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Olympus SP-570 UZ - Test shots - Detail and lens performance

By Jamie Harrison



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality.


The wide angle end of the lens shows pretty obvious barrel distortion.


This is the widest setting, notice the curvature of the horizon (and the over exposure).


This is at the longest setting of 520mm. It's difficult to get sharp hand-held images at this length.


Another image at 520mm


This 100% crop of the above image shows the chromatic aberration.


Fred Bargate

July 31, 2008, 12:02 pm

I have been using this camera with an Olympus 1.7 teleconverter since early April and I am pleased with the results.

Having previously owned an Olypus C2100UZ I personally prefer it's zoom control which allows singlehandaed operation to the zoom ring on the SP570.

Jamie Harrison

August 4, 2008, 3:57 pm

Thanks Beowulff. The zoom still uses electronic stepping and I agree it isn't as responsive as a mechanical optical zoom but I personally found it more accurate and easier to operate than a zoom rocker switch. Horses for courses and all that :-)


September 27, 2008, 6:00 pm

I thank both gentlemn before me for their valued feedbacks as I'm currently in search for a DSLR but in as compact as ever form, size and yet durable with excellent caption. I'm now seriously reviewing both your assessments and opinions and what I found most interesting on this Olympus is the 20x zoom range and would not bother much on the performance of the ring as you both emphatically tried to stress on... I'm going for this after all after reviewing the G9 from Canon, the LX3 from Lumix, the EOS 450 and the D90 from Nikon. Yes, there's the price and level to category factor which I am subjected to and yet, both your feedbacks unscored the key elements in deciding my eventual choice for this SP-570 UZ..


November 19, 2008, 1:02 am

I have considered this camera and have decided my Canon S5IS will not be replaced any time soon. Although featuring an amazing 20xlens, the Olympus does not seem to perform anywhere near as good as my S5, which incidently, has many features that other DSLR's can only dream of. I still like Olympus a lot though for being so brave and pioneering! my old 35mm Olympus compact still gives me great images, but for me, the S5IS is still the best value compact DSLR on the market.

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