• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 676.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 27.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SP-720UZ advantages over Sony HX200V

  • Lighter weight
    405g vs 591g
    Lighter weight
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Sony HX200V advantages over Olympus SP-720UZ

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    810 mm vs 676 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 14.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely versatile superzoom that covers everything from wide angle to mega-telephoto; Portable design doesn't sacrifice comfort; Detailed images thanks to high-resolution 18.2MP BSI CMOS sensor.

  • Slow to use overall; Poor image quality at high ISOs; Images not as sharp or as bright at full telephoto as we had hoped.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus SP-610UZ

Olympus SP-720UZ
Olympus SP-610UZ
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter
Sony HX200V
Olympus SP-610UZ
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Bulb shutter

Compared to Sony HX100V

Olympus SP-720UZ
Sony HX100V
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Bulb shutter
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony HX200V
Sony HX100V
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Nikon L120

Olympus SP-720UZ
Nikon L120
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bulb shutter
  • $226
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Sony HX200V
Nikon L120
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $226
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Panasonic FZ60

Olympus SP-720UZ
Panasonic FZ60
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bulb shutter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $270
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $270
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon SX500

Olympus SP-720UZ
Canon SX500
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bulb shutter
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure
Sony HX200V
Canon SX500
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
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