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Olympus SP-570 UZ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 477 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and usability. The lens and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the sensor and memory, and many are negative about the storage and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SP-570 UZ is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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SP-570 UZ

 

If you feel your inner paparazzo yearning to come out and play, consider the Olympus SP-570UZ with its whopping 20x zoom lens - the equivalent of a 28mm-520mm zoom in 35mm photography. We had lots of fun shooting with this camera, which combines plenty...

Excellent body design ; 20x zoom ; Extensive customizability and manual control options ; Effective image stabilization system

Imprecise zoom and manual focus controls ; Mediocre lab test results in most categories ; Poor video performance

Yes, there's room for improvement in the lab testing, and even after using it for a few weeks the sloppy zoom control is still annoying, but overall this is a camera we really enjoy. It feels great in your hand, delivers photos that stand up well at...

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Olympus SP-570 UZ

 

Once you mention the Olympus SP-570's 20x zoom lens, the rest of the camera's feature set seems almost superfluous; with an atypically wide-angle lens for any class of single-body cameras plus an exceptionally long telephoto view, the lens is the...

Lots of helpful and useful features

Slow; big; manual zoom ring on lens not responsive enough; can't zoom in movie capture

Poor performance diminishes the Olympus SP-570 UZ's potential as an otherwise solid megazoom.

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Olympus SP-570 UZ

 

Precision optics is fundamental for producing quality images, and the SP-570 UZ comes fully equipped with the equivalent of three lenses in one complete camera. The bright, f2.8-4.5 lens provides the equivalent of 26-520mm focal length with 100x total...

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Olympus SP-570 UZ Digital Camera

 

The king of the high-zoom cameras offers sharp long-distance pics and quality ergonomics.

20x optical zoom is the highest in class ; iESP focus targeting

Delayed shutter release ; Autofocus sometimes searches fuzzily

We also had a bit of trouble getting the autofocus to lock onto targets in low light. The autofocus would scan from one end to the other trying to sharpen the image, and sometimes took up to 2 seconds to fully lock on to a focal point. In bright...

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Olympus SP-570 UZ

 

Olympus's entry into the megazoom class delivers the greatest magnification rating of any of the products we tested for our roundup. At 20X, photos taken at a distance of up to 30 feet from the subject looked as though the photographer had...

20x optical zoom is the highest in class ; iESP focus targeting

Delayed shutter release ; Autofocus sometimes searches fuzzily

The king of the high-zoom cameras offers sharp long-distance pics and quality ergonomics,

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Olympus SP-570UZ

 

This innovative shooter is loaded with features, among them a 20X zoom lens. It's a worthy purchase for just about anyone who wants to get closer to the action.

Easily adjustable 20X zoom lens. Perfect Shot Preview. Shadow adjustment.

Image quality is inconsistent. Limited video. Irksome lens-focusing sound.

Even though its image quality isn't quite as consistent as that of competing models, this superzoom boasts plenty of useful features that make it worth considering.

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Olympus Hybrid Camera Makes a Big Splash Focusing Small

 

Cursed with an ambiguous, alphanumeric moniker, the SP-570UZ (that's one hell of a sexy name there, Olympus) is suffering from an identity crisis. It lies in

Stunning macro function makes big shots out of the smallest subjects. Versatile controls soothe the enthusiasts while auto presets comfort the n00bs. Excellent manual. Top mounted hotshoe makes swapping external flash options easy

Pretend-professional zoom requires two hands. Zoom shots without a tripod can come out blurry. Stubborn clinging to proprietary xD media is irritating: Resistance is futile, Olympus

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Olympus SP-570UZ First Impressions Review

 

Take a look at the new Olympus models The megapixel war may be raging onward elsewhere, but the Olympus SP-570UZ is claiming a victory among the competition in the ultra-zoom digital camera market. Its 20x optical zoom lens is the longest on a compact...

- Retro DSLR look - Great handling - 20x zoom lens - DSLR-like buttons - Lots of in-cam editing - Multi-Firework mode - Fingerprint-less LCD

- xD compatible up to only 2GB - Can't have audio AND zoom in movies - Zoom ring isn't very sensitive - Slow burst

We looked at the Olympus SP-570UZ at the PMA show and here's what we can tell you. It has a very cool retro DSLR look that fooled many eyes and made many people think Olympus may have put out yet another DSLR. Its design is not only classy but...

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Olympus SP-570 UZ

 

If you're not quite ready for a D-SLR but want more than a point-and-shoot camera can offer, the $500 10-megapixel Olympus SP-570 UZ superzoom provides a respectable middle ground. This camera packs an easy-to-adjust 20X zoom lens, Perfect Shot...

Easily adjustable 20X zoom lens. Perfect Shot Preview. Shadow adjustment.

Image quality is inconsistent. Limited video. Irksome lens-focusing sound.

Even though its image quality isn't quite as consistent as that of competing models, this superzoom boasts plenty of useful features that make it worth considering.

Recommended!

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Olympus SP-570 UZ Review

 

The new SP-570 UZ is the latest in a long line of super-zoom cameras from Olympus. In the distant digital past, Olympus was one of the first manufacturers to market a superzoom camera, and their C-2100UZ model, fondly referred to as the 'UZI' by its...

More than a year after Olympus' introduction of the SP-550UZ, it is clear that the company takes its return to the superzoom segment seriously. The SP-560UZ already resolved some of the issues that plagued its predecessor, and with the SP-570UZ the...

Product Specifications

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 Stabilization 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!

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.5in
Height:3.3in
Weight:15.7oz
Width:4.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auction / Available light portrait / Beach / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Multi-firework / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Quick shutter / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Smile shot / Snow / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:SP-570 UZ
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.5
Max Focal Length:92mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

CE Product Type:O-ring
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

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
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 6400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Frames / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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