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(Updated: 12-10-2009)


All the pictures on this website have been taken with the compact light weighted Ultra zoom photo cameras from Olympus and Panasonic. To be more specific the Olympus C700UZ and SP-550UZ  and the Panasonic FZ-3.

The long zoom range like between 28 and 504 mm, from wide-angle to a strong tele, makes it possible, together with the inbuilt stabilizer to take pictures, which are difficult to make with any other camera (also with an expensive DSLR). I have used both types extensively.


In July 2009 I bought a new camera the Olympus SP-590, after studying MANY tests of ALL the long zoom cameras. Also downloading many test pictures and comparing them. As a comparison I downloaded also the pictures of expensive DSLR cameras.

I have taken now a thousand pictures under many different circumstances and using all of the MANY possibilities and I can only say that I am very happy with this camera.


Some basic info: Olympus SP-590UZ is a 12 megapixels ultrazoom digital camera features 26x Optical Zoom (26 – 676mm equivalent in 35mm photography), ISO 64-3200, Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection, burst rate of up to 10 fps (3MP), Smile Shot, Supports HDTV, Beauty Mode, two automatic panorama modes, MANY automatic or manual modes, movies and a 2.7″ (6.9cm) HyperCrystalTM II LCD screen. The camera measures 4.3″W x 3.5″H x 3.9″D (110mm x 89mm x 98mm) and weighs 15.3oz (435g).


It is really amazing so many possibilities in such a light and relatively small camera, which fits easily in my money belt. For me the perfect travel camera. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!


For more information, this is my favorite test site:

Google has many problems to give good search results for cameras because all these shopping sites with all the same sentence “be the first to write a review”.


See also: My vision on camera and software


Other favorites:

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