First Samples From My New Olympus SP-570UZ

First published on: Wednesday, 14 May 2008

These are just some quick photos taken a few hours after I brought home my brand new Olympus SP-570UZ.

Note: If you’re using a Mac, these images would probably look better in your Safari browser than in Firefox. They do on mine.

For the first picture, I set the SP-570UZ on a Gitzo GT1931 tripod, focused on the left-most pitcher plant and started the 2-second self-timer countdown to take the shot.

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Olympus SP-570UZ -- First Samples

I haven’t mentioned that I shot in RAW + JPEG 10M (Megapixel) Fine mode, so go here to download the .orf RAW file.

Aperture 2.1 and iPhoto ‘08 on my MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 cannot recognize the RAW file, but Adobe Camera RAW 4.4.1 in Photoshop CS3 can open it.

The next two images were shot in indoors with a Nikon SB-800 flash mounted on the SP-570UZ.

The SB-800 was set on A (Automatic) mode, and I adjusted aperture and ISO to match what was set on the camera.

I also pointed the flash head at the ceiling so that I could bounce the light for a better effect.

The SP-570UZ was put into Manual mode, and I chose ISO 100, a shutter speed or 1/100 sec and f/5.6 for aperture.

The weird thing with the camera was that the LCD would go completely dark at these exposure settings.

If I press the shutter button halfway to autofocus, the display would brighten for a little while before going dark again.

I suppose the camera wanted to let me know that at ISO 100, 1/100 sec and f/5.6, all I would get is a dark frame if I took a shot.

This would be true if I hadn’t used the SB-800, but I guess the camera isn’t able to detect a non-Olympus flash in the hotshoe.

Click the thumbnails to access the resized version (1024 pixels on the longer edge).

My Nikon D300 and Canon XSi / 450D back-to-back:
Olympus SP-570UZ -- First Samples

Boring stuff:
Olympus SP-570UZ -- First Samples

Anyway, I’m pleased as punch that I can use my existing SB-800 flash with the SP-570UZ for better indoor photos.

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