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Olympus announces SP-810UZ with the world's longest zoom lens

By dpreview staff on Jul 27, 2011 at 17:54 GMT

Olympus has announced the SP-810UZ superzoom with a 36x (24-864mm equiv.) zoom lens - the world's longest optical zoom in a compact camera. Successor to the SP-800UZ, the SP-810UZ also boasts a 14MP CCD sensor, 3.0" LCD and 720p HD video recording. Also included are a 3D capture mode, AF Tracking and Magic Filters including a new 'reflection' effect. Priced at $329.99, the camera will start shipping from September 2011.

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Press Release:

Olympus SP-810UZ boasts the world's longest zoom in a compact camera


Amazing 36X Ultra Wide Zoom, 3.0" Wide LCD and New Magic Filters Maximize Performance, Flexibility and Creativity for All of Life's Adventures

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., July 27, 2011 – Travelers looking for a camera flexible enough to get up close for beautiful macro images of flowers while exploring exotic islands or to capture the magnificence of the Old Faithful geyser from hundreds of feet away without changing lenses, now have the ultimate camera with the introduction of the new SP-810UZ. Featuring a wide 1:2.9-5.7 24-864mm* zoom lens and a 36x optical zoom, this S-series camera is one of the smallest compact cameras currently on the market with a zoom of 36x**, providing further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all.

"The SP-810UZ is the best zoom performance Olympus has ever delivered," said Jennifer Schmell, product manager Olympus Imaging America Inc. "No compact camera from Olympus has ever offered such impressive wide-angle zoom performance. As the most powerful camera in Olympus' ultrazoom category, it succeeds the prestigious SP-800UZ."

Expert Still and HD Movie Performance
From the sidelines of the soccer field to bird-watching on a riverboat, engage AF Tracking technology to lock focus on your fast-moving subjects and keep them in focus, even while they move in and out of the frame. The fast, wide 1:2.9-5.7 24-864mm* zoom lens combined with Dual Image Stabilization, enhanced ISO sensitivity, Shadow Adjustment Technology and TruePic III+ image processor guarantee tack-sharp photos and virtually eliminate blur in high-definition (HD) videos. With HDMI Control, you can use your HDTV's remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch.

Be Creative and Express More
Ten Magic Filters apply your own creative vision to movies and stills for greater artistic freedom. New Miniature Filter narrows the depth of focus and enhances color and contrast to convert your real-life images to look like a magical toy world. The new Reflection Filter adds a reflection to your subject as though it were standing over a glassy, still lake. In 3D-mode, the SP-810UZ combines two photos of the same subject from different angles to generate dynamic 3D images that can be viewed on a 3D-compatible monitor or television. Another creative highlight is In-Camera Panorama, which helps you capture a super-wide angle photo simply by panning the camera across the scene to combine three shots into one inside the camera.

Easy Operation
By eliminating time-consuming manual settings, the SP-810UZ frees you to concentrate on your subject. Intelligent Auto Mode recognizes the five most common photo scenarios and automatically optimizes settings such as focus and lighting. Don't forget the family pet! Activate Pet Detection mode to automatically capture your furry friend's face when it looks at the camera. The SP-810UZ is also compatible with an optional Eye-Fi SD card, adding Wi-Fi capability so you can automatically upload images to your computer as you take them. Be the life of the social media party by uploading your shots immediately.

Availability
The Olympus SP-810UZ will be available in black, starting in September 2011. It will ship with a Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50C) & Charger, USB Cable, USB-AC Adapter, Audio/Video Cable, Protective Lens Cap w/ Strap, Camera Strap, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Instruction Manual and [ib] Software CD-ROM.

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations
Olympus SP-810UZ Estimated Street Price: $329.99

* 35mm camera equivalent.
**As of July 2011.

