• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 22mm - 896mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1200mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SP-820UZ advantages over Canon SX50

  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    14.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Canon SX50 advantages over Olympus SP-820UZ

  • More lens zoom
    50.0x vs 40.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 3 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.0 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 50x optical zoom with whopping 24-1200mm-equivalent reach; Excellent image quality for its class; 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD; Ergonomic design and controls; Improved image stabilization and Zoom Framing Assist; Shoots RAW; Full 1080p HD video.

  • Poor low-light AF performance; Image quality deteriorates at ISO 800 and above; Sluggish cycle times; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon P500

Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon P500
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon SX50
Nikon P500
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • RAW file ability
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Nikon P600

Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon P600
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bulb shutter
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon SX520 HS

Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX520 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $218
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
Canon SX50
Canon SX520 HS
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $218
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon SX530 HS

Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX530 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • NFC
Canon SX50
Canon SX530 HS
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon P610

Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon P610
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bulb shutter
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SX50
Nikon P610
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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