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Olympus SZ-14 Digital Camera

14MP 24x CCD Apr 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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19 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Compact cameras manufactured by Olympus have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Olympus also has good reviews across its entire range.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this age and type. 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 digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to consider include a cheaper camera such as the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price] or you might consider a better rated camera such as the 105[pl_377573_price], or the 150[pl_2176458_price] both from Canon.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age. 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 also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] (HC MMC+|MMC|MMC+|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the bigger optical zooms (24 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SZ-14 have optical zooms of between 0.17x and 63x.

If this Olympus camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Olympus SP-820UZ[plb_1792852_price] (40x).

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus SZ-14 supports video capability. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-14 do not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], the Canon 105[plb_377573_price], and the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-14, the Olympus SZ-14 has an image stabilizer.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price] which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], or the Canon 150[plb_2176458_price] which has better reviews.

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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 cameras of a similar spec and age to the SZ-14 also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price] which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], or the Canon 150[plb_2176458_price] which has better reviews.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on cameras of this age and type.

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Features Four Flash Modess

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

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (600 millimeters) amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SZ-14 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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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 cameras of a similar age and spec to the SZ-14. The average combined zoom of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 49x.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus SZ-14 has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. In addition, this Olympus camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 4288 x 2416. Across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14 the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Supports One Image Formats Supported

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

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Olympus SZ-14 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of a similar spec and age to the SZ-14. 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 compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SZ-14 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this camera. The light meterings Spot are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SZ-14 has a better display than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago 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. Across all cameras that were released around the same time as the SZ-14 the best display is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14. Across all the compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SZ-14 the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 10 to 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94.

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15 Reasons Against

Very Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

The average normal focusing range (tele) of cameras of this spec and age is 1.3m, and the normal focusing ranges (tele) range from 0.2m to 3.5m. The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the smaller normal focusing ranges (tele) (only 0.5 meters) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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£17.00 Price Increase

The price of the SZ-14 has increased by £17.00 in the last 32 days.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus SZ-14 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support wi-Fi. The Olympus SZ-14 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus SZ-14 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Olympus SZ-14 is 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 age and spec amongst compact cameras of this age. The lightest compact camera camera that was released more than two years ago is 20g and the heaviest is 840g.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The digital zooms of cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-14 range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (5x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (20x and higher rated) or the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price] (6x and cheaper).

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The Olympus SZ-14 has a very big maximum aperture number (only 3) compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. Across all the similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-14 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 72.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Olympus camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Olympus SZ-14 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) (only 1,600) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of digital cameras of this age and spec is 3 and the highest is 26,000.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of cameras that have been around for more than two years is 15s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s. The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the shorter slowest camera shutter speeds (only 4 seconds) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Small Normal Focusing Range (wide)

The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the smaller normal focusing ranges (wide) (only 0.1 meters) amongst compact cameras of this age. Compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SZ-14 have normal focusing ranges (wide) of between 0.01m and 0.8m, and the average normal focusing range (wide) is 0.43m.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of compact cameras that have been available for more than two years is 1.3, the largest is 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2. At 6.9, the Olympus SZ-14 has a very large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SZ-14

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus SZ-14 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over four 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 digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel

The Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly typical megapixel (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If this compact camera camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price] (16MP), or the 150[pl_2176458_price] (16MP) both from Canon or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
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 Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Smile Detection
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
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)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
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
AV Output
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
HDMI
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Interface
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
Camera Shutter Speed

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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