Olympus SP-810UZ specifications

Sensor • 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 14 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)
Image sizes • 14M 4288 x 3216
• 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
• 16:9 1920 x 1080
Movie clips • 720p
Lens • 36x optical zoom
• Focal length 4.3 -154.8 mm
• Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 24 - 864mm
• Aperture 2.9-5.7
Image stabilization Yes
Digital zoom Yes 4x
Focus • TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
• Standard
• Macro
• Super-Macro
• Spot AF
• Face Detection AF
• AF Tracking
Focus distance • Standard mode 0.3m (wide) / 2.9m (tele)
• Macro mode 0.3m - (wide) / 2.9m (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 5 cm
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High Auto
• Manual ISO 80,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 1/850 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
Aperture f2.9-5.7
Modes • Intelligent Auto
• Programme automatic
• Scene Modes
• Panorama
• Movie
• 3D Photos
• Magic Filter (Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water color, Reflection, Miniature)
Scene modes 16
White balance • Auto
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Custom -2 settings
Self timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds, Pet Auto-shutter
Flash • Auto
• Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in
• Off
Flash Range • Wide: 0.5m –6.2m at ISO 800
• Tele 2.0m –3.2m at ISO 800
LCD monitor • 3.0" / 7.6 cm LCD
• 230,000 dots
Connectivity • Mini HDMI Type =D
• DC input
• Combined A/V & USB output
• USB 2.0 compatible
Storage • SD/SDHC/SDXC
• 14 MB internal memory
Power • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
Weight (no batt) 413g
Dimensions 106 x 76 x 73.5mm

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Comments

Total comments: 88
ScenicPhoto
By ScenicPhoto (Oct 17, 2011)

I read your review/comment about the Olympus SP-810UZ and had a question.

I currently have the Panasonic FZ50 and love it, but thinking about trying the new Olympus SP-810UZ but I would like to know what "make" of Lens does it have? The FZ50 has a LEICA type lens....do you know what the Olympus SP-810UZ has? And, in your opinion which one of the two are the best?

Please contact me at this email ERayAustin@GMail.com because I am on vacation and may not get back to the dpreview place for weeks.

E. Ray Austin
http://eraya.fotki.com/

0 upvotes
daddyo
By daddyo (Aug 10, 2011)

Error is Shutter Speed Specs.

The maximum shutter speed listed in this announcement is wrong -- according to the Olympus website, the max shutter speed is 1/2000 Sec.

That makes a bit more sense :-)

God Bless,
Greg
www.imagismphotos.com
www.mccroskery.zenfolio.com
www.pbase.com/daddyo

0 upvotes
Augustin Man
By Augustin Man (Aug 30, 2011)

I hope, but I didn't find it anywhere. More than that, an Olympus staff member answered to my mail that is definitely 1/850!

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Augustin Man
By Augustin Man (Aug 31, 2011)

Today I've received another answer with apologies and an important correction: the value is 1/1400!

0 upvotes
ken_holgh
By ken_holgh (Aug 4, 2011)

Optical viewfinder or EVF other than the effect of stabilising the camera is also desperately needed by middle aged people like me who are still resisting spectacle on their faces.

0 upvotes
makofoto
By makofoto (Aug 2, 2011)

All it needs now is 360 fps slow motion ... and I'd have to buy it for shooting sports. Doesn't seem like anyone has trumped the Casio EX-F1 in terms of decent quality slo mo video.

0 upvotes
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Aug 2, 2011)

Small and light, and no EVF.
That will make it quite difficult to get a stable image at the longest tele end of the zoom.
Even with optical image stabilisation, you need to hold the camera very still, something that an EVF helps with when you put the eye to the viewfinder. Almost every other superzoom that I have seen has an EVF, for this reason I believe.

0 upvotes
Augustin Man
By Augustin Man (Aug 30, 2011)

I have the SP-800UZ and never take a tripod with me, just prop the camera against something solid (a pole, the back of a bench, etc.) and take 4-5 shots: always one or two of them are usable and sometimes even surprisingly clear.

0 upvotes
SamChua
By SamChua (Jul 29, 2011)

Earth to Olympus...the Nikon P500 also has 36X zoom and it came out first.

