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Olympus SP-820UZ Compact Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 40x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen

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  • 40x super-wide angle optical zoom lens for superb close-ups and group shots
  • Multi-Motion Movie IS for capturing HD movies with reduced blur while moving
  • Smart Panorama for capturing sweeping stills just by panning the camera
  • Magic filters for adding creative effects to stills and/or HD movies
  • High-speed sequential shooting for a dynamic series of fast-moving objects

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 15 cm ; 599 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
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  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: SP-820UZ
  • ASIN: B0090E0QNS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Aug. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,953 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The Olympus SP-820UZ: You’re never too far away with this powerful, compact 40x wide-angle ultra zoom

Photographers looking for a true all-in-one photographic device may very well have found it in the ground breaking 14 Megapixel SP-820UZ. Once again, this sees Olympus raising the benchmark for what a compact camera is capable of. It surpasses the 36x range of its predecessor to offer a stunning 40x ultra wide optical zoom with a focal range the 35mm equivalent of 22.4-896mm. It thereby offers true versatility and the ability to successfully frame a wide range of subjects in seconds, without requiring the user to step forward or back.

In fact the successor to the popular SP-810UZ is now the most powerful flagship model in Olympus’ Traveller category – no compact camera from Olympus comes close to delivering a better zoom performance. It has achieved this while, incredibly, remaining portably compact. Dimensions are a manageable 116.9x78x93.2mm and it weighs 485g including battery and media card.

40x ultra-wide optical zoom
40x ultra-wide optical zoom
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40x ultra-wide optical zoom

The competitively priced Olympus SP-820UZ not only offers an impressive reach at the telephoto end of the zoom, it also boasts a super wide-angle 22.4mm performance at the other end, where rivals can only manage 24mm. Alternatively, use the Super Resolution Zoom feature and digitally double the focal range to an equivalent 80x.

An ergonomic, comfortable grip combines with Dual Image Stabilisation and enhanced ISO sensitivity up to ISO6400 to guarantee stunningly sharp photography and help reduce blur for both stills and videos.

Never miss an action shot
Never miss an action shot
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Never miss an action shot thanks to AF Tracking

The Olympus SP820UZ not only excels at candid portrait and street photography; it’s also an aid to sports photography and action shots, thanks to the integration of Advanced i-Auto and AF-Tracking functionality.

This feature maintains focus on your subject even if they move about, or in or out of, your frame. So you will be able to record all the highlights of that beach volleyball or water polo match. Sequential shooting of up to 10fps (at 3 megapixels) is also offered for easier capturing of fast moving subjects.

Smart Panorama shooting
Smart Panorama shooting
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Creative freedom via Smart Panorama shooting

The usability of the Olympus SP-820UZ is further enhanced by features such as an in-camera Smart Panorama mode that allows for images with drama and beauty combined. Its HDR Backlight Adjustment function evens out exposures and avoids loss of detail in key areas, while Handheld Starlight mode ensures that even images taken at night without the aid of a tripod come out as crisp and as clear as possible.

Turn the everyday into the extraordinary
Turn the everyday into the extraordinary
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12 Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary

Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the SP-820UZ utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality. What’s more, most of the filters can be used when recording video as well as shooting stills – a first in the SP-820UZ’s product category.

Users can choose from Dramatic (photos only), Drawing, Fish Eye, Fragmented (photos only), Miniature, Pin Hole, Pop Art, Punk, Reflection, Soft Focus, Sparkle (photos only) and Watercolour.

