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Questions :

Question :
What are the compression rates and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Answer:
The following tables show the approximate values:

[Still pictures]
The compression rate in Fine mode (shooting at high quality) is 1/4. The rate in Normal mode (shooting at normal quality) is 1/8.

Image size Compression Number of storable pictures without sound File size
( approx. )
43.0 MB Internal memory 4 GB
SD / SDHC / SDXC card
14M
(4288 x 3216)
Fine 5 563  7.3 MB
Normal 11 1,107  3.7 MB
8M
(3264 x 2448)
Fine 10 965  4.2 MB
Normal 19 1,885  2.1 MB
5M
(2560 x 1920)
Fine 16 1,547  2.7 MB
Normal 31 2,943  1.4 MB
3M
(2048 x 1536)
Fine 25 2,463  1.7 MB
Normal 51 4,827  0.8 MB
2M
(1600 x 1200)
Fine 41 4,023  1.0 MB
Normal 81 7,543  0.5 MB
1M
(1280 x 960)
Fine 64 6,034  0.7 MB
Normal 125 12,069  0.3 MB
VGA
(640 x 480)
Fine 228 20,115  0.2 MB
Normal 419 40,230  0.1 MB
16:9 L
(4288 x 2416)
Fine 7 749  5.5 MB
Normal 15 1,471  2.8 MB
16:9 S
(1920 x 1080)
Fine 38 3,657  1.1 MB
Normal 76 7,099  0.6 MB

[Movies]
Image size / Aspect ratio Storable recording time
43.0 MB Internal memory 4 GB SD / SDHC / SDXC card
With sound Without sound With sound Without sound
1080P
( 1920 x 1080 / 16:9 )
15 sec. 16 sec. 27 min. 5 sec. 29 min. 6 sec.
720P
( 1280 x 720 / 16:9 )
43 sec. 49 sec. 1h 17 min. 1h 27 min.
VGA
( 640 x 480 / 4:3 )
1 min. 17 sec. 1 min. 38 sec. 2 h 13 min. 2 h 47 min.
HS 720
( 1280 x 720 / 16:9 )
- 16 sec. - 29 min. 6 sec.
HS VGA
( 640 x 480 / 4:3 )
- 24 sec. - 43 min. 40 sec.
HS QVGA
( 320 x 240 / 4:3 )
- 57 sec. - 1 h 40 min.
Regarding the movie recording time:
- Regardless of the card capacity, the maximum file size per movie is 4 GB.
- When recording in 1080P and 720P format, the maximum recording time per movie is 29 minutes.
- When recording in HS 720, HS VGA and HS QVGA format, the maximum recording time per movie is 20 seconds.
Note:
- The amounts of storable still pictures and storable movie recording time are approximate and are calculated based on capacity. The actual amounts will differ according to the shooting conditions and other figures. The figures are not a guarantee of battery life.

Question :
What differentiates the SP-820UZ from the SP-810UZ?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:

SP-820UZ SP-820UZ
Effective pixels 14 million pixels, CMOS, 1/2.3 14 million pixels, CCD, 1/2.3
Monitor 3.0 inches Approx. 460,000 dots TFT color LCD 3.0 inches Approx. 230,000 dots TFT color LCD 
Optical zoom 40 x 36 x
Super-Resolution zoom  2 x Not available
Focal length 4.0 mm - 160.0 mm
( 22.4 mm - 896 mm equivalent in 35 mm photography )
4.3 mm  - 154.8 mm
( 24 mm - 864 mm equivalent in 35 mm photography )
Hand-Held Starlight Available Not available
Smart Panorama Available Not available
Movie Full HD movie ( 1080P ) HD movie ( 720P )
Magic Filter 12 filters
Pop Art, Pinhole,
Fisheye, Drawing,
Soft Focus, Punk,
Sparkle, Watercolor, Reflection,
Miniature, Fragmented,
Dramatic
10 filters
Pop Art, Pinhole,
Fisheye, Drawing,
Soft Focus, Punk,
Sparkle, Watercolor, Reflection,
Miniature
Scene Mode 15 modes 16 modes
Eye-Fi card compatibility Available
Battery AA alkaline battery
( packaged with the camera )
AA nickel hydride battery
( sold separately )
Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery LI-50B( packaged with the camera )
Dimension 116.9 mm (W) x 78.0 mm (H) x 93.2 mm (D) / 4.6" (W) x 3.1" (H) x 3.7" (D) 105.9 mm (W) x 75.9 mm (H) x 73.5 mm (D) / 4.2" (W) x 3.0" (H) x 2.9" (D)
Weight
( with battery and media card )
485g 413g
Color Black, Silver Black
Refer to the product's page SP-820UZ  SP-810UZ
Tips:
You can also compare the TG-820 with other models on the following web page:
* Product comparison

Question :
What comes packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are packaged with the camera:

- SP-820UZ camera
- AA alkaline battery ( x 4 )
- USB cable ( CB-USB8 )
- Lens cap / Lens cap Strap
- Strap
- Olympus Setup CD-ROM:
- OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software ( Windows / Mac )
- Instruction Manual
- Warranty Card



Question :
Which types of memory cards can I use?

Answer:
SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi cards can be used.
xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash® media cannot be used.

Note:
To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( SP-Series )

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can either read online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:
* Download Manuals


Question :
How can I improve images taken indoors or in low light?

Answer:
If you see the RED blinking camera symbol icon on the LCD screen after you press shutter button half way down to focus, this is the camera shake warning. This indicates that there may not be enough light to steadily hold the camera to take a picture or freeze the movement of your subject. In this type of condition, we recommend the built-in flash to be popped-up, allowing for a faster shutter speed to avoid a blurry image. If flash use is not possible, a tripod or other stable surface may be needed to avoid getting a blurry image in situations where stabilizing the camera would improve the image.


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