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Olympus SP-590 UZ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 753 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and usability. The value for money and performance also get good feedback, but many are negative about the connectivity and memory. There are some mixed opinions about the 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-590 UZ is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus SP-590 UZ Review


Olympus continues to unleash powerful mega-zoom cameras with their SP series offerings. The SP-590 UZ maintains the tradition of this line, offering a superb optical zoom lens that reaches out to an equivalent of 676mm, while at the same time offering...

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The $450 Olympus SP-590UZ has the biggest zoom in town, a whopping 26x lens, but lacks the performance or features to distance it from the competition.

The Olympus SP-590UZ arrived with a splash, thanks to it's record-breaking zoom magnification. However, it comes up against stiff competition from other companies putting forward strong cameras in the ultrazoom category

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Olympus SP-590 Ultra-Zoom


Length matters--or, at least, that's what Olympus is banking on with the SP-590UZ. The 12-megapixel Olympus SP-590UZ has an impressive 26X optical zoom that rockets from 26mm at its wide end to an astonishing 676mm at the telephoto end. The lens does a...

26X-optical-zoom lens (26mm to 676mm) ; Comfortable ergonomics

No photo preview in electronic viewfinder ; Menus difficult to navigate

Decent image quality and a 26X-optical-zoom lens make the SP-590UZ a fine camera buy for an outdoor photographer.


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Olympus SP-590 UZ


Olympus may be leading in the lens-length wars with its 26x Stylus SP-590 UZ, but it takes much more than a long lens to make a decent megazoom--the same things it takes to make a good digital camera, like speedy performance, a competitive, useful...

MyMode holds four groups of custom settings

Image noise and softness even at low ISO sensitivities

Aside from a debatably useful 26x zoom lens, there's little that's notable about the Olympus SP-590 UZ.

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Olympus SP-590UZ Digital Camera First Impression Review


You can't be too rich, too skinny, or have a too-powerful zoom lens. With this in mind, Olympus has upped the maximum ultra-zoom spec available to an impressive 26x, in a camera that may not be skinny, but is certainly easy to carry, and at $449.99...

The only thing better than a great big zoom lens is an even bigger zoom lens, and Olympus is now at the top of the heap in that department (24x is the highest any other manufacturer is offering, which admittedly is not exactly chopped liver). While a...

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Olympus SP-590 UZ


If you're ready to take a step up from an automatic point-and-shoot camera to something that gives you a little more creative control, the SP-590UZ makes an excellent choice. Any camera that combines a small sensor and an extreme zoom range is going...

12MP resolution26 - 676mm f2.8-5.0 26X zoom lensSensor shift image stabilization2.7Electronic Viewfinder

The biggest news about the new Olympus SP-590UZ digital camera is its...

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Olympus SP-590UZ


The Olympus SP-590UZ brings the most powerful zoom lens available to the ultrazoom party, with a massive 26x (equivalent to 26-676mm on a 35mm camera). The $450 camera records 12-megapixel images, but unfortunately lacks HD video capabilities. As with...

The most important of these photographic controls is the variety of shooting modes; the SP-590UZ has the full suite of manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and program (plus a number of automatic modes). There's also a good bracketing function,...

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Olympus SP-590UZ


A whopping 26x zoom, but lacks performance or features to distance it from the competition

Fairly accurate colors; Sharp images

High distortion and chromatic aberration; Uses proprietary memory

The Olympus SP-590UZ arrived with a splash, thanks to it’s record-breaking zoom magnification. However, it comes up against stiff competition from other companies putting forward strong cameras in the ultrazoom category.

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SP-590 Ultra Zoom


One of the fastest growing segments in digital photography is the "super zoom" category. These cameras, with lenses greater han 18X, offer an incredible zoom range in fairly compact bodies. If you even could, an equivalent lens for a digital SLR would...

None of the cameras include memory cards. Instead, they have memory built right in, ranging from 22MB on the Olympus to 47MB on the Kodak and Nikon. You'll certainly want to add more memory, and all of the cameras except for the SP-590UZ support SD and...

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Olympus SP-590 UZ Review


Olympus has raised the ante in the ultrazoom big lens sweepstakes with the introduction of the Olympus SP-590 UZ and its 26x zoom, moving past 24x offerings from Kodak, Nikon and Pentax.

Product Specifications

The SP series is an ultra zoom legend and with the SP-590UZ Olympus improved its zoom competence once more: due to the built-in 26x ultra zoom it is now nearly impossible to escape the SP-590UZ. The dual image stabilization prevents blurry images, even when using the 26x optical zoom, and with advanced Face Detection technology your camera detects up to 16 faces and sets the optimal focus and exposure. The camera offers of a high speed 10fps sequence shooting and P/A/S/M exposure mode for creative freedom. And thanks to the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) you can admire your razor sharp photos on a high definition television.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


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:Beach/snow / Beauty / Bird watching / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Multi-firework / Multiple exposure / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Portrait mode / Smile shot / Soft background / Sports mode / Sunset


Model:SP-590 UZ
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.0
Max Focal Length:119.6mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:26
Type:Zoom lens


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:12Megapixel

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 / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Electronic