Announced on February 2nd 2010, the Olympus SP-600 UZ firs in a class of budget-friendly super zoom cameras. Lets take a look at this budget friendly super zoom:
Built with a fairly basic layout, the SP-600 UZ with a 12 Megapixel 1 /2.33” CCD type sensor. The focal length on this camera ranges from 28-420 mm and it has 15x optical zoom. The Video operation on the camera makes for a tad frustration, the 15 x zoom that does not allow zooming when shooting video seems gruesome enough to the user inclined towards video shooting. With 720p video capture, it does add to the infuriation. The camera features Art Filters, or as they call it “Magic Filters”. These are popular post-processing effects that let the users preview a shot with effect applied and thereafter saving/sharing it. Some of the effects included are pretty cool and they are born to attract likes of plenty. The wide-angle on this camera seems like a major attraction to the end user, but with an increasing popularity of super massive zooms, this camera is attracting attention. The colour reproduction from this camera is generally good, especially with the lower ISO settings. The white balance on this camera is not particularly the best on this camera, and the auto bends more towards the warm, while presets are cool. The camera also has a Perfect Shot preview system that lets the user see how the white-balance settings will look before taking a shot.
Design & Display:
The SP-600 UZ is built with a simple yet effective layout. The top of this camera offers only a power button, shutter release as well as a zoom rocker that is wrapped around the shutter button. On its rear, the camera features a 2.7” LCD screen for image composition and shot preview. On the right side, there are controls for exploring the menu system of the camera. The camera has a scroll wheel on the rear of the body, that lets the user navigate the menu system by scrolling the wheel around. Additionally, there is an option to click each side of the wheel to treat the camera like a 4-way control dial. The camera has basic controls like a menu button, preview button as well as a dedicated video record button. The menu system on this camera is pretty intuitive and is quite accessible without having to read the manual. With a combined weight of 455 grams, the camera measures 110 x 90 x 91 mm.
The SP-600UZ has a rather bulky grip due to the 4 AA batteries that power the camera. However, the camera functions pretty smoothly with these batteries. Lithium batteries are better than the regular AA batteries, but sadly this camera has the normal ones.
The Olympus SP 600 is a basic point and shoot with a good zoom range. That said, the inclusion of features is something that this camera misses out on completely.