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Olympus SP-560 UZ Review

Review Date: Dec 3, 2007

Olympus SP-560 UZ
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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Olympus SP-560 Ultra Zoom features 8.0MP resolution, 18x wide-angle optical zoom (27-486mm, 35mm equiv.) and a large high-resolution 2.5 in. LCD monitor.

Major features of the Olympus SP-560 UZ:

  1. A wide-angle focal length (27mm, 35mm equiv.), perfect for capturing large group shots and expansive landscape vistas.
  2. Capture wide landscapes (27mm), bring far subjects close with telephoto shots (486mm) and discover macro photography (1 cm) -- all in one versatile camera.
  3. CCD-Shift Image Stabilization effectively counteracts camera shake when using a long focal length and/or slow shutter speed. In addition, Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) favours a high ISO (up to ISO 1600; ISO 3200 and 6400 at 3MP resolution) and fast shutter speed to eliminate or reduce blurred shots caused by subject movement.
  4. If you've ever despaired of seeing the image on the LCD in dimly lit conditions, Olympus' Bright Capture Technology brightens the image on the LCD so framing and composing in the dark is not a problem anymore.

As you'd expect from any digital camera targeted to the serious photographer, the Olympus SP-560 UZ has full exposure flexibility with Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority and full Manual modes, plus 25 Scene Modes to automate the most common picture-taking situations. You can display a histogram or grid lines. Movies are recorded with sound at 640x480 @ 30fps. Capture the moment with Burst Mode at 1.2fps for 7 frames (HQ), or 7fps for 23 frames (SQ1), or 15fps for 40 frames (SQ2).

The Olympus SP-560 UZ comes with 47MB of internal memory and runs on 4 AA batteries. Shutter speed range is from 1/2000 sec. – 15 sec., and there is even a Bulb shutter speed (up to 8 min.) for night photography.

Optional accessories include the WCON-07 Wide Conversion Lens (0.7x) and the TCON-17 (1.7x) Telephoto Conversion Lens (1.7x); Lens Adapter Tube CLA-10 required for both lenses. An optional Remote Cable Release that plugs into the camera's USB connector is also available.

The Olympus SP-560 UZ should appeal to serious amateur photographers who desire an ultra zoom with a high degree of control and lots of useful practical features such as a wide-angle optical zoom and CCD-shift image stabilization.

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Olympus SP-560 UZ
QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus SP-560 UZUS | CAN | UK
Image Sensor 8.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.35” CCD (1.1cm)
Lens 4.68 - 84.24 mm (27 – 486 mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 14 Lenses in 11 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses, 2 ED Lenses
Zoom 18x Optical Zoom + 5.6x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 100x)
Aperture Range F2.8 - F4.5

2.5” (6.4cm) LCD with Backlight Boost Button, approx. 230,000 pixels
5 Steps Brightness Adjustment

Viewfinder Electronic View Finder with Dioptic Correction
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Ranges

Normal mode:
Wide: 3.9” – infinity (0.1m – infinity)
Tele: 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)
Macro mode:Wide: 3.9” – infinity (0.1m – infinity)
Tele: 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)
Super Macro mode:  0.4" – infinity (1cm – infinity)

Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Full-Time AF, Selective AF Target, AF Lock, Predictive AF, Manual
Shutter Speed

Auto: 1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
Manual: 1/2000 sec. - 15 sec.
Bulb: up to 8 min.

ISO (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, High Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance iESP 2 Auto, One-Touch, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents), White Balance Compensation
Recording Modes

Still Image: JPEG, RAW
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG

Adjustment Resolutions

3,264 x 2,448 (RAW/SHQ / HQ,)
3,264 x 2176 (3:2, SHQ/HQ)
2,560 x 1,920 (SQ1)
2,304 x 1,728 (SQ1)
2,048 x 1,536 (SQ1)
1,600 x 1,200 (SQ2)
1,280 x 960 (SQ2)
1,024 x 768 (SQ2)
640 x 480 (SQ2)
1,920 x 1,080 (16:9)

Shooting Modes

33 Shooting Modes;
Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Mode, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT, 4. SPORT, 5. NIGHT SCENE, 6. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT, 11. SUNSET, 12. FIREWORKS, 13. CUISINE, 14. BEHIND GLASS, 15. DOCUMENTS, 16.AUCTION, 17.SHOOT & SELECT1, 18. SHOOT & SELECT2, 19. BEACH, 20.SNOW, 21. SMILE SHOT, 22. UNDERWATER WIDE1, 23. UNDERWATER WIDE2, 24. UNDERWATER MACRO, 25. QUICK SHUTTER), Movie

Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
Sequential Shooting

High-speed2: 15 frames per second, 40 frames in SQ2 mode
High-speed1: 7 frames per second, 23 frames in SQ1
Normal speed: 1.2 frames per second, 7 frames in HQ mode
Bracketing: Exposure Bracketing, 5 Frames
Interval Shooting

Selftimer 12 Seconds
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist, AF Lock, AE Lock
Movie Mode

AVI Movie with Sound;
640x480/30fps (SHQ)
320x240/15fps (HQ)
160x120/15fps (SQ)

Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer
Image Playback

Still Image:  Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, Histogram

Movie:  Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame, Index
Playback Edit Effects

Still Image:  Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Resize, Rotation, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, Calendar, Layout, Expression Edit, Face Focus, RAW Edit
Movie:  Frame Index, Movie Edit, Still Image Cropping

Flash Built-in
Flash Modes

Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Fill-in + Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Synchro

Flash Working Range

Wide:    0.98ft (0.3m) – 21ft (6.4m) at ISO 400
Tele:    3.9ft (1.2m) – 13.1ft. (4m) at ISO 400

Memory 47MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB)
Outer Connectors USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input
Auto-connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements

Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X v10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X v10.3 or later

Operating Environment

Operation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity

Power Supply 4 AA Batteries, AC Adapter (C-7AU)
Size (W x H x D) 4.6"W x 3.1"H x 3.1"D (116mm x 78.5mm x 78mm))
Weight (camera body only) 12.9oz (365g) without batteries and media card
MSRP US $ 499.99 / CDN $449.99

Package Contents:

  • SP-560 UZ digital camera
  • 4 AA alkaline batteries
  • USB cable (CB-USB6)
  • Audio/Video cable (CB-AVC3)
  • Neck strap
  • Manual
  • CD-ROM (Olympus Master 2.0 Software)
  • Warranty card

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