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Olympus SP-560 UZ
Olympus SP-560 UZ

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Olympus SP-560 UZ

We've given the SP-560 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

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.


  • 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
  • Part Number: SP560
  • UPC: 718122691906
  • Release Date: Sep 11, 2007

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Olympus SP-560 UZ Reviews

Olympus SP-560 UZ Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poorly Engineered - ZOOM ERROR!!! (John — 11/26/2009)

Barely used this camera and in no time got the dreaded "zoom error". This was second Olympus, and last. Wasn't two weeks past the warranty when it died and of course, NOlympus won't stand by its product. There's no reason whatsover a camera going through LIGHT use, a wedding here, a school even there, should be a piece of trash after a year. Bought a Canon and have been happy since.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Zoom error (John — 11/02/2009)

Did a lot of research and the SP-560 was highly rated. The camera did well initially, eats batteries like it's going out of style. New rechargeables only last about 20 pictures before needs recharging. Now, I am getting the dreaded "Zoom Error" which seems to plague most of the Nolympus cameras. I don't use my camera that much and it has not been roughed up or used in harsh weather. For the money I spent it should last a very long time... Don't buy it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
very nice (sanjeev — 10/20/2009)

Iam very happy with the photo printers taken from it value for money

  • 5.0 out of 5
A good Value for Money !!! (Amitabh Sharma — 02/07/2009)

I am an Olympus fan basically as they always launch models with AA batteries and this is the most important thing I always look into in any Camera and suggest all my friends to take care of this feature when finalizing any Camera as this is the most useful thing if you don't want to miss any photos of your special occasions and incidents.
Second most important thing for me in any Camera is its optical Zoom (Actual Zoom) and that too with image stabilization feature.
The third and final most important thing for me its wide angel lens (26mm) it is very useful when you have to take a group photo or Landscape photos.
The last but not the least, I give little importance to the resolution as 8 mega pixels is more than sufficient for any person who wants a Camera for his personal and normal use.
I am very happy with the overall performance of Olympus SP-560Z and recommend it to all those people who are looking for some PRICE performance product.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing zoom, i love it (TOZER — 06/18/2008)

The SP 560 UZ is a truely versitile camera. The amazing 18X zoom is, well amazing. You don't have to worry about using a tripod when using that zoom as the image stabilisation is quite incredable. This camera somehow manages to provide some of the highlights of an entry level DSLR with the convenience of a compact camera. Ths SP 560 UZ is extremely convient, it is light wieght, small and fast.

The only problems i can find with the camera are:

Firstly the video. I can't really see the point of video on a camera (get a camcorder), but anyway the video is not too amazing. Its still pretty god but a bit stuttery when adjusting to light and at the end of the day not much use.

Secondly the camera has a great ISO range but anything above 400 ISO is not much use due to grain.

Thirdly the auto focus can be a bit of a pig, a bit slow, touchy etc. There are a few modes of auto focus so you can manipulate it with a bit of patience. The manual focus is not worth mentioning as it is an after thaught and impossabe to use.

Fourthly wideangle pictures are poor reselution

Thease faults would not stick out so much if the camera wasn't such a good all rounder.

My conclusion: A good camera for anyone who gets fed up with the limiations of the compact camera but cannot afford a DSLR or for those who just appreaciate the convience.