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Olympus Stylus SZ-12
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Olympus Stylus SZ-12 Digital Camera

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14MP 24x CCD Dec 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
14 MEGAPIXELAn amazing 14 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD create superior image quality. Create poster-sized prints without losing a single detail. SUPER-SLIM 24x WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL... More
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19 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Compact cameras built by Olympus have good reviews on average compared to other brands. 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.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Olympus Stylus SZ-12 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The Olympus SZ-12 is a 14-megapixel point-n-shoot camera with a very powerful 24x zoom lens (25mm - 600mm equivalent”. Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review “Long zoom range”.

Good Size

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was compact.

One person who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 mentioned that it was thick. Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their review of the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 on expert website 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”.

One Olympus Stylus SZ-12 reviewer who bought it thought it was a good body shape.

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Nice Design

One person concluded that it was a good design. Four years ago Steve's Digicams said in their review of this digital camera “Compact design”.

One Olympus Stylus SZ-12 owner wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Steves-Digicams.com wrote “Designed to fit snugly into your hand thanks to its "Smart Grip" aluminum body design, this stylish camera boasts a who” in their Olympus Stylus SZ-12 review.

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Good Support

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it had good technical guidance. Steve's Digicams said in their review of this digital camera “Useful Help mode”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that have been available for more than two years. 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.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec 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 think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and spec, the optical zoom of the Stylus SZ-12 of 24 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras of this spec and age is 3x and the biggest is 63x.

We compared all the other 24x optical zoom cameras to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60[plb_2384424_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-12, the Stylus SZ-12 has an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-12, the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price].

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Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Stylus SZ-12 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Has Four White Balances

The Stylus SZ-12 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balances "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Stylus SZ-12 has one of the longest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (600 millimeters) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-12 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Stylus SZ-12 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Stylus SZ-12 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of this age and type. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. In addition, this Olympus digital camera 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 video resolution of all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12 ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering

The Stylus SZ-12 has a greater number of light metering modes than most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this Olympus digital camera. The light meterings Spot are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The ISO sensitivity (min)s of cameras of this spec and age range from 10 to 200. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Stylus SZ-12 has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst compact cameras of this age.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Stylus SZ-12 does not support video capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12 also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-12 do not support Full HD video. The Stylus SZ-12 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Stylus SZ-12 is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Stylus SZ-12 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Stylus SZ-12 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus SZ-12 are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g. With a weight of 216 grams, the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 216g cameras currently available including the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] which has better reviews.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] (216g).

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age. The digital zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-12 range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think the Lumix DMC-FS10[pl_2396948_price], and the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price] both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modess

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-12. The shooting modes "Program" is also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s (only 1,600) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12 is 4,800.

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Only 2048 X 1536 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Stylus SZ-12 has a 2048 x 1536 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and type. This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 14MP (4288 x 3216), 8MP (3264 x 2448), 5MP (2560 x 1920), 3MP (2048 x 1536), 2MP (1600 x 1200), VGA (640 x 480) and 16:9 L (4288 x 2416) and 16:9 S (1920 x 1080). Across all digital cameras of this spec and age the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SZ-12

Released Over Three Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Stylus SZ-12 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-12.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8") which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14 megapixels, the Olympus Stylus SZ-12 has a relatively typical megapixel compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-12.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Rollei Compactline 750[plb_2403900_price] (16MP), or the Fujifilm FinePix JX660[plb_2442129_price] (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Dustproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Fixed Focal Length
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

Expert Reviews

11 July 2012

The Olympus SZ-12 is a 14-megapixel point-n-shoot camera with a very powerful 24x zoom lens (25mm - 600mm equivalent). This range is very flexible, allowing you to capture a very wide angle at one...

Inexpensive
Long zoom range
Compact design
Useful Help mode
Plastic body
So-so high ISO performance
Unimpressive shot to shot time
Video captured limited to 720p
ISO

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus sz12, olympus sz12s, olympus sz12si, olympus sz12sil, olympus sz12silv, olympus sz12silve, olympus sz12silver
Barcodes 00050332181878, 00050332181885, 00070090049579, 00079531654327
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