Olympus SP-565UZ Review

Overall 41
Imaging 13
Features 24
Size 74
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 @ 30 fps/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps/15 fps
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 116 x 84 x 81 mm
  • Weight: 413 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus SP-565UZ Summary

This review is devoted to SP-565UZ that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 15, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #114 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #833 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus SP-565UZ Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SP-565UZ review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 64
  • Number Of Focus Points: 143
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 68
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus SP-565UZ With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus SP-565UZ. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus SP-565UZ

Olympus SP-565UZ has the following external dimensions 116 x 116 x 81 mm (45.67 x 33.07 x 31.89″) with the weight of 413 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus SP-565UZ, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus SP-565UZ is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 81mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus SP-565UZ with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus SP-565UZ is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus SP-565UZ compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus SP-565UZ — 81 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus SP-565UZ — 413 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus SP-565UZ comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus SP-565UZ comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus SP-565UZ Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus SP-565UZ boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus SP-565UZ has the following ISO range 64 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus SP-565UZ features a 10.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Olympus SP-565UZ, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 30 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Olympus SP-565UZ’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus SP-565UZ is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Olympus SP-565UZ with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus SP-565UZ

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-565UZ is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus SP-565UZ are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, SP-565UZ comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

SP-565UZ features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SP-565UZ, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files.

Olympus SP-565UZ is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect SP-565UZ to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Olympus SP-565UZ for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SP-565UZ’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SP-565UZ’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SP-565UZ to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus SP-565UZ for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-565UZ performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 22. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-565UZ can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus SP-565UZ for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-565UZ performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-565UZ can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (116 x 84 x 81 mm)
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus SP-565UZ for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-565UZ performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-565UZ can be called a 79 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big Number of autofocus Points (143)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (68)

Olympus SP-565UZ for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-565UZ performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-565UZ can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (413 g)
  • Big size (116 x 84 x 81 mm)

Olympus SP-565UZ for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-565UZ performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-565UZ can be called a 38 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.1)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (68)

Olympus SP-565UZ Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model SP-565UZ
Announced Jan 15, 2009
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 1 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.4
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 30
DxO Color Depth 18.7
DxO Dynamic Range 10.1
DxO Low Light ISO 68
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 64
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 143
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 @ 30 fps/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps/15 fps
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 413 g
Physical Dimensions 116 x 84 x 81 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model 4 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type xD Picture Card, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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