Olympus SP-820UZ iHS Digital Camera
The Olympus SP-820UZ iHS is the company's new flagship ultrazoom, serving up 40x optical zoom (22.4-896mm equivalent). While the Nikon Coolpix P520 edges out the Olympus with 42x zoom, a 40x zoom lens in a compact camera is still noteworthy. A 14-megapixel CMOS image sensor and Olympus TruePic V image processor allows for quality photos in most lighting conditions, as well as 1080p HD video. You also get high-speed 240fps video clips, HDR, and low-light shooting options. Super macro mode takes advantage of the high-powered lens, and sensor-shift image stabilization helps steady the shot at longer zoom ranges. All this is framed by a fairly standard 3-inch LCD and easy menu navigation. You also don't need to worry about charging the battery, as it takes standard AA batteries. A reasonably fast camera with a powerful flash and incredible zoom, the Olympus SP-820UZ iHS is a good choice if those features are more important to you than having class-leading picture quality and lots of manual controls.