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Olympus SP570 UZ 10mp digital camera

Price: £235-£380 (Price runner winner on price - Camerabox limited)

Olympus digital cameras are such a good choice I have had the pleasure of sampling a couple this being one along with the E-510 and again to be honest very similar in deed & the quality of the images is superb so for those of you on a budget (I'm a photographer on a budget (very tight) & this camera is on par with those that cost over a grand - £235 yes please

This is a great camera for both amateur & professional photographers, for those who like quality & variety at a great price then you can't go wrong with this piece of kit which is not only functional but is very easy to use.

You can use this camera straight from the box, it took me about half an hour to become familiar with the many functions & settings but pretty easy to take a great shot every time, you can use it straight from the box but see below at downsides paragraph.

For all of you ebay fanatics this camera has an auction function which automatically saves the picture for use in such a situation as well as giving you the choice of 3 images to choose from (the same image but with differences to the brightness/contrast, tone etc. this can save you hours on preparing web friendly images.

The camera has 20x zoom & an incredible 1cm macro feature so if it's detail that you want then this camera can handle it for sure, the lens is wider than many other digital cameras thus makes it a great choice for those who also take plenty of group or wide pictures (you can purchase additional lenses if you are looking to incorporate more long range shooting) personally I found that the 1cm macro function such a bonus that I would choose this camera over other cameras that offer an integrated higher zoom capacity. Remember you can add lenses but you can't increase the macro focus.

Lightweight yet durable & the batteries last more than long enough to see you through (make sure you unplug the camera from your pc or other device when you have finished uploading as it's easy to forget, this will drain the batteries. (I'm always doing it!) The camera takes x4 AA both rechargeable & standard, I used none rechargeable LR6 AA Industrial Alkaline batteries which lasted for a good 4 days but obviously it all depends on how you use the camera.


downside is that you will have to purchase a memory card (there isn't one included) and unless it is an Olympus XD you will not be able to use the panoramic function which I think is a bit of a shame, no rechargeable batteries
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Olympus SP-570 UZ skin
skin taken with macro mode on the olympus SP-570
are included or a charger (you get x4 industrial disposable batteries in the box) so you will have to purchase rechargeable batteries and a charger in addition to the camera. These sort of things should be included in camera purchase as standard as I was only getting 9 shots in super macro mode before the internal memory was full (not fun having to constantly upload the images)

The list is endless for the modes available 23 different scenic modes to play with along with extensive features that you can manually take control of & produce a totally customisable shot in any given condition.

Easy to use, price is fantastic for product quality & functionality, suitable for most situations & if not you can purchase additional accessories to make it more suitable. Product has lots of life in it for both amateur & professional photographers & can handle dynamic sporting shots as well as a complete wedding should you so wish. Capable of producing high quality images which can be printed upto 40x30" without compromising pixel quality.

Excellent all rounder & Highly Recommendable

More information including manuals can be found at the Olympus website. www.olympus.co.uk

I have included some images taken with this camera ( I also wrote a review on the Kodak DX7590 a while back & will see if I can upload a few images as this is another great camera especially for keen amateur/beginner, you can get some great pro shots using this too and it's only 5MP)

Olympus SP570 UZ• 20x optical wide zoom (26 - 520mm*) - from extreme close ups to stunning scenes
• Avoids blur thanks to Dual Image Stabilisation
• Don't miss the moment with high-speed 13.5fps sequence shooting**
• Face Detection for perfectly focused and exposed faces plus correct exposure of other image areas
• Shadow Adjustment Technology to brighten shadowy areas in a composition
• P/A/S/M exposure modes for creative freedom
• 23 scene modes for best results in different situations
• 10.0 Megapixels to make poster-size prints
• 6.9cm/2.7"HyperCrystal LCD with a bright display even in brilliant sunlight
• Better low light shooting thanks to BrightCapture Technology
• Great for shots of flowers and detail from as close as 1cm with Super Macro Mode
• Built-in synchro contacts for external flash connection via hot shoe and wireless flash control from the camera body
• Achieve the perfect zoom ratio for each shot by using the manual zoom ring
• Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound
• TruePic III image processor for faster image handling and higher image quality
Experience the power of 20x zoom with the SP-570 UZ. This compact 10 Megapixel camera does it all - from wide-angle perspectives to breathtaking close ups. Dual Image Stabilisation even ensures images come out blur free. And for high-action moments, this model shoots at up to a whopping 13.5 frames per second in 3 Megapixel mode!
  • Equivalent to a 35mm camera
  • *In 3.0 Megapixels mode

