Olympus SP-550 UZ

Announced Jan 25, 2007 •
7 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 504 mm (18×)
boriszulj
 
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This camera is mixed bag. I needed smaller camera than my DSLR gear, but with full manual control, decent image quality and versatile lens. On paper this camera is ideal, but owner must put all his knowledge to achieve perfect result. This is not camera for beginners and shooting in auto or P mode. Images right out of camera looks little soft, and PP sharpening is "must do". Considering DSLR images needs PP, this was something I used to and it wasn't problem for me. IS is not so much ...

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Pynch
 
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Bought this sometime last year. Compared to other super zoom that I have used, the Olympus is light, very well constructed and versatile. Pros: long 18x zoom, smooth zoom action, fully featured, light and easy to carry around, low light performance is acceptable, 28mm wide angle is useful, good LCD screen. Areas that could be better: start-up time is a little slow, had difficultly in focusing in low light at long end of the zoom, manual focusing not easy, no filter thread. Problems: None.

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dvpierce
 
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I bought this camera to replace a 4.1 mp C-750. I needed something relatively inexpensive to take on a trip to Europe, and I wanted it to use standard AA batteries. I did not want to take my DSLR, so this was the best option for me. This camera takes great photos in normal to average settings. I am also surprised at how well it performed at high ISO levels. I used it to take photos of a High School Chorus performing in several Abbeys and Cathedrals around Europe. In many cases I had to ...

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JAGANS123
 
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UPGRADED FROM C 770 UZ TO SP 550 UZ. TONNES OF FEATURE WHEN COMPARED. ALWAYS USED TO SHOOT WITH FINE ZOOM ON. CRYSTAL CLEAR DETAILS. RECOMMENED TO MANY.THINKING ABOUT THE ANNOUNCED SP 570 UZ Problems: NONE SO FAR

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netspec
 
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This is my first P&S digital and I can't find any fault with it! Of course, I used the AUTO setting exclusively in the beginning but I get my best pictures in the P mode.

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SgtUSMC
 
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More Bang for a Buck For what i use it for (day to day use) small light. Problems: No Problems But remember its not a SLR you get what you pay for nothing more :)

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First, let me explain that I have been an amateur photographer for the past 40 years. I have used a lot of different cameras and this is my 3rd digital. I also want to note that I bought this camera at Sam’s club about 1 month after it first release and have now, 6 months later, shot more than 2K photos with it. I like the camera very much. It has performed flawlessly. The software that came w/ the camera works fine. It’s durable and feels solid in my hand. I used/played with all of the ...

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Steve Fink
 
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Overall, I like this camera! This is my 9th digital camera and 5th different manufacturer, including 3 Canon DSLR cameras. As expected from a camera in this class, noise is high and shooting speed is slow. Small sensor camera's have noise, they all do. Processing will never match a DSLR for a P&S camera, I realize that. I found a significant image quality issue with my SP-550. When I shoot RAW, I can get outstanding detail from the Olympus Master 2 software but not any other software I ...

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achanth
 
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Just attended the sp550 training with Olympus in Singapore. While the instruction could be improved, these are a few things I learned; i) Use the P mode, as you get more flexibility and control what you want to do. if you do not know how, instructor says to use auto. ii)Auto mode has some problems with high zoom, because the focus iESP, i.e. intelligent focusing, which does create problems. Using P mode, and using AF (autofocus) and spot focusing, you can get pretty good images, by changing ...

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ArviK
 
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Good camera overall Love the zoom and image quality. Good colors. Camera takes few days to learn and to set up the "my menus" But when you get the hang of it you can take pictures as good as a pro. Focusing is the biggest problem for this camera... but in low light focus assist helps a bit... Cool time lapse feature :) I use tripod most of the time. This camera is worth the money and effort I'm also planning to buy extra tele-lens and converter which makes the zoom 30x Problems: Focusing - ...

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