Olympus SP-550 UZ Review

Review Date: April 30th 2007
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Image Sensor    
  Effective pixels 7.1 Megapixels
  Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
  Full resolution 7.4 Megapixels
  Type 1/2.5 '' CCD sensor
  Optical zoom Wide 18 x
  Aspherical glass elements 4
  Filter diamater 48.4 mm Use CLA-10 to attach conversion lens.
  Focal length 4.7 - 84.2 mm
  Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 28 - 504 mm
  Structure 14 Lenses / 11 groups
  Maximum aperture 2.8 - 4.5
Digital Zoom    
  Enlargment factor 5.6 x / 100 x combined with optical zoom
  LCD Type LCD
  Pixel number 230000 pixels
  Monitor size 6.4 cm / 2.5 ''
  Electronical viewfinder
Focusing System    
  Method TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
  Spot focusing Yes 143 AF areas selectable
  Predictive AF Yes
  Manual focus Yes
  Standard Mode 0.1m - 8 (wide) / 1.2m - 8 (tele)
  Macro mode 0.1m - 8 (wide) / 1.2m - 8 (tele)
  Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance 1 cm
Light metering    
  ESP light metering Yes
  Spot metering Yes
  Centre weighted metering Yes
  Histogram in shooting mode Yes
Exposure modes    
  Programme automatic
  Aperture priority
  Shutter priority
Scene modes    
  Number of scene modes 23
  Portrait Yes
  Landscape Yes
  Landscape with Portrait Yes
  Night scene Yes
  Night scene with portrait Yes
  Sports Yes
  Indoor Yes
  Candle Yes
  Self portrait Yes
  Available Light Portrait Yes
  Sunset Yes
  Fireworks Yes
  Cuisine Yes
  Behind Glass Yes
  Documents Yes
  Auction Yes
  Shoot & Select 1 Yes
  Shoot & Select 2 Yes
  Snow Yes 
  Beach Yes
  Underwater Wide 1 Yes
  Underwater Wide 2 Yes
  Underwater Macro Yes
Exposure System    
  My Mode 4 settings storable
  Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/2000 s < 8 min (Bulb mode) < 4 s (Night scene)
  Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps
  Exposure bracketing 5 frames / +/- 1/3 EV steps
  Auto automatically selected
  Manual ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*, 5000*
White Balance    
  AUTO WB system White Balance iESP II
  Sunlight Yes
  Overcast Yes
  Tungsten Yes
  Flourescent 1 Yes
  Flourescent 2 Yes
  Flourescent 3 Yes
  Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
  White balance adjustment -7 Red +7 Blue
Internal Flash    
  AUTO Yes
  Red-eye reduction Yes
  Fill in Yes
  Off Yes
  Red-eye reduction & fill-in Yes
  Slow synchronization Yes
  Working range (wide) 0.3 - 4.5 m
  Working range (tele) 1.2 - 2.8 m
  Flash compensation +/- 2 EV
Sequence Shooting    
  Sequential shooting mode 1.2 fps / 7 frames (Full Image Size)
  Sequential shooting mode (High speed) 7 fps / 15 frames (at 3MP Mode)
    15 fps / 20 frames ( at 1,2MP Mode )
  Interval shooting
  Internal memory 20 MB
Image Processing    
  TruePic TURBO Yes
  Noise reduction Yes
  Pixel mapping Yes
Function processing    
  Panorama Yes (only with optional Olympus xD-Picture Card)
Movie processing    
  Digital Image Stabilizer Yes
Image Editing    
  Black & White Yes
  Sepia Yes
  Resize Yes
  Trimming Yes
  RAW data edit Yes
  Attach a frame Yes
  Attach a title Yes
  Attach a calendar Yes
  Attach a layout Yes
  Red-eye reduction Yes
  Correction of brightness Yes
  Correction of saturation Yes
Movie edit    
  Edit movie
View images    
  Slide show
  Histogram in playback mode
View Movie    
  Frame by frame
  Fast forward
  Reverse playback
  Index jump
Still image recording    
  EXIF 2.21
Movie recording system    
  Recording format QuickTime Motion JPEG®
  Sound recording Yes , format: WAV
  Movie quality 640 x 480 / 30 fps Recording time: Up to card capacity
    320 x 240 / 30 fps Recording time: Up to card capacity
Voice recording    
  Recording format Wave format
Image size    
    - Figures depend on compression (Fine/Standard), given for: -
  SHQ 3072 x 2304
    3072 x 2048 (3:2)
  HQ 3072 x 2304
    3072 x 2048 (3:2)
  SQ1 2560 x 1920
    2304 x 1728
    2048 x 1536
  SQ2 1600 x 1200
    1280 x 960
    1024 x 768
    640 x 480
Other features    
  Self timer
  DC output
  Combined A/V & USB output
  Menu languages in camera English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian
  Dimensions (WxHxD) 116 x 78.5 x 78 mm
  Weight 365 g (without battery and card)
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
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