Delivers decent image quality
So despite a few reservations about the image quality in low or high contrast light, the Olympus XZ-10 is a competitive addition to the ever-growing numbers of "premium" compact cameras aimed at the more discerning photographer. You could certainly do a lot worse than carry an Olympus XZ-10 in your pocket.
Touchscreen, Art filters
The premium compact camera market is one that is packed with some serious competition, but the Olympus XZ-10 more than holds its own against most of the competition.
Images are great, and for the most part handling is also a good experience, while bonuses such as the touchscreen and art filters make it more appealing than some of its rivals - such as the Nikon P330.
That said, Canon has managed to include Wi-Fi in the S110, while Sony has opted for a larger sensor in its RX100.
Decent image quality
The Olympus XZ-10 is a slighter cheaper version of the XZ-2, but offers slightly more optical zoom. It is a smaller and lighter camera, but this does mean you sacrifice the tilting screen. The XZ-10 also lacks other features such as Wi-Fi and GPS which you might expect to find on the latest serious compact cameras. Put this aside, you'll still find an ample set of features, including 5 fps continuous shooting, full 1080p HD video recording and a close focusing distance of 1cm.
Impressively low shutter lag times and fast AF
We're not quite sure what user group the XZ-10 is targeted towards. For starters, it has a bright f/1.8 lens, but it has been paired here with a reasonably small 1/2.3-inch sensor. Then there's the photo montage feature, which seems to be targeted towards entry-level users, but then the camera has RAW capture and full manual exposure controls.
A durable point-and-click from Olympus
We travel frequently, so I enjoy the durability of this camera. I really like the ability to take pictures underwater. I bought this to replace an Olympus Stylus Tough 8000. This camera is less expensive and can take less of a lickin', but the LCD screen is larger and the features are more streamlined for casual point-and-shoot. If you are trying to decide between this and a more expensive Stylus Tough, I recommend this camera.
Full 1080p HD video recording, Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
The Olympus Stylus is good value for money if you want a waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera. It has a few other handy features, such as full 1080p HD video recording and 5 fps continuous shooting. Image quality is OK, particularly for sharing on the web. The body could do with some extra grip, there's next to none when compared to the Pentax WG-3.
Locking mechanism for connectivity covers
The biggest difference between the TG-630 and the TG-620 is the addition of the TruePic VI processor, which makes it a highly responsive camera. But it comes at a price: the new processor helps it in some ways, but also lessens some of the advantages found on the TG-620. The sensor, for instance, could use some improvement.
Able to take full-resolution stills during video capture
While it doesn't offer the longest zoom out of all the travel cameras, the SH-25MR brings a great touchscreen and enough shooting options to satisfy most users. It's a shame that the image quality isn't good enough for significant enlargements - otherwise, this would be an excellent all-round camera.
1080p HD video mode with optical zoom
The Olympus SH-25 MR is a more advanced version of the SH-21, bringing a few practical extras like a much better screen. Unfortunately, picture quality isn't quite up to scratch, with heavy smoothing in high-sensitivity shots and a lens that could give more consistently sharp results. You can pick up a better camera for just a bit of extra cashâ??or for about the same price if you can live without a GPS.
Zoom range, High-speed shooting, Touch screen AF
The Olympus SH-25MR has an impressive set of features that make it a real contender if you need a new camera with the emphasis on travel, though to be fair, the feature set would help anyone anywhere. The decent zoom range and GPS system make it even more versatile.
It may not be ideal for portrait shots though, skin tones suffer rather and although the lens is an otherwise good one, for most subjects, bear in mind it is still soft at the corners of images.
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.
Freezeproof and shockproof
With a limited set of features and fairly decent performance, the Olympus Tough TG-320 is a worthy option if you are looking for a waterproof camera, but have a limited budget. If you have more money to spend, Olympus offer the TG-620 and TG-820, which have scored higher in our reviews.
Image Stabilisation, 3D Photo Mode
The Olympus Tough TG-320 offers quite a lot of features for the price. It is able to cope with most typical snapshot opportunities. It scores well for ease of use. All in all it is a good choice if you are looking for a digital camera with robust features and you would like one with a lower price tag.
Excellent image quality, Built for extreme conditions
If you participate in activities which will put your camera at risk of being dropped and have the extra cash available you are may be better off with the TG-820, which has a metal body, is crushproof to 100Kg and shockproof to 2m. Other than that, the TG-620 is much the same, with excellent image quality, full 1080p HD video recording and fast high-speed shooting.
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.
Digital filter effects
Given its 3D shooting abilities, digital filter effects, tough build and competitive price the TG-310 certainly holds some appeal. While image quality certainly isn't bad, we do have some reservations over inconsistent AF performance and the camera's overly small and stiff controls. Ultimately though, the TG-310 remains worthy of consideration if you're looking for a ruggedised camera on a budget.
Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
If you are looking for a low priced digital camera which is waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof you can't go far wrong with the TG-310. At just Â£128.00 it represents good value for money and it takes fantastic pictures. It's not as feature packed and doesn't handle as well as the TG-610 we have previously reviewed, but it is around Â£50 less.
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