• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 22.00mm - 896.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SP-820UZ advantages over Ricoh WG-30

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    896 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Wider angle lens
    22 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.0 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Ricoh WG-30 advantages over Olympus SP-820UZ

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 93 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    192g vs 485g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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

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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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Ricoh WG-30
Nikon P500
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Fujifilm SL300

Olympus SP-820UZ
Fujifilm SL300
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe
Ricoh WG-30
Fujifilm SL300
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SX50

Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX50
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Ricoh WG-30
Canon SX50
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon SX520 HS

Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX520 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bulb shutter
  • $239
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
Ricoh WG-30
Canon SX520 HS
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $239
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Canon SX530 HS

Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX530 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bulb shutter
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Ricoh WG-30
Canon SX530 HS
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
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