Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Camera Review

Olympus SP-500UZ

The review on dcresource.com summarized that though not without its share of flaws, the Olympus SP-550UZ is a very good (though not best-in-class) ultra zoom camera. It offers virtually every feature known to man, though some of them aren't implemented terribly well. Still, if you want a camera with a lot of zoom, and you won't be using custom white balance very often, then it's definitely worth a look. Do take a close look at the competition though, as the best cameras in this group are all top-notch.

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The review for my camera on reviews.cnet.com summarized that the Olympus SP-550UZ has great ergonomics, but disappointingly slow performance and soft, noisy images drag it down.

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The camera review on popphoto.com summarized that, overall, the Olympus SP-550UZ is a very capable camera, especially at lower ISOs with the sensor-shift image stabilization activated. The reach of this lens is record-breaking, and it covers that long distance while keeping distortion mostly contained, except at the extreme wide angle setting, which is typical for this camera class. The built is rock-solid for a composite camera, and it feels great in the hands. Its burst performance at full resolution is sluggish and limited to three shots, and it crawls in writing a single RAW file. At the lower resolutions, it's lightning-fast, but you are seriously or severely limiting your printing size options by dropping the resolution to gain that touted blazingly fast burst rate. The actual full-resolution, low ISO performance, RAW capture, and full manual controls of this camera will make it attractive to a certain breed of advanced photographer, and the ease of use, scene modes, and guide modes will appeal to another, less-experienced breed of shooter.

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3 Strengths of my camera are:
Huge amount of zoom in a very compact body.
Very good photo quality.
Great optical image stabilization.

3 Weakness of my camera are:
Poor color accuracy using white color balance.
Very slow shot-to-shot times when shooting in RAW.
Sluggish focusing when in low light.
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