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Olympus Stylus 820

alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and screen are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed views about the contrast and focus. The features and reliability get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Stylus 820 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus 820 Compact Digital Camera

 

This camera is only water-resistant, unlike Olympus's dunkable Stylus SW models, and its buttons emphasize style over function.

Water resistant ; Extra-long zoom (5X)

Marginal battery life ; Buttons are very shiny and very slippery

The Stylus 820 is flashy, but if you're going to pay for its weatherproof features, you might as well opt for one of the Stylus SW models and get true protection from the elements

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Olympus Stylus 820

 

The compact Olympus Stylus 820 (about $250, list) seems like an odd duck in Olympus's digital camera lineup--and a duck out of water. It's water-resistant, meaning that it'll survive raindrops and occasional splashes, but if you accidentally drop this...

Water resistant ; Extra-long zoom (5X)

Marginal battery life ; Buttons are very shiny and very slippery

This camera is only water-resistant, unlike Olympus' dunkable Stylus SW models. Its buttons emphasize style over function.

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Olympus Stylus 820 (Black)

 

Editor's note: This review has been updated to reflect changes in performance based on subsequent testing by our labs.

Sleek metal body; Perfect Shot Preview is a surprisingly useful feature.

Painfully slow shot-to-shot time; overly soft pictures, especially at higher ISO settings.

It looks good and its features are nice, but the Olympus Stylus 820's photos and performance simply aren't up to snuff.

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Olympus Stylus 820

 

Consumers are able to be a part of the action while capturing beautiful images thanks to the superior features offered in the Stylus 820. The Stylus 820 has some of the latest and greatest technologies that digital camera owners crave, and it houses...

umers are able to be a part of the action while capturing beautiful images thanks to the superior features offered in the Stylus 820. The Stylus 820 has some of the latest and greatest technologies that digital camera owners crave, and it houses them...

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Olympus Stylus 820 Digital Camera - Express Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

With its all-weather construction, large 2.7-inch LCD monitor, and 5x optical zoom lens, the Stylus 820 is another attractive offering from Olympus. The Stylus line of digital cameras has been a popular one, thanks to very small, portable camera sizes...

Small, compact size ; Weather-proof body style ; Good selection of useful preset shooting modes ; Very good color ; Digital Image Stabilization ; Face Detection helps with focus and exposure on portraits ; Large 2.7-inch LCD is usable in very bright...

Slow timing for most uses ; Image noise high at ISO 400 and up ; at 3,200 images are almost unusable ; Anti-noise processing trades away some subtle subject detail at all ISO levels ; Very high contrast under harsh lighting, loss of highlight detail ;...

The 5x optical zoom lens is another welcome feature, offering a zoom range equivalent to 36-180mm on a 35mm camera. Like many current Olympus models, the Stylus 820 has a digital zoom option available, as well as Olympus' Fine Zoom, which really just...

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Stylus 820

 

In the Summer of 2007, Olympus introduced a series of new models in its "Stylus" lineup of design and performance oriented cameras. Style and performance has, of course, become somewhat relative today as even low end cameras offer high resolution in...

5X optical zoom, Bright hi-res 2.7-inch LCD with backlight boost, 640 x 480 movies at a full 30 fps, Advanced face detection mode, Weatherproof body, Digital image stabilization, 48MB onboard memory, PreSet Shooting Mode lets you select best setting

No voice recording mode, xD-Picture card harder to fnd and more expensive, No underwater modes

The ultra-compact 820 is a nice addition to the Stylus line. You get an attractive, handy 8-megapixel point & shoot camera that comes in a variety of cool colors. It costs $50 more than Olympus's own new FE-280 and justifies that with a larger display,...

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Stylus 820

 

In the Summer of 2007, Olympus introduced a series of new models in its "Stylus" lineup of design and performance oriented cameras. Style and performance has, of course, become somewhat relative today as even low end cameras offer high resolution in...

5X optical zoom, Bright hi-res 2.7-inch LCD with backlight boost, 640 x 480 movies at a full 30 fps, Advanced face detection mode, Weatherproof body, Digital image stabilization, 48MB onboard memory, PreSet Shooting Mode lets you select best setting

No voice recording mode, xD-Picture card harder to fnd and more expensive, No underwater modes

The "smile" mode is interesting. When the camera detects a smiling face in shooting standby mode, it takes three frames in high-speed sequential shooting automatically (or you can do it manually). While this mode is selected, the self-timer lamp...

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stupid waste of time and money very limited performance

 

do not get it at all costs it is a time and money waster color is crappy and it does not work in the dark

water proofing works well its been fully dunked and that's about all

the pictures are very dotty if seen at full quality ; movies sound is very bad and where just getting started ; battery time is very low and the battery saver just turns it off after 30 seconds ; the screen in the sun reflects so you cant see

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a heavy,expensive and useless camera.

 

this camera is horrible and pathetic.It is a total waste of money.

It is water proof; it is available in many colors like blue, red, black, sliver, orange, and pink. The camera has free case and graphic stickers

This camera is not affordable for normal pupil. It is heavy like a stone, its battery lowers down in every 30 seconds and if it is fully charged so it works only for 1hour or 1 an half hour

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"Easy to use, great clear pictures"

 

I have compared this to friends 10 mp and thi... 

Great features, including easy to use panorama. Video quality is above average as well

Fragile cover over LCD screen, Olympus does not sell replacements requiring it to be sent in

Product Specifications

The Stylus 820 has some of the latest and greatest technologies that digital camera owners crave, and it houses them all in a slim, stylish body. The 16 shooting modes, All-Weather reliability and compact size make it the ideal camera for a wide variety of situations. You'll have the potential to zoom in tight on your subject with nearly twice the magnification of 3x zoom. Get closer to the action with the ultra-compact, precision-crafted Olympus lens. The Stylus 820's large HyperCrystal LCD screen features an extra-wide viewing angle and anti-glare technology. Compose and share all your shots, even in bright sunlight. With high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds, you can freeze action and capture sharp, blur-free images, even if your subject is moving.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus LI-42B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.2in
Weight:4.4oz
Width:3.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auction / Available light portrait / Beach/snow / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:820
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:6.4mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Red/Silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.35"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.8 mm ( 1/2.35 ) / 10.8 mm ( 1/2.35" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5.6
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (50-400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Frames / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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