Sensor-shift image stabilization
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.
Fairly decent results
The SP-620UZ, whilst styled like the ubiquitous mini DSLR, lacks the bells and whistles of that kind of camera and more expensive bridge models, but so what. Viewed as a point and shoot camera on which you get a broader than average lens reach and from which it's possible to derive some fairly decent results, when all's said and done it's a thumbs up for the Olympus SP-620UZ.
Modest ISO range
The Olympus SP-620UZ is an entry-level superzoom with modest ambition, but fortunately a low(ish) price that suggests anyone purchasing won't feel they are taking a big risk. The all-encompassing lens reach may not match pricier cameras, but it remains at a level with which it is practical to shoot handheld and still get sharp results.
Magic filters are unique to Olympus
When taking into account the price of the SP-620UZ the features and performance make it extremely good value for money, ideal for those who are looking for a decent amount of zoom but are on a tight budget. Image quality is good, with only a few minor handling issues providing any problems with the camera.
Image Stabilisation for movies and stills
The Olympus SP-620 is a very good buy if you want lots of zoom and ease of use. It may not have many frills, but it takes a decent picture in reasonable light or within flash range. You get a lot of lens power for the price. It does its job with a minimum of fuss.
Good macro performance
A good performance overall from the chunky Olympus SP-620UZ, but it's overshadowed by its slimmer sibling, the SZ-14. The lack of a bundled rechargeable battery or the ability to zoom while filming are disappointing, but the long lens and high resolution are both tempting, as is the price.
Moderately priced camera
Olympus have produced a really nice camera in the SP-810UZ. The user interface is easy to understand and navigate, the LCD screen is clear and bright and the menu system isn't too exhausting. On the build side, it's not sparkling - it looks nice and has a lot of shiny plastic but that soon starts to wear.
Good value for money, Decent image quality
If you are in the market for a compact camera with a large amount of zoom, the SP-810UZ is one of only a few options available. Where this camera beats the competition is its price. Yes, it means that you aren't going to get the same image quality as you will from the more expensive options, but even so, the SP-810UZ does take a pretty decent shot. Overall, the Olympus SP-810UZ is a versatile camera, easy to carry and is a good choice for those on a budget.
Exceptional zoom rang
The 14 megapixel Olympus SP-810UZ has an exceptional zoom range of a mere 36x. Despite the increased zoom range, the body is compacter than its predecessor, the Olympus SP-800UZ. The quality of the LCD screen is not so great, especially when you do not look straight at the screen, for example, when shooting from above your head. Thanks to the double image stabilization and AF tracking, the photos remain sharp even when using the zoom.
Colours in outdoor images appearing bluish
The camera does really well in the design and build quality departments and with a large lens of 36x zoom, this attribute cannot be ignored in the features part of the review as well. Performance-wise, the camera is not up to the mark and there are just too many issues, which cannot be ignored, such as the ability to not focus accurately, the colours in outdoor images appearing bluish, the amount of noise visible in shots and a few other issues. The price of the camera is another let down.
Extensive zoom range
The Olympus SZ-20 is one of the more affordable travel zooms and for the more demanding of photographers this will be noticeable in the quality of its images. In broad daylight we struggled to get a sharp result at maximum telephoto - each subject benefitting from two or three attempts before we were approaching satisfied. If you are patient and considered in your photographic approach then fair enough, but it can be frustrating if going for that spur-of-the moment shot.
Excellent screen, high resolution, excellent colour
The Olympus SZ-20 may not offer as much zoom as some of it's competitors (or even Olympus' own models such as the SZ-10/30MR), however, the camera offers a very useful 12.5x optical zoom lens, a very good screen, high speed shooting, a compact stylish body, easy to use menus and controls, with built in help (just press the question mark to have anything explained), and has good image quality, with warm pleasing colours.
The 16 megapixel, 12.5x optical SZ-20 is neither the most consistent nor best built travel zoom out there, but it is one of the most affordable with a street price of around Â£200 for those trading up from a humble 3x or 5x zoom snapper. Those looking for a budget deal may therefore be prepared to overlook its occasional flaws in return for a feature set that includes the latest must haves of Full HD video plus a 3D mode.
