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Olympus SP-820UZ Digital Camera

14MP 40x CMOS Oct 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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30 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

This compact camera camera received a score of 76% from expert review site toptenreviews.com.

Good Brand

Olympus has good average ratings for its compact camera digital cameras as well as across its entire camera range.

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 screen sizes of cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-820UZ range from 1" to 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". At 3 inches, the SP-820UZ has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price], the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price], or the Canon PowerShot S120[plb_1602828_price].

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Very Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the SP-820UZ's optical zoom is one of the biggest amongst compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SP-820UZ. The optical zooms of cameras of a similar type and age to the SP-820UZ range from 2.7x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Coolpix S6800[pl_2118627_price], and the Coolpix S5300[pl_2272796_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews; or the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price] which is cheaper are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the DSC-H70[pl_580917_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Supports Full HD Video

The SP-820UZ supports Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], or the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price] both from Sony or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price].

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ, the SP-820UZ supports video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support video recording and we think the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price], the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price], and the DSC-H70[pl_580917_price] all from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus SP-820UZ has an image stabiliser. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-820UZ also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price], and the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the 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 DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], and the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price] both from Sony or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The SP-820UZ has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as 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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Features One Image Adjustment Mode

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly featured image adjustment mode is Brightness, but this image adjustment mode is not featured on this camera. The image adjustment modes Saturation are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the SP-820UZ has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The smallest closest focusing distance of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-820UZ is 0.01m and the largest is 30m.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

At 896 millimeters, the SP-820UZ has a very long maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ. The shortest maximum focal length of digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ is 0.28mm, the longest is 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm.

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Quicktime Video Format

This camera supports a QuickTime video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

The SP-820UZ has one of the biggest combined zoom (160 times zoom factor) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The combined zoom of digital cameras of this type and age range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the SP-820UZ is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this Olympus camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this camera.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The SP-820UZ has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time 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 digital camera.

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Has Two Shooting Modes

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

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras of this spec and age.

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

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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 most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This 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 comparable age and type to the SP-820UZ still image resolutions range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The SP-820UZ supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Olympus camera also 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all cameras of a similar age and type to the SP-820UZ.

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

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, the Olympus SP-820UZ has a fairly high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the SP-820UZ. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-820UZ the maximum ISO speeds range from 200 to 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as 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 Olympus SP-820UZ has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of this age and spec. 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 best display of all compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ that we have assessed, the minimum focal length of the Olympus SP-820UZ of only 22.4 millimeters is one of the shortest. The average minimum focal length of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ is 26mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 5mm to 120mm.

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18 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”.

Price Has Increased by £7.00

In the last 44 days the price of the SP-820UZ has increased by £7.00.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus SP-820UZ does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SP-820UZ also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might also want to look at including the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price], or the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price] both from Sony or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ are not 3D compatible. The SP-820UZ is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider 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

The Olympus SP-820UZ does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS.

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider include the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Olympus SP-820UZ is not waterproof.

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Only One Diaphragm Blades

The Olympus SP-820UZ is a one diaphragm blades camera. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-820UZ have between one and eight diaphragm blades.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

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

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The SP-820UZ has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 485 grams, the SP-820UZ is one of the heaviest cameras that have been on the market for more than two years amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SP-820UZ the weights range from 20g to 710g.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] (196g and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot S120[plb_1602828_price] (217g and higher rated).

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At only 4 seconds, the SP-820UZ has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SP-820UZ. The average maximum camera shutter speed of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 14s.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of camera playback modes than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on cameras that were released more than two years ago. The playback mode "Single image" is also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

At only 5.7, the Olympus SP-820UZ has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The maximum apertures of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SP-820UZ range from 1.8 to 87.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SP-820UZ.

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Thick

The thinnest camera of a comparable spec and age to the SP-820UZ is 4mm deep and the thickest is 2,200mm. The depth of the SP-820UZ of 93.2 millimeters is one of the thickest amongst digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SP-820UZ

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

The SP-820UZ has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot S120[plb_1602828_price] is also worth considering.

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

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The SP-820UZ has a relatively standard megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S6800[plb_2118627_price] (16MP and higher rated); or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (16MP and cheaper).

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MOS Sensor Type

The SP-820UZ has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price], or the Canon PowerShot S120[plb_1602828_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth looking at include the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_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
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
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 Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
On/off Switch
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Special Features

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, olympus om04198ea, info v103050be000, olympus om04198ean, olympus v103050be000, olympus v103050su000
Barcodes 00050332183919, 00545350041984, 04545350041984, 04545350041991, 05053973977959

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