As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus Stylus 820 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Olympus Stylus 820's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9700 and the Coolpix S4100) and Olympus (such as the FE-5040 and the FE-230)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus Stylus 820 compared to other compact competitors include: it shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 0.7 fps).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 26 mm), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, is older (august 2007 vs february 2011) and is thicker (0.9" vs 0.8").

Nikon Coolpix S4100

Nikon Coolpix S4100
3 years newer
$135

Significant advantages of the S4100 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S4100 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • None found

common strengths of the S4100 and Stylus 820

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×57×20 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Olympus FE-5040

Olympus FE-5040
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the FE-5040 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 36 mm

Significant disadvantages of the FE-5040 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • None found

common strengths of the FE-5040 and Stylus 820

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×58×20 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus Stylus 820 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (96×56×24 mm) vs compact (110×64×35 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.4") and is slightly lighter (165 g vs 234 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (5x vs 30x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots).

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
6 years newer
$470

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (110×64×35 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Heavier: 232 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the S9700 and Stylus 820

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×35 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 232 g vs 165 g

Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the F770 EXR (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the F770 EXR (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (105×63×36 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 234 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the F770 EXR and Stylus 820

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×63×36 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 234 g vs 165 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, compared to ultra compact competitors the Olympus Stylus 820 has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 29 mm), is slightly larger (compact (96×56×24 mm) vs ultra compact (77×51×17 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is older (august 2007 vs august 2012) and is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7").

Olympus FE-230

Olympus FE-230
7 months older

Significant advantages of the FE-230 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FE-230 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • None found

common strengths of the FE-230 and Stylus 820

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S01

Nikon Coolpix S01
5 years newer
$321

Significant advantages of the S01 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S01 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • None found

common strengths of the S01 and Stylus 820

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus Stylus 820 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 5 fps), is much smaller (compact (96×56×24 mm) vs prosumer size (124×98×76 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 3") and is significantly lighter (165 g vs 430 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8.1 MP vs 24.2 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
6 years newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 8.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.9"
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 7 fps

common strengths of the D3300 and Stylus 820

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 165 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus Stylus 820 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (96×56×24 mm) vs prosumer size (111×76×85 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 3.3"), is slightly lighter (165 g vs 470 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/3), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 23 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the Stylus 820)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 0.9"
  • Heavier: 470 g vs 165 g
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the L820 and Stylus 820

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (96×56×24 mm)
  • Light weight: 470 g vs 165 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 0.9"