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Olympus SP-800UZ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 481 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the value for money and screen are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the exposure. There are some critical opinions about the features and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SP-800UZ is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazing images at the tele end


What captured my attention to this camera had been the huge zoom in such a tiny frame (lens excepted, just a little bigger than a pocket P&S), a singular achievement compare to the recent and announced super zooms. Testing it I've discovered other qualities but also drawbacks. The zoom was rewarding, but of course some rules had to be obeyed at its maximum. The Fine Zoom gives you a plus in performance at the price of the image size (8M maximum). I liked the menu also (mainly the classical selection wheel transfered within the display). I'd liked to mention some other nice features (photo "paraphernalia" if you wish) like the auto-mode panorama and the drawing mode. At the beginning I've been rather upset by the absence of the manual mode (the lack of the viewfinder had not been a problem for me); then I've discovered I could emulate the desired configurations by the settings in the menu, admittedly a more complicated way. When shooting movies you have to decide if you want to use the optical zoom variation and no sound recording, or to choose the sound and the digital zoom variation only. I think this is because the zooming in being rather noisy. As drawbacks besides the ones in the list I'd like to mention the battery charging through the camera, so blocking any activity during the action. I'm advising for a spare and a charger. All in all I believe it is an interesting and rewarding camera, but don't buy it if you're not ready to make some effort to learn a new operating way.

Night landscape, Image quality, Menu navigation, Good image stabilization, Good in low light, Great Zoom

Short battery life, No optical zoom in movies with sound, No manual aperture priority and shutter priority, Non-standard usb interface

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Olympus SP-800UZ


With the introduction of the Olympus SP-800UZ and its lower-end linemate, the SP-600UZ , Olympus turned its S-series models into nothing more than snapshot cameras with long lenses. The new models have no manual and semimanual shooting modes and...

2GB of built-in storage; one-touch movie recording; full, searchable user manual stored in camera.

Soft, noisy photos above ISO 200; long shutter lag; ineffective image stabilization; no electronic viewfinder; poor battery life.

If you care more about having a long lens at a low price than photo quality or manual controls, the Olympus SP-800UZ is an option.

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Olympus SP-800UZ Review


The SP-800 UZ is one of the most versatile cameras on the market today thanks to the 30x wide optical zoom lens. Combining the lens with its other features, performance and image quality make this an excellent ultra-zoom option.Read more in our Full...

Very good image quality ; Awesome 30x optical zoom ; Sensor shift image sensor assists with handheld images ; Dedicated video record button works in all shooting modes ; 2GB internal memory ; Powerful pop-up flash

Possibility of blurry images even with optical image stabilization when shooting at full telephotoMono microphoneNo audio input for HD video recordingOnly 200 shots per charge ; Bottom Line ; The SP-800 UZ is one of the most versatile cameras on the...

The SP-800 UZ is one of the most versatile cameras on the market today thanks to the 30x wide optical zoom lens. Combining the lens with its other features, performance and image quality make this an excellent ultra-zoom option.Read more in our


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Olympus SP-800UZ First Impression Digital Camera Review


Front Looking at this fearsome lens from the front, it's important to remember that the camera body is only 4.2 inches wide. The three holes to the lower left of the lens cover the speaker, the two to the upper right of the lens shield the mono mic.

The Olympus SP-800UZ is small and largely appealing, with a few caveats. You're getting tremendous zoom flexibility while maintaining a good 28mm wide angle setting, with a reasonably fast lens, in a camera that's quite light and easy to maneuver. At...

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Olympus SP-800UZ


The Olympus SP-800UZ is based around a 1/2.3"-type CCD image sensor with an effective resolution of fourteen megapixels, coupled to a 30x optical zoom lens. Images have dimensions of 4,288 x 3,216 pixels or below. The Olympus SP800UZ's lens offers...

30x wide zoom with image stabilization ; Relatively compact ; 3-inch LCD ; Good build quality ; Powerful flash ; Good single-shot cycle time ; High-speed burst modes (but at reduced resolutions) ; 720p30 MPEG4 movies ; Multiple exposure mode ; Super...

Soft images even at base ISO due to strong noise reduction ; Soft corners at both wide-angle and telephoto ; Our sample had strong blurring on the left side at intermediate focal lengths ; High chromatic aberration ; Higher-than-average barrel...

Flash: In our manufacturer-specified testing (shown at right) the SP800's flash performs to Olympus' specification. Olympus specifies the flash range at wide-angle at 41 feet using ISO 1,600. That range is too far for our lab, so we shot at the...

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Olympus SP-800UZ Express Review | Neocamera


The smallest digital camera with 30X optical zoom also records HD video and a 14 megapixels sensor.

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Olympus SP-800UZ Review


The Olympus SP-800UZ doesn't lack anything in zoom power.

Good build quality ; Versatile lens ; Accurate color reproduction

Blurry images at telephoto ; Slow shot-to-shot time ; AF problems in dim light

For someone looking for an ultrazoom with a huge optical zoom, the SP-800UZ is certainly an option. However, there are many ultrazooms on the market with shorter optical zooms that are better cameras overall.

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Olympus SP-800UZ


The Olympus SP-800UZ is a 14-megapixel superzoom camera with a whopping 30x zoom range, which measures to the equivalent of 28-840mm on a 35mm camera. With a feature set that matches up against the likes of the Nikon P100 and Fuji HS10, the Olympus...

With 14-megapixels, you would expect the SP-800UZ to be delivering knockout images. Unfortunately though, the noise in images (even at lower ISO settings) is very apparent. The color blotching from chroma noise frequently appears in shadow areas at ISO...

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Olympus SP-800UZ Review


Now that cameras such as this are nearly commonplace, the decision whether to buy a digicam that shoots HD movies as well as pretty big stills or a camcorder that shoots HD video and stills is a tricky one. Pricewise, it's also a close race.

Quality: about average, not brilliant but OK; sun flare was a problem in some situations. Why you would buy the SP-800UZ: you have hands steady enough to fully take advantage of the long zoom; you want a really compact, pocketable camera; you need a...

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"really slow auto focus, poor pics especially zoomed"


I bought an Olympus SP-800UZ after reading the reviews befor they came out in the stores (I wish I had waited) I gave mine to my daughter (only because she needed one) and I didn't care if she lost it or it got damaged as I found the camera to be very...

It is a cheap camera, light weight

multi pics are not going to happen auto focus is especially slow on zoomed in pics and picture quality is not that good

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"Really nice camera...if u love long distance pics"


extra zoom with super quality picture and videos.

shaky pics when zoomed to full extent....

Product Specifications

Light and more impressive design, equipped with a small and powerful wide optical zoom, the Olympus SP-800UZ makes other contenders pale in comparison. Whether snapping photos or trying out the HD movie shooting option, a colossal internal memory gives you the freedom to capture more. A built-in dual image stabilization provides rendering clean, sharp images and high-speed shooting let you get extra-close and shoot extra-fast - just what you need to get that once in a lifetime shot. The sheer variety of SP series features lets you take your very best shots, for example AF tracking follows your subject even when in motion, and i-Auto identifies your shooting environment, automatically adjusting your camera settings.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus Li-50B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SDHC Memory Card/SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:147mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm
Optical Zoom:30
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33 / 1/2.33"/1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )/10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:14Megapixel

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:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 6400 (3Mpix) / ISO 3200 (3Mpix)/ISO 6400 (3Mpix) / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO auto / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Sketch / Fisheye / Sepia / Black & White / Pop Art / Pin Hole
Still Image Format:RAW / JPEG
Type:Digital camera