1 upvote
lhkjacky
By lhkjacky (Jul 29, 2011)

Nikon P500 is 22.5mm - 810mm
Olympus SP-810UZ is 24mm - 864mm
So Olympus's has a longer zoom than Nikon's.
36x is the ratio between the wide end and tele end.
It does not show how long it can zoom.

9 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Aug 3, 2011)

Earth to guy that does not check specs before posting. Nikon has a zoom range of 36x Wide-Angle 22.5-810mm. Close but not longer than 864mm. Most of us would take better wide angle then more tele. So, nikon has a edge here.

2 upvotes
kongqueror
By kongqueror (Jul 28, 2011)

As a superzoom user, I think Olympus has this overpriced. For significantly less (albeit with much less zoom too), you can get the Z981 which has the same 14MP, a useable EVF, 26x zoom, full manual controls, AND RAW mode for $199. If you want all of those with higher zoom plus a CMOS sensor with slightly less mp (12MP) for not much more money, you can get the Z990 for $249.99 (dell.ca). Then, for $70 more (staples.ca) than Olympus' asking price, there exists the Canon SX30 IS (14MP, 35x zoom, tilt screen). Unless the IQ is above that of the Kodaks, I can't see much value in this offering.

3 upvotes
TJC66
By TJC66 (Apr 14, 2012)

I've had both the Z981 and Z990 and I wouldn't consider either of those to be any better than the Olympus SP600-UZ. Kodak makes good cameras but those 2 you mentioned are not that great when it comes to picture quality. I took my Z990 back to Sams Club and there were 5 people returning the same camera for the exact same reason. The SP-810UZ is a good camera and, in my opinion, much better than the Z981 or Z990.

0 upvotes
Augustin Man
By Augustin Man (Jul 28, 2011)

Something it's wrong: in the review it states: 4.3 - 154.8mm and f: 2.9-5.7, which seems to be correct. However in the image we see: 4.9-147mm and f:2.8-5.6, EXACTLY like on SP-800UZ, although with red it's written 36X optical zoom.

1 upvote
Tanngrisnir3
By Tanngrisnir3 (Jul 28, 2011)

What IS it about people who use these 'bridge' cameras that they're so damn afraid of getting close to a subject?

2 upvotes
Entropius
By Entropius (Jul 28, 2011)

Birds won't let you get close. There's a reason the DSLR birders carry around huge lenses and teleconverters; cameras like this are just a way of doing a similar thing on a smaller format.

Granted, the format is so small and the lens so dim that you'll only be able to get a clear picture at the long end of the zoom in very good light. But this is why people buy SLR's and giant lenses.

I used to shoot birds with a Panasonic FZ50 (f/3.7 420mm equiv, crop factor ~4.5), and got very respectable results in good situations.

4 upvotes
JonathanJK
By JonathanJK (Jul 30, 2011)

These are great for street photography, not.

0 upvotes
Knallberto
By Knallberto (Aug 1, 2011)

NAKED GIRLS !!!!!!

2 upvotes
makofoto
By makofoto (Aug 2, 2011)

Sports ... they keep chasing me off the field/track when I try to get close to the subject matter! :-)

0 upvotes
RMillward
By RMillward (Jul 28, 2011)

Wow. It's never been clearer to me that casual readers of DPReview really need to take the comments on this site with a HUGE grain of salt... All the loathing of this little camera - from people for whom it was not designed!

#1, everyone's judging it SOLELY from a list of specs, which anyone who uses a camera knows is a rubbish way to make a good judgment.

And #2, how about bearing in mind that just because a camera doesn't suit YOUR niche needs doesn't mean it's not of value to people with other goals? Do you have no sense of how incredibly pretentious you sound when you declare a camera - completely sight- and output-unseen - "a monstrosity" or "the stupids will love it"?! What you MEAN is, "Based on the specs, and without having seen shots from it, this new Olympus isn't something a serious photographer like myself will consider."

