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Olympus SZ-14 Digital Camera

14MP 24x CCD Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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20 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

On average Olympus compact camera digital cameras have good ratings compared to other brands as do all cameras produced by Olympus.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. 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 camera to all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon IXUS 150[plb_2176458_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly large screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The smallest screen size of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1" and the largest is 4.8".

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 96 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SZ-14 is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

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3D Compatible

The Olympus SZ-14 is 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SZ-14 are not 3D compatible.

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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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price], the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price], or the IXUS 150[pl_2176458_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly big optical zoom (24 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The optical zooms of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-14 range from 2.7x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SZ-14, the Olympus SZ-14 supports video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus SZ-14 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Alternative cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-W830[plb_2109578_price], or the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SZ-14 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SZ-14 also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-W830[plb_2109578_price], or the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price].

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

At 600 millimeters, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SZ-14. The maximum focal lengths of similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14 range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

At 96 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-14. The average combined zoom of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SZ-14 is 50x, and the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The white balance modes Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the smaller maximum apertures (6.9) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The biggest maximum aperture of cameras of a comparable age and type to the SZ-14 is 1.8 and the smallest is 87.

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4288 X 2416 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SZ-14 has a 4288 x 2416 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Olympus digital camera have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 and 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448. Across all digital cameras of this type and age the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Supports One Image Format

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this camera. The image formats EXIF are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus SZ-14 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 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). Similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of light metering modes than most cameras of this type and age. The most frequently 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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TFT Display

The Olympus SZ-14 has a better display than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras of this type and age have an LCD display. 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 best display of all cameras of a similar type and age to the SZ-14 is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus SZ-14 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14 also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus SZ-14 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at including the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-14, the Olympus SZ-14 does not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus SZ-14 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14 are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 216 grams, the Olympus SZ-14 is one of the heavier digital cameras of this spec and age amongst cameras of this age. Compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SZ-14 have weights of between 20g and 710g, and the average weight is 170g.

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Only Three Diaphragm Blades

Most cameras of this type and age have between one and eight diaphragm blades, including the Olympus SZ-14 which has three diaphragm blades.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Power Sources

The number of power sources supported by the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported power source is Battery, but this power source is not supported by this camera. The power sources AC and USB are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 1,600, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-14. The lowest maximum ISO speed of compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14 is 200, the highest is 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats AAC are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of digital cameras of this type and age range from 0.0005s to 250s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Olympus SZ-14 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14. The playback mode "Slide show" is also found on this Olympus camera.

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Thick

The depths of cameras of a similar spec and age to the SZ-14 range from 4mm to 2,200mm, and the average depth is 38mm. With a depth of 39.5 millimeters, the Olympus SZ-14 is fairly thick compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SZ-14

Released Over Five Years Ago

This compact camera camera has been on the market for over five years.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on cameras of this spec and age. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus SZ-14 has a relatively average megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-14.

If this digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price] (16MP), or the IXUS 150[pl_2176458_price] (16MP) both from Canon or the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (16.7MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Smile Detection
Auto Focus Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
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
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
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
AV Output
DC-In Jack
PC Connectivity
HDMI Port
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Interface
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels
Sports a display of 3 inches TFT color LCD
Optical zoom of 24x
Digital zoom of 96x
MPE 4 AVCH.264 movie recording with sound
Only 720p HD video
Slippery finger grip
Proprietary USB connection
No manual exposure
TN screen with tight viewing angles

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus om03915, olympus om03915e, olympus om03915ea, olympus om03915ean, olympus v102080se000
Barcodes 00050332181847, 00610708905615, 00610708906148, 03610170782292, 04545350039134, 04545350039141, 04545350039158

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