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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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28 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camera received a rating of 76 out of 100 from expert review website toptenreviews.com.

Good Brand

Compact cameras produced by Olympus have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Olympus also has good reviews across its entire 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.

Very Big Normal Focusing Range (tele)

The normal focusing range (tele)s of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SP-820UZ range from 0.2m to 3.5m. The normal focusing range (tele) of the Olympus SP-820UZ of 3 meters is one of the biggest amongst similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The SP-820UZ has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst cameras of this age. Compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ have display diagonals of between 1" and 4.8".

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5" and higher rated), or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] (4.8" and higher rated).

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SP-820UZ range from 0.17x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. When compared to other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SP-820UZ, the optical zoom of the SP-820UZ of 40 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

If this digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] (42x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] (50x and higher rated).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon S9400[plb_1873860_price], the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price].

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SP-820UZ supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SP-820UZ do not support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SP-820UZ has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-820UZ also have a built-in flash.

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Features One Image Quality Adjustment

The number of image adjustment modes featured on the SP-820UZ is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently featured image quality adjustment is Contrast, but this image quality adjustment is not featured on this camera. The image quality adjustments Saturation are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of this age and spec. This Olympus 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

The closest focusing distances of cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SP-820UZ range from 0.01m to 0.2m. With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the SP-820UZ has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 896 millimeters, the SP-820UZ has a very long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Cameras of a similar age and type to the SP-820UZ have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 1,000mm.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ the combined zooms range from 3x to 290x. When compared to other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago, the SP-820UZ's combined zoom of 160 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the SP-820UZ is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution(s)

The 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 are a comparable age to 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. The worst still image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SP-820UZ is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus 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 in fact the best video resolution amongst all cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max)s of cameras of this spec and age range from 3 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700. The SP-820UZ has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) (6,400) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SP-820UZ.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus SP-820UZ is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this 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 worst video resolution of all cameras of this age and spec is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a better display than most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Olympus digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago 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. The display of all cameras of a comparable age and type to the SP-820UZ ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The SP-820UZ has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) (only 80) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SP-820UZ. The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of digital cameras of this type and age is 10, the biggest is 160, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 93.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of a similar age and type to the SP-820UZ have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm. The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Olympus SP-820UZ of only 22.4 millimeters is one of the shortest amongst compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ.

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19 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

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years, the SP-820UZ does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SP-820UZ does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SP-820UZ also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price].

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ, the Olympus SP-820UZ is not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SP-820UZ, the SP-820UZ does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic.

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Not Waterproof

The SP-820UZ is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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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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Only Features Four Flash Modess

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

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 3.4) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 72.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Olympus camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-820UZ. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Heavy

The weights of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 20g to 840g. With a weight of 485 grams, the SP-820UZ is very heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SP-820UZ.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SP-820UZ have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 15s. With a slowest camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the SP-820UZ has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ.

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Only Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus SP-820UZ is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most frequently featured light metering featured on digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SP-820UZ.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the SP-820UZ is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Small Normal Focusing Range (wide)

The Olympus SP-820UZ has one of the smaller normal focusing range (wide)s (only 0.1 meters) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SP-820UZ the normal focusing range (wide)s range from 0.01m to 0.8m, and the average normal focusing range (wide) is 0.43m.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

At 5.7, the Olympus SP-820UZ has a very large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SP-820UZ. The smallest minimum aperture number of cameras that are a similar age to the SP-820UZ is 1.3 and the largest is 22.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SP-820UZ

Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera was released over four years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the SP-820UZ has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SP-820UZ.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Powershot A3500 IS[pl_1476759_price], and the IXUS 135[pl_1535925_price] both from Canon or the Nikon S6400[plb_1794412_price] is also worth considering.

If this compact camera digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14 megapixels, the SP-820UZ has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other 14MP digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB[plb_955911_price].

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price] (14.1MP), or the DMC-XS3[pl_2003627_price] (14.1MP) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The SP-820UZ has a better sensor type than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix 5900[plb_2162_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, info sp820, info sp820u, info sp820uz, olympus sp820, olympus sp820u, olympus om04198, olympus sp820uz, olympus om04198e, olympus om04198ea, info v103050be000, olympus om04198ean, olympus v103050su000, olympus v103050be000, sp820uzzildigfoto1440xol
Barcodes 00050332183919, 00545350041984, 04545350041984, 04545350041991, 05053973977959

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