Olympus SP-800UZ Review

April 12, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |


Image Sensor
Effective pixels 14 Megapixels
  Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Full resolution 14.7 Megapixels
  Type 1/2.33 '' CCD sensor
  Optical zoom 30 x (WIDE)
  Focal length 4.9 - 147.0 mm
  Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 28 - 840 mm
Maximum aperture 2.8 - 5.6
  Structure 15 lenses / 10 groups
Aspherical glass elements 1
  ED glass elements 3
Digital Zoom
  Enlargement factor 5 x / 150 x combined with optical zoom
  Resolution 230000 dots
  Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 '' (16:9)
LCD type TFT
  Frame assistance Yes
Brightness adjustment +/- 2 levels
Focusing System
  Method TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
  AF illuminator Yes
Modes iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, Selective Target, AF Tracking
  Spot focusing Yes , 143 AF areas selectable
  Standard mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 1.8m - ∞ (tele)
  Makro mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 1.8m - ∞ (tele)
  Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1 cm
Light Metering
Modes ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering
  Histogram in shooting mode Yes
Exposure System
Modes i-Auto, Programme automatic, Scene Modes, Magic Filter, Panorama, Beauty, Movie
  Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/2000 s / < 4 s (Night scene)
  Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps
  Exposure bracketing 5 frames / +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps
  Enhancement function Mechanical Image Stabilizer
Shadow Adjustment Technology
Advanced Face Detection Technology
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 17
  Modes Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Indoor, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Multi Fireworks, Multi-Exposure, Cuisine, Documents, Beach and Snow, Bird Watching, Soft Background, Pet
Magic Filter
Pop Art  
  Pin Hole  
  Auto AUTO / High AUTO
  Manual ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*, 6400*
* In reduced pixel mode
White Balance
  AUTO WB system Yes
  Preset values Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Flourescent 1, Flourescent 2, Flourescent 3
Internal Flash
  Working range (wide) 10.2 m (ISO 1000)
  Working range (tele) 5.1 m (ISO 1000)
  Modes AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye reduction & Fill-in, Slow synchronisation
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode (high speed) 15.2 fps (in 2MP mode)
10.2 fps (in 3MP mode)
7.7 fps (in 5MP mode)
  Sequential shooting mode 0.85 fps / 24 frames (Full Image Size)
  Interval shooting Yes
Image Processing
  Noise reduction Yes
Pixel mapping Yes
  TruePic III Yes
Shading compensation Yes
Function Processing
  Panorama Yes
Image Editing
  Black & White Yes
Sepia Yes
  Center Focus Yes
Resize Yes
  Trimming Yes
Attach a calendar Yes
  Correction of brightness Yes
  Correction of saturation Yes
  Beauty Fix Yes
  Red-eye reduction Yes
Shadow Adjustment Yes
View Images
  Modes Single, Index, Zoom, Slide show, Collection, Event, Collage
  Index 4x3 / 6x5 frames
  Zoom 1.1 - 10 x
  Auto rotation Yes
Image protect mode Yes
  Histogram in playback mode Yes
View Movie
  Frame by frame Yes
Fast forward Yes
  Reverse playback Yes
Index jump Yes
Still Image Recording
  DCF Yes
  EXIF 2.21
  DPS PictBridge
Movie Recording System
  Image Stabilisation Mode Digital Image Stabilisation
  Recording format MPEG-4
Movie quality 720P Recording time: 29min.
VGA Recording time: no limit
QVGA Recording time: no limit
Note: maximum file size 4GB
Sound Recording System
  Voice playback Yes
  Sound recording Yes , format: AAC
  Image footage 4 s
Speaker Yes
Removable Media SD / SDHC
  Internal memory 2 GB
  For shooting & storage 1.8 GB
Image Size
  12M 3968 x 2976
8M 3264 x 2448
  5M 2560 x 1920
3M 2048 x 1536
  2M 1600 x 1200
1M 1280 x 960
  VGA 640 x 480
16:9 4288 x 2416
1920 x 1080
  Menu languages in camera 39
Other Features
  Self timer 2 / 12 s
  Perfect Shot Preview Yes
  Menu guide Yes
  In-camera Manual Yes
In-Camera Panorama Yes
  Photo Surfing Yes
  LED Illuminator Yes
Power Supply
  Battery LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  Internal Charging Yes
  DC input Yes (CB-MA3 required)
  Combined A/V & USB output Yes
  USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
HDMI™ Yes Type D
Dimensions (W x H x D) 107.3 x 73.4 x 84.7 mm
Weight 416 g (including battery and memory card)