• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 26mm - 676mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 22mm - 896mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SP-720UZ advantages over Olympus SP-820UZ

  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    8 vs 3 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Olympus SP-820UZ advantages over Olympus SP-720UZ

  • More lens zoom
    40.0x vs 26.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Wider angle lens
    22 mm vs 26 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/2000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus SP-610UZ

Olympus SP-720UZ
Olympus SP-610UZ
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More dots on screen
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter
Olympus SP-820UZ
Olympus SP-610UZ
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon P500

Olympus SP-720UZ
Nikon P500
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More lens zoom
Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon P500
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus SP-620UZ

Olympus SP-720UZ
Olympus SP-620UZ
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More dots on screen
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
Olympus SP-820UZ
Olympus SP-620UZ
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon L810

Olympus SP-720UZ
Nikon L810
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Bulb shutter
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon L810
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Canon SX520 HS

Olympus SP-720UZ
Canon SX520 HS
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bulb shutter
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Manual focus
Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX520 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
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