Olympus SP-800 UZ review
As an owner of a 2100UZ, I decided to upgrade to an SP-800UZ for a trip to Glacier
Bay, Alaska. Here are some of my observations about the SP-800UZ after 400+
photos were taken on this trip.
Very satisfied with all of the individual photos taken in a variety of lighting conditions
in P-mode. Only P-mode and Panorama-mode were used throughout the trip.
Use of the monitor allowed for rapid target acquisition and the zoom was fast
enough to capture the action while whale watching. This was a pleasant surprise for
one used to the electronic-through-the-lens monitor on the 2100UZ.
Battery life was never an issue while shooting throughout the day.
Use of an 8 GB SD Memory Card provided ample storage for all photos taken.
Panorama-mode flat DOES NOT WORK - don't use it ! Take individual pictures in
some other mode and stitch them together with other software (think Calico). Not
only does the panorama mode not work, it erases the original frames after the
camera [ib] software "constructs" the panorama. End result, no panorama and no
pictures. Olympus consultant recommends using PC-mode to take panoramas and
this means the panorama is not constructed in-camera with the [ib] software, but
later after you download to a PC with PC software. Use of the PC-mode also reduces
the image size of each frame to a maximum of 2 Megapixels.
The lens cap is a constant nuisance and is ineffective, a screw-on cap or a screw-on
filter would be more useful.