Features & Controls

The SP-590 UZ features a very powerful 26x optical wide-angle zoom lens covering a 35mm equavalent zoom range of 26 - 676mm. The Maximum aperture rage is F2.8 - F8.0, and is comprised of 14 lenses in 11 groups with 4 aspherical lenses and 3 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:

  • Normal/Macro: Wide 3.9' - infinity (0.1m - infinity), Telephoto 66.9' - infinity (1.7m - infinity)
  • Super Macro mode: 0.39' - infinity (0.01m - infinity)

The optional CLA-11 is a Lens Adapter Tube that enables the attachment of add-on wide angle or telephoto conversion lenses. The CLA-11 adapter is not to be used with filters. Compatible accessory lenses include the TCON-17 1.7x telephoto conversion lens.


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) - 29ft (9m) Wide, 5.6ft (1.7m) - 16.4ft. (5m) Telephoto, using ISO 800.


The SP-590 UZ uses 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.


The high resolution 2.7-inch color LCD has 230,000 pixels and can be used for preview, review and accessing the camera's menu system. The LCD or EVF can display a real-time histogram when desired.

Controls on the back: At the top over the corner of the LCD 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 and Playback buttons on top and the Display (Guide), and Shadow Adjustment (erase in playback) buttons underneath. 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, Beauty, Movie and Playback.


On the side are 3 ports. The top is the multi-connector port for hook-up to AV connections (Audio is monaural), Pictbridge enabled printers, and computers (with USB 2.0 high-speed). In the center is the connection for the DC "IN" for an external power supply. And at the bottom is an HDMI mini connector for connection to a television.


The SP-590 UZ stores its data on ~22MB 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-590 UZ is powered by four standard AA batteries, alkaline, or NiMH type cells. Olympus claims a battery life of up to 340 shots. We recommend using high-capacity NiMH cells, they last much longer, and will save you money in the long run.

Check out our Rechargeable Battery Page for info and prices on various brands of NiMH AA cells and chargers.

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