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Olympus SP-560 UZ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 267 reviews of Olympus SP-560 UZ. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the price and design. The image quality and zoom are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the focus and shutter. The energy efficiency and contrast get mixed opinions.

usability, zoom, image quality, design, price

shutter, focus

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus SP-560 UZ


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Olympus SP-560 UZ from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some critical comments about the size and focus, while there are some mixed reviews about the price.

zoom, usability, portability, image quality, battery

design, performance, focus, size

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus SP-560 UZ


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Olympus SP-560 UZ from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the usability and performance. The zoom and price are also mentioned favorably.

image quality, price, zoom, performance, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : David Elrich (

Olympus SP-560 UZ Review


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

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Olympus SP-560 UZ review


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.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : Richard Butler (

Olympus SP-560UZ Review


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 lowest ISO...

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 life...

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...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (

Olympus SP-560 UZ


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Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Olympus SP-560 UZ


Continue on to Features & Controls SP-560 UZ Specifications Imager 8.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.35" CCD (1.1cm) Lens 4.68 - 84.24 mm (27 - 486 mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 14 Lenses in 11 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses, 2 ED Lenses Zoom 18x...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Mike Pasini (

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...

Expert review by : Jack Howard (

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 •...

Dec, 2008

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Ultra Zoom indeed: 18X optical


Introduced in August 2007 as part of massive product intorduction of nine new consumer cameras, the SP-560UZ is the latest in Olympus's "Power & Versatility" class that also includes the SP-510UZ and the SP-560UZ. "UZ" stands or Ultra Zoom and this is...

18X optical zoom!, Dual image stabilization, Bright hi-res 2.5-inch LCD with adjustable backlight, 640 x 480 movies at a full 30 fps, Advanced face detection mode, As close as 0.4 inches in super macro mode, Full manual modes in addition to 33 scene...

No voice recording mode, Remains at 8 megapixel, xD-Picture card harder to find and more expensive

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : patia (

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...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (

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. Unlike many of its competitors that start their zooming at a modest 35mm focal length equivalent, this one stretches from a...

Dec, 2007

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