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Olympus SP-590UZ 12MP Digital Camera with 26X Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD by Review Summary ,  Sep 21, 2015

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Olympus SP-590UZ 12MP Digital Camera with 26X Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 64 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 4.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Zoom4.2   above average
Battery3.9   above average
Image3.9   average
Price3.8   below average
Quality3.8   below average
Light3.2   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"I kept the 810 as I was in urgent need of a camera for a wedding I was photographing, but I still revert to using the older Olympus even though it has a broken battery door now... the company offered to give me a battery to the new camera to appease me, but they never sent it!"
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"I don't feel it is cheap feeling as some other reviewers have complained; it has a good weight with the batteries in it, not too heavy to hold all day."
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"Another takes good pictures but has a terrible battery life."
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"One has a good battery life but not so good pictures."
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"Another great feature is the use of AA batteries instead of a dedicated battery that requires a special charger."
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"Good things: I love that it takes AA batteries and it has had great battery life."
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"I don't feel it is cheap feeling as some other reviewers have complained; it has a good weight with the batteries in it, not too heavy to hold all day."
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"I otherwise LOVE the mega-zoom, the AA batteries (only use the 8x longer Energizer type because otherwise the camera eats batteries for breakfast and is hungry by lunch time but with the long life batteries I can get about 500 photos out of a set of 4), and the quality of photos."
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Image

Image:
"I've always had Olympus camera's, and this is the worse I have had...I read reviews that said it was hard to get a sharp pic when fully extended, and that is so true."
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"My last Olympus wasn't good in low light, dawn and dusk pics either."
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"Although the lack of sharpness in the optics was a disappointment initially, when the images are re-sized and sharpened they can be quite spectacular."
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"ISO 1600 is just terrible, but for some reason the image quality improves at ISO 3200."
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"ISO 400 is pretty poor, and starting at ISO 800 the images are really unacceptable in my opinion."
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"I have been using it since I bought it for all my photos since it is easy to use, does a good job on close-ups, and then you can zoom in on something that you would not be able to get a photo of."
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"The picture quality is excelent with the exception of low light pics."
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"This camera offers image stabilization, and 26X zoom, so, it takes sharp image and reasonable picture at long zoom."
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"My wife loves it and I'm quite surprised by the image quality."
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"It is generally inadvisable to use digital zoom, however I used it for a moon shot and got excellent results (see my photo under customer images) so don't fully discount this feature."
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Lens

Lens:
"It does not have a nice latching mechanism like the lens hood on my SP-500 UZ"
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"I have bumped the long zoom lense a couple times, and it didn't break...very durable."
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"I could have debated the fact that the Rebel XT is a GOOD camera as long as you have all the lenses but like I said without them it is pretty useless."
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"But for a camera that promised to be the only lens you have to carry I was very disappointed in both performance and feel."
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"The image quality is quite good, particularly at ISO 64 and in the wide and mid-range of the lens."
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"The lens is not crisply sharp at any focal length: at the wide end there is noticeable softening of the image around the edges; the lens performs pretty well in the low to mid-range of the zoom but image quality at the far end of the zoom is equivalent to a cheap telephoto, with quite a bit of chromatic aberration."
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"Pros:+ One camera does it all on vacation, without having to worry about switching lenses for wildlife photos.+ Price point is great, when you consider the quality and convenience.+ It has a real viewfinder, so when the light is weird, you are not totally dependent on the LCD panel (which is large and in color BTW).Cons:- Batteries die and die and die some more."
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"This is a decent camera, with a really long lens."
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"It is a continuing wonder how Olympus was able to get a lens group to go from a 35mm camera equivalent of 26mm to 676mm with an excellent macro capability."
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Light

Light:
"Also, it doesn't take very good low light shots, just like I had read from other reviews...I also don't like that you only have the choice of 12MP or 5MP, nothing in between."
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"My last Olympus wasn't good in low light, dawn and dusk pics either."
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"Even with full auto mode, this camera doesn't control the light very well, and the color of the picture is just horrible."
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"Pros:+ One camera does it all on vacation, without having to worry about switching lenses for wildlife photos.+ Price point is great, when you consider the quality and convenience.+ It has a real viewfinder, so when the light is weird, you are not totally dependent on the LCD panel (which is large and in color BTW).Cons:- Batteries die and die and die some more."
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"The reasonably good light part may be the slight weakness of this camera."
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"Without moderately good light, the auto focusing can sometimes be difficult on small objects and some noise is introduced in the images."
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"The picture quality is excelent with the exception of low light pics."
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"Even with full auto mode, this camera doesn't control the light very well, and the color of the picture is just horrible."
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"In any case, I would highly recommend this camera for anyone who wants a very versatile and light camera - until next year when some manufacturer comes out with an even more marvelous camera."
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"The image stabilization works well, even at full zoom, hand held, in reasonably good light."
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"The reasonably good light part may be the slight weakness of this camera."
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Manual

