Olympus SP-560 UZ
The Olympus SP-560 UltraZoom digital camera features a 1/2.35 inch CCD imager with a resolution of eight megapixels, coupled with an Olympus-branded 18x optical zoom lens with an extremely wide-ranging choice of 35mm equivalent focal lengths from 27 to 486mm and f/2.8 to 4.5 maximum aperture.
There’s a choice of both an electronic viewfinder (specification unknown), plus a 2.5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 230,000 pixels. Autofocus is via contrast detection, and the camera can also be focused manually. ISO sensitivity ranges from 50 to 6,400 equivalent, controlled automatically or manually, and the Olympus SP-560 UZ also offers what the company calls “Dual Image Stabilization” mode, which combines both hardware image stabilization and software anti-blur. By default, exposures are determined with Olympus’ Digital ESP multi-pattern metering, with spot and center-weighted metering options also available.
The exposure can be linked to the camera’s face detection autofocus, metering on the point selected for focusing. Users can tweak the exposure with +/-2.0 EV of exposure compensation, in 1/3 EV steps. Shutter speeds range from 1/2,000 to 15 seconds, and the Olympus SP-560 UZ offers automatic or preset white balance control via six presets, plus a custom white balance mode. The Olympus SP-560 also includes a six-mode internal flash that is good to a distance of 21 feet at wide-angle, and offers beginner-friendly control over images courtesy of around twenty scene modes.
As well as still images, the Olympus SP-560 UZ can capture movies at VGA or lower resolution, at a rate of 30 frames per second. The Olympus SP-560 has a 12-second self-timer to let you get into your own pictures. The camera stores images on xD-Picture cards, or a reasonably generous 47MB of built-in memory, and also offers both video and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed computer connectivity (rather faster than the USB 2.0 Full Speed connections that some cameras are still using). Power comes from four standard AA batteries, with disposables of unspecified type in the product bundle.
The Olympus SP-560 UZ started shipping in October 2007 in the USA, priced at $450.