Olympus SP-565UZ

 
Olympus SP-565UZ front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-520mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 413g - 116 x 84 x 81mm
  • Released January 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
72
Imaging
34
Features
32
Overall
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Olympus SP-565UZ overview

Olympus SP-565UZ is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on January of 2009. The camera houses a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The SP-565UZ is scored #230 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #1003 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus SP-565UZ family

The Olympus SP-565UZ has a history of related cameras. Below, you can find all previous and brand new models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-SH-3 front thumbnailOlympus SH-3
SP-565UZ vs SH-3
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2016
Olympus-Stylus-SH-2 front thumbnailOlympus SH-2
SP-565UZ vs SH-2
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2015
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Olympus-Stylus-SH-1 front thumbnailOlympus SH-1
SP-565UZ vs SH-1
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Olympus-Stylus-SP-100 front thumbnailOlympus SP-100
SP-565UZ vs SP-100
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Olympus-SZ-15 front thumbnailOlympus SZ-15
SP-565UZ vs SZ-15
23-483mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-SH-50 front thumbnailOlympus SH-50
SP-565UZ vs SH-50
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Olympus-SZ-16-iHS front thumbnailOlympus SZ-16 iHS
SP-565UZ vs SZ-16 iHS
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-Stylus-SP-820UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-820UZ
SP-565UZ vs SP-820UZ
22-896mm
F3.4-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-SZ-31MR-iHS front thumbnailOlympus SZ-31MR iHS
SP-565UZ vs SZ-31MR iHS
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-SP-620-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-620 UZ
SP-565UZ vs SP-620 UZ
25-525mm
F3.1-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-SZ-12 front thumbnailOlympus SZ-12
SP-565UZ vs SZ-12
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Olympus-SZ-11 front thumbnailOlympus SZ-11
SP-565UZ vs SZ-11
25-500mm
F3.0-6.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-SP-810-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-810 UZ
SP-565UZ vs SP-810 UZ
24-864mm
F2.9-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-SZ-30MR front thumbnailOlympus SZ-30MR
SP-565UZ vs SZ-30MR
25-600mm
F3.0-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-SZ-10 front thumbnailOlympus SZ-10
SP-565UZ vs SZ-10
28-504mm
F3.1-4.4
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-SP-610UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-610UZ
SP-565UZ vs SP-610UZ
28-616mm
F3.3-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-SP-600-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-600 UZ
SP-565UZ vs SP-600 UZ
28-420mm
F3.5-5.4
12MP1/2.3"2010
Olympus-SP-800-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-800 UZ
SP-565UZ vs SP-800 UZ
28-840mm
F2.8-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Olympus-SP-565UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-565UZ26-520mm
F2.8-4.5
10MP1/2.3"2009
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Olympus-SP-590-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-590 UZ
SP-565UZ vs SP-590 UZ
26-676mm
F2.8-5.0
12MP1/2.3"2009

Olympus SP-565UZ Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Olympus SP-565UZ based on factors that are often seen as essential in a camera.

exports RAW formats
flash built-in
focusing manually
great min ISO (64)
has image stabilization (Optical)
incredible zoom range (26-520mm 20.0 x zoom)
quite wide (26mm)
very long reach (520mm)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of external mic support
lack of HDMI out
lack of headphone support
lack of Time Lapse mode
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.5)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
small screen (2.5 inches)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
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Olympus SP-565UZ Sensor specifications

The spec of the sensor on the Olympus SP-565UZ is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 64 to 6400. RAW files are supported which means that you have wider margin for error.

The graphic below shows the SP-565UZ's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The SP-565UZ sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus SP-565UZ dimensions

Olympus SP-565UZ weighs around 0.91 lb (413g / 14.57 oz) & the sizing of the camera is 116mm x 84mm x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Olympus SP-565UZ is very similar compared to its rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Olympus SP-565UZ next to a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Olympus SP-565UZ dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the SP-565UZ.

Olympus SP-565UZ topview buttons dials

Olympus SP-565UZ Lens specifications

The SP-565UZ offers a built in lens providing a focal range of 26-520mm making it a 20.0 x zoom which is exceptional and would allow you to zoom right in.

At the widest 26mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.8 which is kind of slow and not very good for low light occasions and you might find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will also have to up the ISO setting leading to noisy pictures. On the tele end, 520mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f4.5 making it very sluggish and you might need to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus SP-565UZ Connectivity

The SP-565UZ has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy pictures and usually alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Several applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Olympus SP-565UZ Video specifications

The highest video quality on the Olympus SP-565UZ is 640 x 480 and you can capture in format. 480p is low for today's standards. You should try to get a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone socket which means you get no control over the sound. It is probably best to consider a different camera in case you want good sound for your video clips.

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Olympus SP-565UZ Weather Sealing

Olympus SP-565UZ doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions may damage the camera.

Olympus SP-565UZ Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus SP-565UZ is equipped with a 2.5 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus SP-565UZ are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders are very handy in bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Olympus SP-565UZ Shutter specifications

Olympus SP-565UZ has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus SP-565UZ Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus SP-565UZ comes with both in-built flash together with external flash ability.

Olympus SP-565UZ Autofocusing specifications

Olympus SP-565UZ comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & precise when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

It supports 143 focus points to pick from. Olympus SP-565UZ can use manual focusing when required in low light or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Olympus SP-565UZ Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest (600) battery life in this group of cameras.

Below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:

Olympus SP-565UZ for various categories of photography

The following bar chart shows a analysis of the Olympus SP-565UZ for various categories of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Olympus SP-565UZ

The Olympus SP-565UZ receives a rating of 40 which is terrible, and means the camera is just not good for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files & flexibility to use external flash.

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focusing manually
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")

Olympus SP-565UZ Street photography advice

Getting a reasonable points total of 56, the Olympus SP-565UZ is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")

Olympus SP-565UZ as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography points tally of 33 means the Olympus SP-565UZ is just not good for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (26-520mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Travel photography with Olympus SP-565UZ

Size is super important when picking a travel camera. All round, the Olympus SP-565UZ gets a decent 52 as a travelling camera which is reasonably adequate to buy for your travels.

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flash built-in
pretty wide (26mm)
great zoom (520mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low MP (10MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Olympus SP-565UZ Landscape photography factors

For anyone who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Olympus SP-565UZ with it's terrible grade of 40 as a landscape camera is just not good within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
missing Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Olympus SP-565UZ

A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Olympus SP-565UZ is just not good for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 24.

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reasonably wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external microphone port

Olympus SP-565UZ Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the SP-565UZ, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph down below gives you an overview of the SP-565UZ versus it's highest ranking rivals suggested above.

There are more cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Olympus
Model type
Olympus SP-565UZ
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2009-01-15
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW support
Highest native ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
143
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-520mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.8-4.5
Macro focusing range
1cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.5 inches
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
30
DXO Color Depth rating
18.7
DXO Dynamic range rating
10.1
DXO Low light rating
68
Features
Lowest shutter speed
1 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
6.40 m (ISO 200)
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 @ 30 fps/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps/15 fps
Highest video resolution
640x480
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
413g (0.91 pounds)
Dimensions
116 x 84 x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2")
Other
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
xD Picture Card, Internal
Card slots
One
Price at launch
$400