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OlympusSP-800UZ Digital Camera
 
4.3

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (52)
  • Image stabilization (35)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Good in low light (25)
  • Good image quality (24)

Cons

  • Short battery life (15)
  • No image stabilization (5)
  • No viewfinder (5)
  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (44)
  • Travel (43)
  • Wildlife (35)
  • Sports/action (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Casual photographer (24), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Interesting Camera

What captured my attention to this camera had been the huge zoom in such a tiny frame (lens excepted, just a little bigger than my Canon 210IS), a singular achievement (even the...Read complete review

What captured my attention to this camera had been the huge zoom in such a tiny frame (lens excepted, just a little bigger than my Canon 210IS), a singular achievement (even the recent issued Canon SX30 is bulkier and much heavier (601g vs 416g)).

Testing it I've discovered other qualities but also drawbacks. The zoom was rewarding, but of course some rules had to be obeyed at its maximum. The Fine Zoom gives you a plus in performance at the price of the image size (8M maximum). I liked the menu also (mainly the classical selection disk transfered within the display). I'd liked to mention some other nice features (photo "paraphernalia" if you wish) like the auto-mode panorama and the drawing mode.

At the beginning I've been rather upset by the absence of the manual mode (the lack of the viewfinder had not been a problem for me); then I've discovered I could emulate the desired configurations by the settings in the menu, admittedly a more complicated way.

When shooting movies you have to decide if you want to use the optical zoom variation and no sound recording, or to choose the sound and the digital zoom variation only. I think this is because the zooming in being rather noisy.

As drawbacks besides the ones in the list I'd like to mention the battery charging through the camera, so blocking any activity during the action. I'm advising for a spare and a charger.

All in all I believe it is an interesting and rewarding camera, but don't buy it if you're not ready to make some effort to learn a new operating way.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Zoom not as good advertised

I bought the Olympus SP-800UZ camera for a friend for the 30X zoom to 840 to photograph birds Compared to her Kodak camera, Z980, 24X, to 624 zoom, the results were...Read complete review

I bought the Olympus SP-800UZ camera for a friend for the 30X zoom to 840 to photograph birds Compared to her Kodak camera, Z980, 24X, to 624 zoom, the results were disappointing. Also the camera did NOT come with a manual. You are to download it to your computer. Not a good place when you are in the field and need to look at your book. Olympus will charge you $10.00 for a manual. Also the display on the back of the camera is hard to see in bright sunlight. The battery life is also very short. If you purchase this camera, be sure to buy extra batteries. For normal snapshots this is a good camera, but not for the extended zoom.

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4.0

Simply amazing...

By Pajo

from New York, NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom

Cons

  • Limited Zoom
  • Poor Image Stabilization
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

It is very simple to use this camera. You just need to follow instruction.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just replaced this camera with same

By JL

from Mount Laurel, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

I use this camera for my photography business. I downloaded manual and also bought a copy to read so I had an idea how the camera worked. Because of an accident where I broke the camera, I have just replaced it with the same model. I have gotten beautiful pictures from this camera. I find it easy to use, and not too heavy. I prefer to use the screen on the back, so not having a view finder doesn't bother me. I agree that the battery life is short; therefore I have several replacements and a charger. I carry the camera with me everywhere.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Best Camera for Micro Photography.

By Broos

from LA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

    This is the only camera I seen with a Tele Micro capability. When taking small and fast butterflies, 840mm micro option is the best. I have taken about more than 3800 photos with this, and it's still perfect. This also has a supper micro and normal micro options. Perfect camera for Micro photography.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Value

    By tdolphin

    from Madera, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

    • Menu buttons locations

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

    I am a professional videographer and I bought this camera as a present for my wife who wanted to learn photography. It is 14mp, fully auto or fully manual operations. Great zoom lens. I ended up using to shoot the cover photo for our local phone book and pictures included in the Yosemite Visitors Guide. Looks as good as a $2,000 camera if you know what you're doing. My wife is learning.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Camera to have, very compact

    By Mike

    from Barbados

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

      Wide angle is great,and te zoom lens are magnificent, powerful.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Olympus SP-800UZ

      By BCSO

      from Hamilton, Ohio

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

        Nice quality / value for the price

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gret little digital camera for its price

        By Calicho38

        from Sunrise FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great for nature shoots
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Light weigh
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

        I use my SP-800UZ for family and personal activities.
        The best thing is that it is very easy to use. I am still learning how to change settings. The Macro option is GREAT. Same thing with Zoom feature. The video option seems to be good, but as I said before, I am still discovering its goodies.
        The only thing I don't like is that the manual is not printed, so you need a PC or laptop to be able to read about the usage of this great camera.
        I am very happy with it and every day I use it, I like it best.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great Camera for the Price

        By Sam the College Student

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

        I'm a college student that just wanted to take pictures of friends and family. I bought this camera to use this summer for a backpacking trip through Europe. It has a lot of features, but they are a little complicated to learn. I find it most difficult to chose the correct setting in the right moment. But over all a great camera. When I bought the camera I didn't realize that there was not view finders. This was a little disappointing, but if you don't need one then its great! Also when recording on the video setting you can't zoom in and out while recording.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's growing on me... It's a keeper

        By don3

        from Dania Beach, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

          It's taking some time to get used to this camera but the more I use it and educate myself on the settings which work for me the better results I'm getting. I've been a long time user of another brand of cameras and I wanted a zoom to take on a trip in a few weeks. I did get the zoom from the other brand and took photos as a test. It failed and exhibited too much chromatic aberration to consider keeping. I got the Olympus SP-800UZ with a similar zoom and went back to the same spots and took the same photos and inspected them. The results were much better. It's keeper.

