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Olympus SP-590 UZ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 820 reviews of Olympus SP-590 UZ. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the image quality and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and zoom are also appreciated. There are mixed reviews on the shutter and viewfinder, while many are less positive about the storage and memory.

usability, zoom, performance, portability, image quality

low-light, memory, storage

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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus SP-590 UZ


alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Olympus SP-590 UZ from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Opinions about the image quality and zoom are generally positive. The performance and portability also get good feedback, but the low light performance and design get critical reviews.

usability, portability, performance, zoom, image quality

design, low-light

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus SP-590 UZ


alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 user reviews of Olympus SP-590 UZ from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the performance and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the memory and flash.

usability, portability, price, image quality, performance

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Danny Palmerlee (

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.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Olympus SP-590 UZ review


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.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : William Chambers (

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...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Let's go digital (

Olympus SP 590 UZ Test


Olympus SP-590 UZ Megazoom-Digitalkamera Die Megazoom-Kameras waren kurzeitig unter Druck geraten, der hauptsächlich durch die Einführung erschwinglicher DSLR-Kameras für Einsteiger ausgelöst wurde. Die Hersteller hatten mit einem schnelleren Umstieg...

Aug, 2009

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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...

Jul, 2009


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Olympus SP 590 UZ review


At the beginning of this year, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Olympus introduced its new range of digital compact cameras. A well-known series comprising of various models, among which the Megazoom cameras, was replaced by a...

Mega zoom cameras have been under a lot of pressure for a small period of time, mainly caused by the launch of affordable entry-level DSLR cameras. The manufacturer reckoned on a quicker switch from compact to DSLR, making the mega zoom segment...

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Olympus SP-590UZ Review


The Olympus SP-590UZ is the newest member of Olympus' extensive range of ultra-zoom digital cameras. The SP-590 UZ boasts the biggest lens of them all - a mammoth 26x optical zoom that provides an incredible focal range of 26-676mm! This covers every...

The Olympus SP-590UZ literally stretches the super-zoom category to new lengths, with a competition-beating 26x zoom lens that incorporates appealingly wide 26mm and incredibly close-up and personal 676mm settings. Having both in one relatively compact...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Barribeau (

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,...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Barribeau (

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.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

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...

Aug, 2009

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