Olympus Stylus 550UZ Brief Review


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  • 7.1 Megapixels
  • 18x optical zoom / 5.6x digital zoom
  • Sensor-shift and digital image stabilization
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 50-5000
  • JPEG, RAW file formats
  • Movie mode with sound
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • xD-Picture Card storage
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2007-01-29
  • Final Grade: 77 3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 550UZ
7.1 Megapixels; 18x optical zoom / 5.6x digital zoom; Sensor-shift and digital image stabilization; Auto and manual focus; Auto and manual exposure; ISO 50-5000; JPEG, RAW file formats; Movie mode with sound; 2.5-inch LCD; xD-Picture Card storage; 4 AA batteries
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Olympus Stylus 550UZ is a pioneering digital camera, with the highest optical zoom currently available; it's sure to be one of 2007's most talked about new products. The remarkable 18x optical zoom super-telephoto lens allows for even longer and more detailed shots, and the 550UZ's built-in image stabilization (both the valuable sensor-shift IS and the admittedly less important digital IS) keeps things in line. The 550UZ also has ISO settings up to 5000, for improved action or sports photos and night shots. The Stylus 550 is looking to make a big name for itself, and with features like these, it will certainly generate a large amount of buzz.

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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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