          I like the zoom and I'm playing with the various settings on the camera which are fun. I use Magic and then the Pop setting. It knocks the color out of the park. The auto panorama is really cool. I take the first photo and then line up the dot and the camera fires automatically for two more shots and puts them together in the camera. I never liked panoramas because they were too much trouble to do in graphic programs.
          The camera is not a DSLR and the results probably can't compete but the photos are excellent and the color is too. It is interesting to me that when the shots are enlarged to the extreme in iPhoto the results look more like film than what I'm used to seeing with the other brand. I've been busy taking photos and so far I'm very pleased with what I'm getting from this Olympus.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          big fun low investment

          By peruvian traveler

          from peru

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

          easy camera to follow our lives

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          "WOW, WHAT A DEAL!"

          By SHAWN

          from DELANO

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

            THIS CAMERA WAS A GREAT BUY. VERY SIMPLE TO USE. OPERATIONS ON THE CAMERA EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND WORK WITH. HAVING A GREAT TIME TAKING PICTURES.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great Camera

            By Cindy

            from Montgomery, Alabama

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                Easy to operate - takes great photos.
                Awesome Zoom feature.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Compact, intuitive interface, nice feel.

                By Giterdone

                from Burlington, WI

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                  I've only had SP-800UZ for two weeks. No problems setting up or installing software. Everything has worked correctly as stated. I was concerned about the panoramic photo function because of another review, but it worked great. I plan on using the camera on a trip to Alaska and wanted the long zoom.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Love the SP-800UZ

                  By Annie

                  from Fayetteville NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                    I bought the Sp-800UZ because of the excellent ratings by several digital review sources. I'd been wanting an intermediate sized digital as I have been using DSLR's for several years. This Olympus was not so small that I wasn't able to handle & manuever it.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Love It!

                    By Photo Lover

                    from USA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                    This is my third Olympus camera in this line that I have purchased over the past 7 years. I am an avid amateur photographer and use this camera when I don't want to carry my Canon DSLR. The picture quality is exceptional for a point and shoot and often is close to the quality of my DSLR.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    great pics

                    By jackie

                    from virginia

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                      Just got this camera so I am still investigating all the bells and whistles. light weight for a camera with so many options,

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Flashy, fancy, and easy

                      By Joe Burrito

                      from Queens, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Nice features

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                        This camera has great and fun features. One that's really cool is the ability to take pictures as a line drawing, so that you can make everything into a sketch. The controls are the usual Olympus easy-to-understand, easy-to-use.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love it!

                        By bostonpups

                        from Pelkie, MI

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                        This is the camera I was looking for before I got my Olympus 510UZ. I love taking pictures of my animals and wildlife and the outdoors in general. As a casual phographer/photo enthusiast, I love the features it posesses to play around with getting those unique shots. While I still don't know everything it is capable of, I do like what I have experienced so far. The only cons I have is the noise factor, when I click a picture, the deer can hear it too. Also in low light or indoors, I almost always have to use the flash. Don't with my other camera. :)

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        Love my new Olympus. Easy to use.

                        By Skygirlfly

                        from Ny, NY

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

                          Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                          Love 1 button from shooting to viewing. Great 1 button video. Great variety of pre-settings. excellent panorama.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          An Interesting Camera

                          By Augustin Man

                          from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Advanced easy-to-use menu
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera:

                          What captured my attention to this camera had been the huge zoom in such a tiny frame (lens excepted, just a little bigger than my Canon 210IS), a singular achievement (even the recent issued Canon SX30 is bulkier and much heavier (601g vs 416g)).

                          Testing it I've discovered other qualities but also drawbacks. The zoom was rewarding, but of course some rules had to be obeyed at its maximum. The Fine Zoom gives you a plus in performance at the price of the image size (8M maximum). I liked the menu also (mainly the classical selection disk transfered within the display). I'd liked to mention some other nice features (photo "paraphernalia" if you wish) like the auto-mode panorama and the drawing mode.

                          At the beginning I've been rather upset by the absence of the manual mode (the lack of the viewfinder had not been a problem for me); then I've discovered I could emulate the desired configurations by the settings in the menu, admittedly a more complicated way.

                          When shooting movies you have to decide if you want to use the optical zoom variation and no sound recording, or to choose the sound and the digital zoom variation only. I think this is because the zooming in being rather noisy.

                          As drawbacks besides the ones in the list I'd like to mention the battery charging through the camera, so blocking any activity during the action. I'm advising for a spare and a charger.

                          All in all I believe it is an interesting and rewarding camera, but don't buy it if you're not ready to make some effort to learn a new operating way.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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