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Olympus SP-590UZ Review

Review Date: Apr 20, 2009

Olympus SP-590UZ
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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Olympus SP-590UZ features 12MP resolution (on a 1/2.33-in. CCD), an amazing 26x wide-angle optical zoom (26–676mm equiv.) and a large 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD. Sensor-shift Image Stabilization helps to reduce blur due to camera shake at long tele.

The SP-590UZ provides full exposure control with PASM and Scene Modes. It has an electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Shadow Adjustment Technology retains detail when dark shadows are prevalent or when shooting in backlit situations. A Beauty Mode lets you smooth a person’s skin, removing unwanted wrinkles or blemishes. Soft Background Focus enables you to slightly blur the background in a landscape shot to accent the subject in the foreground. Pre-capture automatically archives 10 frames (3 MP) as soon as the focus is locked to capture the perfect shot. In-Camera Panorama captures 3 images and stitches them together to create one panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across the scene. Smile Shot detects a smile on your subject’s face and automatically fires off 3 consecutive shots to capture that perfect smile.

The Olympus SP-590UZ should appeal to beginner and serious amateur photographers who desire an ultra zoom with a high degree of control, a wide-angle optical zoom, sensor-shift image stabilization, and lots of other useful practical features.

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Olympus SP-590UZ
QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus SP-590UZUS | CAN | UK
Image Sensor 12 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.33" CCD
Lens 4.6 – 119.6mm (26 – 676mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
14 Lenses in 11 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses, 3 ED Lenses
Zoom 26x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom
Aperture Range f2.8 (W) / f5.0 (T)

2.7" (6.9cm) HyperCrystalTM II LCD 230,000 dots 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: 66.9" – infinity (1.7m – infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: 3.9" – infinity (0.1m – infinity) Tele: 66.9" – infinity (1.7m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 0.39" - infinity (1cm - infinity)

Focus Mode Face Detection AF, iESP, Spot, Area
Shutter Speed

Auto: 1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene)
P: 1/1000 sec - 1/2 sec.
A: 1/2000 sec - 1/2 sec.
S: 1/1000 sec - 1/2 sec.
M: 1/1000 sec. - 15 sec.; Bulb: up to 8 min. (ISO 64)

ISO (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, High Auto, 64, 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
Image File Format

Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG

Number of Recorded Pixels

12MP (3,968 x 2,976)
5MP (2,560 x 1,920)
3MP (2,048 x 1,536)
2MP (1,600 x 1,200)
1MP (1,280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 L (3,968 x 2,232)
16:9 S (1,920 x 1,080)

Shooting Modes

28 Shooting Modes;
Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual, My Mode, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. SPORT, 4. NIGHT SCENE, 5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SUNSET, 9. FIREWORKS, 10. MULTI FIREWORKS, 11. MULTIPLE EXPOSURE, 12. CUISINE, 13. DOCUMENTS, 14. SMILE SHOT, 15. BEACH & SNOW, 16. BIRD WATCHING, 17. SOFT BACKGROUND SHOT, 18. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE, 19. QUICK SHUTTER), Beauty Mode, Movie

Motion Blur Suppression Dual Image Stabilization
Panorama In-Camera Panorama, PC Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software)
Continuous Shooting

Normal speed: 1.2 frames per second, 6 frames (12MP)
High-speed 1: 5 frames per second, 20 frames (5MP)
High-speed 2: 10 frames per second, 25 frames (3MP)
High-speed 2 Pre-Capture: 10 frames per second, 30 frames (3MP)
AF Sequential: 1 frame per second, 6 frames
Bracketing: 3 Frames

Selftimer 12 Seconds, 2 seconds
Shooting Assist Functions Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist, AF Lock, AE Lock, Voice Recording
Movie Mode

AVI Movie with Sound;
640x480 (30/15fps) 320x240 (30/15fps)

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

Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, Histogram, Voice Playback
Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame, Index, Voice Playback

Playback Edit Effects

Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment Edit, Beauty Fix, Resize, Cropping, Black & White, Sepia, Calendar, Face Focus, Brightness
Movie: Movie Edit, Still Image Cropping, Frame Index

Flash Built-in, Wireless Flash
Flash Modes

Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Fill-in + Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Synchro1
Slow1 + Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Synchro2

Flash Working Range

Wide: 0.98ft (0.3m) - 21.0ft (6.4m) at ISO 400
Tele: 5.6ft (1.7m) - 11.98ft (3.6m) at ISO 400

Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output), DC Input, HD Output
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 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5

Operating Environment

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

Power Supply (4) AA Batteries, AC Adapter (C-7AC)
Size (W x H x D) 110 x 89 x 98 mm /
4.3 x 3.5 x 3.9 in.
Weight (camera body only) 435g / 15.3oz without batteries and media card
MSRP US $ 449.99 / CDN $529.99 / UK £360

Package Contents:

  • SP-590UZ digital camera
  • AA Batteries (4)
  • Neck Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • USB Cable, Audio/ Video Cable
  • Manual
  • MASD-1 (microSD Adapter)
  • OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM
  • Warranty card

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