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Olympus Stylus SZ-15
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Olympus Stylus SZ-15 Digital Camera

16MP 24x CCD Jan 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser 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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26 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Olympus is one of the superior camera brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Olympus also has good ratings for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people who bought the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 considered that it had a good zoom.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers concluded that the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 was able to produce good images.

Good Product Quality

Some Olympus Stylus SZ-15 owners agreed that it was good quality. Derek Snellgrove mentioned on Amazon “Fantastic zoom, good quality pictures and some really good” in his Olympus Stylus SZ-15 review.

Good Battery Life

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 owner considered that it had a good battery life.

Good Video Capture

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 reviewer who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 thought it was good for video recording. Three years ago Billythekid wrote “I also feel that it is very easy to press the video button by mistake whilst taking still photos because of the design”.

Easy to Use

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

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed it thought it was good looking. Imaging Resource.com said in their review “Magic image style modes”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Olympus Stylus SZ-15 reviewer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was noisy. Billythekid mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The worst part, so far, that I have found is the noise that it makes whilst using the video”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of a similar spec and age 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of cameras of this age and spec is 1", the largest is 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". With a screen size of 3 inches, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the Fujifilm Finepix F800[plb_1518759_price], or the Samsung WB800F[plb_1585459_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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SD Memory Card

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

Other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price], the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], or the Canon PowerShot N100[plb_2118439_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this compact camera digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W800[plb_2163797_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus SZ-15 the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-15 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus SZ-15.

We compared all the other 24x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Olympus Stylus SH-50[plb_1721351_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Coolpix L320[pl_1939468_price] (26x), or the Coolpix L820[pl_2153075_price] (30x) both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15, the Stylus SZ-15 has an image stabiliser.

Other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Stylus SZ-15 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price].

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 13mm to 1,800mm. At 600 millimeters, the Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

Cameras that have been around for more than two years have combined zoom of between 3x and 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. At 96 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-15.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Has Two Shooting Modes

The Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of shooting modes than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Movie and Scene are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

Cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-15 have maximum apertures of between 2 and 130. The Stylus SZ-15 has a quite small maximum aperture (6.9) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of camera file systems than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Olympus digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Stylus SZ-15 is 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). The worst video resolution of all cameras of this age and type is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 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 Stylus SZ-15 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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 worst display of all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-15 is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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15 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One customer who purchased it considered that it did not have good features.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec do support video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video recording to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the Samsung WB800F[plb_1585459_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15, the Stylus SZ-15 does not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus SZ-15, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Stylus SZ-15 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Stylus SZ-15 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-15 also do not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Stylus SZ-15 is not waterproof. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-15 are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

Across all the digital cameras of this spec and age the weights range from 20g to 710g. The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is one of the heavier digital cameras of this spec and age (396 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

This digital camera has a still image resolution of 640 x 480|2048 x 1536|3264 x 2448, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Stylus SZ-15 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only 3264 X 2448 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of this spec and age. Across all digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 the best image resolution is 5152 x 3864 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 the maximum ISO speeds range from 3 to 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. With a maximum ISO speed of only 1,600, the Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-15.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Stylus SZ-15 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-15 the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s.

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Thick

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is quite thick (39.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Stylus SZ-15. The average depth of digital cameras of this type and age is 38mm.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

At 100, the Stylus SZ-15 has a quite big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15. The smallest minimum ISO speed of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 10, the biggest is 800, and the average minimum ISO speed is 96.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this compact camera digital camera was released.

Average Megapixel Count

The Stylus SZ-15 has a pretty standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Lumix DMC-TZ35[pl_1974789_price] (16.1MP), or the Lumix DMC-TZ36[pl_1725803_price] (16.1MP) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the PowerShot A3200 IS[pl_1463972_price], or the IXUS 115 HS[pl_1526810_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price] which has better reviews.

If this Olympus camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
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
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Other Features

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 sz15zil, sz15zwa, olympus om04327, olympus om04327e, olympus om04327ea, olympus om04327ean, olympus v102110ru000
Barcodes 00050332185043, 00050332185050, 00050332185067, 00545350043254, 00545350043261, 04545350043254, 04545350043261, 04545350043278

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