Olympus SP-620UZ: A new Ultrazoom for the US and Europe


posted Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 4:09 AM EDT

Olympus' SP-620UZ digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Alongside Olympus Europe's launch of the SP-720UZ, the Olympus SP-620UZ has been launched in both the USA and Europe.

The Olympus SP-620UZ is quite closely related to the SP-720UZ, but it differs from the other camera in several important ways. Its image sensor is a slightly higher-res but much slower 16 megapixel CCD chip, and while we don't know the full-resolution burst shooting rate, you can get an idea for its rather pedestrian nature from the fact that even at a reduced eight megapixel rating, the SP-620UZ is limited to just three sequential frames at 0.92 frames per second. Compared to the other camera, the SP-620 also has a less powerful 21x optical zoom lens, and is restricted to 1,280 x 720 pixel movie capture, rather than Full HD. Finally, the SP-620UZ lacks the 'Dramatic' Magic Filter and HDR mode of its sibling, but adds an advanced face detection function, although we don't yet know how this differs from the SP-720's face detection capability.

The Olympus SP-620UZ ships from January 2012 in the US market, priced at around US$200. In Europe, it should arrive in mid-January 2012, with pricing of about €190. More details can be found in our Olympus SP-620UZ preview.

Olympus SP-620UZ
Olympus' SP-620UZ digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Mid-Sized
Manufacturer Olympus
Model Number North America: SP-620UZ
Dimensions 4.3 x 2.9 x 2.9 in.
(110 x 74 x 74 mm)
Weight 15.3 oz (435 g)
Planned Price $200
Planned Availability January 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
16.60 megapixels (total)
16.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio Other, 4:3
Image Dimensions 4608 x 3456 (15.9 megapixels)
4608 x 2592 (11.9 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens Type Olympus lens; 12 Lenses in 9 Groups, 3 Aspherical
21x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 4.5 - 94.5mm (actual)
25 - 525mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.1 or 8.7 (wide) / f/5.8 or 16.3 (tele)
Focusing System CCD Contrast Detection; iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Has AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 8" - infinity (20 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/1500 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent , One-touch
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 0.0EV
Scene Modes Scene Modes [Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fire Works, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Pet (Cat), Pet (Dog)], Magic Filters [Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water Color, Reflection, Miniature, Fragmented] , In-Camera Panorama, PC Panorama, 3D
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2, 12, Pet auto-shutter seconds
Movie Format MP4 (MPEG-4) with audio
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File Format JPEG, MPO
Video High definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output), HDMI Type-D
Battery Type Alkaline/Lithium disposables, NiMH rechargeables
Battery Form Factor 4 x AA
Product Bundle
Software OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 4 x Alkaline AAs battery
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control Yes, Optional wired
Notes Dual Image Stabilization, HD Video, Magic Art Filters, 3D Image Capture. Available in silver and black.
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Olympus' SP-620UZ digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp. Click for a bigger picture!


Press Release

Portable Powerhouse: Olympus SP-620UZ Ultrazoom Boasts Outstanding Optics, Image Quality And Affordability

High-Performance 21x Wide Zoom Compact Camera--The Ideal Travel Companion

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus today unveils the SP-620UZ, a long zoom camera designed for consumers looking for a powerful, great-value, go-anywhere compact that captures challenging shots. Offering impressive wide-angle capability for shooting landscapes, interiors and crowds, it's a 21x optical zoom lens (25-525mm equivalent*) gives you the flexibility to focus and capture wildlife, competitive sports and other distant subjects without having to carry interchangeable lenses.

The outstanding optics are matched by Olympus' advanced technologies, including Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization, which minimizes camera shake even when the user is moving and Dual Image Stabilization allowing you to record crisp, clear stills and HD videos. Capture images with radiant colors, low noise and razor-sharp edges, thanks in part to the 16-megapixel CCD sensor.

In addition to shooting wide-angle shots in close quarters, expansive panoramas and nose-to-nose close-ups, the Olympus SP-620UZ is flexible enough to experiment with intermediate zoom settings for portraits, still-life subjects and movies. A host of creative in-camera Magic Art Filters enables you to apply spectacular effects to all of life's adventures both with stills and in video mode.

No time to fix your make-up before someone takes your picture with the SP-620UZ? Olympus' Beauty Make-up mode will let you apply everything from eyeliner to eye shadow and rouge. You can even lift cheekbones and morph your subjects into cover-models. With 3D image capture, the Olympus SP-620UZ combines two photos of the same subject from different angles to generate dynamic 3D images that can be viewed on a 3D-compatible monitor or television.

Eye-Fi™ card compatibility and a 3.0"LCD make it simple to share stills and HD videos with ease.
*35mm camera equivalent.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The SP-620UZ will be available in January and ships with a Camera Strap, Protective Lens Cap, USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable, 4 AA Batteries, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual and OLYMPUS [ib] Software CD-ROM and a Warranty Card.

Estimated Street Price: $199.99 (Available in silver and black)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com.

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