Olympus has released the SP-820UZ and SP720UZ - the latest in its long-running Ultrazoom series of superzoom cameras. Both are 14MP CMOS-based cameras featuring 1080p movie capture and 460k dot 3" LCDs. The SP-820UZ features a 40x, 22.4-896mm equivalent lens and takes AA batteries. The SP-720UZ is built around a shorter, 26x, 26-676mm equivalent zoom lens. Both models feature sensor-shift image stabilization, can control Eye-Fi wireless SD cards and can automatically shoot pictures when a pet looks directly at them. Olympus US has only announced the SP-820UZ.

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Olympus SP-820UZ Press Release:

The OLYMPUS STYLUS SP-820UZ compact digital camera

Ultra-zoom with Advanced iHS technology, 40x optical zoom from a 22.4mm wide-angle, and Full High-definition movies
Powered by AA batteries, so users can take it anywhere

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Haruo Ogawa) is proud to announce the introduction of the OLYMPUS STYLUS SP-820UZ, powered by AA batteries and boasts a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, iHS Technology from a digital SLR image processing engine, along with a 22.4mm*1 wide-angle to 896mm*1 telephoto optical 40x ultra-zoom lens. It is scheduled to go on sale from the end of September, 2012.

Main Features

  1. With a 14.0 megapixel*2, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, and an image processing engine established with the OLYMPUS PEN, this camera achieves high-sensitivity, low noise, and a fast AF (iHS Technology).
  2. Equipped with DUAL IS*3, for double image stabilization, and a 40x optical zoom (Super Resolution 80x zoom) from a 22.4mm wide-angle.
  3. Supports Full High-definition movie*4 (MOV/H.264) shooting. Magic Filter*5 is also available for use when shooting movies

Olympus compact digital cameras are equipped with image processing technology in the form of iHS Technology, enabling high-sensitivity, low noise, and a fast AF. With Super Resolution zoom, and iAUTO, which detects subjects and scenes from a maximum of 29 patterns, users can easily capture images just as they appear to the eye.

The OLYMPUS STYLUS SP-820UZ is equipped with a 22.4mm wide-angle to 896mm super-telephoto, high-magnification zoom lens, enabling an extremely wide range of shooting possibilities. The power of a large and heavy, sized super-telephoto lens is available on the compact body of the STYLUS SP-820UZ, making it the perfect companion for keeping baggage light on a trip. This is an "all-in-one" camera for easily taking high-grade pictures on the go.

With the 40x optical zoom lens, users can capture intense and up-close photos of far away subjects with ease. The STYLUS SP-820UZ can capture the expressions on children's faces at school games and plays, and the action of athletes at sporting events, with a level of detail not visible to the naked eye. With Super Resolution zoom, users can not only zoom up to 80x with virtually no image degradation, but in combination with the digital zoom it is even possible to photograph craters on the moon at 160x. With CMOS shift-type image stabilization and DUAL IS*3 for high-sensitivity shooting, camera shake is effectively reduced during telephoto shooting. With 22.4mm*2 wide-angle shooting, landscape photos and large group photos are a cinch. With just this one camera, users can enjoy shooting various scenes at just the right angles.

Simply pressing the button on the back of the camera allows super telephoto HD movie shooting, and Magic Filter also adds to the enjoyment of shooting movies on a digital camera.

Beauty Mode*6 corrects the image so skin appears more smooth and beautiful, and Beauty Make-up mode corrects the image after shooting so that skin and eyes appear more beautiful. Thanks to its features of automatically detecting a pet's face and capturing the shot at the best possible timing, this camera is useful at not only cover events but every day situations.

Main Features -- Details

Full High-Definition Movies (MOV/H.264)*9
Full High-definition size 1920 x 1080 movies, and an extremely good compression format for computers. With MOV and H.264 formats, longer movies can be shot more smoothly and beautifully. With the dedicated movie button, movie shooting can be started and stopped with a single touch.

The STYLUS SP-820 is also equipped with Multi-Motion Movie IS image stabilization. Because this function corrects for the gradual camera shake that commonly occurs when shooting a movie while walking, users can more fully enjoy shooting beautiful, high-quality movies.

Magic Filter
The popular Magic Filter offers 10 different filters to choose from: Pop, Pinhole, Fisheye, Sketch, Wedding, Rock, Watercolor, Crystal, Mirror, and Miniature. Pop, Pinhole, Fisheye, Sketch, Wedding, Rock, Watercolor, and Mirror can also be used when shooting movies.

Pet Mode (Scene Mode)*7
Dogs and cats are automatically detected. By selecting Pet-cat or Pet-dog modes, the camera will automatically detect cats or dogs and focus on their faces. Up to ten dog or cat faces can be detected.

Auto Shutter
Capture pets' expressions. With Auto Shutter, the camera will automatically shoot when a pet faces the camera head-on. With this function, users won't miss the whimsical antics of their pets. (Auto Shutter can detect only one pet.)

Eye-Fi Support*8
Eye-Fi cards are SDHC memory cards that contain an internal wireless LAN. Images can easily be wirelessly uploaded to picture services, online photo albums, and computers.

