Olympus SP-820UZ iHS

Last Updated (17 February’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

Olympus SP-820UZ is a 14.0-Megapixels CMOS Sensor Digital camera with iHS Technology. It features TruePic V Image Processor, 40x Ultra Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens, 22.4 – 896mm Equivalency, Full HD Video with HDMI Output, Dual Image Stabilization, High-Speed Sequential Shooting, Hand-Held Starlight and HDR Adjustment, iAuto Mode, and has a 3.0-inch LCD Screen with 460K Resolution. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.3 x 2.9 x 4.0″ / 10.92 x 7.37 x 10.16 cm and weight 17.11 oz / 485 g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus SP-820UZ Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus SP-820UZ iHS and writes;
“This latest ultra-zoom camera from Olympus is certainly a much better performer than its predecessor, the SP-810UZ. Feature wise, there is more zoom, ISO up to 6400, 1cm minimum focusing distance and full HD video. It’s an ideal travel camera, but it would be even more appealing to the globetrotting photographer if it had GPS. Olympus haven’t changed much with regards to the body, but image quality is much better, clearly an improved sensor has been used on this new model.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Olympus SP-820UZ iHS and writes;
“The Olympus SP-820UZ’s biggest selling point is obviously its zoom range – 40x is simply mind blowing in everyday use, although still not the biggest range in the super-zoom market. At 14 megapixels, the SP-820UZ doesn’t sport the highest resolution but it’s certainly high enough for most people’s needs, and the CMOS sensor delivers much better images than the SP-810UZ’s CCD sensor, with noise not rearing it’s ugly head until ISO 800.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Digitalversus reviews the Olympus SP-820UZ iHS and writes;
“The Olympus SP-820 UZ is much cheaper than other bridge cameras with zoom lenses this powerful. Plus, image quality will only really be good enough to suit users shooting outdoors in broad daylight.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Olympus SP-820UZ Sample Photos

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Olympus SP-820UZ User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus SP-820UZ Features

The Olympus SP-820UZ iHS offers a stunning 40x ultra wide optical zoom with a focal range the 35mm equivalent of 22.4-896mm which lets you capture beautiful panoramas and group shots. There is Dual Image Stabilisation and enhanced ISO sensitivity up to ISO-6400 to ensure the images captured sharper and blur-free. While the 14.0-MP CMOS Sensor and TruePic V Image Processor work together to improve image quality with incredible results, even in low-light shooting situations.


This camera never lets you miss to shot an action by combining an Advanced i-Auto and AF-Tracking functionality that make the Olympus SP-820UZ iHS is perfect to sports photography and action shots. This feature is able to focus on your subject even if they move about. There is also an in-camera Smart Panorama mode which lets you capture beautiful panorama photos with crisp and clear results.


Additionally, Olympus SP-820UZ iHS has Magic Art Filters feature which lets you express your creativity by using up to 12 special effects into your photos & HD Videos. It consists of Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Sparkle, Fragmented, and Dramatic that can be apply to your photos and videos.


Olympus SP-820UZ iHS Features:

+ 14MP CMOS Sensor with iHS Technology

+ TruePic V Image Processor

+ 40x Ultra Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens

+ 22.4 – 896mm Equivalency

+ 3.0″ LCD Screen with 460K Resolution

+ Full HD Video with HDMI Output

+ Dual Image Stabilization

+ High-Speed Sequential Shooting

+ Hand-Held Starlight and HDR Adjustment

+ iAuto Mode


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