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Olympus Stylus SZ-15 Digital Camera

16MP 24x CCD Nov 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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

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

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who reviewed the product thought it had a good zoom.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of people who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 concluded that it was able to produce good images.

Good Product Quality

Several Olympus Stylus SZ-15 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality.

Good Battery Life

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 reviewer wrote that it had a good battery life.

Good Video Capture

One person who purchased it thought it was good for video recording. Billythekid said three years ago “I also feel that it is very easy to press the video button by mistake whilst taking still photos because of the design” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they only scored the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 40 out of 100.

Easy to Use

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

Nice Design

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 owner who bought the product reckoned that it was good looking. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Magic image style modes” .

Acceptable Noise Level

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy. Billythekid mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The worst part, so far, that I have found is the noise that it makes whilst using the video” although they gave it a rating of 2 stars.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 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 think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price].

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15 range from 1" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". The Stylus SZ-15 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] is also worth considering.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5"), or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] (4.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years that we have checked the digital zoom of, the Stylus SZ-15's digital zoom of 96 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The average digital zoom of compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15 is 11x.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the DSC-HX60V[pl_2166574_price] (486x), or the DSC-HX400V[pl_2297093_price] (810x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

We compared all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think the Nikon S9400[plb_1873860_price], the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 50x. The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has one of the bigger optical zooms (24 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (26x), the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x), or the Sony DSC-HX60V[plb_2166574_price] (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Stylus SZ-15 also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus SZ-15 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has one of the longest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 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.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-15, the Stylus SZ-15's combined zoom of 96 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. Digital cameras of this age and type have combined zooms of between 3x and 290x, and the average combined zoom is 40x.

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Has Two Shooting Modess

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of shooting modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently found shooting modes is Auto, but this shooting modes is not found on this camera. The shooting modess Movie and Scene are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The Stylus SZ-15 has a quite small maximum aperture number (6.9) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15. The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this age and spec is 1.8, the smallest is 72, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.7.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions 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). Across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-15 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on compact cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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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 a comparable spec and age to it. 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 digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus SZ-15 is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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15 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One person who bought the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 concluded that it did not have good features. Derek Snellgrove mentioned on Amazon in December last year “Fantastic zoom, good quality pictures and some really good features - too many to mention”.

Quite Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

Cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-15 have normal focusing range (tele)s of between 0.2m and 3.5m. With a normal focusing range (tele) of only 0.4 meters, the Stylus SZ-15's normal focusing range (tele) is one of the smallest amongst compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Stylus SZ-15 does not support video capability. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Nikon 25[plb_1676851_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus SZ-15, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 does not support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Stylus SZ-15 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Stylus SZ-15 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[plb_2110773_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-15, the Stylus SZ-15 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Stylus SZ-15 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-15 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago are not waterproof. The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The weights of digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g. With a weight of 220 grams, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is one of the heavier similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Three Number of Diaphragm Bladess

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is a three number of diaphragm blades digital camera.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 1,600, the Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SZ-15. The ISO sensitivity (max)s of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 range from 3 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SZ-15 is 15s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s. The Stylus SZ-15 has one of the shorter slowest camera shutter speeds (only 4 seconds) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Features One Light Metering

The Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of light metering modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most frequently featured light metering featured on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 100, the Stylus SZ-15 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SZ-15. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 93.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the Stylus SZ-15 over three years ago.

Average Megapixel

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly average megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SZ-15.

We compared this camera to all the other 16MP cameras and we think the 3300[pl_1378452_price], and the 9300[pl_408824_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Casio EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price] (16.1MP), or the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (16.1MP) 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
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
HDMI
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Batteries Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
On/off Switch
Panorama

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 sz15red, olympus sz15redk, olympus sz15redki, olympus sz15redkit, olympus v102110bu000, olympus v102110ru000
Barcodes 00050332185043, 00050332185050, 00050332185067, 00545350043254, 00545350043261, 04545350043254, 04545350043261, 04545350043278

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