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Olympus SP-800 UZ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 450 reviews of Olympus SP-800 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. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and image quality. The portability and zoom are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the energy efficiency and flash. The exposure and focus get mixed opinions.

usability, zoom, portability, image quality, screen

lens, viewfinder, shutter, flash, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SP-800 UZ is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus SP-800 UZ

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Olympus SP-800 UZ from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the performance and image quality are on the whole positive. The zoom and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability and focus.

usability, portability, zoom, image quality, performance

screen, energy, focus, reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus SP-800 UZ

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Olympus SP-800 UZ from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and performance are generally positive. The durability and image quality also get good feedback.

zoom, image quality, durability, performance, design

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

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Olympus SP-800UZ review

 

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.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

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

Sep, 2010

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Expert review by : Zoltan Arva-Toth (photographyblog.com)

Olympus SP-800UZ Review

 

Announced in the run-up to PMA, the Olympus SP-800UZ is one of only two digital cameras in the world to boast a 30x zoom lens (the other one being the Fujifilm FinePix HS10, which was unveiled on the exact same day as the Olympus). On the SP-800UZ, the...

The Olympus SP-800UZ is the latest in a long series of ultra-zoom cameras from Olympus, and one of only two digicams in the world to offer a 30x optical zoom. That immediately makes it special, and worthy of anyone's attention. Being able to photograph...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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...

Expert review by : Cybernium (neocamera.com)

Olympus SP-800UZ Express Review | Neocamera

 

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

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Olympus SP-800UZ Review

 

As you can probably tell from the tone of the review, I was not terribly pleased with the Olympus SP-800UZ. While its long 30x optical zoom lens gives the camera great versatility, the big zoom lens comes with a price. At longer focal lengths, it is...

Good build quality, Versatile extra-long lens, Accurate color, Good auto white balance, Excellent flash

Blurry images at long focal lengths, Slow shot-to-shot time, Auto focus problems in dim light, No viewfinder or manual control over shutter speed and aperture

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Steve Morgenstern (reviewed.com)

Olympus SP-800UZ

 

The Olympus SP-800UZ is small and largely appealing, with a few caveats.

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Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Neocamera (neocamera.com)

Olympus SP-800UZ

 

This point-and-shoot ultra-zoom offers a rather basic feature set and intuitive menu system which makes it simple to use. Its 30X wide-angle optical zoom lens offers great versatility and it quite usable thanks to a great body design and optical...

Generally good white-balance, Good color accuracy, Low optical distortion, Excellent image stabilization, Good body handling, Durable build quality, Usable high-speed continuous drive modes

Noise and smudging of details even at base ISO, Occasional overexposure, Slow autofocus, Slow shot-to-shoot speeds, Some autofocus misses, Video recording delay, Dificulty setting initial video framing

The Olympus SP-800UZ has several things going for it, most importantly its compact solid design and extreme 30X wide-angle optical zoom lens. The stabilization mechanism is very effective which greatly helps with such a long zoom range. Body handling...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Barrie Smith (digital-photography-school.com)

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...

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pocket-lint.com)

Olympus SP-800UZ

 

Though it offers what its manufacturer claims to be "the world's strongest" zoom on a bridge camera - at a 35mm equivalent 28-840mm, or 30x optical zoom - it is the 14 effective megapixel SP-800UZ's overall size, or comparative lack of it, that...

Huge focal range and large 2GB internal memory provide plentiful options from the outset

Optical zoom disabled when shooting video with audio, no EVF or optical viewfinder as alternative to the LCD for framing and review, menus are simplistic but finding more expansive settings is convoluted

If you want a huge zoom in a relatively small and portable package, the class-leading focal range provided by the Olympus SP-800UZ is worth seeking out.

Jul, 2010

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