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Olympus SP-820UZ Ultra Zoom announced

Discussion in 'Olympus Forum' started by Luke, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    probably not for the "bigger" sensor IQ hounds, but the optical zoom range of 22.4mm-896mm is eye-popping (and yes, that is optical zoom.....you can add a digital zoom to get it to 1792mm.......80x)

    Olympus SP-820UZ Ultra Zoom Camera Announced
     
  2. Jenna

    Jenna SC Rookie

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    Aug 18, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Karen
    that is an impressive range if it delivers on image quality
     
  3. Jenna

    Jenna SC Rookie

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    Aug 18, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Karen
    that is an impressive range if it delivers on image quality. Just had a quick look at specs, it does not appear to have a filter thread. Why do manufacturers provide models like these without the capacity to use filters.
     
  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I stopped considering Olympus superzooms when they removed RAW or TIFF as options, and when they removed the EVF.
     
  5. Jenna

    Jenna SC Rookie

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    Aug 18, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Karen
    it really does remove models from consideration by serious enthusiasts. If they are trying to market to the serious enthusiast, they really need to focus on what features this group require.
     
  6. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Somewhere, people must buy enough Olympus superzooms to justify the company's decision to continue making them. But I don't know where. At any rate, these cameras are clearly not for photo enthusiasts. As others have already pointed out: no viewfinder, no raw, no 3:2 aspect ratio option, etc.
     
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I don't use RAW (except for the occasional difficult light shot) and no viewfinder is a bummer but not a deal breaker for me. It wouldn't be my only camera. But I can definitely see a use for one of these types of pocket rockets....even if it isn't his particular one.

    I can't believe someone with 6 cameras in their signature can't find room for one more :wink:
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    And I'm pretty sure it's not meant for "serious enthusiasts" or whatever we nutjob camera hoarders are calling ourselves, because on the mode dial there are modes labeled (and I'm being 100% serious here)...."Reality" and "Magic". I'd just set that thing on Magic and let it rip!
     
  9. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Oh, I'm not against the idea of a compact travel superzoom, either. You can see I have a Canon SX230. But it seems like Olympus's competition in that market space is well ahead of it. But I'm guessing it's not costing Olympus much to do. I'm sure they don't even make that kind of camera - it probably comes from a third-party OEM like Flextronics. I think Olympus makes everything from the Tough series and XZ-1 on up.

    P.S. Always go for the "Magic" setting... "Reality" is for people who can't handle drugs... :biggrin:
     
  10. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    22.4mm at the wide end is pretty amazing.