Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W

Olympus SP-565UZ front
Samsung HZ15W front

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Olympus SP-565UZ
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-520mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 413g - 116 x 84 x 81mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Additionally Known as WB550
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Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Olympus SP-565UZ and Samsung HZ15W, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Olympus and Samsung. The resolution of the SP-565UZ (10MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is very similar and they come with the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SP-565UZ was manufactured within a month of the HZ15W so they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick view of how the SP-565UZ grades against the HZ15W in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-565UZ over the Samsung HZ15W

 SP-565UZ HZ15W 

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Olympus SP-565UZ

 HZ15W SP-565UZ 
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SP-565UZ and Samsung HZ15W

 SP-565UZ HZ15W 
IntroducedJanuary 2009February 2009Similar generation
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus SP-565UZ provides outside dimensions of 116mm x 84mm x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") with a weight of 413 grams (0.91 lbs) whilst the Samsung HZ15W has measurements of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus SP-565UZ and Samsung HZ15W in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you use at that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the SP-565UZ vs the HZ15W.

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the SP-565UZ and HZ15W is 72 and 90 respectively.

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is tough to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements just by reviewing specs. The photograph below should provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SP-565UZ and HZ15W.

All in all, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Samsung HZ15W to offer more detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop images somewhat more aggressively.

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ Portrait photography advice
Samsung HZ15W Portrait photography advice
you can focus manually
saves RAW formats
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
you can focus manually
has face detection focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ Street photography information
Samsung HZ15W Street photography information
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than others in class (249g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SP-565UZ
Sports photography with Samsung HZ15W
excellent zoom range (26-520mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
low megapixels (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ Travel photography advice
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography advice
flash built-in
relatively wide (26mm)
great reach (520mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
low megapixels (10MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (249g)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ Landscape photography details
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography details
you can focus manually
relatively wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
low megapixels (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse function
you can focus manually
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ as a Vlogging camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Vlogging camera
relatively wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external mic socket
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic support
heavier than others in class (249g)
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Olympus SP-565UZ vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-565UZ and Samsung HZ15W
 Olympus SP-565UZSamsung HZ15W
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Samsung
Model Olympus SP-565UZ Samsung HZ15W
Also Known as - WB550
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-15 2009-02-23
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 64 80
RAW format
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 143 -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-520mm (20.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Min shutter speed 1 secs 16 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.40 m (ISO 200) 4.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 @ 30 fps/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps/15 fps 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 413 grams (0.91 lbs) 249 grams (0.55 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 84 x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 30 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 18.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 68 not tested
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse recording
Storage type xD Picture Card, Internal SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $400 $330