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Olympus Stylus Digital 820

Review posted 10/1/2007

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Olympus has added three more models to their versatile Stylus line of weather-resistant digicams, the Stylus 820, Stylus 830 and Stylus 1200. They include features like Face Detection Technology, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, Image Stabilization, large HyperCrystalTM LCD screens and Preset Shooting Modes. The three new cameras also enable consumers to capture TV-quality video with sound, and the cameras easily connect directly to a television or LCD screen for convenient playback.

The Stylus 820 and 1200 feature a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD, which is great for easily composing, editing and sharing images with friends and family. Additionally, capturing breathtaking landscapes is a snap with the in-camera panorama mode. Both models also feature digital image stabilization (DIS) and DIS Edit, which enables the user to retouch blurry photos right in the camera.

Stylus digital cameras are renowned for their high performance, style and ability to withstand the elements. All three models feature light-weight metal bodies with rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that rain, sleet and snow will not get in the way of great photos. Additionally, the three new cameras feature ultra-compact bodies less than 1-inch thick. The Stylus 820 is offered in red, blue, black and silver. The Stylus 830 is offered in orange, green, blue, black and silver. The Stylus 1200 is offered in black and silver.

Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlight areas - while the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The Stylus cameras address this challenge head-on with a new Shadow Adjustment Technology, which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With the new technology, users can preview and capture images that have the same contrast as seen with the naked eye.

The Stylus cameras feature Olympus' exclusive new TruePic™ III image processor developed for the demanding performance of Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Olympus' enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures crisp, clear images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.

With a new Help GUIDE function, the Stylus 820 makes every last one of its features accessible, even to novice users. By simply pressing the GUIDE button on the back of the camera, users can access images and brief descriptions of each of the camera’s functions and scene modes. And the new Shooting Guide serves as a quick reference, walking users through the camera settings with explanations of which features should be used for the situation, along with instructions for how to make the necessary adjustments.

Stylus 820 Features at a Glance:

  • 8-megapixel effective CCD and 5x optical zoom lens
  • Durable all-metal (all-weather) body lets you shoot in almost any weather condition
  • Built-in Help GUIDE for easy operation.
  • Digital Image Stabilization to prevent image blurring
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • 24 shooting modes - 20 are preprogrammed Scene modes
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD with 230,000 pixel resolution and 160° viewing angle
  • Bright Capture Technology for enhanced previewing and image quality in low light
  • TruePic™ III image processor
  • Movies at 640x480 @ 30fps with audio, length limited only by memory
  • Add voice memos to still pictures
  • ISO sensitivity; Auto, 50 - 3200
  • Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
  • ~47MB of internal memory + xD-Picture Card slot (up to 2GB)
  • Auto-Connect USB for quick and easy image transfer to computer
  • Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included

The Stylus Digital 820 is available in red, blue, black and silver with an estimated street price of $249.99 (U.S.). It includes: Wrist Strap, USB Cable, Audio/Video cable, Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger, Quick Start Guide, Basic Instruction Manual, Warranty Card, CD-ROM with OLYMPUS Master 2 Software, and reference manual. See our Buy Box below for current pricing at various online vendors.

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Olympus Stylus Digital 820

Olympus Stylus Digital 820

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Olympus Stylus Digital 820

Olympus Stylus Digital 820

Olympus Stylus Digital 820

The Stylus 820 compared in size to a standard CD.

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Stylus 820 Specifications

Imager 8.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.35” CCD (1.1cm)
Lens 6.4 – 32.0 mm (36 – 180 mm equivalent in 35mm photography),
8 Lenses in 6 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 5.6x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 28x)
Aperture Range F3.3 - F5.0
LCD 2.7” (6.9cm) HyperCrystalTM LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels
5 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal mode: 27.6" – infinity (0.7m – infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity)
Tele: 23.6” – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 1.2" – 27.6” (3cm – 70cm)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Full-Time AF
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance iESP2 Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescent modes)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Recording Modes Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 3,264 x 2,448 (SHQ / HQ)
2,560 x 1,920 (SQ1)
2,304 x 1,728 (SQ1)
2,048 x 1,536 (SQ1)
1,600 x 1,200 (SQ2)
1,280 x 960 (SQ2)
1,024 x 768 (SQ2)
640 x 480 (SQ2)
1,920 x 1,080 (16:9)
Shooting Modes "24 shooting modes; Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT, 4. NIGHT SCENE, 5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 6. SPORT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT, 11. SUNSET, 12. FIREWORKS, 13. CUISINE, 14. BEHIND GLASS, 15. DOCUMENTS, 16.AUCTION, 17.SHOOT & SELECT1, 18. SHOOT & SELECT2, 19. SMILE SHOT, 20.BEACH&SNOW), Movie"
Panorama Modes In-Camera Panorama, xD-Picture CardTM Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card)
Sequential Shooting High speed: 7 frames per second, 11 frames in SQ1
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound;
640x480/30fps (SHQ)
320x240/15fps (HQ)
160x120/15fps (SQ)
Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, My Favorites, Histogram

Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame

Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Digital Image Stabilization Edit, Resize, Rotation, Trimming, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, Calendar, Layout, Saturation, Expression Edit, Face Focus,

Movie: Movie Edit, Frame Index

Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) – 12.8ft. (3.9m) at ISO 800
Tele: 2.0ft (0.6m) – 8.5ft. (2.6m) at ISO 800
Memory 47MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input*)
*Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1) is required.
Auto-connect USB 2.0 High Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X v10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X v10.3 or later
Operating Environment Operation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity
Power Supply Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1)
Size 3.8"W x 2.2"H x 0.96" D (96.4mm x 56.4mm x 24.3mm)
Weight 4.4oz (125g) without battery and media card
Package Contents
  • - Stylus 820 digital camera
  • - Wrist strap
  • - Manual
  • - Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
  • - USB cable
  • - Audio/Video cable
  • - OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM
  • - Warranty card

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