Olympus SP-565 UZ Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The SP-565 features a very powerful 20x optical zoom lens which covers a 35mm equivalent range of 26 - 520mm. The Maximum aperture rage is F2.8 - F4.5, and is comprised of 14 lenses in 11 groups with 4 aspherical lenses and 2 ED (extra-dispersion) lenses. It offers tremendous shooting versatility for travel, sports and day-to-day use.
Dual Image Stabilization combines the benefits of mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization to ensure beautiful, blur-free images in any situation and at lower shutter speeds than non-stabilized lens cameras.
Equipped with a low-light AF-assist lamp, the CCD contrast detection autofocus system has selectable iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Full-Time AF, Selective AF Target, AF Lock, Predictive AF, and Manual target modes and a working range of:
The optional CLA-10 (55mm) Conversion Lens Adapter Tube enables the attachment of add-on wide angle or telephoto conversion lenses. Compatible accessory lenses include the TCON-17 1.7x telephoto conversion lens. The CLA-10 adapter is not to be used with filters.
The manual pop-up speedlight has modes for Auto (for low light and back lit conditions), Red- eye Reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in + red eye, Slow Synchro 1&2, Slow Synchro + Red-Eye Reduction and Off. The working flash range is 0.98ft (0.3m) - 21ft (6.4m) Wide, 3.9ft (1.2m) - 13.1ft. (4m) Telephoto, using ISO 400.
The SP-565 employs a color electronic viewfinder (EVF) as the eye-level viewfinder. The EVF can display the same data as the large LCD, with the exception of the Main menu (shown on the LCD only.) Simply press the MONITOR button to toggle the active display. This unit does offer a dioptric adjustment.
Controls on the back: At the top center is the MONITOR button, which toggles the display between EVF and LCD. Next is the Custom button, in playback it serves as the burst mode sequence display. Mounted around the 4-way selector is the Menu, Playback, Display (Guide), and Shadow Adjustment (erase in playback) buttons. DISP./GUIDE button toggles the overlay information on the EVF/LCD image and enables the histogram. When viewing menu screens, select a menu item and press it to display an explanation of the item's intended function. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the main menu options. The 4-way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. The OK/FUNCtion button accepts menu selections and calls up the FUNCtion shortcut menu. Pressing the 4-way controller 'Up' toggles exposure compensation, 'Right' selects the flash mode, 'Down' enters self-timer mode, and 'Left' enables Macro focus.
Grip controls: Top is the Shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it, and the Power button underneath. The Mode Dial has positions for: AUTO, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual, MyMODE, SCeNe, Guide, Movie and Playback.
On the side are the I/O ports. The top is the DC IN for an external power supply, while the lower port handles both the A/V output, video is NTSC or PAL, audio is monaural and the USB 2.0 (high-speed) data. The SP-565 is Pictbridge compatible and may be connected directly to any Pictbridge enabled photo printer without the need of a computer.
The SP-565 stores its data on ~48MB of built-in memory or on optional xD-Picture Cards. This model is also compatible with microSD cards, however the MASD-1 adapter is required.
Approx. Still Image Capacity
Approx. Movie Capacity
The SP-565 is powered by four standard AA batteries, alkaline, or NiMH type cells. Olympus claims you can capture up to 410 shots using Alkaline cells or up to 590 shots when using a set of 2500mAh NiMH cells. We recommend using high-capacity NiMH cells, they last much longer, and will save you money in the long run.
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