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Olympus SP-570 UZ
Olympus SP-570 UZ
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Hey! You should know that Olympus has released a newer version of this product: the Olympus SP-600UZ.

Olympus SP-570 UZ

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We've given the SP-570 UZ a grade of B.

Editor's Review

This camera is aging and Olympus has introduced a replacement, the SP-600UZ. Here's what we had to say about the SP-570-UZ when it was released in January 2008:

Combining the advanced features of a digital SLR with the convenience of a point and shoot, the Olympus SP-570UZ comes with a 20x zoom lens - the longest in its class, 10 megapixel resolution, and dual image stabilization. Other features include a new zoom ring, RAW format support and a hotshoe for an external flash.

Specifications

  • 10.0 Megapixels
  • 20x f2.8-4.5 optical zoom
  • AVI Movie with Sound
  • JPEG, RAW file format
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • Spot, Face Detection and Predictive Auto focus
  • 1/2000 sec. - 15 sec exposure
  • ISO 64-6400
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD display
  • xD-Picture Card capacity up to 2GB plus 45MB Internal Memory
  • 4 AA Batteries
  • Part Number: 226355
  • UPC: 689466060294
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2008

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Olympus SP-570 UZ Reviews

Olympus SP-570 UZ Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Decent "point and shoot" camera. (Jeff Dolan — 01/23/2010)
I have had this camera for about 2 years now and have very few issues with it. If one buys this camera to take indoor action shots with average or less light available, then this is not the camera for you, especially at mid level to far level zoom shots. The majority of my pictures are action shots of my daughter playing volleyball with her "travel" team. The camera has a level of difficulty processing clear pictures with the variables that I mentioned above and the auto focus struggles during these shots as well. If Olympus would have sacraficed a few mega pixels and inserted a larger CCD sensor, larger than 1/2.33", this would have been the perfect "point and shoot" camera for the type of shots that I take. Outside of the variables mentioned above, this camera takes outstanding pictures and I would highly reccomend it to anyone that is looking for a cross between an SLR and a "P & S" camera that has enough "scenes" built into the software to cover just about any shooting scenario. The flash has about a 20' range and a hot shoe is available for a larger flash, if needed. The camera also has several different control settings for shutter, aperture, manual and auto shots. Rechargable batteries do not last as long as disposable batteries.....I average about 600 to 700 shots between battery changes as long as continious focus mode is not being used. Both the camera set up menu and the user manual is straight forward and easy to follow. The LCD monitor is large, 2.7" and bright enough to be seen in most outdoor lighting conditions. There is also a clear, crisp adjustable view finder in the event that the sun is really blasting down on the camera. The Olympus Master 2 software is great for managing picture once they are unloaded from ther camera. Enjoy the camera.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Lovely pictures (J. Paul — 05/27/2009)

I live where the jets go above to land at the airport closeby. My garden has lots of flowers and I have had amazing shots of planes, flowers, birds and squirrels, all in bright sunlight and in 'AUTO' mode. Good indoor shots with the flash.

My first digital and perhaps last, after many years of film cameras such as Nikon N90, OM XA, Minox GTE, Pentax K1000!

I never take pictures outside if it is too dim and cloudy and very rarely make enlargements bigger than 8 x 12

The zoom ring reminds me of SLRs with zoom lenses. This frees my right hand

  • 5.0 out of 5
Olympus SP 570UZ (A Cooke — 01/27/2009)

It is well designed for interested amateurs; pros won't like it, probably. It's advanced enough, however, that the user needs two things in particular - time and a brain. You have to think about its features and practice using them; after all, professional photographers take notes of their settings to ensure better results next time!
Some of the moans I just don't understand - like the people who talk about blurry photos when they clearly suffer from the shakes, or complain that it lacks a built in flash - the user out there who said this also lacks a built in flash!

When you give this camera a chance, it takes lovely shots; I live and work in sunny Africa and it likes the strong light conditions; also it's robust and reliable - this helps when you live in a remote location. Olymps were designed by some one with the same brain as me, so I got the push button sequences easily, an important consideration when you buy a camera or a cell-phone, for example.

Some users hate the electroncially coupled zoom ring. To me, it's like the difference between an automatic and a manual gearbox on a car; you learn to get over the time lag and develop related skills such as anticipation and intuition. If you simply must have a mechanically connected zoom ring, why buy this camera?

Like all complicated devices, this is a camera that deserves to be intelligently used, when it becomes very rewarding. It's my third Olympus (I just wanted a more advanced one) and they are all still working perfectly, despite the snatching that goes in the family in order to grab hold of them. It's good to stick with same brand as everything is compatible and familiar.

