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Olympus SP-620UZ review

Budget priced 21x superzoom suitable for beginners and the broke

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FRINGING: This wide-angle shot reveals little in the way of distortion, although there is a small bit of lens flare due to harsh winter light, and, on close inspection, some purple fringing visible where rooftop meets featureless sky in the left of frame. Overall, though, a very reasonable level of detail has been retained.

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TELEPHOTO: By way of contrast, this is a telephoto shot, taken handheld from a low vantage position. Again, a reasonable level of detail has been maintained, even if the image is a little 'flat' and would benefit from a bit more contrast to really bring out the craggy detail on the statue's face.

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SHARP: At its widest point (25mm equivalent) edge to edge sharpness is been maintained, and there isn't the usual fall off of focus as we near the corners of the image. On standard default colour setting colours are realistic rather than punchy.

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READABLE: And again a telephoto image, taken from the same vantage point at maximum 525mm equivalent telephoto setting. The shot remains sharp enough that the 'Waterloo Bridge' lettering is clearly visible and reasonably well defined.

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FRAGMENTED: In the words of Rolf: Can you tell what it is yet? A row of worker's cottages as seen through the Olympus SP-620UZ's new 'Fragmented' Magic Filter. David Hockey is already on the phone…

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MACRO:The Olympus SP-620UZ offers macro close-ups down to 10cm from your subject. With some flattering background and foreground defocus effects achievable, this image shows what the quality is like.

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
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