Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Review

Overall 36
Imaging 7
Features 18
Size 73
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 117 x 78 x 93 mm
  • Weight: 485 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Olympus SP-820UZ.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus SP-820UZ that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Aug 21, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Olympus released to replace their older product SP-820UZ.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #219 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1118 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ has the following external dimensions 117 x 117 x 93 mm (46.06 x 30.71 x 36.61″) with the weight of 485 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 93mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ — 93 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ — 485 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Stylus SP-820UZ unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Stylus SP-820UZ has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Stylus SP-820UZ to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus SP-820UZ to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 3. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (117 x 78 x 93 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ can be called a 40 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (117 x 78 x 93 mm)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (485 g)
  • Big size (117 x 78 x 93 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 3. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ can be called a 3 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus SP-820UZ
Announced Aug 21, 2012
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 15
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area Yes
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4288 x 3216
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 485 g
Physical Dimensions 117 x 78 x 93 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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