Olympus SP-570 UZ Review

Olympus SP-570 UltraZoom

Review posted 6/18/2008

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Olympus' new powerful and versatile SP-570 Ultra Zoom digital compact camera stands out from the crowd with an astounding precision-
crafted 20x, wide-angle optical zoom (26-520mm equivalent) and 10 million pixels of resolution for superior image quality in any
shooting situation.

The SP-570 UZ offers the advanced manual controls that experienced photographers demand (like those found on digital SLRs), including a
new zoom ring, hot shoe for external flash units, and RAW format capture. At the same time, users can easily set the camera to operate
like a simple point-and-shoot with automatic scene modes. Beyond its impressive lens and pixel count, the SP-570 UZ delivers other key
innovations, including:

  • Dual Image Stabilization combines the benefits of Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization to compensate for both camera shake and moving subjects, ensuring beautiful, blur-free images in any situation;
  • Face Detection continually tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses, and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures even if your subject is moving;
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology enables users to preview and capture images as the human eye sees them, compensating for difficult lighting situations and maintaining detail in highlights while improving the detail in the shadows to produce more balanced photos;
  • Perfect Shot Preview takes the guesswork out of great photography by allowing users to preview and select various photographic effects live on the LCD screen, before snapping the shot; and
  • Large 2.7-Inch HyperCrystal™ LCD with anti-glare technology improves visibility in bright sunlight and provides a wider viewing angle (176 degrees in every direction) for easier composition and viewing of images during playback.

Precision optics is fundamental for producing quality images, and the SP-570 UZ comes fully equipped with the equivalent of three lenses
in one complete camera. The bright, f2.8-4.5 lens provides the equivalent of 26-520mm focal length with 100x total seamless zoom (5x
digital zoom). Users can get close to the action with the camera's versatile yet compact 20x super telephoto zoom and at the same time,
the wide-angle (26mm) lens captures more in each frame. Its super-macro capabilities capture the subtlest details from as close as one

The compact lens construction combines high-refractive, aspherical and extra-dispersion (ED) lens elements to deliver edge-to-edge
sharpness and clarity. Whether it is capturing fast-action sports or for everyday use, this sturdy compact body with a wide-angle and
telephoto lens provides the versatility to get the job done.

Face Detection tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE)
quickly for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Now, your subject's face is in focus whether it is in the center of the target area or

The SP-570 UZ is capable of capturing images at an incredible 13.5 frames per second (with a reduced image size of 3 megapixels). The
inclusion of Pre-Capture technology, which works in conjunction with High-Speed Sequential Shooting, enables users to capture the action
before and after fully pressing the shutter button. Pre-Capture begins working as soon as the focus is locked, automatically archiving
five frames in the camera's buffer memory prior to the shutter release - virtually guaranteeing that none of the action will be missed
even if the user's reaction time is slow. Perfect for situations where timing is essential, such as photographing a tennis player
serving, children playing or a whale breaching.

Olympus' enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver
superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures
sharp images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.

The included OLYMPUS Master 2 software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes
downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are easily organized by folders or albums and searchable by date in Calendar
view. Also, with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or e-mailing. Online
support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee™ Theater Pack to
create professional quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates.

SP-570 UltraZoom Features:

  • 10-Megapixel CCD imager for up to 3,648 × 2,736 pixel images
  • 20x wide angle zoom (26 - 520mm) with Dual Image Stabilization
  • JPEG and uncompressed RAW image formats
  • TruePic III Image Processor
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • Accurate AutoFocus system with Face Detection mode
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Hi-res 2.7" HyperCrystal LCD with realtime histogram and 5 step brightness adjustment
  • 31 shooting modes including Auto, Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual and creative scene modes for beginners
  • 13.5fps High-Speed Sequential Shooting (3MP mode only)
  • AVI format movie mode w/sound 640×480 or 320×240 at 15 or 30 fps
  • Digital ESP, Spot, Center-weighted and Face Detection AE metering options
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: iESP2 Auto, 6 presets, custom WB
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/2000 second (Bulb up to 8 minutes)
  • Noise reduction for shutter speeds of 1/2 sec. or longer
  • Selectable ISO settings from 64 to 6400 (3200/6400 @ 5MP only)
  • Perfect Fix In-Camera Editing
  • Hot shoe for External Flashes
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Powered by 4 standard AA type batteries
  • USB Direct-print with any PictBridge compatible printer
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac
  • 45MB of built-in memory plus optional xD-Picture Card media slot (up to 2GB)

The Olympus SP-570 UZ camera kit includes:

  • - SP-570 UZ digital camera
  • - USB cable
  • - Audio/Video cable
  • - Manual
  • - Neck strap
  • - Lens Cap and Lens Cap String
  • - AA Batteries (4)
  • - OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM
  • - Warranty card

The SP-570 UZ is available now with an MSRP of US$499.

