Olympus SP-800 UZ Review

Overall 36
Imaging 7
Features 22
Size 73
Price 100

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Expands to 1000)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 110 x 90 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 455 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Olympus SP-810 UZ. Compare

Olympus SP-800 UZ Summary

This review is devoted to SP-800 UZ that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Feb 02, 2010. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Olympus has replaced this product with their most recent model SP-810 UZ. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Olympus SP-800 UZ vs. SP-810 UZ

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #220 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1119 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus SP-800 UZ Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SP-800 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
  • Number Of Focus Points: 143
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

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Complete Comparison of Olympus SP-800 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-800 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-800 UZ

Olympus SP-800 UZ has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 91 mm (43.31 x 35.43 x 35.83″) with the weight of 455 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-800 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-800 UZ is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 91mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus SP-800 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-800 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-800 UZ compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus SP-800 UZ — 91 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus SP-800 UZ — 455 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus SP-800 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-800 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-800 UZ Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus SP-800 UZ comes with TruePic III processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus SP-800 UZ has the following ISO range 64 - 3200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 1000.

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SP-800 UZ. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact 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-800 UZ features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" 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-800 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 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus SP-800 UZ with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus SP-800 UZ

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-800 UZ is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

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

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus SP-800 UZ are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, SP-800 UZ unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SP-800 UZ, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus SP-800 UZ allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Olympus SP-800 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-800 UZ to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Olympus SP-800 UZ for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SP-800 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-800 UZ’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SP-800 UZ to the average SuperZoom camera.

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

Olympus SP-800 UZ for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-800 UZ performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 19. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-800 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:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SP-800 UZ for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-800 UZ performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-800 UZ can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (110 x 90 x 91 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SP-800 UZ for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-800 UZ performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-800 UZ can be called a 70 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big Number of autofocus Points (143)
  • Big size (110 x 90 x 91 mm)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Olympus SP-800 UZ for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-800 UZ performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-800 UZ can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

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

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (455 g)
  • Big size (110 x 90 x 91 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus SP-800 UZ for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-800 UZ performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 34. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-800 UZ can be called a 34 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

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Olympus SP-800 UZ Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model SP-800 UZ
Announced Feb 02, 2010
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
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 3″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 12 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.1
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye
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 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4288 x 3216
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO 1,000
Min Native ISO 64
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
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 143
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 455 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 90 x 91 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model Li-50B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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