Manual:
"At first I blamed the badly written manual but I then realized that the camera system was a fault."
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"I do wish that there was some way to use a manual focus, like there is on the SP 570uz, because when you are using the zoom it's hard to get the camera to auto zoom on the item you are trying to capture especially when there are items like power lines between you and the shot you want."
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"It has two macro modes for extreme close-up photography and several modes of auto-focus as well as full manual focus."
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"The camera yields very clear images, and it offers good manual controls."
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"It can be used right out of the box on auto, and after browsing the manual it is easy to figure out all of the menus."
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"Pros: It is intuitive to use, great photo quality, good color resolution and feature loaded, battery life is great -I got 3000 mah batteries and have taken over 400 photos on one charge and still had a full charge indication, I especially like the fact that I can use regular AA batteries and not proprietary packs as with other makes , micro SD card was a BIG decision maker for me and it works just fine (I got the 8 meg card), features like panorama, double exposure and fireworks are great, Manual features are good and intuitive to use, I looove the program mode which allows you to tweak some features, Back of camera is uncluttered and buttons are simple to find and use without looking, I mostly use the viewfinder and find its resolution great, some have complained in other reviews that autoflash is a drawback - i personally love that feature since I like to take pix under natural lighting conditions, I do very little filming but what little i have tried, is great, Resolution: i take all my pix at full resolution giving me a chance to edit on my PC as needed, some have complained that the camera has a cheap feel to it - I did not find that to be the case - I tend to strap the camera to my right hand so I can use it when needed, having a heavier camera would be an issue."
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"-All the shooting modes you could possibly want (I believe there are 28 picture modes)-Automatic,Manual, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority modes on dial-Dedicated Review mode on dial for picture viewing-Capability to go full manual ; reasonably good manual focus to infinity."
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Photo

Photo:
"However, this is a very nice crossover camera or compromise if you are tired of the snapshot quality of your amateur photos due to limited control of an automatic camera, but don't want to spend a thousand bucks on a camera and lenses you only use occasionally."
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"I have been able to capture some pretty good photos of objects that are not easily viewed by the human eye."
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"(Please see the photos I uploaded for examples; my descriptions all end with my initials, DJS."
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"It takes great photos close-up and pretty darn good ones from a distance."
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"Pros:+ One camera does it all on vacation, without having to worry about switching lenses for wildlife photos.+ Price point is great, when you consider the quality and convenience.+ It has a real viewfinder, so when the light is weird, you are not totally dependent on the LCD panel (which is large and in color BTW).Cons:- Batteries die and die and die some more."
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"The Olympus SP-590UZ does exactly what I bought it for starting with the fact it has a 26 optical stabilized zoom, then it has 12MP for clear photos."
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"I have had it now for 3 weeks, taken well over 800 photos and love this machine!"
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Price

Price:
"The price difference was ridiculous and they would NOT refund me the same price I could have gotten the 810 elsewhere."
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"I don't feel it is cheap feeling as some other reviewers have complained; it has a good weight with the batteries in it, not too heavy to hold all day."
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"Pros: It is intuitive to use, great photo quality, good color resolution and feature loaded, battery life is great -I got 3000 mah batteries and have taken over 400 photos on one charge and still had a full charge indication, I especially like the fact that I can use regular AA batteries and not proprietary packs as with other makes , micro SD card was a BIG decision maker for me and it works just fine (I got the 8 meg card), features like panorama, double exposure and fireworks are great, Manual features are good and intuitive to use, I looove the program mode which allows you to tweak some features, Back of camera is uncluttered and buttons are simple to find and use without looking, I mostly use the viewfinder and find its resolution great, some have complained in other reviews that autoflash is a drawback - i personally love that feature since I like to take pix under natural lighting conditions, I do very little filming but what little i have tried, is great, Resolution: i take all my pix at full resolution giving me a chance to edit on my PC as needed, some have complained that the camera has a cheap feel to it - I did not find that to be the case - I tend to strap the camera to my right hand so I can use it when needed, having a heavier camera would be an issue."
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"Wish it had RAW file capture, but......No camera is perfect, but this one is very good for the price."
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"This camera is perfect for the price."
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"I was so happy to find this camera at a great price in the Amazon warehouse."
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"I don't feel it is cheap feeling as some other reviewers have complained; it has a good weight with the batteries in it, not too heavy to hold all day."
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"Even Fuji S1800 (less than half of the price of this camera) take easier quality shot with better color."
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")Although these are not professional grade optics or sensor, the SP-590UZ is a great piece of equipment for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"However, I was so disappointed with the picture quality..."
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"ISO 1600 is just terrible, but for some reason the image quality improves at ISO 3200."
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"However, this is a very nice crossover camera or compromise if you are tired of the snapshot quality of your amateur photos due to limited control of an automatic camera, but don't want to spend a thousand bucks on a camera and lenses you only use occasionally."
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"Pros:+ One camera does it all on vacation, without having to worry about switching lenses for wildlife photos.+ Price point is great, when you consider the quality and convenience.+ It has a real viewfinder, so when the light is weird, you are not totally dependent on the LCD panel (which is large and in color BTW).Cons:- Batteries die and die and die some more."
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"If you do view at 100% at 12MP the image quality is very frustrating."
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"I had never purchased any thing from the warehouse before but I wanted this model of camera again because I was so comfortable with using it and loved the quality of pictures and everything about it."
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"The picture quality is good when the pictures turn out right, but there are a lot of pictures that don't turn out...Major complaints: It takes forever to focus (and thus I can't get the several shots second as I like to do)."
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"The picture quality is excelent with the exception of low light pics."
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"Even Fuji S1800 (less than half of the price of this camera) take easier quality shot with better color."
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"My wife loves it and I'm quite surprised by the image quality."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Plus the 5x digital zoom increases the effective focal length to a ridiculous 3130mm."
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"I have been using it since I bought it for all my photos since it is easy to use, does a good job on close-ups, and then you can zoom in on something that you would not be able to get a photo of."
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"The zoom control was pretty fast which was sort of frustrating."
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"Another major complaint of Olympus cameras has been addressed with the zoom feature in video mode."
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"I do wish that there was some way to use a manual focus, like there is on the SP 570uz, because when you are using the zoom it's hard to get the camera to auto zoom on the item you are trying to capture especially when there are items like power lines between you and the shot you want."
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"This camera offers image stabilization, and 26X zoom, so, it takes sharp image and reasonable picture at long zoom."
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"It has an effective zoom of 26-626mm, which is the largest range of any zoom I have ever used."
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"Plus the 5x digital zoom increases the effective focal length to a ridiculous 3130mm."
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