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Olympus Stylus SZ-12
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Olympus Stylus SZ-12 Digital Camera

14MP 24x CCD Dec 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
14 MEGAPIXELAn amazing 14 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD create superior image quality. Create poster-sized prints without losing a single detail. SUPER-SLIM 24x WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL... More
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17 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Olympus is one of the better rated camera brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Olympus also has good ratings for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Olympus Stylus SZ-12 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The Olympus SZ-12 is a 14-megapixel point-n-shoot camera with a very powerful 24x zoom lens (25mm - 600mm equivalent”. Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review “Long zoom range”.

Good Size

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was compact.

One person who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 mentioned that it was thick. Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their review of the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 on expert website Steve's Digicams “This range is very flexible, allowing you to capture a very wide angle at one end (great for broad landscapes, for example”.

One Olympus Stylus SZ-12 reviewer who bought it thought it was a good body shape.

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Nice Design

One person concluded that it was a good design. Four years ago Steve's Digicams said in their review of this digital camera “Compact design”.

One Olympus Stylus SZ-12 owner wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Steves-Digicams.com wrote “Designed to fit snugly into your hand thanks to its "Smart Grip" aluminum body design, this stylish camera boasts a who” in their Olympus Stylus SZ-12 review.

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Reasonably Priced

One customer who bought the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 concluded that it was cheap. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The Olympus SZ-12 is a budget friendly Super Zoom camera that retaisl for less than $200 -- in your choice of silver, black, or red” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Support

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it had good technical guidance. Steve's Digicams said in their review of this digital camera “Useful Help mode”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price], the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Canon PowerShot N100[plb_2118439_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this Olympus camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-12 is 2.7x and the biggest is 63x. The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a quite big optical zoom (24 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus SZ-12.

There are a number of alternative 24x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus SH-50[plb_1721351_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-12, the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has an image stabiliser.

Other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at include the J1455[pl_1773004_price], or the A1455[pl_1772760_price] both from GE or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-12, the Stylus SZ-12 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

Digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-12 have maximum focal lengths of between 0.28mm and 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. The Stylus SZ-12 has a fairly long maximum focal length (600 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Supports One Image Format

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this digital camera. The image formats JPEG XR are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Olympus digital camera. In addition, this Olympus camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-12 the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Stylus SZ-12 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this digital camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the minimum ISO speed range from 10 to 1,600. With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Stylus SZ-12 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Stylus SZ-12 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus SZ-12 which support video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video recording to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus SZ-12 do not support Full HD video. The Stylus SZ-12 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Canon IXUS 240 HS[plb_408112_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Stylus SZ-12 does not have a GPS. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price].

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Not Waterproof

Most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SZ-12 are not waterproof. The Stylus SZ-12 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Across all the cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-12 the weights range from 20g to 710g. The Stylus SZ-12 is quite heavy (216 grams) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 216g cameras currently available including the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] which has better reviews.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] (216g).

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Stylus SZ-12 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Stylus SZ-12 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-12. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modes

The Stylus SZ-12 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The shooting mode "Program" is also found on this camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 1,600, the Stylus SZ-12 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus SZ-12. The lowest maximum ISO speed of comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12 is 200 and the highest is 26,000.

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Only 2048 X 1536 Still Image Resolution

The Stylus SZ-12 has a 2048 x 1536 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most digital cameras of this age and type have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution. In addition, this Olympus camera have still image resolutions of 14MP (4288 x 3216), 8MP (3264 x 2448), 5MP (2560 x 1920), 3MP (2048 x 1536), 2MP (1600 x 1200), VGA (640 x 480) and 16:9 L (4288 x 2416) and 16:9 S (1920 x 1080). Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Stylus SZ-12 still image resolutions range from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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Thick

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 is one of the thicker compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago (39.5 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age. Compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-12 have depths of between 4mm and 2,200mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SZ-12

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the Stylus SZ-12 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Stylus SZ-12 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the GC100[pl_2600424_price] (4.8"), or the Galaxy Camera 2[pl_2711451_price] (4.8") both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-12 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Lumix DMC-FS10[pl_2396948_price], the Lumix DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price], and the Lumix DMC-FS40[pl_1786919_price] all from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (6x and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a fairly standard megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Rollei Compactline 750[plb_2403900_price] (16MP), or the Fujifilm FinePix JX660[plb_2442129_price] (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Dust-Resistant
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Special Features

Expert Reviews

11 July 2012

The Olympus SZ-12 is a 14-megapixel point-n-shoot camera with a very powerful 24x zoom lens (25mm - 600mm equivalent). This range is very flexible, allowing you to capture a very wide angle at one...

Inexpensive
Long zoom range
Compact design
Useful Help mode
Plastic body
So-so high ISO performance
Unimpressive shot to shot time
Video captured limited to 720p
ISO

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus sz12, olympus sz12s, olympus sz12si, olympus sz12sil, olympus sz12silv, olympus sz12silve, olympus sz12silver
Barcodes 00050332181878, 00050332181885, 00070090049579, 00079531654327

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