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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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20 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

On average Olympus compact cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras built by Olympus.

CCD Sensor Type

This 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.

Other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon 105[plb_377573_price].

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SZ-14 is 1" and the largest is 4.8". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on similar spec digital cameras that have been around 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.

If the memory card type of this compact camera digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] (HC MMC+|MMC|MMC+|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-14. Digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SZ-14 have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider 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 comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], the Canon 105[plb_377573_price], or the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus SZ-14 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14 also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], the Canon 105[plb_377573_price], or the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_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, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SZ-14.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera 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 Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SZ-14. 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 Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SZ-14. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras of this spec and age have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm. When compared to other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14 that we have checked, the Olympus SZ-14's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the bigger combined zooms (96 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average combined zoom of compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SZ-14 is 50x, and the combined zooms range from 3x to 1,600x.

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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 most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Olympus digital 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 comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this camera. The image formats supporteds EXIF are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus SZ-14 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 frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of this age and type. 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 best video resolution of all compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-14 is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering

The Olympus SZ-14 has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time 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 Olympus SZ-14 has a TFT display which is better than most compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it 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 best display of all cameras of a similar age and spec to the SZ-14 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 compact cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Olympus SZ-14 has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14. Cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus SZ-14 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SZ-14 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider including the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price], or the DSC-WX10[pl_595125_price] both from Sony.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support wi-Fi. The Olympus SZ-14 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support wi-Fi including 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.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-14 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Olympus SZ-14 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

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

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Heavy

The average weight of compact cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-14 is 170g, and the weights range from 20g to 840g. The Olympus SZ-14 is quite heavy (216 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-14.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of cameras of this age and type is 11x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-14 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst compact cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this compact camera digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (5x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (20x and higher rated).

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Only Three Number of Diaphragm Bladess

Most similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-14 have between one and eight number of diaphragm bladess, including the Olympus SZ-14 which has three number of diaphragm bladess.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-14, the Olympus SZ-14's maximum aperture number of only 3 is one of the biggest. The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.8, the smallest is 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus SZ-14 is more than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently 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 a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras of this age and type. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

Across all the cameras of a similar age and type to the SZ-14 the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,800. The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s (only 1,600) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the SZ-14 is 14s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s. At only 4 seconds, the Olympus SZ-14 has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-14.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture Number

When compared to other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years, the minimum aperture number of the Olympus SZ-14 of 6.9 is one of the largest. Similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-14 have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SZ-14

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Olympus released the SZ-14.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel

The Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly standard megapixel (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the SZ-14.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (16MP), the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (16MP), or the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus sz14, olympus om03915, olympus om03913, olympus om03913e, olympus om03915e, olympus om03915ea, olympus om03913ea, info v102080be000, olympus om03913ean, olympus om03915ean, olympus v102080se000, olympus v102080be000
Barcodes 00050332181847, 00610708905615, 00610708906148, 03610170782292, 04545350039134, 04545350039141, 04545350039158
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