10 upvotes
coastcontact
By coastcontact (Jul 28, 2011)

At this point in time few people have seen the actual performance of this camera. My comment that this camera is a “monstrosity” is based upon other Super zooms and the features they offer. I am quite certain that this Olympus camera group has its fans. I doubt the group is very large.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jul 28, 2011)

I wonder if Olympus sells more super zooms or more EPL-3's? My money is on the super zooms.

3 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Aug 1, 2011)

Nope. If camera is a crap, it is a crap regardless of our needs.

0 upvotes
makofoto
By makofoto (Aug 2, 2011)

Ridiculous. From my pro background, the Casio EX-F1 isn't "up to specs," BUT it does very reasonable 360 frame per second video. This is fabulous for our auto racing purposes for studying suspension set-up. When used for that purpose it doesn't matter to us that the dynamic range is pretty poor.

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TJC66
By TJC66 (Apr 14, 2012)

mpgxvcd my money is on the E-PL1, 2 or 3. The E-PL1 is super affordable now and the picture quality you get from it is spectacular. You can get the E-PL1 with 2 lenses for about $200 more than the SP810-UZ and the video quality on the E-PL1 is better than most camcorders.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 28, 2011)

The acid test for all super zooms, in a group comparison, should be how clear or blurry the 100 meter distant ball player (or model) appears in a full zoom shot taken hand-held, at dusk or in a typical sports venue. Since the aperture is likely to be narrower than F5 at full zoom, the 1/2.3" sensor will have insufficient light, unless the shutter slows. Whether the stabilizer, or other tricks, enable one to get a tolerable shot, makes all the difference. Otherwise, one may as well have a smaller or cheaper model, or maybe just a cell phone, which also fits in a pocket.

At lesser 250mm equivalent zoom, more or less like that of a DSLR lens, the results should be presumably more or less the same as earlier compact zoom models.

Olympus has reverted to a CCD sensor with this model. Q CCD might eliminate rollling shutter in video. But how else might it affect performance?

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George E620
By George E620 (Jul 28, 2011)

For "Focus distance" you may want to correct:
Standard mode 0.3m (wide) / 2.9m (tele)
If it cannot focus at infiinity in standard mode I expect the sales will volume will be very small.

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N Shafkat Choudhury
By N Shafkat Choudhury (Jul 28, 2011)

How can this camera "boast the world's longest zoom in a compact camera"? To the best of my knowledge, Nikon Coolpix P500 also has a 36x optical zoom and it was launched quite a few months back!

4 upvotes
Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Jul 28, 2011)

Exactely!

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Almeida
By Almeida (Jul 28, 2011)

They phrased it wrong, what they wanted to say is that it has the biggest focal distance in a compact camera (864mm).

The P500 starts at 23mm so with 36x zoom doesn't go as far as the SP-810UZ.

4 upvotes
N Shafkat Choudhury
By N Shafkat Choudhury (Jul 28, 2011)

The focal range of Nikon Coolpix P500 is 22.5mm-810mm which delivers a 36x optical zoom. Does this focal length make Nikon P500 any worse than Olympus SP-810UZ in terms of zoom range? I expect a reply from dpreview.com.

0 upvotes
Almeida
By Almeida (Jul 28, 2011)

The article says "the world's longest optical zoom in a compact camera" and it really is.

They are not saying it has the biggest zoom ratio, but that it has the longest optical zoom.

6 upvotes
jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (Jul 28, 2011)

Dpreview.com did not say this camera made Nikon p500 worse. It just said 'longest zoom' which is true. If they had said "first 36x zoom ever" then that would have been wrong.

3 upvotes
RMillward
By RMillward (Jul 28, 2011)

Actually, DPreview.com didn't "say" anything at all - the above is a press release, presumably prepared by Olympus and/or an agency. DPreview is simply posting this so we can see it, so to be fair, any calls for validation of claims should be directed to the manufacturer, not this site.

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SamChua
By SamChua (Jul 29, 2011)

"They are not saying it has the biggest zoom ratio, but that it has the longest optical zoom."
Zoom Ratio is really just Zoom.