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The SP-570 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Olympus SP-570 UltraZoom

10-megapixel Ultra-zooms for 2008, the 18x Nikon Coolpix P80 and 20x SP-570 Ultra Zoom.

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SP-570 UZ Specifications

Imager 10.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.33" CCD (1.1cm)
Lens 4.60 - 92.0 mm (26 - 520 mm equivalent in 35mm photography),
14 Lenses in 11 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses, 2 ED Lenses
Zoom 20x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 100x)
Aperture Wide: F2.8-F8.0; Tele: F4.5-F8.0
LCD 2.7" (6.9cm) HyperCrystal™ LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels
5 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Viewfinder Electronic View Finder with Dioptric Correction
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal mode: Wide: 3.9" - infinity (0.1m - infinity), Tele: 47.2" - infinity (1.2m - infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: 3.9" - infinity (0.1m - infinity), Tele: 47.2" - infinity (1.2m - infinity)
Super Macro mode: 0.4" - infinity (1cm - infinity)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Full-Time AF, Selective AF Target, AF Lock, Predictive AF, Manual
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/2000 sec. -1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
Manual: 1/2000 sec. - 15 sec.

Bulb: up to 8 min."
ISO (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, High Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance iESP 2 Auto, One-Touch, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents), White Balance Compensation
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Recording Modes Still Image: JPEG, RAW
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 10MP (3,648 × 2,736)
5MP (2,560 × 1,920)
3MP (2,048 × 1,536)

2MP (1,600 × 1,200)

1MP (1,280 × 960)

VGA (640 × 480)

16:9 (1,920 × 1,080)
Shooting Modes 31 Shooting Modes;
Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Mode, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT, 4. SPORT, 5. NIGHT SCENE, 6. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT, 11. SUNSET, 12. FIREWORKS, 13. MULTI-FIREWORK, 14. CUISINE, 15. BEHIND GLASS, 16. DOCUMENTS, 17.AUCTION, 18.SHOOT & SELECT1, 19. SHOOT & SELECT2, 20. SMILE SHOT, 21. BEACH, 22.SNOW, 23. QUICK SHUTTER), Movie
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Sequential Shooting High-speed2: 13.5 frames per second, 30 frames (3MP)
High-speed1: 7.2 frames per second, 30 frames (5MP)

Normal speed: 1.2 frames per second, 7 frames (10MP)

Bracketing: Exposure Bracketing, 5 Frames

Interval Shooting
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist, AF Lock, AE Lock, Voice Recording
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound;
640×480 (30/15fps)
320×240 (30/15fps)

Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, My Favorites

Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame

Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Resize, Rotation, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, Calendar, Layout, Expression Edit, Face Focus, RAW Edit, Cropping

Movie: Frame Index, Movie Edit, Still Image Cropping

Flash Built-in, External Flash, Wireless Flash
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction


Fill-in + Red-Eye Reduction

Slow Synchro1

Slow1 + Red-Eye Reduction

Slow Synchro 2

Flash Working Range Wide: 0.98ft (0.3m) - 21ft (6.4m) at ISO 400
Tele: 3.9ft (1.2m) - 13.1ft. (4m) at ISO 400
Self-timer 12 Seconds
Memory 45 MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB)
Outer Connectors USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input
Auto-connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 98 (driver required), Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows Vista with USB port; Mac OS 9.0-9.2x, OS X with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows Vista; Mac OS X v10.3 ("Panther") or later
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30% - 90% humidity
Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10% - 90% humidity
Power Supply 4 AA Batteries, optional AC Adapter (C-7AU)
Battery Life Approximately 390 shots with 4 AA batteries (based on CIPA battery life measurement standards)
Size 4.7"W x 3.3"H x 3.4"D (118mm x 84mm x 87.5mm)
Weight 15.7oz (445g) without batteries and memory card

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