Olympus SP-590UZ Review

April 2, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Olympus SP-590UZ Specifications

Image Sensor
Effective pixels 12 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Full resolution 12.7 Megapixels
Type 1/2.33 '' CCD sensor
Optical zoom 26 x (WIDE)
Aspherical glass elements 4
Filter diamater 57 mm Use CLA-11 to attach conversion lens.
Focal length 4.6 - 119.6 mm
Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 26 - 676 mm
Structure 14 lenses / 11 groups
Maximum aperture 2.8 - 5.0
Digital Zoom
Enlargment factor 5 x / 130 x combined with optical zoom
Resolution 230000 dots
Monitor size 6.9 cm / 2.7 ''
LCD type HyperCrystal II LCD
Frame assistance Yes
Brightness adjustment +/- 2 levels
Viewfinder type Electronical viewfinder
Diopter adjustment Yes
Field of view Approx. 100 %
Focusing System
Method TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
Spot focusing Yes , 143 AF areas selectable
Face Detection AF Yes
Predictive AF Yes
Manual focus Yes
Standard mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 1.7m - ∞ (tele)
Makro mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 1.7m - ∞ (tele)
Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1 cm
AF illuminator Yes
Light Metering
ESP light metering Yes
Spot metering Yes
Centre weighted metering Yes
Histogram in shooting mode Yes
Exposure System
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/2000 s / < 8min (Bulb mode) / < 4 s (Night scene)
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing 5 frames / +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps
Enhancement function Image Stabilisation Mode
Shadow Adjustment Technology
Advanced Face Detection Technology
Exposure Modes
Auto Yes
Programme automatic Yes
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual Yes
My Mode Yes
Beauty Yes
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 19
Portrait Yes
Landscape Yes
Sports Yes
Night Scene Yes
Night Scene with portrait Yes
Indoor Yes
Candle Yes
Sunset Yes
Fireworks Yes
Multi Fireworks Yes
Multi-Exposure Yes
Cuisine Yes
Documents Yes
Smile Shot Yes
Beach and Snow Yes
Bird Watching Yes
Pre-Capturing Movie Yes
Quick Shutter Yes
Soft Background Yes
Auto AUTO / High AUTO Automatically selected
Manual ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*, 6400*
* In reduced pixel mode
White Balance
AUTO WB system Yes
Overcast Yes
Sunlight 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
Working range (wide) 0.3 - 9 m (ISO 800)
Working range (tele) 1.7 - 5 m (ISO 800)
Flash compensation +/- 2 EV
Modes AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye reduction & Fill-in, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
External Flash Control
Type Wireless flash
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode (high speed) 10 fps / 25 frames (in 3MP mode)
6 fps / 25 frames (in 5MP mode)
Interval shooting Yes
Image Processing
Noise reduction Yes
Pixel mapping Yes
TruePic III Yes
Shading compensation Yes
Sharpness + Contrast +/- 5 levels
Contrast +/- 5 levels
Saturation +/- 5 levels
Function Processing
Panorama Yes
Movie Processing
Image Stabilisation Mode Yes Sensor shift (with sound off)
Image Editing
Black & White Yes
Sepia Yes
Face Focus Yes
Center Focus Yes
Resize Yes
Trimming Yes
Attach a calendar Yes
Correction of brightness Yes
Beauty Fix Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Shadow Adjustment Yes
Movie Edit
Edit movie Yes
Index Yes
Still Image Cropping Yes
View Images
Calendar Yes
Index 4, 9, 16, 25 frames
Zoom 1.1 - 10 x
Slide show Yes
Rotation Yes
Image protect mode Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Voice playback Yes
View Movie
Frame by frame Yes
Fast forward Yes
Reverse playback Yes
Index jump Yes
Voice playback Yes
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.21
DPS PictBridge
Movie Recording System
Recording format AVI Motion JPEG®
Sound recording Yes , format: WAV
Movie quality 640 x 480 / 30 fps Recording time: Up to card capacity (40s with 30fps when xD standard type is used)
640 x 480 / 15 fps Recording time: Up to card capacity
320 x 240 / 30 fps Recording time: Up to card capacity
Note: maximum file size 2GB
Voice Appendage
Recording format Wave format
Recording length 4 s
Internal memory 22 MB for image data
Image Size
12M 3968 x 2976
5M 2560 x 1920
3M 2048 x 1536
2M 1600 x 1200
1M 1280 x 960
VGA 640 x 480
16:9 3968 x 2232
1920 x 1080
Menu languages in camera 39 languages (Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (BR + PT), German, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese,Thai, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Malay, Vietnamese)
Speaker Yes
DC input Yes
Combined A/V & USB output Yes
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Other Features
Mechanical Image Stabilizer Yes
Advanced Face Detection Technology Yes
Pre-Capturing Movie Yes
Self timer 2 / 12 s
In-Camera Panorama Yes
Perfect Shot Preview Yes
Menu guide Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 110.1 x 89.7 x 91.0 mm
Weight 435 g (without battery and card)