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Almeida
By Almeida (Jul 29, 2011)

Doesn't change anything, the phrase is still technically correct.

1 upvote
coastcontact
By coastcontact (Jul 28, 2011)

I am looking for a reason to upgrade. This camera appears to be a minimum effort to compete against other super zooms. Why did they bother? This camera doesn’t have the features of my three year old Panasonic FZ28. dpreview should not waste a moment on this monstrosity.

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sensibill
By sensibill (Jul 28, 2011)

Great zoom, but if there's no RAW option I have no interest. If you're going to go micro sensor to get the crop factor 'zoom' you need every advantage to image quality you can get, not processed JPEGs.

1 upvote
CoasterTim
By CoasterTim (Jul 28, 2011)

A mere 230,000 dot LCD which doesn't swivel and no EV. Yup, that'll be easy to work with. No temptation for me on this one.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jul 28, 2011)

NO RAW NO FREEDOM NO BUY :) (said the same thing about the FZ47, thought I'd be fair)

2 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Jul 28, 2011)

I've been in sales for many years now, and while I understand the criticism these cameras get, one must understand that dismissing a product that has a market is detrimental to business.
If the consumer is dumb enough to think that a bigger number means it's better, then that's their problem.
When asked, I will explain to customers about the sacrifices made to achieve such a product, and only once has someone said 'Oh... So they (marketing) are lying to us?'.
Sad really.

4 upvotes
Mapel
By Mapel (Jul 28, 2011)

Sadly true.... I'm in the sales too and customers are really disconcertings; in the shop we are used to say that it's easier to put it in their pocket than in their head...

1 upvote
RoyGBiv
By RoyGBiv (Jul 28, 2011)

That's the pergorative way to put it. Their interests & tolerance for image degradation when looking at a 14mp image could just be less stringent than others, so they're quite happy w/ the resulting mix of capabilities Certainly having stellar reach is something that speaks to the layperson strongly.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 28, 2011)

Most customers know, based on what Cousin Elmer told them, that the trick is to get the camera with the most megapixels, the longest zoom range, or maybe an auto upload to Facebook or YT. When in doubt, pick the most pixels / pennies. If the sales clerk makes their eyes cloud with arguments that conflict with Elmer, they'll complain to the manager (who probably thinks like Elmer) and go to another store.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jul 27, 2011)

It's not a compact, but it has massive zoom. Sadly no 1080p or gps. HX100v anyone?

3 upvotes
SRHEdD
By SRHEdD (Jul 27, 2011)

Why all so serious? I've been a working pro and university instructor for over 20 years. This camera would be GREAT to take to my 8-year old son's local football games! I'm not threatened by using a small camera, and the zoom would be great. I'm not shooting for SI, just for the grandparents can see him on fb. For its intended demographic it is ideal. I have better gear, and when necessary, I'll use it. This looks like a fun little camera! Oly traditionally makes great jpegs, right up this camera's alley. Better than most phone-cameras, so those who buy it will get better pics, and that's what it should all be about. Some of you sound like you're berating buyers for not waiting for the D4 instead.

6 upvotes
idbar
By idbar (Jul 28, 2011)

The dpreview crowd is tough, but I don't see why should they be pleased as they are not the target market.

I couldn't agree more with you. To me, compact cameras have one main goal: do something better than a cellphone camera. Either light conditions or zoom or features, if they don't beat a cell phone camera, people won't buy it. If the average person wants great pictures, they buy a higher end camera. For less than $400, cameras need to offer much more, so people that are fine with posting their "cellphone pictures" go ahead and buy it.

Then again, I may be wrong, but at this point I have my cellphone and a Panasonic DMC-FZ50. If I buy another camera, it needs to beat one of those (either portability and features or quality and handling).

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jul 28, 2011)

I am not berating camera users, I am berating camera companies for focusing on creating worse and worse cameras with better sounding specs.

