Olympus SP-590 UZ Review

Overall 37
Imaging 7
Features 28
Size 74
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 116 x 84 x 81 mm
  • Weight: 413 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Olympus SP-570 UZ.
  • Replaced by Olympus SP-600 UZ. Compare

Olympus SP-590 UZ Summary

This review is devoted to SP-590 UZ that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 07, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Olympus developed this model to replace their older product SP-570 UZ and, after some time, Olympus has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one SP-570 UZ. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these link:
Olympus SP-590 UZ vs. SP-600 UZ

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #207 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1101 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus SP-590 UZ Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SP-590 UZ 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
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 6.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus SP-590 UZ 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-590 UZ. 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-590 UZ

Olympus SP-590 UZ 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-590 UZ, 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-590 UZ 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-590 UZ 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-590 UZ 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-590 UZ compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus SP-590 UZ — 81 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus SP-590 UZ — 413 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus SP-590 UZ 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-590 UZ 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-590 UZ Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus SP-590 UZ boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus SP-590 UZ has the following ISO range 64 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SP-590 UZ. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus SP-590 UZ features a 12.0 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus SP-590 UZ 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-590 UZ with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus SP-590 UZ

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-590 UZ is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" 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-590 UZ are its 6.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, SP-590 UZ 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

Unlike some other cameras from this category, SP-590 UZ unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SP-590 UZ, 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. Namely, Olympus SP-590 UZ allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Olympus SP-590 UZ 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-590 UZ to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Olympus SP-590 UZ for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SP-590 UZ’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SP-590 UZ’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SP-590 UZ to the average SuperZoom camera.

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

Olympus SP-590 UZ for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-590 UZ performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-590 UZ 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:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Olympus SP-590 UZ for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-590 UZ performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-590 UZ can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (116 x 84 x 81 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus SP-590 UZ for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-590 UZ performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-590 UZ can be called a 80 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus SP-590 UZ for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-590 UZ performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-590 UZ 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-590 UZ for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-590 UZ performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-590 UZ can be called a 55 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:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus SP-590 UZ Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model SP-590 UZ
Announced Jan 07, 2009
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
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 2.7″
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 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 8
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3968 x 2976
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 64
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
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 n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
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 n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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