Olympus SP-800 UZ
- 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 64 - 3200 (Bump 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
- Refreshed by Olympus SP-810 UZ
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus SP-800 UZ overview
Olympus SP-800 UZ is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first launched on February of 2010. The camera comes with a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216.
Olympus launched the newer Olympus SP-810 UZ (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this model.
The SP-800 UZ is ranked #205 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all-around #901 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.
The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Olympus SP-800 UZ history
The Olympus SP-800 UZ comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can take a look at all past and current models along with important specifications.
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Olympus SP-800 UZ Gallery
You can view the SP-800 UZ from different angles in the gallery below.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Olympus SP-800 UZ based on features which are generally seen as important in a digital camera.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Sensor specs
The Olympus SP-800 UZ features the TruePic III chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Olympus SP-800 UZ is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels . The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and gives a standard ISO range of 64 - 3200. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a maximum of 1000. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less margin for error.
The graphic underneath illustrates the SP-800 UZ's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The SP-800 UZ sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus SP-800 UZ dimensions
Olympus SP-800 UZ has a weight of 1.00 lbs (455 gr or 16.05 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 110mm x 90mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Olympus SP-800 UZ is heavier than various competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Down below is a picture of the Olympus SP-800 UZ besides a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will provide the button design on the SP-800 UZ.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Lens details
The SP-800 UZ is equipped with an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 28-840mm giving it a 30.0 x zoom which is significant and will make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.8 and that's fairly sluggish and not good in low light situations and you will probably struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to up your ISO setting producing noisy images. Towards the long end, 840mm is exceptional zoom and comes at f5.6 making it very sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Connectivity
The SP-800 UZ has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy images and oftentimes change settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Video details
The highest video quality in the Olympus SP-800 UZ is 1280 x 720 and it can save in H.264 file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should target at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone socket so you get zero control over your audio. It is probably best to look into a different model in case you require good audio in your videos.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Weather Sealing
Olympus SP-800 UZ doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions can easily damage the camera.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus SP-800 UZ comes with a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Olympus SP-800 UZ are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be very valuable.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Shutter details
Olympus SP-800 UZ can shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Flash and Hot shoe details
Olympus SP-800 UZ has got just built in flash with no external flash ability.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Autofocus details
Olympus SP-800 UZ has got only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate than Contrast Detect autofocusing.
The AF system comes with 143 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Olympus SP-800 UZ doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus ability is good during low light situations or you want to have more accurate control on depth of field.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest (600) battery life within this class of cameras.
Underneath is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the highest battery life:
SP-800 UZ vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
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Olympus SP-800 UZ for specific types of photography
The following chart gives a analysis of the Olympus SP-800 UZ for specific types of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Portrait photography information
The Olympus SP-800 UZ gets a points tally of 28 which is awful, and means the camera is not very good for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files and capability to utilize external lighting.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Street photography features
Getting a reasonable points total of 46, the Olympus SP-800 UZ is reasonably acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus SP-800 UZ as a Sports photography camera
A modest sports photography score of 47 suggests the Olympus SP-800 UZ is relatively suited for photographing sports. A camera must have great focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Travel photography highlights
Weight is extremely crucial when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Olympus SP-800 UZ gets a above average 61 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit for your trips.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Landscape photography highlights
For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus SP-800 UZ with it's awful grade of 41 as a landscape camera is not very good within the current market.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging should have a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus SP-800 UZ is not very good for vlogging as it receives a awful score of 24.
Olympus SP-800 UZ Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the SP-800 UZ, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph just below shows you a bird's eye view of the SP-800 UZ compared to it's highest ranked competitors suggested earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.