Olympus SP-800UZ Review

April 12, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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#201 Mark Kavanaugh

Have any of you that are complaining about this camera, ever seen a professional photographer in the field.  I’ve seen a guy with 5 cameras strapped around his neck; all had various focal lengths.  I’m sure he takes awesome pictures, and I appreciate his dedication to his craft.  So, now you too can appreciate what it takes to get those
national geographic pic’s.  This camera is great for what it does, but don’t expect miracles.  BTW: his gear was worth over $20k dollars.  Actually for $230.00 this camera is a miracle.

5:33 pm - Friday, July 22, 2011

#202 Augustin Man

I totally agree with your comment, and I’m not the only one:


4:32 pm - Monday, July 25, 2011

#203 Mr Tired

I am one of the people who own this camera. This is good for portraits and skylines. When it comes to shooting action or wild life or birds, this is a completely hopeless camera.

I wish I hadn’t got this. When I purchased I paid around $300 for this camera. I have been using digital cameras for a long time and I think so far in the point and shoot section, lumix and cybershot are very good. I used to own a DSLR, but I got this one as it is easier to carry around.

I am totally disappointed by my purchase. Needless to say, I won’t be buying any olympus cameras in the near future.

3:06 pm - Friday, October 14, 2011

#204 tracy

I have the 800UZ from Fry’s Electronics in San Jose CA for about USD 240 about six months ago. Primarily my want was to take night sky shots, and a high-res-high-zoom camera seemed to be the logical choice. I had previously been experimenting with an older minolta with 4MP res and about 5x optical zoom but was running into a lot of digital noise when I pushed my images to the exposure limit using microsoft picture manager.

So far the most obvious limiting factor is that no matter what you do with the rather cryptic menu settings, there appears to be no way to do an exposure longer than 4 seconds. I assume this relates to the other comments on this blog about lack of a manual control of all settings. I attempted to discuss this via email with Olympus but they ignored me about the importance of being able to set a longer exposure. Perhaps as the other blogs implied, this is not “what the camera is made to be used for” but good luck finding that kind of info from Olympus before you spend the money to find it out for yourself. Word to the wise (as I did not do): read blogs before you buy it.
None of the blog comments was specifically about my intended usage but various comments suggest that it is not a great low-light-performer. More experimentation further with exposure metering and ISO settings, could re-visit that judgment, I dunno.
Anyway thanks for the detailed comments from those who already spent the money and got wiser from that. I do detect an ongoing debate about the overall value of “high-res” photo sensors but not being quite an expert on this field, I’m not sure I get what the practical limit is… there are other blog sites about photo sensors (CCD/CMOS etc) which seem to suggest that the density stat does not tell you the whole story since apparently pixels are of different sizes and different technology. I gather the 800UZ is a CCD rather than a CMOS but I am not sure that is right or exactly how it relates to the debate. It might matter more for my attempts than those used in daylight.

6:02 pm - Sunday, October 16, 2011

#205 Ian

My SP800UZ keeps turning off before I can take a picture, is there any way of extending the time before it goes to standby

1:35 pm - Friday, December 30, 2011

#206 Tia

Ive had this camera for a year and a half. i also have a Canon EOS 600D (before buying this). Im was beginner with photography and this camera has been amazing and easy to use, with great results. From having this camera, ive realised whats missing… if this camera had a slower shutter speed (like on Canon DSLR’s) it would be the most perfect camera ever. Its great for zoom shots, but hard to capture birds in flight. It has a bird watching setting but in my opinion, its not brilliant. The price for this camera was brilliant for the performance - as i was a beginner.

11:50 am - Sunday, January 22, 2012

#207 Kev Harvey

Very disappointed in this camera.
Images always have a blue tinge whatever setting is used, and are rarely sharp.
Can honestly say, worst camera I have ever owned.

10:02 pm - Monday, March 19, 2012

#208 George Zimmerman

A lot of time has past since I wrote either a “pro” or a “con” about this camera. (About a year and a half I believe). Several times I was willing to either trash this unit or just give it away to get rid of it, I did neither. Strangely enough about a month a go I give the 8000UZ it’s fourth chance to be an easy to cary point and shoot when I didn’t want to carry the DSLR around. I have gotten used to its light weight and its many short comings. It is still impossible to get a clear focused picture at full 30x zoom without a tripod, but if you use it as point and shoot camera and don’t expect miracles from it, its ok. If you are bored, it can take up of time just finding out what it can and can’t do.

4:21 am - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

#209 Rob

Is there any underwater housing for the sp800uz? please somebody tell me which one can fit this camera, thank you!

4:42 pm - Thursday, April 12, 2012

#210 Ines

I’d like to ask, is this camera good for taking pictures of people?
For example a portrait. I know it is better for zoom features, but would it suit a person using it mainly to shoot pictures of people?
Thank you.
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1:37 am - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

#211 Johnny

For people pictures in general it is fine - as good as anything else. For fine portraiture you do need lighting setups and high quality cameras so no camera of this type is going to give high quality portraits. Without good lighting any handheld camera is going to suffer. At the time when this camera came on the market - more than two years ago there was nothing to match its specs - the other companies have been in catchup ever since. All of the people with complaints here have a major problem - they didn’t do their homework and testing on the camera at the shop before buying it. It is not a “point and shoot” camera if you want good photos under less than desirable conditions - you have to work some of the settings to get the results. I find I’m using the “panorama” setting more and more and getting very good scenery shots.

2:15 am - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

#212 Catia

I love this camera!  For those of you who don’t, it seems that you should be investing in an SLR.

6:35 pm - Sunday, November 4, 2012

#213 George

Its been a long-long time since I posted in this blog about SP-800UZ. Needless to say, I have all but lost any enthusiasim for the camera which now lays on the flow in its case collecting dust. Never did become comfortable with or confident in the SP-800UZ. I now rely soley on my 2004 Olympus E-300 DSLR for all my photographic endeavors. I would like to upgrade to a newer camera, but this economy will not allow it and neither will my pocketbook. I’ll sell the SP-800UZ I have for $200.00 including carrying case, 2 extra batteries and charger. Leave me a reply if it interests you.

11:36 pm - Sunday, November 4, 2012

#214 WalksLikeWolf

Absolutely, Johnny and Catia!  Many people, including so called professionals, gave up on this camera much too easily.  Also, I always see this camera being compared to cameras that are nearly twice it’s price.  Give me a break!  It’s not a dSLR ya know?  For what it is, it does a fine job, once you learn how to dial in the settings properly and know when to use them.  This does take some commitment and some time, which people these days are usually not willing to give.  I can’t believe how many people cried about no viewfinder, Please!!! You should have known that while you were investigating the purchase.  Anyway, no viewfinder is just a small adjustment to make and it doesn’t take that much effort but, again, people don’t like things that they are not used to.  So, the solution is simple, if you research the product before you buy it and you see things you don’t like, then don’t buy it.

5:40 am - Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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4:19 am - Monday, July 1, 2013

#216 Luc

I got this SP800 for $ 80.00 dollars .
I think it is a good for travel camera ,it is light weight ,small, on my neck ,zoom in ,zoom out ,focus fast .
In Summer 2013 ,I travel to New york city with Olympus SP 800 and a bit of photography knowledge ,I produced some quality images .

I also own Canon T4i ,Canon XSI , but the canon for family or kids graduation or some other important even .
The Olympus SP 800 UZ for me is a good value for the money .

1:42 pm - Monday, October 14, 2013

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