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Olympus Stylus SZ-12 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14MP 24x Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Olympus has good digital camera reviews
Reasonably priced
So-so high ISO performance

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Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 4,467 expert and user reviews (including 627 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 89% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


So-So High ISO Performance

One person said in their reviews that it did not have a good ISO range. Five years ago Steve's Digicams wrote in their review of this digital camera “So-so high ISO performance”.

Video Captured Limited to 720p

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was not good for video recording. Steve's Digicams said in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Video captured limited to 720p” .

Long Zoom Range

Three owners who reviewed it wrote that it had a good zoom. Steve's Digicams mentioned five years ago “Long zoom range”. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “The Olympus SZ-12 is a 14-megapixel point-n-shoot camera with a very powerful 24x zoom lens (25mm - 600mm equivalent” in their review of this digital camera.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One customer considered that it was good value for money. Steves-Digicams.com said 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”.


Support

Useful Help Mode

One customer who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 thought it had good technical guidance. Five years ago Steve's Digicams wrote “Useful Help mode” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera was released in December 2013.


Design

Nice Design

Two owners who purchased it said that it was well designed.

Dustproof

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 is dustproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also are dustproof.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Stylus SZ-12 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the GE J1455.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Leica T (£816.44) (3.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact Design

One owner said that it was compact. Steve's Digicams mentioned “Compact design” although they gave it a score of 14 out of 100.

One customer concluded that the product was a good body shape. Steves-Digicams.com wrote on expert website Steve's Digicams “Designed to fit snugly into your hand thanks to its "Smart Grip" aluminum body design, this stylish camera boasts a who” in their review of this digital camera.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was thick. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on expert review site 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” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Average Weight

The Stylus SZ-12 has a relatively typical weight (216 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 216g digital cameras currently available including the Olympus SZ-14 (£99.99), or the Samsung WB350F which both of have better reviews.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera have optical zooms of between 0.34x and 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. At 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-12 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other 24x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Kodak Pixpro AZ251 (£80) (25x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-12 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Nikon L120.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 (6x) which is also higher rated.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera is 350mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm. At 600 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus SZ-12 has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Stylus SZ-12 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Nikon L120, and the GE J1455 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Only 4288 X 3216 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst image resolution amongst all medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

The best image resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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14 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 14 megapixels digital camera.

We compared all the other 14MP digital cameras to this camera and we think the Olympus SP810-UZ which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Rollei Compactline 750 (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Stylus SZ-12 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a hand strap. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

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 frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Olympus camera also 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). The worst video resolution of all medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332181878

Olympus Stylus SZ-12 Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus Stylus SZ-12 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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