Olympus SP-560 UZ Brief Review


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  • 8 megapixels
  • 18x optical zoom / 5.6x digital zoom
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • ISO 50-3200
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • xD-Picture Card storage (47MB internal)
  • 4 'AA' batteries
  • Release Date: 2007-09-11
  • Final Grade: 77 3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SP-560 UZ
8 megapixels; 18x optical zoom / 5.6x digital zoom; JPEG and RAW file formats; Movie mode with sound; Dual Image Stabilization; ISO 50-3200; Auto and manual exposure; 2.5-inch LCD display; xD-Picture Card storage (47MB internal); 4 'AA' batteries
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Following up the Olympus SP-550 UZ, which became the first camera with 18x optical zoom and set off a long-range zoom arms rance between the major manufacturers, the SP-560 UZ looks to perfect the trend. There are a few more megapixels and a the camera's range is a little wider. The dual image stabilization is there to compensate for the extreme sensitivity of the 18x zoom, and hopefully will improve the overall picture quality over that of the SP-550 UZ.

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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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