-more SLR than point-and-shoot. The matte black unit also has a hand grip on its right side that makes it comfortable to hold with either one hand or with a classic two-hand clutch. Not only is the front of the grip rubberized, but an area behind it is, too, so both fingers and thumb have good purchase. The camera itself is made of polycarbonate plastic and aluminum. ...

... The overall quality of photos taken with the Olympus SP-560UZ was good. Outdoor shots in cloudy and sunny weather using the automatic setting were sharp, had good color fidelity and had a minimum of noise. ..."

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Imaging-Resource 8.33  11-30-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Olympus SP-560 UltraZoom digital camera features a 1/2.35 inch CCD imager with a resolution of eight megapixels, coupled with an Olympus-branded 18x optical zoom lens with an extremely wide-ranging choice of 35mm equivalent focal lengths from 27 to 486mm and f/2.8 to 4.5 maximum aperture. ...

... In addition to its 8.0 megapixel sensor, the Olympus SP-560 also sports new features like the Effects Preview and Shadow Adjustment Technology. More importantly, shutter lag is greatly reduced, making the Olympus SP-560 nearly irresistible. Though the zoom is a little wonky in movie mode, the long zoom, 27mm wide angle lens, optical image stabilization, and respectable image quality make the Olympus SP-560 an easy Dave's Picks in the Long Zoom category."

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