2 upvotes
wisep01
By wisep01 (Jul 28, 2011)

with a max shutter speed of 1/850th a sec you'll be leaning pretty heavily on that in-body image stabilization. Good luck.

3 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Jul 28, 2011)

I think the question should be whether you'll get better pictures from this camera, or whether to implement headline grabbing features Olympus has had to compromise on picture quality so cameras with less ambitious zoom ranges will actually give better results.

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Gretagarbo
By Gretagarbo (Oct 17, 2011)

I agree. Most of these posters sound pretentious - pretending they know soooo much. Posting based on stats and a press release makes them sound so ignorant. There are many people with today's lifestyles who could use these features. Those who think not must not have a very active lifestyle.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Jul 27, 2011)

How much image quality did they have to sacrifice in order to get "the world's longest optical zoom in a compact camera"?

3 upvotes
SamChua
By SamChua (Jul 29, 2011)

All of it :D

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DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 16, 2011)

How do you know..?

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attomole
By attomole (Jul 27, 2011)

The issue I have with 4/3 is that its still quite a big camera when you stick a lens on it, i guess this shows the other end of the equation, what is possible if you use a small sensor. This is remarkable camera. good price to

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Carmel
By Carmel (Jul 27, 2011)

Please note that this is a very SMALL superzoom. Only 106 x 76 x 73.5mm and 143(?) gr. (The weight is probably higher). For example the Canon SX30 is 123 x 92 x 108 mm and 601 gr! Small size is a very tempting feature for long-distance travellers. I know.. A nice first to Olympus. Hopfuly others will follow.

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Parinita Salian
By Parinita Salian (Jul 27, 2011)

413g is the right weight. corrected the spec sheet.

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Augustin Man
By Augustin Man (Jul 28, 2011)

It isn' t a first: I'm owning an SP-800UZ for more than an year ago and I like it quite a lot. It seems however that the differences are not so important to upgrade...

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DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 16, 2011)

Small is better..?

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jul 27, 2011)

Small sensor cameras are great for super zoom lenses. That is what this camera is for. If you have the need to take REALLY long distance shots it will get those with a few compromises for not much money.

To get 800mm in m4/3s with auto focus you have to buy the $600 100-300mm. And then you still have to crop to get to 800mm.

These compact super zooms are actually quite good for shots of the moon. It costs many thousands of dollars to get moon shots with large sensor cameras.

If you want wide angle with large apertures then a small sensor camera should not be your first choice. If they must put a small sensor in the camera then it should have a longer focal length just by nature of the crop factor.

4 upvotes
Augustin Man
By Augustin Man (Jul 28, 2011)

Quite right: I tried to shoot the Moon with my SP-800UZ. It's here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/106913078899624028286/Moon

Thank you for watching.

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sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (Jul 27, 2011)

$330 for this is really not bad.

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cameramen
By cameramen (Jul 27, 2011)

Isn't a mistake in the weight at 143g?

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Parinita Salian
By Parinita Salian (Jul 27, 2011)

Yes that was a mistake. The correct weight is 413g. I have rectified it in the spec sheet. Thanks for spotting it!

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Barry Nelson
By Barry Nelson (Jul 27, 2011)

But we still have no eye-level level viewfinder...LCD or optical? Rear only LCDs just don't cut it with me,especially on bright sunny days

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DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 16, 2011)

Thats a real shame..!

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Dirty Harry44
By Dirty Harry44 (Jul 27, 2011)

Too many MPs, and 36x zoom with no VF, what a disaster.

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Corpy2
By Corpy2 (Jul 27, 2011)

Quite correct. How many times must a camera engineer look up, before he sees the sky? How many generations of P&S superzooms must pass, before one engineer realizes that a viewfinder is a MUST for such a camera, because when the person puts the camera to his eye he is doing a great deal of stabilization to the image. How stupid is it to hold a camera with 36x with hands outstretched and looking at the LCD screen. That's the LEAST stabilized position, and unless they've built in IS from the year 2030, and its bright sunlight, the image WILL be blurry.

Morons.

Morons. Sheer morons.

