Olympus SP-720UZ Review

4.0
December 6, 2012 | Matt Grayson |

Specifications

Image Sensor

  • Effective pixels

    14 Megapixels

  • Filter array

    Primary colour filter (RGB)

  • Full resolution

    14.4 Megapixels

  • Type

    1/2.3'' CMOS

Lens

  • Optical zoom

    26x (WIDE)

  • Focal length

    4.7 - 121.2mm

  • Focal length (equiv. 35mm)

    26 - 676mm

  • Maximum aperture

    3.2 - 5.6

  • Structure

    14 lenses / 10 groups

  • Aspherical glass elements

    3

  • ED glass elements

    1

Digital Zoom

  • Enlargement factor

    4x / 104x combined with optical zoom

Monitor

  • Resolution

    460000 dots

  • Monitor size

    7.6cm / 3.0''

  • Monitor type

    TFT

  • Frame assistance

    Yes

  • Brightness adjustment

    +/- 2 levels

  • Protection panel

    Yes

Focusing System

  • Method

    TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection

  • Modes

    • iESP
    • Face Detection AF
    • Spot
    • AF Tracking
  • Standard mode

    0.3m - ∞ (wide) / 2.2m - ∞ (tele)

  • Macro mode

    0.3m - ∞ (wide) / 2.2m - ∞ (tele)

  • Super Macro Mode

    Closest focusing distance: 1cm

  • AF illuminator

    Yes

Light Metering

  • Modes

    • ESP light metering
    • Spot metering
  • Histogram in shooting mode

    Yes

Exposure System

  • Modes

    • i-Auto
    • Programme automatic
    • Scene Modes
    • Magic Filter
    • Panorama
    • Movie
    • 3D Photos
    • Beauty & Make-up
  • Shutter speed

    1/2 - 1/1400s / < 4s (Night scene)

  • Exposure compensation

    +/- 2EV / 1/3 steps

  • Enhancement function

    Mechanical Image Stabiliser

  • Advanced Face Detection Technology

  • Advanced Face Detection Technology

  • Pet Detection

Scene Modes

  • Number of scene modes

    16

  • Modes

    • Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Night Scene
    • Night Scene with portrait
    • Sports
    • Indoor
    • Candle
    • Self-portrait
    • Sunset
    • Fireworks
    • Cuisine
    • Documents
    • Beach and Snow
    • Pet (cat)
    • Pet (dog)
    • Backlight HDR

Magic Filter

  • Types

    • Pop Art
    • Pin Hole
    • Fisheye
    • Drawing
    • Soft Focus
    • Punk
    • Sparkle
    • Water color
    • Reflection
    • Miniature
    • Fragmented
    • Dramatic

Sensitivity

  • Auto

    AUTO / High AUTO

  • Manual

    ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

White Balance

  • AUTO WB system

    Yes

  • One-touch white balance

    2 custom settings can be registered

  • Preset values

    • Overcast
    • Sunlight
    • Tungsten
    • Flourescent 1

Internal Flash

  • Modes

    • AUTO
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Fill-in
    • Off
  • Working range (wide)

    0.5 - 6.0m (ISO 1000)

  • Working range (tele)

    2.2 - 5.0m (ISO 1000)

Sequence Shooting

  • Sequential shooting mode (high speed)

    30fps / 40 frames (in 5MP mode)

  • 10fps / 40 frames (in 5MP mode)

  • 5fps / 6 frames (Full Image Size)

  • Sequential shooting mode

    2.0fps / 6 frames (Full Image Size)

Image Processing

  • Noise reduction

    Yes

  • Pixel mapping

    Yes

  • Engine

    TruePic III+

  • Shading compensation

    Yes

  • Distortion compensation

    Yes

Image Editing

  • Resize

    Yes

  • Trimming

    Yes

  • Correction of saturation

    Yes

  • Beauty Fix

    Yes

  • Red-eye reduction

    Yes

  • Shadow Adjustment

    Yes

View Images

  • Modes

    • Single
    • Index
    • Zoom
    • Slide show
    • Event
  • Index

    5 x 4 frames

  • Zoom

    1.1 - 10x

  • Auto rotation

    Yes

  • Image protect mode

    Yes

  • Histogram in playback mode

    Yes

View Movie

  • Modes

    • Frame by frame
    • Fast forward
    • Reverse playback

Still Image Recording

  • DCF

    Yes

  • RAW

    No

  • EXIF

    2.3

  • PIM

    III

  • DPS

    PictBridge

  • DPOF

    Yes

Movie Recording System

  • Recording format

    QuickTime Motion JPEG®

  • Image Stabilisation Mode

    Sensor shift

  • HD Movie quality

    1080P Recording time: 29min.

  • 720P Recording time: 29min.

  • Movie quality

    VGA Recording time: Up to card capacity

  • Note: maximum file size 4GB

  • When shooting 1080P/720P movies, use SDHC / SDXC class 6 or higher.

  • Magic Filter

    • Pop Art
    • Pin Hole
    • Fisheye
    • Drawing
    • Soft Focus
    • Punk
    • Water color
    • Reflection
    • Miniature

Sound Recording System

  • Voice playback

    Yes

  • Sound recording

    Yes , format: PCM

  • Image footage

    4s

  • Speaker

    Yes

Memory

  • Removable Media

    SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS speed class not supported)

  • Eye-Fi Card compatible

    Yes

  • Internal memory

    15MB

Image Size

  • 14M

    4288 x 3216

  • 8M

    3264 x 2448

  • 5M

    2560 x 1920

  • 3M

    2048 x 1536

  • 2M

    1600 x 1200

  • 1M

    1280 x 960

  • VGA

    640 x 480

  • 16:9

    4288 x 2416

  • 1920 x 1088

Menu

  • Menu languages in camera

    39

Other Features

  • Self timer

    2 / 12s Pet auto shutter

  • Perfect Shot Preview

    Yes

  • Menu guide

    Yes

  • 3D Photo Shooting Mode

    Yes

  • Panorama function

    In-Camera Panorama

  • Date imprint

    Yes

Power Supply

  • Battery

    LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery

  • Internal Charging

    Yes

Interface

  • SNS upload

    Yes

  • DC input

    Yes

  • Combined A/V & USB output

    Yes

  • USB 2.0 High Speed

    Yes

  • HDMI™

    Yes Micro connector (Type D) *

  • * "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High-Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

Size

  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    102.7 x 69.2 x 70.3mm

  • Weight

    376g

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