Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS Superzoom Camera has 40x Optical Zoom Lens

14MP self-contained camera zooms from ultrawide to super tele


Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

With the new Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS camera, which will be available from Adorama, Olympus accomplished a world’s first: a superzoom camera with a widest focal length of 22.4mm (35mm equivalent), which goes a bit wider than any of its competitors. The full range, 22.4-896mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.4-5.7 lens is, at 40x, the second longest zoom range of all digital cameras currently on the market.  Such a wide focal range puts a “do it all” self-contained camera in the hands of travel photographers  and others who don’t want to bother with the hassle of changing lenses.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

The Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS has an oversized grip, which the company says will help to reduce camera shake, a curved top plate, and minimalist overall design.


The SP-820UZ has a 14MP CMOS sensor and souped-up TruePic V image processor that Olympus says delivers faster reaction times, radiant colors, and sharp images of fast-moving objects as well as low-light and backlit scenes. For low light scenes, which could easily result in camera shake and/or noise, Olympus offers Hand-Held Starlight mode, which captures several images and stitches them together into a sharp shot. Similarly, HDR Backlight Adjustment blends together images shot in quick sequence at different exposures into one image that captures a wide range from highlights to shadows.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS


Other features include:

  • iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High Speed) technologies
  • High speed adjustable frame rate
  • 1080p HD video
  • 240fps high-speed video
  • Photo with video clip
  • Dual image stabilization
  • Multi-motion movie image stabilization
  • Linear PCM audio recording
  • Beauty mode applies virtual eyeliner, eye shadow and blush to subject
  • Smart Panorama up to 360 degrees
  • Magic Art Filters (Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Reflection, Miniature, Fragmented, Dramatic)
  • Eye-Fi card capability
  • 3-inch, 460k dot LCD monitor
  • Contrast detection AF
  • Shutter speeds ¼-1/2000 sec
  • ISO range 80-6400
  • AA Batteries

The Olympus SP-820UZ iHS will be available from Adorama in September for $329.99.


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