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Olympus SP-720UZ
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Olympus SP-720UZ Digital Camera

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14MP 26x CMOS Nov 2012
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27 Reasons For

One Industry Award

One expert review site concluded that they would endorse this camera. This Olympus digital camera received a "Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Camera expert review site PhotographyBlog.com scored this bridge camera camera 80 out of 100.

Olympus Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Olympus bridge camera digital cameras have good reviews compared to other brands as do all digital cameras manufactured by Olympus.

Good Size

One person who bought the product concluded that it was thin. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “This type of camera is a high zoom all-in-one model with easy functionality and lots of fun thin” .

Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that it had a good zoom.

3D Compatible

The Olympus SP-720UZ is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-720UZ which are not 3D compatible.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The SP-720UZ supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SP-720UZ supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also support Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SP-720UZ has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a built-in flash.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Olympus SP-720UZ has an image stabiliser.

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Light

With a weight of only 376 grams, the SP-720UZ is one of the lighter similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 120g to 910g.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the SP-720UZ is more than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Quicktime Video Format

This digital camera supports a QuickTime video format, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the SP-720UZ is more than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the SP-720UZ is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution

The SP-720UZ has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 4288 x 2416. The worst still image resolution of all bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-720UZ is 640 x 360 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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Has Two Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Olympus SP-720UZ is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Olympus camera has a Single image playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on cameras of this spec and age. The playback mode "Slide show" is also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SP-720UZ is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this Olympus digital camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that have been available for more than two years.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Short

The SP-720UZ is one of the shorter bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SP-720UZ (only 72.6 millimeters) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The average height of cameras of this age and type is 86mm, and the heights range from 56mm to 130mm.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the SP-720UZ is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras of this age and type.

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Narrow

Cameras of this spec and age have widths of between 41mm and 140mm. At only 107.4 millimeters, the SP-720UZ is fairly narrow compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-720UZ.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The number of light metering modes featured on the SP-720UZ is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera features an Spot light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SP-720UZ. The light metering mode "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" is also featured on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SP-720UZ has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is in fact the best display amongst all cameras of this age and spec.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The SP-720UZ has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of this type and age. This Olympus digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on bridge camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The SP-720UZ does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not Waterproof

The SP-720UZ is not waterproof. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-720UZ are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus SP-720UZ does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-720UZ also do not have a GPS.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Cameras of this spec and age have megapixel counts of between 12MP and 21MP, and the average megapixel count is 16MP. The SP-720UZ has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 14 megapixels) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus SP-720UZ is more than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-720UZ. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the SP-720UZ is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SP-720UZ. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has One Light Exposure Mode

The number of light exposure modes found on the SP-720UZ is more than most bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this Olympus camera. The light exposure modes Auto are also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of cameras of this age and spec is 12MP and the most is 15,000,000MP. The SP-720UZ has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 14.4 megapixels) amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Olympus SP-720UZ has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The maximum camera shutter speeds of cameras of this spec and age range from 2s to 120s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 20s.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The maximum apertures of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-720UZ range from 2.7 to 20. At only 5.6, the Olympus SP-720UZ has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SP-720UZ.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The SP-720UZ has a quite long minimum focal length (26 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-720UZ the minimum focal lengths range from 4.5mm to 28mm, and the average minimum focal length is 24mm.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture

The minimum apertures of cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-720UZ range from 2.6 to 19, and the average minimum aperture is 3.5. With a minimum aperture of 3.2, the Olympus SP-720UZ has a quite large minimum aperture compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SP-720UZ

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

The SP-720UZ has a pretty standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-720UZ.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 26 times zoom factor, the SP-720UZ has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the SP-720UZ.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the SP-720UZ has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the SP-720UZ.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus SP-720UZ has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Camera Shutter Speed Range

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Expert Reviews

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6 December 2012

PhotographyBlog.com

Olympus recently reshaped the structure of their digital cameras to make it easier to understand. The SP-720UZ now falls under the Traveller range of cameras. This type of camera is a high zoom... Read more…

11 November 2002

Med 8x optisk zoom, upplösning på 1984x1488 bildpunkter och en del manuella lägen får Olympus C-720 goda omdömen i testerna, även om den också har sina brister...

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sp720u, sp720uz, sp720uzzwa, olympus sp720, olympus sp720u, olympus sp720uz, olympus v103030bu000, olympus v103030su000
Barcodes 00050332181892, 04545350039189, 04545350039196, 08432932007468
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