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Olympus SP-620UZ review

Budget priced 21x superzoom suitable for beginners and the broke

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus SP-620UZ, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Olympus SP-620UZ is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Olympus sp 620uz review resolution iso 100
Olympus sp-620uz review resolution iso 100

Olympus sp 620uz review resolution iso 80
Olympus sp-620uz review resolution iso 80

ISO 80, score: 22 (see full image)

Olympus sp 620uz review resolution iso 100
Olympus sp-620uz review resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 20 (see full image)

Olympus sp 620uz review resolution iso 200
Olympus sp-620uz review resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (see full image)

Olympus sp 620uz review resolution iso 400
Olympus sp-620uz review resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 18 (see full image)

Olympus sp 620uz review resolution iso 800
Olympus sp-620uz review resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus sp 620uz review resolution iso 1600
Olympus sp-620uz review resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 12 (see full image)

Follow this link for a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilySP
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom21x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Pet Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)435 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity59 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported4
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.6 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedCR-V3
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height74.3 mm
Width109.7 mm
Depth73.7 mm
Product SeriesSP
Focal Length4.50 mm to 94.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelSP-620UZ
Product NameSP-620UZ Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV103040BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

More than ten years ago, with its first SP Ultra Zoom (UZ) camera, Olympus laid down a marker for first-class specifications, versatility and sheer telephoto performance. On the evidence of the latest editions to the Traveller family, in this specialist segment they remain the cameras to beat. The powerful optics are all the more impressive given the modest dimensions. In fact, they take up most of the camera, especially on the SP-620UZ, which is incredibly slender and light for a camera of this zoom potential. It comes equipped with a 21x wide-angle optical zoom lens (25-525mm). In addition to close-quarter wide angles, expansive panoramas and nose-to-nose close-ups, this lens gives you the flexibility to experiment with intermediate zoom settings - from portraits to still lifes and holiday movies in 720p HD. Image quality is excellent on this camera, thanks in part to the 16-Megapixel CCD and Dual Image Stabilisation. You can look forward to radiant colours, low noise and razor-sharp edges. Blur is conspicuous only by its absence.

Package Contents
  • SP-620UZ Compact Camera
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Lens Cap
  • Hand Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video Cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Software Media
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty2 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker