Olympus SP-560UZ Review
Considering its extreme zoom range, the SP-560UZ is a pretty compact camera. It's also a fairly pretty compact camera, with a smooth, understated appearance. The rather retro, convincingly metallicized mode dial gives off really nice 'camera' (rather than consumer electronics), vibes. It's just a pity that the surrounding buttons and levers don't continue the aesthetic. Olympus should also be commended for the excellent choice of materials employed on the SP-560UZ - the faux-magnesium alloy finish and use of thick plastics and weighty chunks of rubber make the camera feel much better built than its competitors. Whether this translates into real-world durability isn't really something we can sensibly test but it does make the camera feel a bit special.
In your hand
The SP-560UZ is a very comfortable camera to hold. The front of the body has been molded into a smooth rubber grip. Although it isn't as bulky or prominent as a grip on an SLR, it fits very comfortably in the hand and the prominent thumb support on the back of the camera encourages a good grasp on the body.
As we already pointed out in our review of the FujiFilm S8000fd, the the lens in the Olympus and the Fuji are remarkably similar. Specification-wise, they both cover the range from 4.7 to 84.2mm with a maximum aperture that falls from f/2.8 to 4.5 across the zoom range.