The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE

Posted Jan. 30th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE is a new all-in-one compact camera that looks extremely interesting. The all-in-one compact category of cameras include the ones that typically have a very wide ranged zoom, wide angle to telephoto, that’s not removable and fixed permanently to the camera. In other words it has many lens choices without having interchangeable lenses. Until recently I’ve never really considered this type of camera a reasonable option since I’ve always wanted the ability to change lenses, however, as more and more of our Invitational Photo Tour guests – Natural Exposures Explorers – want smaller, lighter, faster and better, I started paying attention to this lightweight capable alternative for taking photos.

With that in mind I want to share with you a new all-in-one compact made by Olympus. It has an amazing 24-1200mm built in zoom. That’s a huge range but not unheard of. Others have also included a telephoto up to 1200mm. The big difference with the Olympus Styluss SP-100EE is the new laser pointing device that helps you find your target when the lens is extended out to 1200mm. Finding a bird with a 1200mm lens is much more difficult than most people would think until you try doing it with a lens of such high magnification. The Olympus now provides a way to easily point the red laser in the direction of your target to help you find it. I’m hopeful this red dot is not  as powerful as the mini lasers currently on the market since they can be a problem for the animal. We’ll have to see if the camera comes with a WARNING not to point it at things that can be harmed such as people and wildlife. Either way, the idea looks pretty amazing. I just hope it’s not detrimental to an animal’s eye. If it is, this all becomes a much different story. Play the video for yourself for a better understanding of how it all works. This is just one more option for those who want to shed the many, many lenses and bodies of the huge DSLR’s we’ve all been carrying for decades.

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  1. XavierOn May. 6th, 2016

    The dot sight is not so correct , and we can only adjust up and down , we cannot move it left or right . So the red dot is not right on the crossing mark on the screen , and we cannot move the red dot to the right or left.

  2. Paul GreggOn Feb. 5th, 2014

    I’ll take a look at it when dpreview.com evaluates it. Surely the “red dot” isn’t an actual red laser. Interesting concept for us to think about, though.

  3. BonnieOn Feb. 5th, 2014

    So Dan, are you saying something like this might be good to have for breaching and bubble feeding whales as well as eagles in flight?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Feb. 8th, 2014

      Could be Bonnie. However I won’t know for sure until I get a chance to try one. Not sure if and when that will happen. Maybe Olympus will send me something to test. You might want to check out the newest version of the All in One Comapct from Nikon as well. They just announced two models very similar to what Olympus just announced. They are the Coolpix P600 and the Coolpix P530.

  4. Bob CrumOn Feb. 4th, 2014

    Super Zooms… Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon… decisions, decisions.

    I too would love not to always have to carry a batch of lenses and a heavy dSLR while chasing bears or on a boat shooting humpback whales.

    Sometimes I need to be light-of-foot and be able to move about freely unconstrained with a plethora of photographic gear. So, I’ve been researching the feasibility of a lightweight, all-in-one super zoom camera. But! Can they ‘adequately’ fill the need? Major criteria, as usual, includes image quality, quick & accurate focusing and capture format to mention a few.

    The Olympus SP-100 is replete with enticing specs. Admittedly the built-in dot sight feature is appealing. However, the proverbial $64 thousand questions is: Hype or does it actually greatly facilitate wildlife and sports photography?

    Unfortunately, the capture format of the SP-100 is Jpeg only. UGH!

    As an ‘event’ shooter, I’m quite familiar with extreme natural light variations making shooting challenging… at best. I’m also familiar with extreme light variations when shooting wildlife and such. Jpegs don’t always permit satisfactory image editing. On the other hand, RAW capture facilitates greatly enhanced post processing.

    The Panasonic Lumix FZ70K 16.1 MP camera also sports a super long zoom… 60X… (20mm-1200mm). And captures in RAW and Jpeg formats.

    A side-by-side shoot with the Olympus and the Pano would be interesting. What if the jpeg image quality of the SP-100 is superb… most of the time. And suppose the built-in dot sight is a boon? Then might the Olympus SP-100 be the better bet in its class… even without RAW capture? Maybe one of these days…..

    Happy shooting!

    • BonnieOn Feb. 5th, 2014

      Maybe one will be available to rent soon. I am going to keep checking.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Feb. 8th, 2014

      Bob, Superb input. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the All in One Compacts. I never even thought about these cameras until I saw the results from the Canon in Yellowstone. for some folks this may just be the answer.

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