Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1

Portability
69
Imaging
38
Features
35
Overall
36
Olympus SP-800 UZ front
 
Sigma SD1 front
Portability
77
Imaging
57
Features
43
Overall
51

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 Key Specs

Olympus SP-800 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Increase to 1000)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-840mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 455g - 110 x 90 x 91mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Later Model is Olympus SP-810 UZ
Sigma SD1
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 0
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • n/ag - 146 x 113 x 80mm
  • Introduced September 2010
  • Replacement is Sigma SD1 Merrill
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Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 Overview

In this write-up, we will be reviewing the Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by manufacturers Olympus and Sigma. The sensor resolution of the SP-800 UZ (14MP) and the SD1 (15MP) is relatively well matched but the SP-800 UZ (1/2.3") and SD1 (APS-C) possess totally different sensor sizes.

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The SP-800 UZ was announced 7 months prior to the SD1 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus SP-800 UZ being a Compact camera and the Sigma SD1 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise overview of how the SP-800 UZ scores versus the SD1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-800 UZ over the Sigma SD1

 SP-800 UZ SD1 

Reasons to pick Sigma SD1 over the Olympus SP-800 UZ

 SD1 SP-800 UZ 
IntroducedSeptember 2010February 2010More recent by 7 months
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SP-800 UZ and Sigma SD1

 SP-800 UZ SD1 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera, you should take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus SP-800 UZ offers exterior dimensions of 110mm x 90mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") with a weight of 455 grams (1.00 lbs) and the Sigma SD1 has measurements of 146mm x 113mm x 80mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.1") along with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you use at that moment. Following is the front view size comparison of the SP-800 UZ versus the SD1.

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SP-800 UZ and SD1 is 69 and 77 respectively.

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to envision the gap between sensor measurements purely by reading through specifications. The graphic below may give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SP-800 UZ and SD1.

Plainly, the two cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The SP-800 UZ using its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field trickier and the Sigma SD1 will give you extra detail with its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older SP-800 UZ is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Portrait photography details
Sigma SD1 Portrait photography details
29
decent MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
66
you can focus manually
decent MP (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Street photography advice
Sigma SD1 Street photography advice
46
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
63
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
low maximum ISO (0)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Sports photography highlights
Sigma SD1 Sports photography highlights
47
excellent zoom range (28-840mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
has tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
57
decent MP (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SP-800 UZ
Travel photography with Sigma SD1
61
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
long zoom (840mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
66
weather sealing
decent MP (15MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Landscape photography info
Sigma SD1 Landscape photography info
42
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
62
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sigma SA mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
decent MP (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
low maximum ISO (0)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Vlogging information
Sigma SD1 Vlogging information
24
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone socket
9
can't shoot video
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Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Sigma SD1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-800 UZ and Sigma SD1
 Olympus SP-800 UZSigma SD1
General Information
Make Olympus Sigma
Model type Olympus SP-800 UZ Sigma SD1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Launched 2010-02-02 2010-09-21
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Dual True II
Sensor type CCD CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 24 x 16mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 384.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Maximum resolution 4288 x 3216 4800 x 3200
Maximum native ISO 3200 -
Maximum boosted ISO 1000 -
Lowest native ISO 64 -
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 143 11
Cross type focus points - 2
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sigma SA
Lens zoom range 28-840mm (30.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.6 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Number of lenses - 76
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 12 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.10 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 None
Video data format H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 455 gr (1.00 pounds) -
Dimensions 110 x 90 x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") 146 x 113 x 80mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID Li-50B -
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible)
Card slots Single Single
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