Olympus SP- 620UZ is a budget point- and- shoot compact camera that offers such advantages as a large zoom without bringing in the complicated manual controls of a DSLR.
It is the poster child for entry level cameras because it is quite easy to learn how to use it and it is a bargain given the features it bears. Priced at approximately Ksh. 17, 999 this camera is made to be affordable by most people, enthusiasts and novice users alike.
The SP-620UZ does not come with an electronic or optical viewfinder but instead relies completely on the 3- inch 230k- dot LCD display for composing pictures. Take note that the LCD is also in a fixed position and can therefore not be flipped out to adjust the viewing angles while keeping the camera steady. A flexible LCD is usually preferred for when you need to focus in on a subject which is not in a direct line of sight.
The video recording capability of the SP- 620UZ is limited to 720p resolution which is simply a HD- quality recording. Pictures and movies are captured using a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and a 21x superzoom lens. With all the 4 AA batteries in place inside the grip handle, this camera weighs approximately 435 grams which is easily portable, but it will not fit inside a trouser pocket since it is large with an asymmetrical shape. The dimensions amount to 109.7 x 74.3 x 73.7 mm.
The DSLR- style design and its black or silvery color make it look like a classy camera that the user can carry proudly strapped around the neck.
Since it does not come with the manual controls you would get in a camera such as Sony A77 II, it relies heavily on its autofocus capabilities which include AF tracking. The pop- up flash is however controlled manually by lifting it up with a finger and slamming it down to retract it.
In fact, button controls are kept to a minimum with the compulsory power button located at the top (It takes just about two seconds from the time you press the power button to snapping the first shot). Then there is the zoom knob and the shutter release button.
At the back, next to the LCD display are the record, play, circular scroll dial surrounding an OK button and a Help button which are pretty much all you need on this camera really. The help button is particularly useful because you do not need to refer to the manual every time you need to perform an unfamiliar function.
The only settings you can tweak before taking a photo are the scene selection settings found on the mode menu (Remember it does not use a dial). You can also change the white balance and exposure compensation settings.
Among the cool tricks this camera can perform is take 3D images by combining several pictures to create the wholesome multidimensional image. The 3Ds can be viewed on a HDTV thanks to the HDMI port provided. To access the 3D mode, you only need to go through the different modes on the menu. Aside from the HDMI port, there is a USB 2.0 port as well.
Although there is 59 MB of internal storage, the camera can store images on a variety of external storage devices including standard SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards.
|Device type||Compact camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||74.3 x 109.7 x 73.7 mm|
|Sensor||16 MP, 4608 x 3456 pixels, CCD|
|Sensor size||1/2.3 in|
||Up to 14fps|
|ISO sensitivity||80 – 1600|
|Zoom||21x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom|
|Screen size||3.0 inches, TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0, HDMI, SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Others||3D Photo, Magic Filter, Face Detection, Pet Detection,