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Olympus SP-620UZ Digital Camera

16MP 21x CCD Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
- 21x wide optical zoom- 720p HD Movie- Multi-motion Movie IS More than ten years ago, with its first SP Ultra Zoom (UZ) camera, Olympus laid down a marker for first-class specifications,... More
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18 Reasons For

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Olympus bridge camera digital cameras have good reviews as do all digital cameras produced by Olympus.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120 which has better reviews.

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3D Compatible

The Olympus SP-620UZ is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-620UZ are not 3D compatible.

We compared all the other 3D compatible digital cameras to this camera and we think the DSC-HX100V, and the DSC-HX200 both from Sony or the Fujifilm FinePix S8200 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus SP-620UZ supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years do not support video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which support video recording to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SP-620UZ has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have 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 Coolpix L120, and the Coolpix L830 (£199.99) both from Nikon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-620UZ, the SP-620UZ has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120 which has better reviews.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The SP-620UZ has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus SP-620UZ is more than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-620UZ. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SP-620UZ has a higher still image resolution than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. This Olympus digital 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 4608 x 2592.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

A 640 x 360 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Has Two Playback Modes

The Olympus SP-620UZ has a greater number of camera playback modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Single image playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SP-620UZ. The playback mode "Slide show" is also found on this camera.

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Short

Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SP-620UZ the heights range from 56mm to 130mm. At only 74.3 millimeters, the Olympus SP-620UZ is fairly short compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-620UZ.

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Narrow

The average width of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SP-620UZ is 120mm. At only 109.7 millimeters, the SP-620UZ is quite narrow compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and 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 the most commonly found light exposure correction on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus SP-620UZ is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that were released more than two years ago. 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 best video resolution of all bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-620UZ is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SP-620UZ has a better display than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have an LCD display. 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.

A TFT display is actually the best display across all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst display is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source

The SP-620UZ has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-620UZ support Full HD video, however the SP-620UZ does not support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at include the PowerShot SX40 HS, or the PowerShot SX50 HS both from Canon or the Sony DSC-HX100V which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-620UZ do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus SP-620UZ is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Samsung NX30 (£433.59) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the SP-620UZ is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus SP-620UZ does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-620UZ also do not have a GPS.

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at include the DSC-HX100V, the DSC-HX200, or the DSC-HX400 (£299.00) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus SP-620UZ is more than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-620UZ. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus SP-620UZ is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-620UZ. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Has One Light Exposure Mode

The SP-620UZ has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Auto are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Low Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of only 1,600, the SP-620UZ's maximum ISO speed is one of the lowest amongst digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-620UZ. The maximum ISO speeds of bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1,600 to 26,000.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-620UZ have optical zooms of between 1.3x and 65x. With an optical zoom of only 21 times zoom factor, the SP-620UZ has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-620UZ.

We compared all the other 21x optical zoom cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Lumix DMC-FZ200 (£231.40) (24x), or the Lumix DMC-FZ330 (£429.00) (24x) both from Panasonic or the Fujifilm FinePix SL240 (£177.00) (24x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SP-620UZ have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 2s and 120s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 20s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the SP-620UZ has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst cameras of this age.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the display resolutions range from 460 pixels to 1,500,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the SP-620UZ has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-620UZ.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

The combined zoom of digital cameras of this age and type range from 16x to 3,600x, and the average combined zoom is 230x. With a combined zoom of only 84 times zoom factor, the SP-620UZ has one of the smaller combined zoom amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

Bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have maximum focal lengths of between 84mm and 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length is 730mm. At only 525 millimeters, the SP-620UZ has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SP-620UZ

Average Screen Size

The SP-620UZ has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120, or the Olympus Stylus 1 (£397.00) which has better reviews.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released over five years ago.

SD Memory Card

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

We compared all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P600 (£204.99), and the Coolpix L120 both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (£229.00) is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (£164.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the SP-620UZ has a fairly average megapixel count compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-620UZ.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (£206.70) (16.05MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SP-620UZ has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SP-620UZ.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix L120, or the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (£229.00) (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
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 Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Date Imprinting
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Expert Reviews

27 December 2013

Kompaktkameras gibt es viele. Zu Preisen unter 50 bis weit über 500 Euro...

Inexpensive
Relatively compact
Sharp lens
Strong performance
21x zoom lens
Image quality suffers at high ISOs
Cannot adjust zoom while recording video
Video limited to 720p
Lowres rear LCD
Low-res rear LCD

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus sp620, olympus sp620u, olympus sp620uz, olympus sp620uzb, olympus sp620uzbl, olympus sp620uzbla, olympus sp620uzblac, olympus sp620uzblack
Barcodes 00050332182516, 00050332182523, 03610170730910, 03610170730941, 04545350040048, 04545350040055

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