Image Sensor
Effective pixels 10 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Full resolution 10.7 Megapixels
Type 1/2.33 '' CCD sensor
Optical zoom Wide 20 x
Aspherical glass elements 4
Filter diamater 48.4 mm Use CLA-10 to attach conversion lens.
Focal length 4.6 - 92.0 mm
Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 26 - 520 mm
Structure 14 lenses / 11 groups
Maximum aperture 2.8 - 4.5
Digital Zoom
Enlargment factor 5.0 x / 100 x combined with optical zoom
Pixel number 230000 dots
Monitor size 6.9 cm / 2.7 ''
LCD type HyperCrystal LCD
BrightCapture Yes
Focusing System
Single AF Yes
Method TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
Spot focusing Yes , 143 AF areas selectable
Face Detection AF Yes
Predictive AF Yes
Manual focus Yes
Standard mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 1.2m - ∞ (tele)
Macro mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 1.2m - ∞ (tele)
Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1 cm
AF illuminator Yes
Light Metering
ESP light metering Yes
Spot metering Yes
Centre weighted metering Yes
Histogram in shooting mode Yes
Exposure System
My Mode 4 settings storable
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/2000 s / <8 min (Bulb mode) / < 4 s (Night scene)
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing 5 frames / +/- 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Modes
Auto Yes
Programme automatic Yes
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual Yes
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 23
Portrait Yes
Landscape Yes
Landscape with Portrait Yes
Sports Yes
Night Scene Yes
Night Scene with portrait Yes
Indoor Yes
Candle Yes
Self-portrait Yes
Available Light Portrait Yes
Sunset Yes
Fireworks Yes
Multi Fireworks
Cuisine Yes
Behind Glass Yes
Documents Yes
Auction Yes
Shoot & Select 1 Yes
Shoot & Select 2 Yes
Smile Shot Yes
Snow Yes
Shutter Chance
Auto Automatically selected
Manual ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400*
* In reduced pixel mode
White Balance
AUTO WB system Yes White Balance iESP II
Sunlight Yes
Overcast Yes
Tungsten Yes
Flourescent 1 Yes
Flourescent 2 Yes
Flourescent 3 Yes
Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
White balance adjustment -7 Red +7 Blue
Internal Flash
Working range (wide) 0.3 - 4.5 m (ISO 200) 6.4 m
Working range (tele) 1.2 - 2.8 m (ISO 200) 4.0 m
Flash compensation +/- 2 EV
Red-eye reduction Yes
Fill-in Yes
Off Yes
Red-eye reduction & Fill-in Yes
Slow synchronisation Yes
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode 1.2 fps / 7 frames (Full Image Size)
Sequential shooting mode (high speed) 7.2 fps / 30 frames (in 5MP mode)
13.5 fps / 30 frames (in 3MP mode)
Interval shooting Yes
Image Processing
Noise reduction Yes
Pixel mapping Yes
TruePic III Yes
Function Processing
Panorama Yes (only with optional Olympus xD-Picture Card)
Movie Processing
Digital Image Stabilizer Yes
Image Editing
Black & White Yes
Sepia Yes
Funny Face Yes
Face Focus Yes
Resize Yes
Trimming No
RAW data edit Yes
Attach a frame Yes
Attach a title Yes
Attach a calendar Yes
Attach a layout Yes
Correction of brightness No
Correction of saturation No
Correction of colour balance No
Red-eye reduction Yes
Light fix Yes
Movie Edit
Edit movie Yes
Index Yes
View Images
Calendar Yes
Album Yes
Index 4, 9, 16, 25 frames
Zoom 1.1 - 10.0 x
Slide show Yes
Rotation Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Image protect mode Yes
View Movie
Frame by frame Yes
Fast forward Yes
Reverse playback Yes
Index jump Yes
Voice playback Yes
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.21
DPS PictBridge
Movie Recording System
Recording format AVI Motion JPEG®
Sound recording Yes , format: WAV
Movie quality 640 x 480 / 30 fps Recording time: 10 s
320 x 240 / 15 fps Recording time: 29 min
Voice Recording
Recording format Wave format
Image Size
10M 3648 x 2736
5M 2560 x 1920
3M 2048 x 1536
2M 1600 x 1200
1M 1280 x 960
VGA 640 x 480
16:9 1920 x 1080
Menu languages in camera 38 languages (Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese,Thai, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Malay, Vietnamese)
DC input Yes
Combined A/V & USB output Yes
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Dimensions (WxHxD) 118.5 x 84 x 87.5 mm
Weight 445 g (without battery and card)
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torr 21.05.2008 15:37

Good review - but in my opinion would be an even better one without all that standard tech spec stuff.

majeedkazi 21.05.2008 11:18

Very good review...

lustba 21.05.2008 01:18

nice review. with good information.

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Experience the power of 20x zoom with the SP-570 UZ. This compact 10 Megapixel camera does it all - from wide-angle...


MPN N3118092, SP570UZ, 226355
Product Type Digital camera - compact
Sensor Resolution 10.0 Megapixel

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Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 64, ISO 1600, ISO 6400, ISO 3200, ISO auto
Exposure Metering Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

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