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Olympus Stylus SZ-15 Digital Camera

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16MP 24x CCD Nov 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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28 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

Users have rated this Olympus digital camera on average 85 out of 100.

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 1,711 user and expert reviews for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range.

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 digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec. 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 compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of digital cameras of this age and spec is 2.8". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Stylus SZ-15 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon 115 HS[plb_1526810_price].

If you are looking for a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider 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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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 96 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-15 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The average digital zoom of digital cameras of this spec and age is 11x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price] (486x), or the DSC-HX400V[pl_2297093_price] (810x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Canon SX280 HS[plb_2126239_price] is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering 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 also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 is 3x, the biggest is 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (26x), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus SZ-15 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price], and the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price] is also worth considering.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Stylus SZ-15 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Olympus digital 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 Stylus SZ-15. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Stylus SZ-15 of 600 millimeters is one of the longest amongst digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SZ-15. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 is 18mm, the longest is 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

At 96 times zoom factor, the Stylus SZ-15 has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SZ-15. Across all the cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus SZ-15 the combined zooms range from 3x to 1,600x.

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Has Two Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Stylus SZ-15 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly found shooting modes is Auto, but this shooting modes is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The shooting modess Movie and Scene are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 6.9, the Stylus SZ-15 has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15. The maximum aperture numbers of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus SZ-15 range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 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). The worst video resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 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 typical of many digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Features One Light Metering

The Stylus SZ-15 has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most commonly 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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TFT Display

The Stylus SZ-15 has a better display than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most comparable spec 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. Cameras of this type and age displays range from LCD to AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Stylus SZ-15 is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports a WAV audio formats supported, which is the most commonly supported audio formats supported supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Stylus SZ-15.

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12 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”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 does not support video capability.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support video capability including the Samsung WB800F[plb_1585459_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this age and spec do not support Full HD video. The Stylus SZ-15 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus Stylus SZ-15 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative 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 compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Stylus SZ-15 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Stylus SZ-15 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus SZ-15 are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

The weights of compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to 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 fairly heavy compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15.

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Only Three Number of Diaphragm Bladess

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus SZ-15 have between one and eight number of diaphragm bladess, including the Stylus SZ-15 which has three number of diaphragm bladess.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 1,600, the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 3 and the highest is 26,000.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

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

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The ISO sensitivity (min)s of digital cameras of this age and type range from 10 to 200. The Stylus SZ-15 has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) (100) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus SZ-15.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Olympus camera was released over three years ago.

Average Megapixel

The Stylus SZ-15 has a relatively average megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Stylus SZ-15.

We compared this camera to all the other 16MP cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S6150[plb_1147112_price] is also worth considering.

If this Olympus digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Coolpix P510[pl_2071647_price] (16.1MP and higher rated), or the Coolpix L320[pl_1939468_price] (16.1MP and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Casio EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price] (16.1MP and higher rated).

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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

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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 v102110ru000
Barcodes 00050332185043, 00050332185050, 00050332185067, 00545350043254, 00545350043261, 04545350043254, 04545350043261, 04545350043278

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