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Olympus Stylus SZ-15 Digital Camera

16MP 24x CCD Jan 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
A compact as cute as the SZ-15 really has no right to a 24x super wide optical zoom lens. Most cameras of this size just can t find room for that sort of magnifying power, let alone the... More
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24 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 1,701 expert and owner reviews for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people who bought the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 considered that it had a good zoom.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers concluded that the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 was able to produce good images.

Good Product Quality

Some Olympus Stylus SZ-15 owners agreed that it was good quality. Derek Snellgrove mentioned on Amazon “Fantastic zoom, good quality pictures and some really good” in his Olympus Stylus SZ-15 review.

Good Battery Life

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 owner considered that it had a good battery life.

Good Video Capture

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 reviewer who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 thought it was good for video recording. Three years ago Billythekid wrote “I also feel that it is very easy to press the video button by mistake whilst taking still photos because of the design”.

Easy to Use

One customer who bought it thought it was easy to use. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com wrote “Very easy to use” in their Olympus Stylus SZ-15 review.

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed it thought it was good looking. Imaging Resource.com said in their review “Magic image style modes”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 reviewer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was noisy. Billythekid mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The worst part, so far, that I have found is the noise that it makes whilst using the video”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec. 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.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Stylus SZ-15 has a very big digital zoom (96 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-15. The digital zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15 range from 1x to 810x.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price] (486x), or the DSC-HX400V[pl_2297093_price] (810x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S6800[plb_2118627_price].

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 is 9.6x, and the optical zooms range from 2.7x to 63x. With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-15 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

Alternative 24x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Olympus Stylus SH-50[plb_1721351_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (26x and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SZ-15.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15 the maximum focal lengths range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the maximum focal length of, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15's maximum focal length of 600 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-15 the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. The Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly big combined zoom (96 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus SZ-15.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The white balance modes Cloudy, Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Two Shooting Modes

The Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this digital camera. The shooting modes Movie and Scene are also found on this camera.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

The average maximum aperture of cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-15 is 6.8, and the maximum apertures range from 1.8 to 87. At 6.9, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a quite small maximum aperture compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Stylus SZ-15 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 digital cameras of this spec and age. 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 comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Stylus SZ-15 is more than most cameras of this type and age. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of this type and age. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 is LCD and the best is OLED.

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15 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One customer who purchased it considered that it did not have good features.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Stylus SZ-15 does not support video recording. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15 do support video recording.

Other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Samsung WB800F[plb_1585459_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of this age and spec do not support Full HD video. The Stylus SZ-15 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Exilim EX-ZR700[pl_1722253_price], or the Exilim EX-ZR400[pl_1892885_price] both from Casio or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Stylus SZ-15 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider include the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The Stylus SZ-15 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer 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-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 also do not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago are not waterproof. The Stylus SZ-15 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is fairly heavy (396 grams) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The weights of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 range from 20g to 710g.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus SZ-15. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-15. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-15 the maximum ISO speeds range from 200 to 26,000. At only 1,600, the Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SZ-15.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Stylus SZ-15 the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.0005s to 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 14s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Olympus camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus SZ-15. The playback mode "Single image" is also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Thick

Compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15 have depths of between 4mm and 2,200mm, and the average depth is 38mm. At 39.8 millimeters, the Stylus SZ-15 is fairly thick compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 is 99, and the minimum ISO speed range from 10 to 1,600. With a minimum ISO speed of 100, the Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-15.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera was released over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Stylus SZ-15 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Olympus camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Stylus SZ-15 has a relatively average megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16MP cameras currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix F900[plb_1546241_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S6150[plb_1147112_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] (16.1MP) 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
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
PC Connectivity
HDMI Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Battery Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
On/off Switch
Panorama Mode

Expert Reviews

31 January 2014

As well as stills, the Olympus SZ15 also shoots 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) high definition movies, at a rate of 30 frames per second, a significantly lower resolution than the 1080p mode offered on... Read more…

24x optical zoom
Very easy to use
Magic image style modes
Tracking AF
720p video
Image quality is poor
Screen suffers from CCD charge bleed
Slow between shots
No alternative image colour settings

User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 22 August 2015 by Dan L.
(Verified Purchase)

I've had this laptop for a few weeks and it definitely continues to impress me. Taking it into the office attracts attention and it just feels great to type on during meetings. Every time i hold... Read more…

Light weight
Fast SSD 4 5 second cold boot times
Aesthetically beautiful
Feels Solid
Fast CPU
The yellows - you will notice that they are off. However, it is not enough to bother me as the rest of the screen's color reproduction and sharpness are great. Definitely stay away from this model if
Bad LCD not warranted
Not great for close up clarity
(Verified Purchase)

Brought this camera for the wife, but so impressed I haven't let her try it yet, using it as a second camera myself. It's small enough to fit in your pocket so can be taken with you any time any... Read more…

Reviewed 20 November 2014 by Mrs J A Newall
(Verified Purchase)

Very good.

Reviewed 27 March 2013 by Billythekid | 5 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

I have to be honest and say I am disappointed with this camera which I have just over a week now. The worst part, so far, that I have found is the noise that it makes whilst using the video and... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus sz15, olympus sz15r, olympus sz15re, olympus om04327, olympus sz15red, olympus om04327e, olympus sz15redk, olympus om04327ea, olympus sz15redki, olympus om04327ean, olympus sz15redkit, olympus v102110ru000, olympus v102110bu000
Barcodes 00050332185043, 00050332185050, 00050332185067, 00545350043254, 00545350043261, 04545350043254, 04545350043261, 04545350043278

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