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Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ

Portability
63
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43
Olympus Stylus SP-100 front
 
Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ front
Portability
69
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ Key Specs

Olympus SP-100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Expand to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 594g - 122 x 91 x 133mm
  • Released January 2014
Olympus SP-820UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-896mm (F3.4-5.7) lens
  • 485g - 117 x 78 x 93mm
  • Released August 2012
  • Succeeded the Olympus SP-820UZ
  • Updated by Olympus SP-820UZ
Photography Glossary

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ Overview

In this article, we will be analyzing the Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are offered by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the SP-100 (16MP) and the SP-820UZ (14MP) is relatively comparable and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SP-100 was launched 18 months later than the SP-820UZ which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus SP-100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Olympus SP-820UZ being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summary of how the SP-100 scores versus the SP-820UZ in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-100 over the Olympus SP-820UZ

 SP-100 SP-820UZ 
ReleasedJanuary 2014August 2012Fresher by 18 months
Manually focus Dial exact focusing

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-820UZ over the Olympus SP-100

 SP-820UZ SP-100 

Common features in the Olympus SP-100 and Olympus SP-820UZ

 SP-100 SP-820UZ 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus SP-100 enjoys outside dimensions of 122mm x 91mm x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2") with a weight of 594 grams (1.31 lbs) while the Olympus SP-820UZ has sizing of 117mm x 78mm x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") along with a weight of 485 grams (1.07 lbs).

Examine the Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the SP-100 against the SP-820UZ.

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the SP-100 and SP-820UZ is 63 and 69 respectively.

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to picture the difference in sensor sizing merely by going through specifications. The graphic below may offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the SP-100 and SP-820UZ.

To sum up, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Olympus SP-100 to provide greater detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots a little more aggressively. The more modern SP-100 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Portrait photography factors
Olympus SP-820UZ Portrait photography factors
44
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
offers face detect focus
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
34
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Street photography factors
Olympus SP-820UZ Street photography factors
42
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
more heavy than competition (594 grams)
37
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than others in class (485g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SP-100
Sports photography with Olympus SP-820UZ
53
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
33
great zoom range (22-896mm 40.7 x zoom)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Travel photography features
Olympus SP-820UZ Travel photography features
53
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
great reach (1200mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (594 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.9)
55
decent megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (22mm)
long reach (896mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (485g)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Landscape photography information
Olympus SP-820UZ Landscape photography information
47
has manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
35
pretty wide (22mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
decent megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Vlogging info
Olympus SP-820UZ Vlogging info
29
reasonably wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with microphone jack
slow max aperture (f2.9)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competition (594g)
25
pretty wide (22mm)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have mic socket
heavier than others in class (485g)
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Olympus SP-100 vs Olympus SP-820UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-100 and Olympus SP-820UZ
 Olympus Stylus SP-100Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Stylus SP-100 Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2014-01-29 2012-08-21
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Max enhanced ISO 12800 -
Lowest native ISO 125 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-1200mm (50.0x) 22-896mm (40.7x)
Max aperture f/2.9-6.5 f/3.4-5.7
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 920 thousand dots -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1700 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 7.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 15.00 m
Flash options Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 594g (1.31 lb) 485g (1.07 lb)
Dimensions 122 x 91 x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2") 117 x 78 x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 330 photos -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-92B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $400 $299