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Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D

Portability
69
Imaging
37
Features
35
Overall
36
Olympus SP-800 UZ front
 
Pentax K20D front
Portability
59
Imaging
54
Features
52
Overall
53

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D Key Specs

Olympus SP-800 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Raise 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
  • Refreshed by Olympus SP-810 UZ
Pentax K20D
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Released June 2008
  • Replaced the Pentax K10D
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Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Advanced DSLR by companies Olympus and Pentax. The image resolution of the SP-800 UZ (14MP) and the K20D (15MP) is very close but the SP-800 UZ (1/2.3") and K20D (APS-C) offer different sensor measurements.

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The SP-800 UZ was announced 20 months later than the K20D making them a generation apart from one another. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus SP-800 UZ being a Compact camera and the Pentax K20D being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short highlight of how the SP-800 UZ matches up versus the K20D with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-800 UZ over the Pentax K20D

 SP-800 UZ K20D 
ReleasedFebruary 2010June 2008Fresher by 20 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Pentax K20D over the Olympus SP-800 UZ

 K20D SP-800 UZ 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Common features in the Olympus SP-800 UZ and Pentax K20D

 SP-800 UZ K20D 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry your camera, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus SP-800 UZ enjoys outside measurements of 110mm x 90mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") along with a weight of 455 grams (1.00 lbs) whilst the Pentax K20D has sizing of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Below is a front view proportions comparison of the SP-800 UZ vs the K20D.

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SP-800 UZ and K20D is 69 and 59 respectively.

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its hard to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing simply by viewing specs. The graphic here will offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the SP-800 UZ and K20D.

All in all, both of the cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The SP-800 UZ with its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Pentax K20D will result in greater detail with its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics way more aggressively. The more modern SP-800 UZ should have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K20D as a Portrait photography camera
28
decent MP (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
72
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (15MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Street photography factors
Pentax K20D Street photography factors
46
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
65
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather proof
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K20D as a Sports photography camera
47
great zoom range (28-840mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
68
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (15MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
weather proof
sensor has phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (3.0 fps)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Travel photography factors
Pentax K20D Travel photography factors
61
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
very long reach (840mm)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
64
weather proof
decent sensor resolution (15MP)
flash built-in
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Landscape photography info
Pentax K20D Landscape photography info
41
pretty wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
71
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (15 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather proof
tiny screen (2.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-800 UZ Vlogging highlights
Pentax K20D Vlogging highlights
24
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port
9
lack of video recording
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Olympus SP-800 UZ vs Pentax K20D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-800 UZ and Pentax K20D
 Olympus SP-800 UZPentax K20D
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus SP-800 UZ Pentax K20D
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Launched 2010-02-02 2008-06-25
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 15MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4672 x 3104
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 1000 6400
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 143 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 28-840mm (30.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.6 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Total lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Min shutter speed 12 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.10 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1280x720 None
Video format H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 455 gr (1.00 pounds) 800 gr (1.76 pounds)
Physical dimensions 110 x 90 x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") 142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 65
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.1
DXO Low light score not tested 639
Other
Battery model Li-50B D-LI50
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $270 $700