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.
- Fujifilm X-T223.6%
- Nikon D50025.4%
- Nikon AF-S 105mm F1.4E8.2%
- Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F47.5%
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G857.2%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art6.7%
- Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art5.1%
- Sony a63006.4%
- Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III3.7%
- Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V6.3%
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