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Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ

Portability
71
Imaging
47
Features
50
Overall
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Olympus E-620 front
 
Olympus SP-800 UZ front
Portability
69
Imaging
37
Features
35
Overall
36

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Key Specs

Olympus E-620
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 500g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Introduced July 2009
Olympus SP-800 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Increase to 1000)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-840mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 455g - 110 x 90 x 91mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Updated by Olympus SP-810 UZ
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Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Olympus E-620 and Olympus SP-800 UZ, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both manufactured by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-620 (12MP) and the SP-800 UZ (14MP) is relatively close but the E-620 (Four Thirds) and SP-800 UZ (1/2.3") posses different sensor dimensions.

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The E-620 was brought out 7 months prior to the SP-800 UZ so they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-620 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus SP-800 UZ being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the E-620 grades against the SP-800 UZ with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-620 over the Olympus SP-800 UZ

 E-620 SP-800 UZ 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-800 UZ over the Olympus E-620

 SP-800 UZ E-620 
LaunchedFebruary 2010July 2009Fresher by 7 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Olympus E-620 and Olympus SP-800 UZ

 E-620 SP-800 UZ 
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry your camera regularly, you have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-620 comes with outer measurements of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") with a weight of 500 grams (1.10 lbs) and the Olympus SP-800 UZ has dimensions of 110mm x 90mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") and a weight of 455 grams (1.00 lbs).

Check the Olympus E-620 and Olympus SP-800 UZ in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising during that time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the E-620 against the SP-800 UZ.

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-620 and SP-800 UZ is 71 and 69 respectively.

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to imagine the difference in sensor sizing simply by researching specifications. The graphic underneath will help offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-620 and SP-800 UZ.

To sum up, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-620 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make getting bokeh less difficult and the Olympus SP-800 UZ will result in greater detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The older E-620 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ sensor size comparison

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-620
Portrait photography with Olympus SP-800 UZ
60
has manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12MP)
28
MP count decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-620 as a Street photography camera
Olympus SP-800 UZ as a Street photography camera
76
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
46
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-620
Sports photography with Olympus SP-800 UZ
48
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has phase detect auto focus
low fps (4.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (12MP)
terrible battery power (500 CIPA)
47
great zoom range (28-840mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-620 Travel photography details
Olympus SP-800 UZ Travel photography details
53
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery power (500 shots)
resolution not great (12MP)
61
MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
very long reach (840mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-620 Landscape photography factors
Olympus SP-800 UZ Landscape photography factors
53
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7")
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
41
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-620 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus SP-800 UZ as a Vlogging camera
18
lack of video recording
24
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
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Olympus E-620 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-620 and Olympus SP-800 UZ
 Olympus E-620Olympus SP-800 UZ
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus E-620 Olympus SP-800 UZ
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-07-06 2010-02-02
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III+ TruePic III
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 4032 x 3024 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 1000
Min native ISO 100 64
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 7 143
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-840mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-5.6
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Total lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 12 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 3.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video data format - H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 500g (1.10 lb) 455g (1.00 lb)
Physical dimensions 130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") 110 x 90 x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 536 not tested
Other
Battery life 500 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID BLS-1 Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $799 $270