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Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 16MP 50x Feb 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Three industry awards
Easy to use
Unacceptable noise level
55 Reviews + 3 Awards
Ephotozine Recommended 01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

Websites Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both decided that concluded that they would endorse this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

01net.com gave this digital camera a "4 Star" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Techradar this Olympus camera has an overall expert rating of 72%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

This camera has an average owner rating of 88% based on 43 owner reviews. Over 88% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 4,467 owner and expert reviews (including 627 verified purchases), Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 89% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Six customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good value for money. Ephotozine gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Good value for money”. William Mc Dougall scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he said on expert website Amazon “A lot of camera for not a bad price”. Ayami mentioned “To me it has a cheap plastic feel to it so a bag would be highly recommended (not provided” in their review of this digital camera although they scored it 40 out of 100.


Design

Easy to Use

Fourteen people wrote that this digital camera was easy to use. Three years ago Mooncoin said on expert review site Amazon “It focuses quickly and is easy to use”. Sakazoke wrote in their review of the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE on expert website Amazon “The camera is really easy to use”. They also said “If you want a easy to use camera with a fantastic lens, lots of filters then buy this little beauty” in their review.

Two people wrote that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Two years ago Digitalversus.com wrote on expert website Digital Versus “A superzoom bridge! Indeed, even more so than its 50x rivals, this model is most comfortable at full zoom thanks to its excellent” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus.

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Robust

Five people mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. Expert website Photographyblog.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “The Olympus SP-100EE is a very decently built bridge camera with a nicely textured hand-grip” in their review of this digital camera. Michael mentioned on expert review site Amazon two years ago “Feels very solid”. He also wrote “It is well built (plastic” in his review.

Nice Design

Two customers who bought it agreed that it was good looking. Mooncoin gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Amazon “I've seen reviews complaining about the image quality of this camera - and it's true that the noise reduction is pretty aggressive and shots have the look of oil paintings”. Chris Hoare mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The zoom is pretty quick in and out” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Product Quality

Seven customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Mr. Ed Beaton he wrote “What the Olympus SP100EE is, is a well designed, well thought out camera that sits perfectly in your hands, has a very good focusing” in his review of this digital camera. Mrs. June Thompson said on expert website Amazon “Very pleased with the quality and price” in her Olympus Stylus SP-100EE review. Warleybear wrote “The video is HD quality with its video quality (although not functionality) is on a par with my dedicated canon camcorder” in their review of this digital camera.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two owners who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE agreed that it was noisy. Digital Versus rated it 3 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Loud zoom”.

Loud Zoom

Two owners who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE agreed that it was noisy. Digital Versus rated it 3 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Loud zoom”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Stylus SP-100EE has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Dot Sight" Viewfinder Great With Zoom

Twenty-four owners who bought the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE reckoned that it had a good zoom. Digital Versus wrote “Dot Sight" viewfinder great with zoom”. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned three years ago “The Olympus SP-100EE is the world's first camera with an integrated dot-sight to aid long zoom framing and subject tracking” and scored the product 80 out of 100. They also wrote “The sight works in tandem with the SP-100EE's 24-1200mm equivalent 50x optical zoom lens to enable easy high-power zooming” in their review.

Two owners said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus mentioned “Good stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only scored it 3 stars out of 5.

Two people agreed that it had a good lens. Chris Hoare wrote in his review of this digital camera “The sensor is tiny and 16 megapixels which is improved by the lens allowing more light through than some of its competitors” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

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Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-six people mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE was able to produce good images. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Digital Versus “Nature photographers will certainly appreciat”. News Editor wrote “First-class piece of equipment that allows even a novice to take great photos” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Michael scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said “Attached is two photos taken with the camera”.

Two customers reckoned that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Two owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Two years ago Michael mentioned “It has a very high resolution and NO lag” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Video Capture

Five owners who bought it mentioned that it was good for video recording. Warleybear wrote “There was also plenty of capacity for video too on the card”. S3anreilly mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Doesn't support 24p like a certain rival does (canon powershot sx50) for that real 'film' looking video” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six owners said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned “A well-specified electronic viewfinder and a good range of manual adjustments” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Ephotozine.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said “The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE features a 50x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, 3inch screen, electronic viewfinder and full HD video recording”. Warleybear mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE on expert website Amazon three years ago “The camera has a 16 megapixel sensor, 3inch screen viewfinder and full HD video recording”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three owners who bought it considered that it had good technical guidance. Mr. D. J. Taylor said on expert review site Amazon “Good camera, needs paper instruction book” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Warleybear wrote “The full instruction book (via download, which at this price should be included –” . Another Weasley scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Amazon “It is frustrating as an actual hard copy of an instruction manual is handy to”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the Stylus SP-100EE in February 2014.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated), or the Leica T (£817.34) (3.7" and higher rated).

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Panasonic DMC-GH3EC-K, or the Sony SLT-A57Y.

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 14x, and the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. The Stylus SP-100EE has one of the biggest optical zooms (50 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

Other 50x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Fujifilm S1.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Nikon P600 (£204.99) (60x).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Stylus SP-100EE has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FT2.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (£429) (14x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. At 1,200 millimeter, the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE has a very long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera do not support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Stylus SP-100EE has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Stylus SP-100EE is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera video resolutions range from 320 x 120 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Three customers concluded that this digital camera had good features. Mr. D. J. Taylor mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good camera, lots of features, takes excellent pictures” . Warleybear said “The camera comes with manual exposure, aperture priority, special features etc” in their Olympus Stylus SP-100EE review. Mahesh wrote on expert review site Amazon “The rest of the reviews give a good idea of other features, so I won't repeat them here” yet they gave this digital camera a rating of 60 out of 100.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus SP-100EE has an image stabilizer. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think because of its better review score, the Pentax K-01 is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Stylus SP-100EE has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448 and 2048 x 1536. The worst still image resolution of all cameras of this age and type is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 16MP digital cameras currently available including the Fujifilm F660EXR (£181) which has better reviews.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (£429) (16.1MP and higher rated).

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Memory

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera, the maximum memory card size of the Stylus SP-100EE of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest. The smallest maximum memory card size of medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 4GB and the largest is 130GB.

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Focusing

Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.001 meters, the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE has a very small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera. The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera is 0.066m.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Four people who reviewed this digital camera thought it was compact. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote “Olympus has been bringing us some great compact cameras this year such as the the best waterproof camera of 2014–the Olympus TG-3” in their review of this digital camera. S3anreilly scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “With a normal compact the opportunity would have quickly escaped us”. Chris Hoare wrote in his review of this digital camera “The camera itself is midway from a compact camera to an SLR; so its not pocketable”.

Heavy

The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE is quite heavy (589 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average weight of medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 250g.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Pentax K-500 (£399.99) (590g).

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The Stylus SP-100EE has a greater number of ISO speeds than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00201134414620, 04545350046255, 05054230634035

Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus Stylus SP-100EE review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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