  • 4.0 out of 5
First Experience (Zubin Master — 10/21/2008)

I used to own the Canon S2 and I was extremely happy with my camera, just before the 'black screen of death' hit it. That being put out of commission, I used a sony compact point and shoot and hated every minute of it. I finally decided it was time to get off my ass and get myself something better.

My brother already owns a Nikon D40, so I decided on a bridge camera with a enough manual capability. I was torn between the Fuji s100fs (lil' too expensive and I couldn't find it anywhere) the Nikon P80, the Panasonic FZ28 and the Olympus 570UZ. Finally, after battling many internal demons (xD, crappy zoom ring, very few and iffy reviews, etc.) I did go and get the 570UZ.

Its a good camera by-and-large, and it has some cool features (lot of them gimmicky though). I'll just quickly go through the good and the bad of the camera:

Good:
> Nice set of features: 5-level Bracketing, time lapse, 20x zoom, decent wide angle, interesting panorama mode, etc.
> The zoom ring is not as bad as everyone says it is. I have the firmware update installed and it works pretty well.
> RAW
> Scene modes work really well
> Decent response time (I expected the worst because of xD)

Bad:
> Very poor AF, even in decent light. Almost impossible to use in low light.
> The manual focus is also bad beyond belief. You better hope that your AF can catch what you wanna catch, otherwise you're screwed.
> xD (only 2GB cards available as of now)

I'm getting the feeling that I might have made a mistake by not getting the P80 or the FZ28 but I guess now what's done is done and I'll make the best of my camera. It's not bad in most respects (apart from the AF focus hunting) and when I get to know more about it, I'll post a follow-up to this.

3 and a 1/2 Stars.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Snapshot camera (Greg Lambert — 06/24/2008)

I've shot nearly 1000 photos with my SP570 so far. I've shot 10,000 with my Nikon D70.

It's not anywhere near the quality of a DSLR so don't try fooling yourself. You're maxxed at 72dpi in both RAW and JPG. Photos printing is great up to 8X10".

It's a great little snapshot camera. I would not have purchased it had I known it maxxed at 72dpi. For a pocket camera, I can't imagine anything better than this. Just don't make the mistake that this will do what a DSLR will do, it won't, but it's as close as you can get.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Olympus SP-570 UZ (Buck Newton — 06/24/2008)

I've had this camerra for a couple of months and have run it through it's paces. It's a bit slow to focus in low light and the zoom control takes some getting used to, but it is by far the best and neatest point and shoot I have ever owned or operated.
Noise is extremely low at ISO 200 or less, but tolerable in the higher numbers. (ISO 1600 film could get grainier)
I love the zoom range, the macro and super macro capability and besides that, it just feels good.
Can't afford a DSLR? Buy this!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Aspects of the Olympus SP-570 UZ (Louis Lambert — 05/29/2008)

It's early days, but overall I'm so far impressed with this camera's performance. In digital cameras I have previously owned the Olympus C-3030 Z and the SP-360 Z and now the SP-570 UZ, which comparatively size-wise is beyond slipping into a pocket. As much as I’d like to use a DSLR its size means I’m unlikely to have at hand when there’s a photo opportunity. The SP-570 UZ just scrapes in as a camera that I might have handy for the opportune times I can use it, though it won’t be in my pocket.

I’m not so crazy about its phenomenal zoom capability, though now I have it I can see myself using it, no, it’s the wide angle capability of the SP-370 UZ that really pleases and saves me having to back myself into corner to take in the shot. Here’s an advantage I haven’t seen in the competition without the hassle of bolting on a wide angle lens adapter.

I gave its in-camera panorama stitching function a whirl and was amazed at how effective it was and the simplicity of its operation. The shadow adjustment is something else I’m used to doing in post but is mildly effective as an in-camera function.

For all the additional features the menu system copes well and there are enough dedicated buttons and dials not to have to go burrowing down to reach what’s commonly used. I read the criticisms on the zoom control but I don’t see it as a problem since it’s plenty responsive enough to frame most shots quickly. If it were a video camera then I’d understand the frustration, but since changing zoom is not active for this side function it’s not a problem.

The camera’s responsiveness is reasonable and mostly workable. It’s true what they say about its AF difficulties in low light and even with the less common (and less capacity) “H” type high speed XD media you will find yourself waiting to take the next shot.

Hopefully one day cameras of this ilk will attain the sensitivity required to operate under relatively low levels of light without recourse to the flash and the weird stark unnatural effects it can produce, though with this camera I might be tempted to use its supported wireless flash to accomplish a more natural cast of light. That said I’m pleasantly pleased at this camera’s low light performance and the IS sure helps, provided your subjects are at rest.