12.5x optical zoom
The Olympus SZ-20 isnâ??t a bad camera by a long chalk, but apart from a noise-free performance at upper ISO settings and fun effects achievable with the Magic Filters, itâ??s distinctly average. The price seemingly reflects that and if the 12.5x reach here isnâ??t enough, look to the 24x Olympus SZ-30.
Broad zoom range
The Olympus also has some issues with auto white balance performance shifting from shot to shot. We had to be patient too because two out of three images taken at longer focal lengths came out blurred due to camera shake. The SZ-20 isnâ??t a bad camera but, apart from a noise-free performance at upper ISOs and fun effects achievable with the Magic Filters, itâ??s distinctly average. The price reflects that and if the 12.5x reach here isnâ??t enough, look to the 24x Olympus SZ-30.
This camera has its ins and outs, and its ups and downs, but it takes great images, and at a GREAT price! Everything about it is manageable. The only problem that sticks out is that you need good light for a good picture. But the light doesn't have to be THAT good, just okay lighting and use of the flash will solve that problem. Overall, this camera is great, and I'd definitely recommend it!
Considering its tiny, pixel-packed sensor and an ultra-zoom lens that naturally comes with its own set of compromises, the Olympus SP-610UZ produces surprisingly usable images, at least outdoors in bright light. While noise reduction does rob you of some fine detail even at base ISO, the overall impression is that the SP-610UZ produces generally sharper and more pleasing images than its 30x zoom cousin, the SP-800UZ.
Excellent value for money
A compact camera with this amount of optical zoom takes some practice to get the best results. If it's more than the average amount of zoom you are looking for in a compact camera then the SP-610UZ offers excellent value for money. Although it's not going to fit in your pocket the camera is quite small considering the amount of zoom.
Cheap plastic construction
The Olympus SP-610UZ is a 22x wide-angle, ultra-zoom compact digital camera released in early 2011 primarily for casual photographers. Featured is a 22x (35mm equivalent of 28mm-616mm) optical zoom lens designed to allow users to enjoy the performance typically associated with a 500mm-equivalent DSLR camera. Also included are new Magic Filters for creating artistic effects, support for 720p HD video, and 3D compatibility for stills- Â?
The camera also boasts a large variety of continuous shooting options, from about one picture a second at the highest 12 megapixel resolution to a whopping ten pictures a second at 2 megapixels.
Honestly, there isn't a lot to raise the SP-600UZ above many of its competitors and its failings ruin the shooting experience. Image quality, which is average to begin with, is further let down by the camera's poor auto-focus, overly conservative ISO choices and frustratingly bad menus. The long zoom is fun to play with but there are much better choices out there.
amazing image quality
The SP-600UZ will hit for only $249 and of course is a step down from the 800UZ. But don’t let that distract from what’s actually still a nice kit with a 15x optical zoom, 12 MP sensor, and a slightly-smaller 2.7-inch rear LCD. The 600UZ also ships next month. U.S. Pricing
SP-800UZ Estimated Street Price: $349.99 (U.S.)
SP-600UZ Estimated Street Price: $249.99 (U.S.)
Thanks to the unrivaled durability of the Stylus Tough series cameras, you’ll capture amazing photos even if your next family reunion is at a national park, a water park or a ski slope!
But even with this type of protection, the cams still manage to house a 14MP sensor, 720p video recording, 5x optical zoom, HDMI-out, and a 2.7-inch LCD.
Super macro mode works great for extreme close-up photography.
The Bottom Line During my review of the Olympus Stylus 7010, I found a beginner-level camera with one of the larger optical zoom lenses that you'll find in a sub-$200 camera. The Stylus 7010 also offers some interesting features, what Olympus calls "magic filters," which are art filters that allow for effects such as fish eye, among others.
However, the Stylus 7010 has a few awkward features, especially the navigational buttons on the back.
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