Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS Review

Review posted 12/11/2012

Quick Take
  • Powerful 40x zoom
  • Very wide 22mm view
  • Fast 3M burst modes
  • Quick startup
  • Easy menu navigation
  • Minimal shutter lag
  • High light sensitivity (ISO)
  • Powerful built-in flash
  • Fun creative modes
  • Runs on AA batteries
  • Full-resolution burst is limited
  • Image quality could be better
  • Auto focus could be faster
  • Lacks manual controls
  • Does not support UHS speed class cards
Bottom Line
This camera offers a big zoom for a low price. It tends to expose accurately and its flash is powerful. However, image quality is not tops, full-resolution burst is slow, and manual modes are lacking. But if rapid-fire low-res burst and 19 Beauty Fix adjustments make up for it, this ultra-zoom is a good fit. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Olympus continues to build upon their powerful line of SP-series, super-zoom cameras, with their latest addition for 2012 being the SP-820UZ iHS. This is the second model we've seen with iHS designation (the first being the lifeproof TG-1 iHS), which represents the camera's intelligent, high sensitivity, and high speed abilities. These are provided by a 14-megapixel CMOS image sensor mated to their TruePic V Image Processor, which Olympus claims combined allow you to capture high-quality stills in various situations (including low-light), along with full 1080p HD video. Framing your photos and videos is accomplished on a nice, 3.0-inch LCD.

While all of the above features are appealing, the spotlight shines upon the SP-820's 40x Ultra-Wide angle lens, which boasts an amazing 22.4 - 896mm equivalent zoom range.

Olympus SP-820UZ iHS Features:
  • 14-megapixel, 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor
  • TruePic V Image Processor
  • Olympus Ultra-Wide 40x optical zoom lens
  • Dual Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift+Electronic)
  • Multi-Motion Movie IS
  • iHS technology
  • Full resolution burst at up to 3fps
  • 3MP burst shooting at up to 30fps
  • Records full 1080p HD video
  • Enhcaned iAuto exposure control
  • Smart Panorama
  • Various Magic filters for both stills and video
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot

The Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS has a MSRP or $329.99 USD. You can choose from Black or Silver. Click our lowest price button at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:

  • SP-820UZ Digital camera body
  • Srap
  • Lens cap and strap
  • Four AA batteries
  • USB cable
  • CD-ROM: manual, Olympus Viewer 2 (Win, Mac)

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