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.
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.
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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-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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, SP-800 UZ unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
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.
You can connect SP-800 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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Feb 02, 2010|
|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||12 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||143|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Physical Dimensions||110 x 90 x 91 mm|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC, Internal|