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Olympus SZ-14
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Olympus SZ-14 Digital Camera

14MP 24x CCD Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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Olympus Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,704 expert and owner reviews for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for a similar time 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.

Other cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might want to consider include the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon IXUS 150[plb_2176458_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The screen sizes of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-14 range from 1" to 4.8".

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 96 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has one of the biggest digital zooms amongst cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SZ-14 is 1x and the biggest is 810x.

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3D Compatible

The Olympus SZ-14 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SZ-14 which are not 3D compatible.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time 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 cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price] or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price], the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price], and the IXUS 150[pl_2176458_price] all from Canon are also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SZ-14 is 9.3x. With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus SZ-14 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Olympus SZ-14 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony DSC-WX60[plb_1621814_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-W830[plb_2109578_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SZ-14, the Olympus SZ-14 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which has better reviews; or the Canon IXUS 155[plb_2176423_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-W830[plb_2109578_price] is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SZ-14 the maximum focal lengths range from 13mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. The Olympus SZ-14 has a very long maximum focal length (600 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SZ-14.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of 96 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-14. The smallest combined zoom of digital cameras of this age and spec is 3x and the biggest is 1,600x.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this camera. The white balance modes Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

The Olympus SZ-14 has a quite small maximum aperture (6.9) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The maximum apertures of similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14 range from 2 to 130, and the average maximum aperture is 6.6.

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4288 X 2416 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SZ-14 has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a 4288 x 2416 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Olympus digital camera also have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 and 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448. The best still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Supports One Image Format

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

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.21 are also supported by this digital 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 typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

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 common video resolution supported by cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SZ-14 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of light metering modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were released 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 Olympus digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SZ-14 has a better display than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras of this age and type 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. The display of all compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SZ-14, the Olympus SZ-14 does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Sony DSC-WX60[plb_1621814_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to the SZ-14 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus SZ-14 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus SZ-14 does not have a GPS, 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.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of this type and age are not waterproof. The Olympus SZ-14 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Cameras that were released around the same time as the SZ-14 have weights of between 20g and 710g, and the average weight is 170g. The Olympus SZ-14 is one of the heavier compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SZ-14 (216 grams) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Three Diaphragm Blades

The Olympus SZ-14 is a three diaphragm blades camera.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Two Power Sources

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of power sources than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported power source is Battery, but this power source is not supported by this camera. The power sources AC and USB are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SZ-14. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Digital cameras of this age and type have maximum ISO speeds of between 3 and 52,000. With a maximum ISO speed of only 1,600, the Olympus SZ-14 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-14.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats AAC are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Olympus SZ-14 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst digital cameras of this age. Cameras of a comparable age and type to the SZ-14 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s.

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Thick

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the depths range from 13mm to 2,200mm. With a depth of 39.5 millimeters, the Olympus SZ-14 is one of the thicker digital cameras of this age and type amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SZ-14

Released Over Five Years Ago

Olympus released the SZ-14 over five years ago.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly standard megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SZ-14.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price] (16.15MP and cheaper) or the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price] (16MP and higher rated), or the IXUS 150[pl_2176458_price] (16MP and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
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
Video Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
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
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Interface
Video Out Port
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range

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 sz14roo, olympus om03915, olympus om03913, olympus om03913e, olympus om03915e, olympus om03915ea, olympus om03913ea, info v102080be000, olympus om03913ean, olympus om03915ean, olympus v102080se000, olympus v102080be000
Barcodes 00610708905615, 00610708906148, 03610170782292, 04545350039134, 04545350039141, 04545350039158
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