Summary: The SP-620UZ from Olympus is built equally for still image capture as it is for 720p HD video. Multi-Motion Movie and Dual Image Stabilization help you get clearer stills and video. Olympus includes a series of Magic Art Filters and what they call Beauty Make-up Mode, which apparently allows users to add make-up to photo subjects' faces like eyeliner, eye shadow and rough, as well as physically alter faces (lift cheek bones, etc.).
Pros: Powerful 21x wide-angle zoom lens, Accurate exposures, Sturdy hand grip and body, Very fast high-speed burst modes, Records high-definition video, Dedicated movie record button, Runs on AA batteries (available anywhere), Helpful guide system with dedicated button
Cons: Auto focus could be more accurate, Moderate-resolution LCD (230,000 dots), Slow continuous shooting at 16MP (0.8fps), Cannot zoom during video recording, Controls are small and crowded together, iAuto without flash takes blurry shots in low light, Battery door can be difficult to slide open
Summary: A good performance overall from the chunky Olympus SP-620UZ, but it's overshadowed by its slimmer sibling, the SZ-14. The lack of a bundled rechargeable battery or the ability to zoom while filming are disappointing, but the long lens and high resolution are both tempting, as is the price.
Pros: Inexpensive; Long zoom; Good macro performance.
Summary: The camera was set to shoot at 16-megapixels and the Fine JPEG setting, but the key to the image performance is how it performs at the maximum zoom and the wide end of the lens, the two most likely places the camera will be shooting at. The SP-620UZ’s performance is, frankly, quite superb given its price and some of my initial worries of the 16-megapixel sensor.
Pros: Price tag, general performance, image quality, features, ease of use
Conclusion: More positively, the Olympus SP-620UZ comes with interesting features. These include a panorama mode that automatically stitches three successive images together, a 3D stills mode overlapping two differently angled stills for viewing on a 3D TV, plus Olympus' trademarked Magic Filters digital effects, most of which can be applied when capturing video as well as stills.
Summary: • The salient features of SP-620UZ are as follows: • Image Sensor of 1/2.3″, 16 Megapixels • 3.0 inches 230K dots LCD display • Resolution of 16.0 MP • Optical Zoom of 21 X • Focal Length of 4.5-94.5mm (25-525mm equivalent in 35mm photography) • Aperture Range of f3.0-8.7 (W) / f5.8-16.3 (T) • Removable Memory of SD/SDHC/SDXC Card • ISO Sensitivity of Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 • Dual Image Stabilization • MP4 Movie Recording • Self-Timer of 12/2...
Pros: The salient features of SP-620UZ are as follows: , Image Sensor of 1/2.3″, 16 Megapixels , 3.0 inches 230K dots LCD display , Resolution of 16.0 MP , Optical Zoom of 21 X , Focal Length of 4.5-94.5mm (25-525mm equivalent in 35mm photography) , Aperture Range of f3.0-8.7 (W) / f5.8-16.3 (T) , Removable Memory of SD/SDHC/SDXC Card , ISO Sensitivity of Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 , Dual Image Stabilization , MP4 Movie Recording , Self-Timer of 12/2 Seco...
Cons: Not so impressive build quality , No viewfinder , Poor image stabilization
Excerpt: With seemingly no let up in the number of super zoom cameras and bridge models being released, despite the fact that compact system cameras and HD video shooting DSLRs are arguably the latest and greatest thing, Olympus swells the ranks with the 16 megapixel SP-620UZ 'Ultra Zoom'. Marking 10 years of the SP range the key appeal here is, inevitably, jack-of-all-trades convenience and the ability to frame up everything from fingernail sized close ups to skittish deer a...
Conclusion: While the SP-620UZ is plasticy and basic looking compared with a top-of-the-range bridge camera, the feeling here is that we are more or less getting what we’re paying for, which can’t be bad. Furthermore, using natural daylight we were able to get sharp results shooting handheld at maximum telephoto setting which isn’t often the case on more expensive models with broader focal ranges – so perhaps there’s something to be said for the SP-620UZ’s modest ambitions.
Pros: Broader than average zoom range, sensible price, delivers natural colours, commendably sharp results at maximum zoom
Cons: Plasticy feel, fiddly rear scroll wheel, non-rechargeable batteries, lack of electronic or optical viewfinder, no hotshoe for accessory flash, low(ish) resolution LCD, can’t shoot video with sound and use the optical zoom