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Seems Like Olympus is Trying to Break the Zoom Record with Their New SP-820 UZ

by Felix L. Esser on 08/22/2012

Olympus just announced a new superzoom compact camera called the SP-820 UZ. What makes this camera special is that it seems to be reaching for a new record in zoom factor. The SP-820 UZ features a 22.4-896 mm (equivalent to 35mm full-frame) f3.4-5.7 lens with an incredible 40x zoom factor. But it’s not only the stunning 896 mm at the end of the zoom range — its initial wide-angle setting of 22.4 mm is equally impressive, with most cameras starting somewhere between 24 and 28 mm these days. And here’s the best thing: it doesn’t stop at 896 mm. With Olympus’ proprietary Super-resolution Zoom you get an extra 2x digital zoom on top, making it a de-facto 1792 mm 80x zoom camera.

Besides all this zoom goodness, the SP-820 UZ sports a conventional 14 megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3″ 460k dot display and an HDR mode. On the videography side, it is capable of recording 1080p Full-HD videos as well as high-speed videos with framerates of up to 240 fps.

Olympus SP-820 UZ Specs

  • Effective number of pixels 14 million
  • Optical zoom 40x
  • Wide 22.4mm wide-angle (35mm film equivalent)
  • Image stabilization DUAL IS (CMOS shift type & high-sensitivity shooting)
  • LCD screen size 3.0 type, 460,000 dots
  • LCD screen type TFT color LCD
  • Movie shooting High-definition movies (MOV/H.264)
  • Other Features
  • Magic Filter enhances the enjoyment of shooting photos on a digital camera, and Beauty Mode creates a beautiful impression when shooting pictures of people
  • Scene Mode allows for shooting not only standard scenes, but also enables easy shooting of beautiful images even in difficult shooting conditions
  • HDMI Output Control*9 enables control of the camera, such as selecting and switching images with a TV remote control
  • Face Detect AF lets the camera automatically detect faces
  • Intelligent iAUTO automatically detects scenes and optimizes settings for shooting
  • In-camera Panorama Merge allows users to easily shoot panoramic images by simply moving the camera as directed
  • USB Battery Charge allows users to charge the camera battery while connected to a computer, and transferring or organizing image data
  • Auto Tracking AF automatically tracks moving subjects and adjusts the focus
  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi cards

The announced price for the SP-820 UZ is GBP 279.99 / EUR 349.00 on the European market and USD 329.99 on the US market. The SP-820 UZ will be available in the US in September and in Europe in October.

The Olympus SP-820 UZ can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo, in black and silver.

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