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
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, SP-590 UZ unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
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.
You can connect SP-590 UZ to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
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.
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.
No Significant Advantages
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Jan 07, 2009|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||116 x 84 x 81 mm|
|Storage Type||xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal|