Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-864mm (F2.9-5.7) lens
  • 413g - 106 x 76 x 74mm
  • Revealed July 2011
  • Old Model is Olympus SP-800 UZ
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus SP-810 UZ summary

Olympus SP-810 UZ is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on July of 2011. The camera uses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.

Olympus brought out this model in order to update the earlier Olympus SP-800 UZ (Read Full Comparison)

The SP-810 UZ is ranked #207 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #916 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should look at our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Olympus SP-810 UZ history

The Olympus SP-810 UZ is part of a family of products. You can read the full range underneath.

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Olympus-SZ-30MR front thumbnailOlympus SZ-30MR
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Olympus-SZ-10 front thumbnailOlympus SZ-10
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Olympus-SP-610UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-610UZ
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Olympus-SP-800-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-800 UZ
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SP-810 UZ vs SP-600 UZ
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SP-810 UZ vs SP-565UZ
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Olympus SP-810 UZ Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Olympus SP-810 UZ based on factors which are generally considered crucial in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
amazing zoom range (24-864mm 36.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with HDMI socket
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
features tracking focus
has built in flash
long zoom (864mm)
rather wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have mic socket
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
lack of shutter priority mode
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
max frames per second low (0.7 frames per second)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,200 seconds)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.7)
no articulating screen
no manual focus
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Olympus SP-810 UZ Sensor details

The Olympus SP-810 UZ houses the TruePic III+ chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Olympus SP-810 UZ is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the SP-810 UZ's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The SP-810 UZ sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus SP-810 UZ dimensions

Olympus SP-810 UZ weighs in at 0.91 lbs (413 gr / 14.57 ounces) and features outside proportions of 106mm x 76mm x 74mm (4.2" x 3.0" x 2.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Olympus SP-810 UZ is very much the same when compared to various rivals.

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Here is a image of the Olympus SP-810 UZ besides a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Olympus SP-810 UZ dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button layout on the SP-810 UZ.

Olympus SP-810 UZ topview buttons dials

Olympus SP-810 UZ Lens specs

The SP-810 UZ houses an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 24-864mm giving it a 36.0 x zoom which is very good and would enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.9 which will be very slow and not the best in low light events and you will probably struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost the ISO producing noisy shots. At the tele end, 864mm is terrific zoom and comes with f5.7 which is really slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus SP-810 UZ Connectivity

The SP-810 UZ has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Olympus SP-810 UZ Video specs

The max video quality in the Olympus SP-810 UZ is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should really strive for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have got little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to order a different model if you need better audio in your videos.

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Olympus SP-810 UZ Weather Sealing

Olympus SP-810 UZ does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions could ruin the camera.

Olympus SP-810 UZ Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus SP-810 UZ houses a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus SP-810 UZ are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be pretty valuable.

Olympus SP-810 UZ Shutter specs

Olympus SP-810 UZ can shoot continuously at 0.7 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1200 sec.

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Olympus SP-810 UZ Flash and Hot shoe specs

Olympus SP-810 UZ has got only built in flash without external flash support.

Olympus SP-810 UZ Autofocus specs

Olympus SP-810 UZ has got just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is helpful for portraits.

It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Olympus SP-810 UZ has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful for low light conditions or you need more accurate control on focus.

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Olympus SP-810 UZ Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the maximum (600) battery life for this category of cameras.

Here is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

Olympus SP-810 UZ for different types of photography

The following illustration gives a summary of the Olympus SP-810 UZ for different types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Olympus SP-810 UZ as a Portrait photography camera

The Olympus SP-810 UZ gets a score of 33 which is dreadful, and means the camera is not really good for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the flexibility to use external lighting.

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resolution is good (14MP)
provides face detect focus
no manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Olympus SP-810 UZ Street photography highlights

Getting a modest rating of 50, the Olympus SP-810 UZ is relatively suitable for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Olympus SP-810 UZ Sports photography factors

A dreadful sports photography rating of 40 indicates the Olympus SP-810 UZ is not really good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (24-864mm 36.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
features tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,200s)
max frames per second very slow (0.7 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Olympus SP-810 UZ Travel photography highlights

Size is very important when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Olympus SP-810 UZ gets a nice 61 as a travelling camera which is a fine pick to purchase for your trips.

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megapixel count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
very long reach (864mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)

Olympus SP-810 UZ Landscape photography factors

For those who are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus SP-810 UZ with it's dreadful score of 40 as a landscape camera is not really good amongst its competition.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
no manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse function

Olympus SP-810 UZ Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a moving screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus SP-810 UZ is not really good as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful rating of 27.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic support

Olympus SP-810 UZ Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the SP-810 UZ, below is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart followed below gives you an overview of the SP-810 UZ compared to it's top rated rivals listed above.

Following are additional cameras you may see as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Olympus SP-810 UZ
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III+
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW support
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-864mm (36.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
0.7 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
6.20 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
413 grams (0.91 lbs)
Physical dimensions
106 x 76 x 74mm (4.2" x 3.0" x 2.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Launch price