Olympus SP-820UZ Superzoom

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Brings far Off Subjects Breathtakingly Close

- Aug 22, 2012

Olympus SP-820UZ superzoom An incredibly powerful 40x optical zoom lens which has a 35mm equivalency of 22.4-896mm! With a lens like this, you'll need no other. From true wide angle all the way to ultra-telephoto, this lens will shoot a wide expansive landscape then zoom in to get a clear, full-frame shot of the deer off in the distant middle of that landscape. It's hard to understate the power of an 896mm reach, it will bring far away subjects breathtakingly close and the wide angle lengths are open enough to shoot all your friends gathered around the dinner table or the entirety of a beautiful interior. Of course, these focal lengths won't mean much if the quality of the images aren't good.

Fortunately, the Olympus SP-820UZ has that covered thanks to its 14MP CMOS Sensor and TruePic V Image Processor. Together, Olympus terms this their iHS technology or Intelligent High Speed and High Sensitivity. It's a very accurate term because the image quality and camera performance of the SP-820UZ is well above standards. And thanks to its dual image stabilization system, photos taken with its extremely long lens and shots taken in low light will come out blur-free and with sharp details.

The SP-820UZ also houses Full HD video for recording all the important moments that just won't fit into one image. Quality of the video image is also improved when shooting at long focal lengths due to Multi Motion Movie IS, an image stabilization system specifically designed for HD Video. A dedicated one-touch button starts your video recording and for viewing your videos immediately, an HDMI output is included in the camera body. Simply connect the cable and push play to screen your films in crystal clear HD.

This "bridge" camera offers the style and look of a DSLR but the ease and functionality of a compact point and shoot and brings to the table some of the best qualities of both. For example, like a DSLR, the SP-820UZ has high-speed sequential shooting so you'll never miss an action shot or the perfect unposed smile. But, like a compact camera it is easy to use and features an iAuto mode which will select all the camera's settings based on the image it reads and let you simply compose your image and shoot. The iHS technology also brings with it two wonderfully helpful functions. HDR Backlight Adjustment creates perfectly exposed shots high contrast scenes by shooting multiple takes of the exact same image with different exposure levels and instantaneously combining them into one balanced shot. Hand-Held Starlight performs a similar function with night shots and leaves you with images that are crisp, detailed and without light streaks or blurs.

The SP-820UZ also takes time for some fun with its Smart Panorama and Magic Art Filters. Smart Panorama captures 360 images in one frame just by panning the camera across the scene and Magic Filters allow you to add some sparkle (or Fish-eye, Miniature, Pin Hole) to your photos.

With its powerful lens that will cover all your shooting needs and its superior image quality, this easy-to-hold, easy-to-use Olympus camera is an affordable gem to keep with you for when life's memories are being made.  Aug 22, 2012

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4288 x 3216  
Other resolutions 4288 x 2416, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 16:9  
Effective pixels 14.0 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 14.5 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400  
White balance presets 6  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format No  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 22 896 mm  
Optical zoom 40  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81")  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39")  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT Color LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.4 - F5.7  
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 15 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in  
Continuous drive Yes (1.5 fps )  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Weight (inc. batteries) 485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)  
Other features
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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