  • Dramatic: A photos only Magic Filter that adds a sense of drama and foreboding to any shot for stunning results even on the dullest of days.
  • Drawing: This filter gives the impression that subjects have been sketched on the fly by an artist just at the moment that inspiration struck. Images are transformed into line drawings for improvised, creative results.
  • Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a ‘round’ effect.
  • Fragmented: This newest photos-only filter can be applied to a photo of a landscape or people to produce a collage of tiles that looks as if the photo has been cut up and reassembled, providing an almost three dimensional feel.
  • Miniature: This mode lends your photos the appearance of a miniature model with stronger colours and contrast, achieved by narrowing the depth of field.
  • Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of pictures, like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
  • Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
  • Punk: Pose like Sid and Nancy and have your world turned dayglo pink, with this fun feature that transforms your photos into crudely photocopied fanzine style images, but in a good way.
  • Reflection: A simulation of a magical horizontal reflection of your subject; for example as if it or they were standing next to perfectly still water.
  • Soft Focus: Give your portraits that romantic otherworldly look beloved of wedding photographers.
  • Sparkle: A Magic Filter that truly imparts a sprinkling of fairy dust, adding twinkling reflections to shiny objects.
  • Watercolour: With this option pictures are transformed into a watercolour painting framed by soft light.
Eye-Fi card compatible

Connectivity is also enhanced by the SP-820UZ being compatible with Eye-Fi media cards, enabling automatic wireless downloading of pictures, straight to your desktop, and facilitating photo sharing.

Instant Movie Rec button & HD playback

Just one press of the red button and users of the Olympus SP-820UZ can be instantly recording Full HD 1080p High Definition QuickTime Motion JPEG video clips – a resolution boost when compared to its predecessor – no matter which shooting mode has previously been selected. So what chance of missing that special moment? No chance! High speed, adjustable frame rate movie recording is at your fingertips.

Plus, to admire Full HD movie images at their best, users of the SP-820UZ can hook the camera up directly to their flat panel TV set via provided micro HDMI output port.

Image Stabilisation
Image Stabilisation
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Mechanical Image Stabilisation

A bugbear of bigger zoom cameras is the propensity for camera shake at longer focal lengths, when shooting handheld or in lower lighting conditions. Olympus therefore offers arguably the most effective means of reducing the potentially damaging effects of image blur, via mechanical image stabilisation.

As a further help, expansive light sensitivity settings between ISO80-6400 are also manually selectable – another improvement over the SP-810UZ. Alternatively, turn on the SP-820UZ’s built-in flash.

Pixel rich picture quality

The Olympus SP-820UZ doesn’t just deliver the goods on paper. In practice too, with a 14 megapixel top photo resolution, latest generation TruePic V image processor, and 1080p High Definition video recording, the manufacturer’s trademark pixel rich image quality is very much in evidence – even when pictures are viewed on a large screen television via HDMI output.

Big and bright LCD screen

The Olympus SP-820UZ offers a large 3-inch, improved 460,000 dot resolution LCD screen for framing and reviewing your photos. This means that sharing shots on the spot with holidaying family and friends is not only a possibility but also a real pleasure.

Automatic for the people

Thanks to automatic aids like subject-following AF Tracking, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), a smattering of Scene Modes, Beauty Fix mode, Advanced Face Detection, Pet Detection, and Shadow Adjustment Technology to ensure perfect focus and exposure for any given subject, plus high capacity SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi media card compatibility and internal 43MB memory so you never run out of storage space, pack a SP-820UZ in that travel bag and you’re all set for photo excellence.

Quick photo surfing thanks to innovative software

Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.

Access to extra power whenever you need it

The Olympus SP-820UZ is powered by four regular AA batteries, which can be conveniently sourced wherever you are in the world. The camera also comes with the peace of mind of a worldwide warranty.

The Olympus SP-820UZ is available in silver.

Box Contains

Olympus SP-820UZ (black)
4 AA batteries
USB Cable
Lens Cap
Hand strap
Warranty card
Instruction manual
[ib] Image management software

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Customer Reviews

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107 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 16 Dec. 2012
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I needed a camera that was better than one of the little compacts but not as big as a DSLR. This one neatly fits the bill.

It will fit in a jacket pocket as it is not too bulky, yet can produce excellent results. I am particularly impressed by the 40x optical zoom, the results are fantastic and allow me to stand off quite away from the subject yet it looks like I am next to it.

