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For a digital camera to stand out from the crowd nowadays it has to have some killer feature, so when I got hold of the SP-565UZ to review it didn't take long for me to find it... not one, not two, but three.
On paper it seems fairly run-of-the-mill. Small screen, just 2.5-inches, along with a funny design that makes the camera look off-balance. However, that 2.5-inch screen is superb, very sharp and colourful, this makes it stand out from the crowd. It is also nice that it takes standard AA batteries. Less impressive is the xD memory card slot, the only saving grace is that Olympus included an adaptor to take MicroSD cards which are pretty cheap nowadays, running under £10 for a 4GB card.
The lens on this baby is awesome (number two on my list). It offers a superbly powerful 20x optical zoom. The optics coupled with the 10-megapixel sensor deliver awesome pictures, very crisp, colourful and they retail an excellent amount of detail. Olympus could have crammed even more pixels onto the sensor, but that would have introduced noise, which I am happy to say has been avoided, with 400 ISO images being clean and 800 ISO being more than usable.
Next up is the scene modes and there are plenty, for portraits, family shots, night time, the list goes on. There is even a smile feature which takes the photo when the subject smiles. The killer feature though is the GUIDE... this takes you step-by-step with what settings you need to make to take a particular type of photo.
So, three really nice features that bring this beyond what is normally on offer. I also mentioned that the camera looks off-balance. It is almost as though they missed off some of the left side of the camera. I am happy to say that the batteries address weight balance and the hand grips the camera very comfortably. I really don't want this camera to go back and think it is worth every penny of its £250 asking price.
The SP-565 UZ is the ultimate portable zoom camera. With a 20x wide-angle zoom lens it zooms in for extreme close-ups or out for panoramic shooting. A high-speed sequential mode lets you shoot rapid-fire to capture every action-packed moment.
The powerful, ultra-compact lens gives you unmatched shooting versatility. The amazing 20x optical zoom brings you closer to the action, and the wide-angle lens captures more in your picture.
Forget about blurry shots with this 2-in-1 anti-blur solution. Sensor-shift image stabilization compensates for camera shake to keep your shots steady while digital image stabilization captures crisp, clear images in any situation.
Tracks up to 16 faces and automatically focuses and optimizes exposures for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.
Take several shots in rapid succession with just one click. With a burst rate of up to 13.5 fps (3MP), you can practically freeze time to capture every moment of the action.
As soon as the focus is locked, pre-capture automatically archives ten frames (3MP) before fully pressing the button to capture the perfect shot.