Olympus SP-560UZ Test Results

See how the Olympus SP-560UZ fared in our 18x superzoom shootout, with certified test results from the PopPhoto Lab and image quality shots.

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WHAT'S HOT
• RAW capture
• Guide Mode helps beginners nail difficult shots
• High shot-count, hi-speed, lo-rez bursts with animated playback
• "Perfect Fix" allows for easy in-camera corrections
• 5 shot AEB sequence at up to +/-1

WHAT'S NOT
• RAW capture is slow, and RAW utility is lacking
• JPEG image processing is slow
• Playback is slow
• Mediocre DxO 2.0 lens distortion tests at all tested focal lengths, from true wide angle to supertelephoto.

IMAGE QUALITY COMPARISON GALLERIES
• Olympus SP-560UZ
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
• Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

IN THE BOX
• SP-560 UZ digital camera
• (4) AA batteries
• USB cable
• AV cable
• Manual
• Lens cap and string
• Strap and strap rings
• Warranty card

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Olympus SP-560UZISO 50 Program Exposure, Evaluative metering: Like both the other cameras, the Olympus SP-560UZ tended towards a slight overexposure on this scene, with a touch of clipped highlights, but overall great detail throughout the tonal range.Photo By Jack Howard
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Olympus SP-560UZThese actual pixel views at ISO 50 show the Olympus SP-560UZ's Extremely High Resolution, Low Noise, and Excellent color balance.Photo By Jack Howard
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Olympus-SP-560UZ-Image-quality-suffers-at-ISO-160

Olympus SP-560UZImage quality suffers at ISO 1600 with the Olympus SP-560UZ. Our advice is to keep this camera (and the others, too) at ISO 800 and lower for best image quality.Photo By Jack Howard