A built-in time lapse function is something very few cameras possess for reasons I’ll never comprehend since it is a trivial use of the inherent capabilities of any digital camera to implement. May be such a feature is truly unpopular, certainly Olympus makes no mention of this distinguishing feature in their marketing blurb, yet the SP-360 UZ does it. Admittedly, like previous models, it is lamely restricted to 99 shots at a minimum of 1 min intervals, but even so can produce some truly remarkably results.

This brings me to the greatest con for this camera, which if the promise of time lapse didn’t excite you, then this almost certainly won’t bother you. Apparently Olympus no longer supports a SDK for their cameras below the E DSLR range meaning no PC remote control of the camera, leaving this entire rich field of possibilities to Canon, the only other company that continues to properly support their cameras for software developers. Shame on Olympus, unless there’s a change of heart you’ve just sold me your last camera no matter how good the pictures are.

  • 3.0 out of 5
manual focus a burden, auto focus are you there ??? (artisan de l'image — 05/17/2008)

my first digital camera after years of film photography (canon EOS 3) : I already missed those good years...
my motivation in buying this camera was to get a compact piece to ease travel with enough zoom power to get close enough when necessary...
IMHO the focus ring is horrible and seems to control itself most of the time...
the electronic viewfinder is unuseful for anything except to roughfly compose your image...
I am still trying to understand how works the manual focus in the macro and supermacro modes, as autofocus refuses to work in these conditions... I was not able to get a decent picture yet on close-up situations...
the autofocus works well under bright sunlight with deep contrast in the scene... using it under cloudy conditions on a less contrasted subject is a burden...
image quality is fine under 200 ISO. above you get visible noise starting at 400...
I was not able yet to get a nice picture of moving subjects (I am not talking about a seedy car, but a duck on a pond should be at least catchable in a clear image)...
the menus and controls are easily accessible and the LCD screen is nice, except under bright light condition then it becomes invisible...
semi-manual and manual controls are working well...
with all its features in compact light build, this could have been a hit. it is not as it seems that olympus did the wrong choices by adding pixels without upgrading the censor.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Raw Camera (Joel Machak — 05/13/2008)

The beauty of this camera is having camera raw at this price. After working in jpeg for the last 18 months with my previous camera, the transition to camera raw has been utterly eye-opening. It is so much better. So much better. But it has been great being able to capture raw and jpeg at the same time to see the difference. And the SP570's dual image stabilization is very effective. I can hand hold 250th of a second at full zoom and get a crisp shot. I also find the controls very quick and intuitive. After just 3 weeks with the camera, I am completely comfortable moving between modes and functionality. The forefinger shutter/aperature toggle next to the shutter botton is great. And the thumb knob that scrolls the currently chosen function is killer. Great job, Olympus. I have already produced great results in super-macro and in long zoom. My only complaints would be that the manual focus is too difficult to see, either on the back or in the viewfinder. And in super-macro the auto-focus is actually better. And I wish the meta-data recorded the focal length. But the biggest problem I have now is that I need a better monitor and a better printer to keep up with the camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Excellent features, and phenomenal zoom but offset by poor color reproduction (Vinod — 04/30/2008)

I have been an Olympus user for the last 8 years across their different models (except the DSLR series). The SP 570 UZ is a phenomenal camera when it comes to features and the zoom capability. The menu is fantastic and the ability to modify settings on the fly is decent. However, all of this gets negated by the quality of color reproduction. I have tried a variety of settings in different conditions (indoor, outdoor, bright sunny, moderate lighting...) - but in all cases the color reproduction is not faithful. So much so that I somehow feel some of the old generation cameras are that much more faithful.

Having said that, in a nutshell, you will not get a better camera at the price the SP 570 UZ retails and it is an exceptional piece of instrument to own - if you are not too worried or concerned about the color of the grass a bit off the mark (or) the skin tone slightly palish (or) vivid colors appearing garish at times.

  • 5.0 out of 5
sp-570 (Dan Andersson — 04/15/2008)

I have used superzooms from both Panasonic and Olympus
and the latest was SP-550. The SP-570 is so much better than SP-550. Olympus has done a great work and have listen to the users.
The zoomring is not bad, I think it´s ok.
The picture quality is nice, sharp and distinct. But remember this camera does not cost 2000$ so don´t expect wonders.
I think this is the best superzoom for now, perfect for those who like to travel (like me). Just love the AA Batteries, nice solution for travellers.
One thing I dont like is the XD-card, it´s quite slow and expensive.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Horrible zoom control (meja — 04/04/2008)

Might be just me,, but the zoom control, even tho it's on ring on the lens operates as if it was controlled by a bungy cord, otherwise pix were fine, but I didn't take a lot because of the zoom.

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