Other Features

  • Magic Filter enhances the enjoyment of shooting photos on a digital camera, and Beauty Mode creates a beautiful impression when shooting pictures of people
  • Scene Mode allows for shooting not only standard scenes, but also enables easy shooting of beautiful images even in difficult shooting conditions
  • HDMI Output Control*9 enables control of the camera, such as selecting and switching images with a TV remote control
  • Face Detect AF lets the camera automatically detect faces
  • Intelligent iAUTO automatically detects scenes and optimizes settings for shooting
  • In-camera Panorama Merge allows users to easily shoot panoramic images by simply moving the camera as directed
  • USB Battery Charge allows users to charge the camera battery while connected to a computer, and transferring or organizing image data
  • Auto Tracking AF automatically tracks moving subjects and adjusts the focus
  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi cards
  1. 35mm film equivalent
  2. Effective pixels
  3. Differences in image stabilization may occur depending on shooting conditions.
  4. The maximum recording time for a single movie clip is limited to 29 minutes. Recording will automatically stop once the file size has reached 4 GB.
  5. The image size for still images is limited to 5M and lower when using the following Magic Filters: Sketch, Wedding, Watercolor, and Crystal. Filters available for use when shooting movies are limited.
  6. The image size is limited to 5M and lower after images are corrected. Effects may differ from person to person.
  7. The number of detectable pets are as follows. Auto shutter on: 1, Auto shutter off: 10. Faces may not be detectable in certain shooting conditions or for certain subjects. During pet detection, detection of people's faces, and use of the flash are not available.
  8. Eye-Fi card use is only permitted in the country of purchase. Make sure to abide by the laws in the country of use. Do not use Eye-Fi cards inside aircraft, or where the use of radio transmissions are limited or forbidden, or set the Eye-Fi card's transmission function to OFF. Images and movies with a file size exceeding 2 GB cannot be sent. For questions concerning Eye-Fi cards, contact the manufacturer.
  9. When the HDMI control setting menu is set to ON

Olympus SP-720UZ Press Release:

Announcing the OLYMPUS SP-720UZ compact digital camera

Equipped with a 26x optical ultra-zoom and Full High-definition movie capability

Olympus Imaging (Haruo Ogawa, president) is proud to announce the OLYMPUS SP-720UZ, on sale from August 31, 2012. This camera is equipped with a 26x optical ultra-zoom and Full High-definition movie capability*1.

Main Features

  1. This camera packs a 26mm*2 wide-angle to 676mm*2 telephoto, 26x optical ultra-zoom lens. Equipped a CMOS shift-type sensor, and high-sensitivity DUAL IS*3, for double image stabilization.
  2. Supports Full High-definition movie (MOV/H.264) shooting. Magic Filter*4 is also available for use when shooting movies
  3. The 14.0 megapixel*5 CMOS sensor enables HDR backlit correction, and easy high-speed continuous shooting

The SP-720UZ is equipped with a 26mm wide-angle to 676mm super-telephoto, high-magnification zoom lens, enabling an extremely wide range of shooting possibilities. The power of a large and heavy size super-telephoto lens is available on the compact body of the SP-720UZ, fitting in the palm of your hand, and making it the perfect companion for keeping baggage light on a trip. This is an "all-in-one" camera for easily taking high-grade pictures and movies on the go.

With the 26x optical zoom lens, users can capture the expressions on children's faces at school games and plays, and the action of athletes at sporting events, with a level of detail not visible to the naked eye. With the wide-angle 26mm, users can not only shoot wide-open scenery, but also capture shots in small rooms or large group shots as well. With just this one camera, users can enjoy shooting various scenes at just the right angles. With CMOS shift-type image stabilization and DUAL IS for high-sensitivity shooting, camera shake is effectively reduced during telephoto shooting.

Simply pressing the button on the back of the camera allows high magnification, Full High-definition movie shooting, and Magic Filter also adds to the enjoyment of shooting movies on a digital camera.

Main Features -- Details

26x Optical Ultra-Zoom Lens
The compact body of this camera is crammed with the power of a high-performance SLR 600 mm telephoto lens. The high-powered zoom on the SP-720UZ captures far away subjects dynamically, showing the details of their expressions.

Full High-Definition Movies
With a 1920 x 1080 High-definition size, and H.264 movie compression, beautiful movies can be shot even longer. With a dedicated movie button, starting and stopping movies is easy with a single touch. Linear PCM method is used for clear audio quality when recording.

DUAL IS Image Stabilization
DUAL IS is an image stabilization system that counteracts the direction of camera shake by moving the CMOS sensor via a shift-type image stabilization mechanism, and uses digital SLR algorithms. By using this function in combination with high-sensitivity shooting, camera shake and subject blur is effectively reduced, providing double image stabilization.

Magic Filter
Dramatic and Random Tile have been added to the popular Magic Filter mode. In addition to previous options, the two new filters make a total of 12 different options to choose from: Pop, Pinhole, Fisheye, Sketch, Wedding, Rock, Watercolor, Crystal, Miniature, and Mirror. Pop, Pinhole, Sketch, Fisheye, Wedding, Rock, Watercolor, Miniature, and Mirror can also be used when shooting movies.

