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Olympus SP-560 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera - Black (8MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

by Olympus
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm ; 363 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: SP-560UZ
  • ASIN: B000VANB14
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Aug 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,591 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Get closer and wider all in one
Get as close to your subject as you want with the 8.0 Megapixel Olympus SP-560 UZ. Picking out hard-to-capture subjects like birds in trees or the kids on the football field is made easy with an 18x optical zoom, while wide-angle capabilities provide a broader view - so you'll also be able to photograph the whole family in a single group shot. And forget the worries of blurred images from camera shake too. An advance image stabilisation system ensures sharp shots, even at large magnification levels.

8 mega pixels2.5 LCD27mmbright captureface detectionsmile shothigh isoimage stabilization



Discover undisturbed corners of nature or experience the satisfaction and immediacy of great sports shots from way up in the stands. The power of an 18x wide optical zoom (equiv. to 27-486mm) is matched with Dual Image Stabilisation so you can say goodbye to blur caused by camera shake and simply concentrate on your subject.

Whether at a professional sports event or a kids’ football game, the high burst rate of 15 fps* lets you keep up with the action. In addition, the clever Pre-capture mode** even makes it possible for this camera to record the five frames occurring immediately before the shutter release button is pressed.

Automatic and manual (P/A/S/M) shooting options along with numerous scene modes make this intuitive model fun to use for novices and experts alike. Thanks to Face Detection Technology, human subjects remain in clear focus at all times.

It sounds incredible, but it’s true: The Smile Shot scene mode lets theSP-560 UZ detect when a human face smiles and automatically releases the shutter at that moment.


Key Features

8.0 Megapixels to make poster-size prints

See and share images on the 2.5”/6.4cm LCD (230,000 pixel resolution)

18x optical zoom (equivalent to 27-486mm on a 35mm camera) 1:2.8-4.5 – for extreme close ups to stunning scenes plus 5.6x digital zoom

27mm wide-angle capability for a broader view – so you’ll also be able to photograph the whole family in a single group shot

Face Detection Technology for perfectly focused and exposed faces plus correct exposure for other image areas

Smile Shot scene mode detect the subject smiles and automatically releases the shutter just at the right moment

Better low-light shooting thanks to BrightCapture Technology

High ISO setting for less blur

Avoids blur thanks to Dual Image Stabilisation

With a tremendous 18x wide optical zoom (equiv. to 27-486mm), the SP-560 UZ truly delivers incredible wide and telephoto capabilities.

Count on Dual Image Stabilisation – combining a mechanical image stabiliser with high ISO – to provide protection against blur caused by camera shake.

Sequence shooting at up to 15fps*, makes it easy to capture that split-second play on the football field and other action-rich situations.

The clever pre-capture mode means five frames are snapped and captured even before the shutter is released – so you will never again have just missed that big moment!

** In reduced pixel mode (1.2 MP)








Product Description

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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great camera for the price 5 Dec 2007
I have owned Olympus cameras since the OM1 became available in the early 1970's. The SP-560 does everything expected of it and more, and completely matches the quality of earlier models. The 18x zoom is incredible and using the image stabiliser gives a pin sharp result. I have found the colour reproduction excellent, battery life good and the video mode of 640x480 @ 30fps, a higher quality than my previous C-8080, is a bonus. I'm not bothered about the fact that you can't zoom when in that mode as I prefer to stop filming, zoom, and then start again. One point to know is get a type H xd card (Sandisk or Fuji are currently available) as you then have no limit on the length of the video clip other than the size of the card - the 40 secs referred to in the manual is with an Olympus type M card, although they are good for the panoramic function with stills. Rear screen and viewfinder are clear and bright. The number of options/modes on the controls are almost overwhelming, but the manual does a good job of explaining them. All in all, I'm delighted.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera for the price but beware... 24 Feb 2008
Lets face it, 225 for this level of technology is nothing short of amazing. Haven't digital cameras come on the last few years. And, wow, does it take great pictures. Vivid colours & fantastic zoom and macro settings!

