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Old Jan 25, 2007, 1:14 AM   #1
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Looks very nice and specs are good too (although, latest announcements of olympus seem a bit too marketing oriented:longest zoom, bigest ISO ....).
The sp-510 looked nice on specs, but did not delivered.


Now the big questions :

So does the sp-550havethe same (noisy) 7.1 Mega pixels sensor and lousy software than the sp-510 (poor noisereduction , problems of focusing...) ?

Does the huge ultra zoom holda decent quality (28-504 in 35mm equivalent !) ?




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Old Jan 25, 2007, 2:32 AM   #2
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Wow.

Sounds promising. 28-504mm f2.8-4.5!

http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/ol..._sp550_pr.html

And the "pre-capture" feature sound very cool. I've heard of video cameras that do that (record images from before the shutter was pressed), first I've heard of it on a P&S.

As for the noise issue, the problem might be partly the processing rather than the sensor. It's probably a good thing that it's another 7.1MP model. If they were ignoring the need for better high ISO perfomance, they could have instead gone fo 8 or 10 MP. Maybe they decided to keep it at 7.1 and improve the noise/processing?

I wonder if Kodak makes the sensor. I notice they have a couple of 7.1 MP 1/2.5" sensor models with similar performance to the 510 (somewhat noisy), like the P712 and Z710.

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Old Jan 27, 2007, 3:35 PM   #3
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This looks likea possible low endanswer to anyone needing to shoot sports; bothinside, with ISO up to 1600andoutside field sports,with the 18x stabilized zoom. Depending on how welland quickly the auto focus reacts, capturing the optimal actions shot should be easier with a burst mode of 7 fps at3mp.

While it's probably not going to win any awards for noise, compared to even low end DSLRs; the lack ofbulk, simplicity, instantly available focal lengths and lower costs, should make it an attractive alternative for many people that just wantingdecent pictures of their kids sporting feats.
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 6:58 PM   #4
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Pending a favorable review by Steve, I'm going to buy this camera.

If I read the Olympus site info correctly, this camera will imprint dates on the pictures. I know that's no big deal but it's a little on or off feature that I personally like. It also seems to have some pretty good editing features that the Canon S3 doesn't have.\

And, of course, the lens........
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 7:17 PM   #5
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The only negative I see so far is the SP-550 only has full-speed USB 2.0, not high-speed so it's basically USB 1.1. Then again, if you have a card reader, that's not an issue. Anyway, I'll wait for the reviews.
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FYI: Here is an interesting review based on a pre-producion model:

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ol...ew/index.shtml



I'm also interested in a review from Steve. Let's hope he gets a chance to do one soon.
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 12:14 PM   #7
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The only negative I see so far is the SP-550 only has full-speed USB 2.0, not high-speed so it's basically USB 1.1. Then again, if you have a card reader, that's not an issue. Anyway, I'll wait for the reviews.
If it did have USB 2.0 hi-speed then you'd know how pathetically slow their xD cards are, even the Type H cards are slow.

We can only hope that Oly follows Fuji in offering a combo xD/SD card slot - yawn!
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Steve,...Do you have any idea on when you might be testing the 550? I don't follow these things the way you do, of course, but I love digital cameras and this looks like a major entry into the PS field,.......18X, wow, then add the 1.7 teleconverter.....it all boggles the mind.
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I'm sure it will be one of the first "new" ones we look at this year - it is important as Oly has finally returned to stabilized super zoom world - first onesince their C-2100UZ and that was a long time ago.
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According to the Olympus Technical specs on the US website the SP550 will have USB 2.0 - not USB 1.1 as suggested in some of the reviews:

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...=1289&fl=4

Not that it will make the XD cards any faster!


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