I took some landscape photos that I have taken in the past with my old film camera and various lenses and the results were what I had been trying to achieve for years.

This camera is packed with functionality, the magic filters (not all of which are that useful to be fair) are very good and I use a couple regularly. The menu system is easy to follow, though do have a read of the manual on the enclosed CD to get the full benefit of the camera.

Finally, battery life. This camera uses 4 AA batteries. Normally this is downer as digital cameras suck the life out of batteries, not this one. The battery life is very good even on bog standard batteries.

This is a superb little camera and is the one I take with me whenever I am going out. My poor old DSLR with the interchangeable lenses has not left the house since I bought.
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Wonder Wiggle on 8 Jan. 2013
Just use the rotating switch on the top to what suits you and your abillity cant be simpler.

What makes a bit more simpler is no matter where you go and what setting or where you are in the menu a description comes up with sample pictures to inform you and show you exactly what it can do, no guessing or knowledge required.

It could be the first time you ever touched a camera and in minutes you are ready to go, no books or manuals to read or learn they made this as simple as it can get yet as advanced as anything else, ideal for the first timer or newbie.


If you no good at photography and you the sort of person who wants to take good shots and like to have an expert with you to set it up for you all the time then just leave it on auto the intelligent system does it all for you, just point and click.

If you need a flash just pop it up but be warned it is a powerfull flash and it covers some distance more than you expect it to do.

On Auto your functions are limited, including the flash unit.

(2) If you want to do more use P setting if you have little knowledge just leave all the settings like white balance, exposure, shutter speeds etc on auto, and just alter what you want to do you want, like a water fall or fireworks or any moving object alter the shutter speed for different effects what ever your imagination comes up with.

On This setting all camera functions are yours to control.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 2 Dec. 2012
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Absolutely thrilled with this camera. I had the Olympus SP-600UZ before and was very distraught when it got damaged! This has been a perfect update and the extra zoom has been perfect for our safari shots. Highle recommend this camera for its ease of functionality and results.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Feb. 2013
Have to say, I'm finding this very easy to get to grips with. Having been a Fuji girl for some years, I found it quite easy to busk my way round the main settings (although it did help that I tried - and indeed bought - this from a Proper Shop with a nice man to talk me through it! John Lewis - thank you very much!)

Someone else commented on batteries falling out - there is a tiny switch on the cover for that which locks it in place, and after emptying the batteries all over the floor in the shop to everyone's surprise, we applied it and it has not happened since!

I'm using "ordinary" superduper strength AA batteries at the moment and they are lasting a whole lot longer than the rechargeable thing in my last (current) Fuji T200 - which sometimes barely lasts two days of use, so I always have to carry a charged spare.

I will add to the review when I've had more use - but the first few photos are very pleasing. Good zoom, good macros; so far the quality of the pics is looking good. Not so enormously bulky and heavy to carry either - not for those of us who carried a film camera with a zoom lens 20 years ago, anyway!

I have a Lowepro case which fits it very snugly, and has a waterproof covering and inside pockets for the important little bits. (This came from John Lewis too who were doing a nice price on it.) Lowepro Apex 100AW Shoulder Bag For Digital Cameras/Camcorders - Black

[update early March 13 - still on the same set of batteries. Haven't used it a huge amount, as the weather's been so lousy, but when I have I think I've easily used one or more Fuji-rechargeables' worth, so I'm very impressed. Also with the help of a tripod and the delay mode, took some good photos of the moon!]
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Tyler VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2013
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I was almost put off this bargain by some adverse reviews mentioning issues like the battery compartment opening unexpectedly, slow start-up times and short battery life. I have found none of these to be the case. The catch for the battery compartment, once slid across (which is a bit fiddly), will not open. The camera starts from cold as quickly as I have time to think about the shot I am about to take - it switches between modes instantly, which often gives you several different settings for the same shot. The batteries last well - good rechargeables with a spare set of new Duracells in the case and you are good for a heavy day of photography.
Highly recommended and excellent value if you can't quite afford a real DLSR.
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