Olympus SP-550 UZ review

Started Mar 4, 2009 | User reviews thread
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boriszulj Senior Member • Posts: 2,202
Olympus SP-550 UZ review

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 effective. One, sometimes two stops. It looks like CCD shift system is inferior to optic IS system.
Camera is loaded with lots of options including RAW and pixel mapping. Battery life is excellent.


Flash recycle time is too long.
Raw writing endless.
Focus errors. Camera shows that is in focus, but really it isn't. This is my biggest complaint.
Noise over ISO 200, but this is usual for this sensor size with all brands.

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Olympus SP-550 UZ
7 megapixels • 2.5 screen • 28 – 504 mm (18×)
Announced: Jan 25, 2007
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