Olympus SP-800UZ: Conclusions

by Andy Stanton Reads (1,589)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

As you can probably tell from the tone of the review, I was not terribly pleased with the Olympus SP-800UZ. While its long 30x optical zoom lens gives the camera great versatility, the big zoom lens comes with a price. At longer focal lengths, it is hard to get a sharp picture and colors tend to fade. I also noticed problems with the auto focus in dim light, chromatic aberration and overexposure. Slow shot-to-shot times are also an issue.

On the plus side, the camera is attractive, has good build quality and a superior LCD monitor. It produces realistic colors, offers reliable white balance and has an excellent flash.

For someone looking for an ultrazoom with a huge optical zoom, the SP-800UZ is certainly an option. However, there are many ultrazooms on the market with shorter optical zooms that are better cameras overall.


  • Good build quality
  • Versatile extra-long lens
  • Accurate color
  • Good auto white balance
  • Excellent flash


  • Blurry images at long focal lengths
  • Slow shot-to-shot time
  • Auto focus problems in dim light
  • No viewfinder or manual control over shutter speed and aperture

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