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Olympus SP820UZ Digital Camera

£127.99
Compact Camera 14MP 40x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Video noise in low light, poor audio quality
Unacceptable noise level
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

Expert review website toptenreviews.com scored this medium megapixel camera 76%.

Good Brand

Based on 4,447 owner and expert reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 88% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Power

Poor Battery Life

One person wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life.


Design

Video Noise in Low Light, Poor Audio Quality

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was not good quality. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Video noise in low light, poor audio quality”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “Build quality isn't always up to scratch (battery compartment) Screen is below par” in their review.

Construction Trs Ingale (trappe De Piles) Et Cran Loin Des Standards Attendus

Two customers who reviewed the Olympus SP-820UZ reckoned that it was not well made. Toptenreviews.com wrote “Construction trs ingale (trappe de piles) et cran loin des standards attendus” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Four years ago Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Easy to use” in their Olympus SP-820UZ review but even so they gave the product a rating of 1 stars. One customer who bought it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Four years ago Toptenreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent grip, big and comfortable handle”.


820UZ IHS Lacks a Viewfinder

One owner who bought the product considered that it did not have a good screen. One owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good viewfinder. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “820UZ iHS lacks a viewfinder” .

Full HD Video With a Relatively Sharp Picture

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Four years ago Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Full HD video with a relatively sharp picture” yet they only scored it 18.56 out of 100. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “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” in their review.

Wydajny Zoom

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Four years ago Toptenreviews.com wrote “Optique acceptable malgr une plage de zoom trs leve” although they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “The camera has a 40x optical zoom and can record 1080p video” in their review. Toptenreviews.com also said “The camera has a powerful zoom with a wide ISO range, which” in their review.

One person who purchased it reckoned that it had a good lens. Four years ago Toptenreviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Decent quality lens (in spite of its large focal range”.

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Good Video Capture

Two people said in their reviews that the product was good for video recording.


Weight & Dimensions

Not Good in Terms of Size

One customer who purchased it wrote that it was not good structurally.

Heavy

The SP-820UZ is quite heavy (485 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera. Comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera have weights of between 20g and 1.3kg.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Olympus SZ-14 (£104.99) (216g and higher rated), or the Fujifilm S2980 (£113.84) (445g and higher rated) or the Samsung WB2100 (£125) (503g and cheaper).

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it was noisy. Four years ago Toptenreviews.com wrote in their review of the Olympus SP-820UZ “Digital noise could be handled more effectively”.

Video Noise in Low Light, Poor Audio Quality

Two customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it was noisy. Four years ago Toptenreviews.com wrote in their review of the Olympus SP-820UZ “Digital noise could be handled more effectively”.

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus SP-820UZ features voice recording, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus SP-820UZ has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera is 2" and the largest is 4.8". The SP-820UZ has a fairly large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Samsung WB2100 (£125) or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Fujifilm S2980 (£113.84), and the Olympus SZ-14 (£104.99) are also worth considering.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SP-820UZ does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Wi-Fi which you might also want to look at including the Panasonic DMC-TZ55 (£134.99), or the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 (£151.49) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the SP-820UZ does not feature bluetooth.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus SP-820UZ has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Samsung WB2100 (£125) which is cheaper; or the Olympus SZ-14 (£104.99) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

Other cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix S8600 (£132.99).

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Only 4288 X 3216 Pixels Image Resolution

The SP-820UZ has a higher image resolution than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This camera's image resolution (4288 x 3216 pixels) is actually the worst image resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

Across comparable types of camera the best image resolution is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus SZ-14 (£104.99), the Panasonic DMC-TZ55 (£134.99), or the Fujifilm S2980 (£113.84).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SP-820UZ has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Olympus SZ-14 (£104.99) which has better reviews; or the Samsung WB2100 (£125) which is cheaper.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Fujifilm FinePix S8600 (£132.99) is also worth considering.

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Features Date Imprinting

The SP-820UZ features date imprinting. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera also feature date imprinting.

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Features Face Detection

The SP-820UZ features face detection, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SP-820UZ has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SP-820UZ has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 40 times zoom factor, the SP-820UZ has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera have digital zooms of between 1x and 120x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the SP-820UZ has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Olympus SZ-14 (£104.99).

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera is 18mm, the longest is 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 896 millimeters, the SP-820UZ has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The SP-820UZ has a fairly big maximum aperture number (only 5.7) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the SP-820UZ of only 22.4 millimeters is one of the shortest amongst medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 4.5mm and the longest is 40mm.

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Focusing

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 medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera is 0.066m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.001m to 0.5m.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus SP-820UZ features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The SP-820UZ features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus SP-820UZ features brightness adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The SP-820UZ has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus SP-820UZ features histogram. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The SP-820UZ has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Supports PictBridge

The Olympus SP-820UZ supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also support PictBridge.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SP-820UZ is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Olympus camera supports a video resolutions 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 digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sp820uzzildigfoto1440xol, olympus v103050su000, olympus sp820uz
Barcodes 00050332183919, 00545350041984, 04545350041984, 04545350041991

Olympus SP-820UZ Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus SP-820UZ review we compared this digital camera to 1,214 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 298,600 product attributes, 169,860 digital camera reviews and 2,794,400 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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