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