But lets cut through the technical jargon for those of us that just want great pictures with little fuss and maximum flexibility. As a true amateur I dont understand talk about noise and ISO etc.

What I do understand is that sometimes more is less. This camera is complicated. Yes, pop it onto Auto and it will snap away to your hearts content but if you want to use the more advanced features then take a seat, grab yourself a beer and get reading the instruction manual. Here are my tips!

1. Dont buy this camera a week before you go on a wildlife holiday. I did and regretted it. To get to grips with the zoom, the anti shake and the myriad of other features will take you a few weeks otherwise your close up rhino pictures may look a little less convincing to friends back home!

2. Dont expect it to do all the work! 18 x zoom is one hell of a lens in a fairly cheap camera and, with a compact CCD, conditions need to be right to get your dream shots!

3. Dont expect it to be an SLR. It isnt. You just dont get that much for your money but if you treat it well and you learn your techniques, the photos are still pretty outstanding.

4. Be very careful in difficult conditions! I took my new pride and joy to the rainforests of Costa Rica. 6 days in, the humidity took its toll and the camera packed in for good!! Despite its rugged feel, it doesnt seem to have the go anywhere build of my Cybershot. Thankfully, the camera shop where I bought it have replaced it so time will tell.

All in all, this is a great camera.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a camera 3 Feb 2008
By mike
In my twenties/thirties possessed SLR's by Pentax, Cannon and Nikon. Then had a family and didn't have the time for photography. When I started looking at the early digital cameras I was very disappointed with performance, especially definition, shutter lapse and lack of any decent optical zooms. That has all changed. Have now owned over ten digital cameras from pocket point and shoots to the Fuji SE 130 (7 times optical zoom) and before this the Fuji 6500 (10 times optical zoom, 28-300mm). When I read about this camera I had to give it a try and I have not been disappointed. Didn't think anything would make me swap from Fuji but this camera did and I am so glad that I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent value for money, but not a DSLR. 20 May 2008
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+ Fully automatic, or can be switched to manual aperture, speed and ISO, just like on an old 1970s OM1.
+ Array of special settings for situations as diverse as candle lighting to photographing food. Surprisingly useful.
+ Lens and picture quality is a substantial improvement on a compact camera, for not a great deal more money.
+ Impressive zoom capability, good for framing portraits from across a room.
+ Movie mode with good sound pick-up. Great for making clips for the internet.
+ Lightweight.
+ Good battery life. Takes four AA batteries, which you can buy anywhere.


- Autofocus is not very intelligent. Beware of focussing on irrelevant foreground objects.
- It may look like a DSLR, but the picture quality does not approach this.
- Despite fancy 'image stabilisation' maximum zoom isn't much use unless the camera is on a tripod or other immovable surface.
- The flash is very crude and produces washed out images.
- Does not come with a case. You have to shell out a further 20 for this, and it isn't a very good one.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My best choice of camera to date 16 Dec 2007
I have zero interest in photography but I need to be able to record the items I collect and research so I have had to learn more than I want to. This is my third digital camera and my first Olympus. I chose it because of the massive Zoom and Super macro abilities. So far I am very impressed. For close up work this camera is outstanding. The manual is not as simply written as I would like but I have been able to set the beast to give me the right colours and I am now certain this will be a vast improvement on my 3mp Kodak. My experience with Camera software is not the best. Kodak invaded my pc changing the image icons and altering the image defaults which gave me endless trouble before I was able to dump it, I do not want to be told how to manage my images. With the Olympus I have no intention of finding out what their software will do to a pc so I will not use the provided software. I have discovered that a card reader is not required. I added a 2GB card and fitted it. I have Windows Xp and when I plug the camera in with the USB cable the pc reads the camera as an external hard drive. So I can extract my images directly into a folder using Windows Explorer without needing a separate reader or any other software. I regard this as a real bonus. My use of this will primarily be indoors under strong florescent lighting so I can't tell how good the Olympus is when used outdoors but from what I have been able to do so far I am very impressed and have no hesitation in recommending it.
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