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Olympus SP-800UZ
Olympus SP-800UZ

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Extended Zoom Digital Cameras category.

Olympus SP-800UZ

We've given the SP-800UZ a grade of B.

Editor's Review

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.


  • 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: Mar 15, 2010

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Olympus SP-800UZ Reviews

Olympus SP-800UZ Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
A camera perfect for the occassional user who wants point & shoot and not specific needs. (George Zimmerman — 07/26/2010)
If you age is from 15 to 25, have a rock stable stance and lightning fast reflexes this may be the camera for you. You will need the above attributes to maintain stability and fight off camera "shake". If you are older and are used to a meaty and heavier DSLR, don't expect this camera to fill your needs. All of the great built-in features of this camera are negated if you cannot hold it rigidly still. I am exclusively a Olympus camera user, I have built 4 websites using their heavier cameras with lower zoom capabilities and resolutions from 4mp to 8mp. I thought it was great to find a ZOOM camera 28mm-840mm equivalent in a neat, handsome compact package and 14 megapixel resolution. I found out quickly that I had made the wrong decision. My better choice would have been to pay double the amount I paid for this camera and purchase a 300mm telephoto lens for my E-300 DSLR. I am not bashing this camera, not at all, it just isn't for me. My current focus in photography is aircraft in flight and needed a longer range lens to bring them closer. I could use a tripod to help stabilize this unit, but doing so is not practical when you are tracking a fast-moving aircraft that gains altitude passsing in a 180 degree sweep in front of you. I will keep and use this camera, its well engineered and of good material quality. Maybe OJT is the best way for me to fully gain benefit from my investment.