Olympus SP-570UZ Digital Camera Review


The Olympus SP-570UZ (Ultra Zoom) is an unusual breed in the camera lineup. Because it doesn’t have interchangeability of lenses like a SLR (single lens reflex) camera, it is technically a point-and-shoot camera. Yet it offers many features that are commonly found in more expensive digital SLR cameras. We set out to find out whether a half-breed of this type would be valuable.

The camera itself, as shown in Figure 1, is not a point-and-shoot that will fit in your shirt pocket. Although slightly smaller than most digital SLRs, it is still large and chunky.  Weighing in at almost a pound (15.7oz, 445g) without batteries or memory card, it is no feather-weight.  However, its heft and built-in hand grip give it a good, substantial, and steady feel in your hand.  For some, that will overcome the inconvenience of having to hang the camera around your neck or carry a small camera case.

Olympus SP-570UZ Digital Camera ReviewFigure 1: The Olympus SP-570UZ.

As shown in Figure 2, included in the box is the camera, USB cable, manual in both English and Spanish, audio/video cable, neck strap, lens cap with cap string, 4 – AA batteries, warranty card, and Olympus software on CD. Although the 570 has 45MB of built-in memory, you will want to leave enough in your budget to purchase an xD-Picture card to augment the storage capacity.

Olympus SP-570UZ Digital Camera ReviewFigure 2: What’s in the box.

Author: Sandy Berger

Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up's Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.

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