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Olympus SP-560 UZ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 310 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and lens are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the glare and contrast. Comments about the energy efficiency and shutter are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SP-560 UZ is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus SP-560 UZ


Last year, Olympus released the SP-550UZ, a 7-megapixel digital camera with an impressive 18x zoom lens. We loved its lens' long reach and wide angle, and appreciated its great body design. Unfortunately, the camera was plagued with performance and...

Superlong, yet wide lens; manual exposure controls; good body design; supports wireless flash

Softness and noise hurt picture quality; middling performance

Olympus' 8-megapixel ultrazoom generally improves over the SP-550UZ, but suffers from many of the same problems.

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Olympus SP-560 UZ


Olympus was one of the first manufacturers to realize that building digicams around small sensors allows much longer zooms to be offered without the bulk of the camera becoming unmanageable. With its "Ultra zoom" range, starting back in 2000 with the...

Phenomenal zoom range that includes real wide-angle to long telephoto capability ; Huge range of features ; Reliable exposure ; Good ergonomics ; RAW mode (though very slow) ; Bright, immediate 'consumer friendly' output ; Good detail and color at...

More features than you will know what to do with (many of them gimmicky) ; Unwieldy menu system ; Corner softness at shorter focal lengths ; High contrast tone curve tends to clip shadows or highlights ; RAW mode so terribly slow ; Limited AA battery...

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...

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Olympus SP-560 UZ


I hate to keep saying it but the parade of ultra zoom digicams continues—at least it's marching into my house via FedEx! Recently we tested the very good Panasonic DMC-FZ18, an 18x 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. Olympus recently...

8MP 18x zoom digicam with sensor shift stabilization

Much slower response than the competition

After just a few minutes of shooting, the key difference between the FZ18 and the SP-560 UZ is pretty obvious; it


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SP-560 UZ


The SP-560UZ updates Olympus' ultra-zoom series with a higher megapixel count and a few new features. The SP-560UZ has 8 megapixels, up from the older SP-550's 7.1 megapixels. Both have 18x optical zoom lenses and mechanical sensor-shift image...

Sturdy body ; High ISO sensitivity ; 18x optical zoom ; Optical image stabilization ; Simultaneous RAW and JPEG shooting ; LCD's smooth refresh rate ; Great LCD ; Perfect Fix technology ; In-camera editing ; Low noise and excellent dynamic range at ISO...

Long menus ; Optical zoom doesn't function with audio in Movie mode ; Expensive ; Slow autofocus system ; Long processing time ; Undersaturated and inaccurate colors ; Disappointing resolution ; Soft focus in videos ; Obvious barrel distortion ; Blue...

Olympus' newest ultra-zoom digital camera comes with face detection and a slightly wider, but still incredibly long lens. The Olympus SP-560UZ keeps some of its predecessor's best features: a high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD screen, lots of great picture...

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Olympus SP-560 UZ


The SP-560 UZ is an elegant, compact digital camera it's ideal for intermediate and advanced digital photography fans who crave power and versatility. Its superior optics, 18x optical zoom and lightweight, portable design make it the perfect...

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Olympus SP-560 UZ


The key component to quality imaging is precision optics, and the SP-560 UZ delivers. This camera's versatile yet compact 18x super telephoto zoom gets users close to the action. At the same time, the wide- angle (27mm) lens captures more in each...

Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas - while the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between,...

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Olympus SP-560 UltraZoom Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


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...

Elegant design with simple controls and a grip that grabs you ; Natural color ; Minimal shutter lag in a long zoom, especially quick at telephoto focal lengths ; Usable digital zoom takes the range to 100x ; Zoom starts at a true wide angle of 27mm ;...

Very high ISO and other high-end features (like Burst mode and Pre-Capture) only available at reduced image size ; High ISO itself is noisy ; High levels of chromatic aberration, especially at telephoto, typical of a long zoom ; High chromatic...

There's a choice of both an electronic viewfinder (specification unknown), plus a 2.5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 230,000 pixels. Autofocus is via contrast detection, and the camera can also be focused manually. ISO sensitivity ranges from 50...

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Olympus SP-560UZ Test Results


WHAT'S HOT • RAW capture • Guide Mode helps beginners nail difficult shots • High shot-count, hi-speed, lo-rez bursts with animated playback • "Perfect Fix" allows for easy in-camera corrections • 5 shot AEB sequence at up to +/-1 WHAT'S NOT •...

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Olympus SP-560 UZ Review


The Olympus SP-560 UZ arrived in my mailbox on a chilly Montana winter day. After a cursory skim of the manual, I took the camera out of its box and was pleased to find it was about the same size as my regular camera - a popular, but less-expensive...

Powerful 18x optical zoom lens, Dual image stabilization, Very good image quality, Full range of exposure options - from manual to auto and everything in between, Lightweight and compact - bigger than a point-and-shoot, smaller than a digital SLR,...

Power button is difficult to engage quickly, Noticeable shutter lag, especially with flash, Multitude of mode and menu options may overwhelm beginners

I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the Olympus SP-560 UZ - enough that it's going to be hard to go back to my own compact digital camera. I've been spoiled by the fantastically long zoom lens, which makes it super-easy to grab great shots with hardly...

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Olympus SP-560 UZ Review


The Olympus SP-560 UZ is the latest in Olympus's UZ line of ultra zoom cameras, boasting a class-leading 18x optical zoom.

Impressive lens, especially for its weight and price ; True wide-angle flexibility ; Solid construction ; Good balance in hand ; Uses easy-to-find AA batteries

Feature bloat ; Poorly designed lens barrel leaves the front lens element vulnerable ; Purple fringing and highlight clipping ; Noise reduction heavy, even at middle ISOs ; Plastic tripod mount ; Slow shot-to-shot times ; xD card memory only

The SP-560 features 1/2.35" CCD 8 megapixel sensor. This represents a slight increase in size and pixel count versus the previous SP-550, and Olympus deserves some credit for not simply increasing the pixel density. It is complemented by the third...

Product Specifications

The SP-560 UZ is an elegant, compact digital camera - it's ideal for intermediate and advanced digital photography fans who crave power and versatility. Its superior optics, 18x optical zoom and lightweight, portable design make it the perfect point-and-shoot camera for sports, outdoor and travel photography. The SP-560 UZ's Dual Image Stabilization technology provides an effortless 2-in-1 anti-blur solution for crisp, clear images in any situation. As if all that wasn't enough, the SP-560 UZ also sports the new Face Detection technology, which recognizes and tracks faces within the frame to help you capture sharp, brilliant portrait photos.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auction / Available light portrait / Beach / Candle / Candlelight portrait / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Snow / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide 1 / Underwater wide 2


Model:SP-560 UZ
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.5
Max Focal Length:84.24mm
Min Focal Length:4.68mm
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:5.6
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Electronic