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Olympus SP-820UZ Digital Camera

14MP 40x CMOS Sep 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
All You Need In One Lens. Capture far away in fantastic detail. This compact 40x optical zoom has an impressive focal range of 22.4-896mm - for unparalleled flexibility. Unlike other zooms, it... More
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Average Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 76 out of 100 from camera expert review site toptenreviews.com.

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Olympus compact camera digital cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras produced by Olympus.

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers concluded that it had a good zoom. Toptenreviews.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned three years ago “The camera has a powerful zoom with a wide ISO range, which” in their review of the Olympus SP-820UZ. Toptenreviews.com also said “The camera has a 40x optical zoom and can record 1080p video”.

One Olympus SP-820UZ owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Toptenreviews.com wrote three years ago “Decent quality lens (in spite of its large focal range” in their Olympus SP-820UZ review.

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Good Quality Pictures

Two Olympus SP-820UZ reviewers wrote that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Toptenreviews.com said in their Olympus SP-820UZ review “While this digital bridge camera is powerful and produces superb images, not being able to adjust the shooting settings makes our higher ranked cameras more appealing”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “Full HD video with a relatively sharp picture”.

Easy to Use

One Olympus SP-820UZ reviewer considered that it was easy to use. Toptenreviews.com said in their Olympus SP-820UZ review “Easy to use”. One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Toptenreviews.com said “Excellent grip, big and comfortable handle” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Good Video Capture

One Olympus SP-820UZ reviewer who purchased it considered that it was good for video recording.

Quite Large Screen Size

The SP-820UZ has one of the larger screen sizes (3 inches) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ the screen sizes range from 1" to 4.8".

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ is 9.3x. The optical zoom of the SP-820UZ of 40 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst cameras of this spec and age.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the FinePix F660[pl_1409997_price], or the FinePix F660[pl_1409997_price] both from Fujifilm.

If the memory card type of this Olympus digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SP-820UZ supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-820UZ do not support Full HD video.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price], or the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] all from Sony.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus SP-820UZ supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available including because of it's better review score, the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price], the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price], or the DSC-H70[pl_580917_price] all from Sony.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus SP-820UZ has an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabiliser.

Other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at include the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price], or the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] all from Sony which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SP-820UZ has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider include the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price], or the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] all from Sony which has better reviews.

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Features One Image Adjustment Mode

The SP-820UZ has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most frequently featured image adjustment mode is Brightness, but this image adjustment mode is not featured on this Olympus camera. The image adjustment modes Saturation are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus SP-820UZ is more than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SP-820UZ.

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Very High JPEG Frame Rate

With a JPEG frame rate of 240 frames per second, the SP-820UZ's JPEG frame rate is one of the highest amongst compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SP-820UZ the JPEG frame rates range from 15fps to 240fps.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the SP-820UZ has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SP-820UZ. Compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 30m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.28m.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

When compared to other cameras of this age and spec that we have assessed the maximum focal length of, the SP-820UZ's maximum focal length of 896 millimeters is one of the longest. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SP-820UZ have maximum focal lengths of between 13mm and 1,800mm.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-820UZ the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x. The combined zoom of the Olympus SP-820UZ of 180 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst cameras of this type and age.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the SP-820UZ is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this camera. The white balance modes Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Has Two Shooting Modes

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Movie and Scene are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of audio formats than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the SP-820UZ is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-820UZ.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4288 X 2416 Still Image Resolution

The SP-820UZ has a 4288 x 2416 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera also have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 and 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448. Digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SP-820UZ still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Olympus SP-820UZ is more than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Olympus digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SP-820UZ. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-820UZ is 4,500. With a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, the SP-820UZ has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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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 typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus SP-820UZ supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). 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). The video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Olympus digital camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The SP-820UZ has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of a comparable type and 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. Across all comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the display ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-820UZ is 27mm. The minimum focal length of the Olympus SP-820UZ of only 22.4 millimeters is one of the shortest amongst compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SP-820UZ.

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15 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person reckoned that the product did not have a good battery life.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Olympus SP-820UZ was not noisy.

Not Robust

One customer said in their reviews that it was not well made.

Poor Product Quality

Two customers said in their reviews that the Olympus SP-820UZ was not good quality. Toptenreviews.com wrote “Build quality isn't always up to scratch (battery compartment) Screen is below par” in their review of the Olympus SP-820UZ but in spite of that they gave it a score of 76 out of 100. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “Video noise in low light, poor audio quality”.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus SP-820UZ does not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at include the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price], or the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus SP-820UZ is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price], the Nikon Coolpix L820[plb_2153075_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ do not have a GPS. The Olympus SP-820UZ is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus SP-820UZ is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Only One Diaphragm Blades

The Olympus SP-820UZ is a one diaphragm blades digital camera.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the SP-820UZ is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-820UZ. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-820UZ, the weight of the Olympus SP-820UZ of 485 grams is one of the heaviest. Cameras of this type and age have weights of between 20g and 710g.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price] (164g), or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] (217g) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 0.12s to 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 13s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Olympus SP-820UZ has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of only 5.7, the SP-820UZ has one of the bigger maximum apertures amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The biggest maximum aperture of compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 2, the smallest is 130, and the average maximum aperture is 6.6.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the SP-820UZ is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Thick

The SP-820UZ is very thick (93.2 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The average depth of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 38mm, and the depths range from 13mm to 2,200mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SP-820UZ

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this compact camera digital camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the SP-820UZ has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] (20x and higher rated), or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] (40x and higher rated) both from Sony; or the Sony DSC-W830[plb_2109578_price] (32x and cheaper).

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras that are a comparable age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a fairly average megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Coolpix S6800[pl_2118627_price] (16MP), or the Coolpix L820[pl_2153075_price] (16MP) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price], and the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this Olympus digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-W830[plb_2109578_price] (CCD and cheaper) or the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price] (CCD and higher rated), or the Canon IXUS 150[plb_2176458_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
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
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Manual 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
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
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
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Certificates
Other Features
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Expert Reviews

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While this digital bridge camera is powerful and produces superb images, not being able to adjust the shooting settings makes our higher ranked cameras more appealing...

The camera has a 40x optical zoom and can record 1080p video
Decent quality lens (in spite of its large focal range)
Full HD video with a relatively sharp picture
Excellent grip, big and comfortable handle
Easy to use
The Olympus SP
820UZ iHS lacks a viewfinder
Digital noise could be handled more effectively
Build quality isn't always up to scratch (battery compartment) Screen is below par
No advanced settings

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sp820u, sp820uz, info sp820, info sp820u, info sp820uz, olympus sp820, olympus sp820u, olympus om04198, olympus sp820uz, olympus om04198e, info v103050be000, olympus om04198ea, olympus om04198ean, olympus v103050be000, olympus v103050su000
Barcodes 00050332183919, 00545350041984, 04545350041984, 04545350041991, 05053973977959
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