Beauty Mode*6 Makeup Function
The Makeup function has been added to Beauty mode, allowing users to apply full makeup to people's faces in images after shooting. This function offers a full range of 17 different effects that will make women happy. Because effects are divided into four different themes such as Makeup, Eye Effects, Performance, and Spa, they are easy to choose from.

The Makeup menu screen is packed with cosmetic choices such as Cheeks, Eye Shadow, and False Eyelashes, so that users can easily choose and apply effects. In the Eye Effect menu, users can not only change eye color, but make eyes appear bigger. In the Spa menu, users can make subjects faces appear smaller, and add effects such as Lift-up to make faces look even more beautiful.

High-Speed Continuous Shooting
This camera is able to shoot 5 fps at 14 megapixels. In high-speed continuous mode, the camera can shoot at a maximum speed of up to 30 fps. Continuous shooting function: 2 fps (14M), 5 fps (14M), 10 fps (5M), 30 fps (5M)

3D Photo*7 Shooting Function
This function enables capturing everything from everyday scenes to dynamic scenery in 3D.
3D Photo brings a fully three-dimensional feel to photos so that it feels like looking at actual scenery. For even more intense enjoyment, users can view the images on a 3D compatible TV or computer.

By simply selecting 3D Photo from the shooting mode, pressing the shutter button and sliding the camera horizontally, a 3D photo is created. Both the 3D data (MPO format) and the JPEG data are saved. 3D Photo can be used in Auto (after the first shot is complete, the second shot will automatically be taken once the camera is moved to match the target) and Manual (after the first shot is complete, the user takes the second shot after matching the semi-transparent layers). To play back, users simply select 3D Photo or regular photo, and then images can be viewed on a 3D compatible TV or computer.

MPO Files (Multi Picture Format)
This is a file format that conforms to CIPA standards for treating multiple images as a single image file. With 3D Photo, the two images with a disparity between the left and right eyes are merged into a single image and recorded as a Multi Picture Format file.

Pet Mode (Scene Mode)*8
Dogs and cats are automatically detected. By selecting Pet-cat or Pet-dog modes, the camera will automatically detect cats or dogs and focus on their faces. Up to ten dog or cat faces can be detected.

Auto Shutter
Capture pets' cute expressions. With Auto Shutter, the camera will automatically shoot when a pet faces the camera head-on. With this function, users won't miss the whimsical antics of their pets. (Auto Shutter can detect only one pet.)

Eye-Fi Support*9
Eye-Fi cards are SDHC memory cards that contain an internal wireless LAN. Images can be wirelessly uploaded to picture services, online photo albums, and computers.

SNS Upload Function
This function allows images to be easily uploaded to services such as Facebook and Flickr.
After shooting, images users want to share can be added to a list, and then transferred to a computer. Images added to a list on a computer can be searched with a single touch and easily uploaded. (It is necessary to preinstall the included software, OLYMPUS Viewer2, on a computer.)

  1. The recording time for a single movie clip is limited to 29 minutes. Recording will automatically stop once the file size has reached 4 GB.
  2. 35mm film conversion
  3. Differences in image stabilization may occur depending on shooting conditions.
  4. The image size for still images is limited to 5M and lower when using the following Magic Filters: Sketch, Wedding, Watercolor, and Crystal. Filters available for use when shooting movies are limited.
  5. Camera effective pixels
  6. The image size is limited to 5M and lower for corrected images. Effects may differ from person to person.
  7. 3D Photo will not work for moving subjects. Movies are not available in this mode. The recorded 3D file complies with CIPA Multi Picture Format standards. A JPEG image will be simultaneously recorded along with the 3D file when shooting. The flash, zoom, face detection, Auto Tracking AF, and timer are not available in 3D Photo. The focal distance is locked at 35mm (35mm film equivalent) (Shooting range is 50 cm to ∞). Settings cannot be changed after the first shot is recorded.
  8. The number of detectable pets are as follows. Auto shutter on: 1, Auto shutter off: 10. Faces may not be detectable in certain shooting conditions or for certain subjects. During pet detection, detection of people's faces, and use of the flash are not available.
  9. Eye-Fi card use is only permitted in the country of purchase. Make sure to abide by the laws in the country of use. Do not use Eye-Fi cards inside aircraft, or where the use of radio transmissions are limited or forbidden, or set the Eye-Fi card's transmission function to OFF. Images and movies with a file size exceeding 2 GB cannot be sent. Data recorded with 3D Photo (MPO file) is only compatible with X2-Pro. For questions concerning Eye-Fi cards, contact the manufacturer.

Olympus SP-820UZ and SP-720UZ specifications

Price
MSRPEstimated Street price: $329.99
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4288 x 3216
Other resolutions4288 x 2416, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors15 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
ISOAuto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)22–896 mm
Optical zoom40×
Maximum apertureF3.4 - F5.7
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Color LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Hand-Held Starlight
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Pet (Cat)
  • Pet (Dog)
  • 3D,
  • Backlight HDR
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range15.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryAA
Weight (inc. batteries)485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
Other features
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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