Olympus SP-620UZ Review

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Review posted 07/02/2012

Quick Take
Pros
  • Powerful 21x wide-angle zoom lens
  • Accurate exposures
  • Sturdy hand grip and body
  • Very fast high-speed burst modes
  • Records high-definition video
  • Dedicated movie record button
  • Runs on AA batteries (available anywhere)
  • Helpful guide system with dedicated button
Cons
  • Auto focus could be more accurate
  • Moderate-resolution LCD (230,000 dots)
  • Slow continuous shooting at 16MP (0.8fps)
  • Cannot zoom during video recording
  • Controls are small and crowded together
  • iAuto without flash takes blurry shots in low light
  • Battery door can be difficult to slide open
Bottom Line
The SP-620UZ performs well for a sub-$200 point-and-shoot. You get a powerful lens with a 25mm wide angle for a reasonable price. If you can live without quick focus, fast performance, and a high-resolution LCD, you'll have fun going zoom zoom zoom with the SP-620UZ. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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For those wanting a powerful and affordable digital camera, Olympus has announced a sub-$200, ultra-zoom camera; the SP-620UZ.  If bold, crisp imagery is something you enjoy, this 620UZ's 16.0 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD and 21x optical zoom will help you be apart of all the action, near or far, macro or landscape.  And if the 25mm wide angle lens isn't wide enough for your, use the camera's Panorama Mode to create even wider shots, all of which are visible on the camera's large 3.0" LCD viewing screen.

The SP-620UZ from Olympus is built equally for still image capture as it is for 720p HD video. Multi-Motion Movie and Dual Image Stabilization help you get clearer stills and video. Olympus includes a series of Magic Art Filters and what they call Beauty Make-up Mode, which apparently allows users to add make-up to photo subjects' faces like eyeliner, eye shadow and rough, as well as physically alter faces (lift cheek bones, etc.). 

The Olympus SP-620UZ runs on four AA batteries and sports and SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot that is Eye-Fi compatible.

Olympus SP-620UZ Features:
  • 16.0 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD
  • 3.0" LCD screen
  • 21x optical zoom lens (25-525mm equivalent)
  • 720p HD video
  • Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • Macro Mode
  • Panorama Mode
  • Intermediate Zoom Settings
  • Magic Art Filters
  • Beauty Make-up Mode
  • 3D capture
  • Runs on 4 AA batteries (included)
  • Eye-Fi card compatibility
Available in silver or black, the Olympus SP-620UZ has a MSRP of $199.99. See our buy box for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • SP-620UZ Digital Camera
  • USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual & Software CD
  • Audio/Video Cable
  • Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Four Alkaline AA batteries

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