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Olympus SP-820UZ Digital Camera

14MP 40x CMOS Sep 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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 digital camera received an expert rating of 76% from toptenreviews.com.

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

On average Olympus compact cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras built 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.

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a fairly large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-820UZ. Compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-820UZ have display diagonals of between 1" and 4.8".

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price], the Fujifilm F660EXR[plb_1409997_price], and the Canon S120[plb_1602828_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SP-820UZ range from 3x to 63x. With an optical zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the Olympus SP-820UZ has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been available for 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.

If the memory card type of this Olympus digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the DSC-H70[pl_580917_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the DSC-WX10[pl_595125_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Sony or the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] (HC MMC+|MMC|MMC+|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

Unlike most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ which do not support video capability, the SP-820UZ supports video capability.

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the DSC-WX10[pl_595125_price], or the DSC-H70[pl_580917_price] both from Sony or the Canon 105[plb_377573_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SP-820UZ has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the SP-820UZ also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price], and the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] is also worth considering.

Other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to consider include the GE G100[plb_1861772_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-820UZ, the Olympus SP-820UZ has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price], and the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at including the GE G100[plb_1861772_price].

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Features One Image Quality Adjustment

The SP-820UZ has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly featured image quality adjustment is Brightness, but this image quality adjustment is not featured on this Olympus camera. The image quality adjustments Saturation are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The SP-820UZ has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-820UZ.

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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 cameras of this spec and age. The average closest focusing distance of compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ is 0.039m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.2m.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the SP-820UZ is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-820UZ. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The SP-820UZ has a very long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (896 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-820UZ is 250mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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Has Four White Balances

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

The SP-820UZ has one of the biggest combined zooms (160 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age. The smallest combined zoom of compact cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ is 3x, the biggest is 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 4288 x 2416. Similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The SP-820UZ has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Olympus SP-820UZ has one of the higher ISO sensitivity (max)s (6,400) amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-820UZ the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 26,000.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the SP-820UZ is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Olympus 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). Across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus SP-820UZ is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this Olympus digital camera. The light meterings Spot are also featured on this Olympus 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 similar 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. The display of all compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ ranges from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The SP-820UZ has a fairly small ISO sensitivity (min) (only 80) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SP-820UZ. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of digital cameras of this type and age is 94.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 22.4 millimeters, the SP-820UZ has one of the shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst compact cameras of this age. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-820UZ is 26mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 5mm to 39mm.

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17 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 Full HD Video

The SP-820UZ does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to look at including the DSC-WX10[pl_595125_price], or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus SP-820UZ does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-820UZ also do not support wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix S5300[plb_2272796_price], the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], or the Canon S120[plb_1602828_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The SP-820UZ is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the SP-820UZ are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price], or the Fujifilm F660EXR[plb_1409997_price]; or the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The SP-820UZ does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Fujifilm F660EXR[plb_1409997_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The SP-820UZ is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SP-820UZ has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ. The average digital zoom of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-820UZ is 11x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the 105[pl_377573_price], or the S120[pl_1602828_price] both from Canon which has better reviews; or the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] which is cheaper.

If this compact camera digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (40x and higher rated).

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Only One Number of Diaphragm Blades

The SP-820UZ is a one number of diaphragm blades camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ is 1.8, the smallest is 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9. The SP-820UZ has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 3.4) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus SP-820UZ is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Heavy

The average weight of comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago is 170g. When compared to other cameras of this age and spec, the SP-820UZ's weight of 485 grams is one of the heaviest.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Canon S120[plb_1602828_price] (217g and higher rated); or the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] (216g and cheaper).

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 14s. At only 4 seconds, the Olympus SP-820UZ has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The SP-820UZ has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of this age and type is 1.3, the largest is 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2. When compared to other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-820UZ that we have checked, the SP-820UZ's minimum aperture number of 5.7 is one of the largest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SP-820UZ

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Olympus released the SP-820UZ.

Average Megapixel

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

There are a number of other 14MP digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including cheaper cameras such as the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price].

If you would prefer a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the Nikon S6800[plb_2118627_price] (16MP) 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 compact cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price], the Fujifilm F660EXR[plb_1409997_price], and the Canon S120[plb_1602828_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this compact camera digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] (CCD and cheaper) or the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] (CCD and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Super Macro Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Level Indicator
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Face Detection
Aperture Range (F-F)
On/off Switch
Panorama
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed

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, olympus sp820, olympus sp820u, olympus om04198, olympus sp820uz, olympus om04198e, olympus om04198ea, olympus om04198ean, olympus v103050su000, olympus v103050be000, sp820uzzildigfoto1440xol
Barcodes 00050332183919, 00545350041984, 04545350041984, 04545350041991
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