Olympus SP-620 UZ summary
Olympus SP-620 UZ is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally revealed on January of 2012. The camera includes a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The SP-620 UZ ranks at #157 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #736 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your customized factors.
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Olympus SP-620 UZ family
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Olympus SP-620 UZ Gallery
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Olympus SP-620 UZ Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Olympus SP-620 UZ based on features that are generally considered useful in a camera.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Sensor details
The Olympus SP-620 UZ houses the TruePic III+ chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Olympus SP-620 UZ is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the SP-620 UZ's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The SP-620 UZ sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus SP-620 UZ dimensions
Olympus SP-620 UZ weighs around 0.96 lb (435g or 15.34 oz) & the sizing of the camera is 110mm x 74mm x 74mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 2.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Olympus SP-620 UZ is more heavy when compared with other rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Listed below is a photo of the Olympus SP-620 UZ with a soda so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button layout on the SP-620 UZ.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Lens specs
The SP-620 UZ provides a built in lens providing a focal range of 25-525mm making it a 21.0 x zoom which is ideal and is going to allow you to zoom right in.
At the widest 25mm, it has an aperture of f3.1 which will be pretty slow and not the best for low light occasions and you might find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to raise the ISO which causes noisy files. At the tele end, 525mm is exceptional zoom and comes to f5.8 which is pretty slow and you might need to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Connectivity
The SP-620 UZ has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.
Many applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Video specs
The max video quality on the Olympus SP-620 UZ is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really strive for at least FUll HD quality for video. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone port which means that you get no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to look into a different camera in case you want good sound for your video clips.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing for the Olympus SP-620 UZ so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus SP-620 UZ includes a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the display is not a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specs for Olympus SP-620 UZ are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are quite valuable.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Shutter specs
The max shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Flash and Hot shoe specs
Olympus SP-620 UZ has only built in flash lacking external flash support.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Autofocus specs
Olympus SP-620 UZ has just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it valuable for people photography.
It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Olympus SP-620 UZ lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful for low light or you need to have more accurate focus control.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life for this range of cameras.
Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:
Olympus SP-620 UZ for specific types of photography
The following chart shows a rundown of the Olympus SP-620 UZ for specific types of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Portrait photography info
The Olympus SP-620 UZ has a rating of 36 which is lousy, and means the camera is just not acceptable for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support plus the option to utilize external lighting.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Street photography factors
With a decent score of 50, the Olympus SP-620 UZ is reasonably suitable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Sports photography advice
A reasonable sports photography rating of 49 means the Olympus SP-620 UZ is somewhat acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus SP-620 UZ as a Travel photography camera
Weight is pretty important in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus SP-620 UZ gets a above average 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a good pick to buy for your vacations.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Landscape photography details
If you find yourself planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Olympus SP-620 UZ and it's lousy rating of 42 for a landscape camera is just not acceptable in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Olympus SP-620 UZ
A vlogging camera should really come with a articulating display, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus SP-620 UZ is just not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a lousy score of 28.
Olympus SP-620 UZ Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the SP-620 UZ, here is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line chart below shows you a summary of the SP-620 UZ compared to it's top scored rivals shown above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.