Olympus SP-800UZ Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Dual image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor (no viewfinder)
  • 720p HD video mode (MP4 format)
  • HDMI output
  • 2GB built-in memory
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-03-15
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SP-800UZ
14 megapixels; 30x optical zoom; Dual image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor (no viewfinder); 720p HD video mode (MP4 format); HDMI output; 2GB built-in memory; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery;
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Olympus SP-800UZ is a 2010 model-year superzoom -- it does have an enormous 30x zoom factor, though the rest of its specs are a bit out-moded by this year's standards. Image quality is a big flat, and the body has a bit of a plastic-y, too-light feel. But simply put, it's one of the cheapest ways to get a 30x zoom, and it's a better camera than any of Fujifilm's cheap-o S-series budget superzooms. While you might be tempted by the Fuji S4000, choose the SP-800UZ if you can -- it's out of production and could disappear from shelves at any time.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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