Featured Camera: The Olympus Superzoom 800S

Olympus point and shoot film cameras are definitely some of our favourites. A lot of people immediately go for the Olympus Mju II, but there are lots of other, great options out there. This is our review of the Olympus Superzoom 800S.

Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm film camera

What is the Olympus Superzoom 800S?

The Olympus Superzoom 800S was released by Olympus in the late 1990s, and encapsulates a lot of the great features of earlier models of point and shoot cameras


The Olympus Superzoom 800S has a metal effect casing and is made from a hard durable plastic. It has a sliding cover the protect the lens and turn the camera on and off.

What features does the Olympus Superzoom 800S have?


The Olympus Superzoom 800S has all of the features you would expect from an amateur point and shoot camera.


The main features of the Olympus Superzoom 800S include:


  • Automatic shutter speeds
  • 38-80mm f/4.5-8.9 zoom lens
  • Autofocus
  • Self-timer
  • Red eye reduction
  • Built-in flash with flash modes
  • Automatic winding and rewind

Which batteries does the Olympus Superzoom 800S use?


The Olympus Superzoom 800S camera uses two AAA batteries. They are inserted in the battery compartment on the right of the camera. Batteries should last for around one year with normal use.


It is important to remove the batteries if you are not using the camera for an extended period of time.

Sample Images from the Olympus Superzoom 800S


We love using point and shoot cameras for quick trips and adventures where a SLR camera would just be too heavy. We took the Olympus Superzoom 800S on a weekend away, which we realise now doesn't make for the most interesting images. It does, however, show the capability of the camera and how well the autofocus and lens can perform.

Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm point and shoot film camera sample
Created using Fujifilm Superia 400 film
Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm point and shoot film camera sample
Created with Fujifilm Superia 400 film
Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm point and shoot film camera sample
Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm point and shoot film camera sample
Created with Fujifilm Superia 400 film
Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm point and shoot film camera sample
Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm point and shoot film camera sample
Created with Fujifilm Superia 400 film
Olympus Superzoom 800S 35mm point and shoot film camera sample

Our Thoughts on the Olympus Superzoom 800S


We really enjoyed using the Olympus Superzoom 800S. It is really lightweight and pocketable, so it was easy to carry with us for the weekend. 


We were really impressed with the results from the camera. Even with the lens zoomed out, the camera maintained sharpness and there was no vignette on the images. All of the images were well-exposed and the autofocus did not miss a single shot, whether the subject was up close or far away. 


The only downside of this camera is that it takes around 3 seconds to turn on and for the lens to extend ready for your first image. It makes the image taking process a little slow, but does not impact your photography if you are photographing still subjects.


Overall, the quality of the Olympus Superzoom 800S is very good and it means it is a great alternative to the Olympus Mju II and other more expensive 35mm film point and shoot cameras.

Max, owner of Cameras By Max

Article written by: Max

Max is the owner of Cameras By Max. They work full-time repairing and refurbishing all the 35mm film cameras you see on the website. Their favourite camera (at the moment) is the Olympus XA, and their favourite city in the world is Edinburgh.

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