Olympus SP-600UZ Review

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Review posted 1/07/2011

Quick Take
Pros
  • Good image quality and performance
  • 15x optical zoom is very versatile
  • Sensor shift image sensor assists with handheld images
  • Dedicated video record button works in all shooting modes
  • 1GB internal memory
  • Powerful pop-up flash
  • 340 images with alkaline batteries
  • Slightly better performance than SP-800 UZ
Cons
  • Above average noise at settings above ISO 400
  • The camera chooses higher ISO settings when using the telephoto end of the zoom, which can cause unwanted noise in photos
  • Mono microphone
  • No audio input for HD video recording
Bottom Line
The SP-600 UZ is an affordable and very versatile super-zoom digicam. While its performance and image quality have a little room for improvement, they are good for this price range. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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The Olympus SP-600 UZ is a very compact camera for its class. Featuring a 15x optical zoom lens, 12-Megapixel imaging sensor and 720p HD video capture, it provides all of the great features of a much more expensive camera in an affordable package. With a very simple design and easy to use menus and features, anyone in the family can pick up this camera and start shooting.

The 15x optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent range of 28-420mm, giving you a great wide end along with enormous telephoto reach without having to change lenses or add adapters. With a maximum aperture of F3.5 on the wide end, it also handles low-light situations fairly well without using the flash. To help with this large zoom, Olympus has included a dual image stabilization system that combines Sensor-Shift optical stabilization with and digital image stabilization to reduce camera shake and allow you to capture a clear, crisp handheld images


Olympus SP-600UZ Features:
  • 12-megapixel, 1/2.3" CCD imaging sensor
  • TruePic III Image Processor
  • 15x wide optical zoom lens
  • 35mm equivalent of 28-420mm
  • F3.5-F5.4
  • 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen
  • Dual Image Stabilization: Sensor-Shift and Digital
  • 720p HD video capture
  • Intelligent Auto shooting mode
  • Face Detection
  • In-Camera Panorama
  • AF Tracking
  • Shadow Adjustment
  • Perfect Shot Preview
  • 1GB internal memory
  • Pop-up Flash
  • SD/SDHC Compatible
  • 4 AA-type batteries
  • USB 2.0
The Olympus SP-600UZ is available now with a MSRP of US $249.99.

What's In the Box?:
  • SP-600UZ Camera
  • USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable
  • (4) AA Batteries
  • Strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Manual and ib Software on Internal Memory
  • Warranty Card

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