2 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 28, 2011)

How many $325 compact cameras have an EVF that is clear enough to be of any use anyway? The few that do are too low res. A small OVF without zoom would be useless too. A $425 model with a better EVF would still not be DSLR grade, weigh too much, and be outsold by cheaper competitors with no EVF.

0 upvotes
spoorthy
By spoorthy (Jul 29, 2011)

I think if you have 36x you at least need some evf. even if it is cruddy

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eyalg
By eyalg (Jul 27, 2011)

Like we didn't have enough of the megapixel race,
which is still going on in spite of the criticism,
now we have a super zoom race, with x36 being the new standard to follow.

-eyalg

2 upvotes
allenrob108
By allenrob108 (Jul 27, 2011)

Here's what's going to happen. People are going to zoom this thing out and say,"Gosh the pictures are so soft." Anything with a long zoom is going to need to be used on a tripod. No type of IS system will stop movement when a lens is zoomed out that far. Bank on those comments and reactions.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jul 27, 2011)

Unless people are diligent in keeping shutter speeds above 1/1000, I agree. And that seems challenging with an f5.7 aperture and no buttons or TV mode to make shutter speed changes.

Not to mention the optical compromises that must have occurred to fit a gargantuan zoom range in a tiny body for a tiny price.

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George E620
By George E620 (Jul 28, 2011)

Even more so as the max shutter speed is listed as 1/850 and with this very high density and small sensor you probably have not real ability to push to ISO. I know my old SP-510-UZ was so noticeably worse at ISO 200 that I didn't ever use it. ( Listing the flash capabilities at ISO 800, as above, is clearly wishful marketing.)

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jul 27, 2011)

And where are the filter threads??

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jul 27, 2011)

Much rather have wider than longer. And would gladly sacrifice some zoom range for speed.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jul 27, 2011)

These superzoom cameras keep getting longer and longer zooms that produce softer and softer images. And what happened to any buttons on the camera for control?

1 upvote
steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jul 27, 2011)

"Pet Detection" is all well and good - but will it shoot RAW?

1 upvote
DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 16, 2011)

I dont have pets, to be true I hate pets.
It shoots raws and it shoots also dogs and cats?

0 upvotes
proto23
By proto23 (Jul 27, 2011)

The top view in the additional images shows a zoom range of 4.9mm to 147.0mm and an aperture range of f/2.8-5.6 instead of 4.3mm to 154.8mm and f/2.9-5.7 as in the release. I'm guessing the image was of a mockup or a prototype?

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jul 27, 2011)

Looks like a very good and compact super zoom.

1 upvote
spoorthy
By spoorthy (Jul 27, 2011)

This is the worst superzoom I have ever seen

3 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jul 28, 2011)

I'm more interested in Nikon's P500's offering with it's 22.5mm wide setting and 1080p video, but if this has much better IQ it could make a difference.

0 upvotes
MrClick
By MrClick (Jul 28, 2011)

Is that an error with the stated max shutter speed? Isn't 1/850 a bit weird/slow to have as a max speed? Should have been 1/1500 or 1/2000 at the least. Or is there an inbuilt ND filter perhaps?

0 upvotes
tadeobiologo
By tadeobiologo (Jul 30, 2011)

reading the comments thread is usually interesting but here seems to be the case of lots of people arguing about which camera takes the best pictures based solely on price or specifications.
after all, cameras capture the picture, but photographers see the moment they want to catch!
i think it is the perfect camera if it lets you take the pictures you want

0 upvotes
makofoto
By makofoto (Aug 2, 2011)

For those comparing the Nikon's 810 mm and this cameras 864 mm, the difference in angle of view would be very small (about 0.14 degrees on the horizontal side at 100'), but on the wide end the Nikon would be appreciably wider.

0 upvotes
rjoyon
By rjoyon (Aug 9, 2011)

As usaual, the most important is the optical quality glass in front of the camera...

0 upvotes
DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 16, 2011)

Agree rjoyon..!

0 upvotes
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