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Olympus SP-590UZ Review

Review Date: Apr 20, 2009

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Olympus SP-590UZ


This Olympus SP-590UZ Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

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The Olympus SP-590UZ provides a full-featured 26x ultra zoom with a 26mm wide-angle for large group and wide landscape shots and a 676mm tele to bring far scenes up close. Sensor-shift image stabilization helps eliminate camera shake when using long focal lengths.

This camera is packed with features that should appeal to the serious amateur photographer. It has a black body with a DSLR-look, has excellent build and construction, and very good handling with a deep handgrip.

A large 2.7 in. LCD has a high 230K resolution and "gains up" well in low-light. The HyperCrystal™ II LCD claims improved contrast and color reproduction and it shows in an image display that is beautifully bright and clear.

Image quality is good to very good at ISO 64. As with most compact digital cameras, higher ISOs tend to suffer from noise and image detail loss.

Performance is very good. AF is fast and precise in both good and low lighting. Though the SP-590UZ has an effective Image Stabilizer, that ultra long zoom is best put to use when you use a tripod.

The availability of PASM modes should prove attractive to learning beginner amateur photographers allowing them to graduate from point-and-shoot photography to being more in control of the camera settings.

More advanced photographers will miss RAW file format and a hot shoe, though wireless flash is available.

The Olympus SP-590UZ has many advanced features and should prove attractive to beginners as well as more advanced photographers.

What I like about the Olympus SP-590UZ:

  • Good to very good image quality at low ISOs (ISO 64, 100)
  • Wide-angle 26x optical zoom lens (26-676mm, 35mm equivalent)
  • Effective CCD-shift image stabilization
  • Very bright and clear LCD that gains up in low light
  • Very good handling and build
  • Full exposure flexibility
  • Excellent metering
  • Area AF with 123 positions for easy off-center focus
  • 2 Live Histograms
  • Accurate AF even in low-light
  • Availability of optional Tele Conversion Lens TCON-17 (1.7X, 35mm equivalent 1149.2mm); Lens Adapter Tube (CLA-11) required

Improvements wish list:

  • Provide the full range of shutter speeds in P mode
  • Don't recess the control buttons so much
  • Improve Instruction Manual (difficult to read, incomplete)
  • Hot shoe
  • A tilting LCD would be a bonus

See if you fit the Olympus SP-590UZ User Profile below:

Olympus SP-590UZ
User Profile
Desire a 12MP resolution digital camera with very good image quality (at low ISOs).
Desire effective image stabilization.
Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom.
Want a full-featured digital camera.
Want eveything a beginner or serious amateur photographer needs to learn, experiment and grow in digital photography.
Want more exposure flexibility than provided by a point-and-shoot digital camera.

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