The Olympus SP-550 Ultra Zoom is an excellent mid-range camera with an 18x optical zoom on a compact body.
Enthusiasts will love this camera's full manual control over exposure and focus, 10X optical zoom, and Super Macro capabilities, but it offers enough automation to soothe neophytes, too.
Olympus' SP-550UZ has great ergonomics, but disappointingly slow performance and soft, noisy images drag it down.
Avid photographers on a budget get manual controls, a 10X optical zoom, and impressive macro capabilities for $100 less than what this camera's C-770 Ultra Zoom stablemate costs.
The 10X zoom lens adds some kick to an otherwise average 4-megapixel camera.
A 10X zoom lens adds some kick to an otherwise average camera.
A solidly designed, relatively compact camera whose claim to fame is a 10X zoom lens.
Despite some performance problems, the C-720 is a solid 8X optical zoom digital camera that's worth considering.
Olympus has released version 1.1 firmware update for its SP-570UZ.
At PMA 2008, Lori Grunin takes a look at Olympus's newest ultra zoom, the SP570uz.