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