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

14MP 24x CCD Dec 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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 Reviews for Its Cameras

Olympus compact cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Olympus is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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 the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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.

Alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix 5900 which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

Alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm X10, the Canon 150 (£109.99), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 (£249.99) which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras of this age and type is 9.3x, and the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 50x. With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-12 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst compact cameras of this age.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ71 (30x), or the Canon SX710 HS (£249.98) (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Stylus SZ-12 has an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12. The white balances "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus SZ-12 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm. The Stylus SZ-12 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (600 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Stylus SZ-12 is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this Olympus camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR are also supported by this camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Stylus SZ-12 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Olympus camera supports a video resolutions 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 video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 does not support video capability. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support video capability.

Alternative digital cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider include the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 does not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Stylus SZ-12 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Canon IXUS 265 HS.

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Not 3D

The Stylus SZ-12 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Stylus SZ-12 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the DMC-TZ30, or the Lumix DMC-TZ41 both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Across all the cameras of this type and age the weights range from 20g to 840g. The Stylus SZ-12 is fairly heavy (216 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12.

There are a number of alternative 216g digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Samsung WB350F (£107.99) which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Olympus SZ-14 (£124.99) (216g).

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Stylus SZ-12 range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-FS10, or the DMC-TZ30 both from Panasonic.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 (6x and higher rated).

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-12. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modess

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

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Only 2048 X 1536 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a 2048 x 1536 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. In addition, this Olympus digital camera have still image resolution(s)s 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). The best still image resolution of all similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Stylus SZ-12 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most commonly featured light metering featured on compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SZ-12

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the GE J1455, or the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 which has better reviews.

If this Olympus camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung GC100 (£259.74) (4.8" and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel

The Stylus SZ-12 has a fairly standard megapixel (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Rollei Compactline 750 (16MP), or the Fujifilm FinePix JX660 (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Dustproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Fixed Focal Length
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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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