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Olympus SZ-14 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14MP 24x Apr 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Four industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
Only 720p HD video
26 Reviews + 4 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com Gold Ephotozine Recommended 01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

The editors of two expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this camera. Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both gave this Olympus camera a "Recommended" award.

The author at review sites Buy-n-shoot.com decided that this medium megapixel camera was marvellous and gave it their "Gold" award.

The writer at one more expert review site thought that this Olympus digital camera was good. 01net.com gave this camera a "4 Star" award.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 70 out of 100 based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews.

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 4,447 owner and expert reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 88% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Olympus SZ-14 features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Features Smile Detection

The Olympus SZ-14 features smile detection, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Power

Scroll Wheel At the Back is Very Slippery and Its Hard to Arrive At the Setting You Want Without Much Back and Forth, Battery Life is So-So

One person wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Five years ago Pocket Lint said “Scroll wheel at the back is very slippery and its hard to arrive at the setting you want without much back and forth, battery life is so-so”.


Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

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 camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera. 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 medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus SZ-14 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Nikon L820 which is also higher rated.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus SZ-14 features voice recording. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus SZ-14 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Noise At Higher ISOs

Four customers reckoned that the product was noisy. Cnet.com.au wrote on CNET.com.au “Very noisy images over ISO 200”. Five years ago What Digital Camera wrote “Noise at higher ISOs” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus said “Digital noise is controlled with heavy smoothing” in their review of this digital camera.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Four customers reckoned that the product was noisy. Cnet.com.au wrote on CNET.com.au “Very noisy images over ISO 200”. Five years ago What Digital Camera wrote “Noise at higher ISOs” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus said “Digital noise is controlled with heavy smoothing” in their review of this digital camera.


Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Olympus SZ-14 has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus SZ-14 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus SZ-14 has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus SZ-14 has a batteries included. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

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Weight & Dimensions

Features Body in Panorama

Eleven people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was compact. Five years ago Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their Olympus SZ-14 review “A bright and sharp LCD display, all in a compact package”. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Pocket Lint “The travel zoom compact is still proving popular”. Five years ago Techradar.com/au/ said “Buying Guide Best compact camera 2012”.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was thick. One owner who bought it concluded that it was lightweight.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Five years ago Techmagnifier.com said “Features body in panorama” in their review of the Olympus SZ-14 however despite that they gave this digital camera a score of 1 stars.

One owner who purchased this digital camera thought it was thin. Expertreviews.co.uk gave it a rating of 6 stars and wrote in their Olympus SZ-14 review “A big zoom in a slim body makes for a versatile, convenient camera”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 216 grams, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Olympus SZ-14 features connection to PC. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also feature connection to PC.

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Has an HDMI

The Olympus SZ-14 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Olympus SZ-14 supports PictBridge. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also support PictBridge.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus SZ-14 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus SZ-14 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus SZ-14 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus SZ-14 features histogram. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also feature histogram.

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Sports a Display of 3 Inches TFT Color LCD

Two people who purchased it thought it had a good screen. Techmagnifier.com wrote “Sports a display of 3 inches TFT color LCD”.

Great Zoom

Twenty-one owners considered that this digital camera had a good zoom. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Powerful zoom 24x”. Also five years ago What Digital Camera said “24x optical zoom lens” in their review of the Olympus SZ-14 although they only scored the product 19.34 out of 100. Also five years ago Techradar said “24x zoom range” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they scored it 1 stars.

Three customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Five years ago Techradar said “Effective image stabilisation”. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Provided with CCD shift image stabilizer” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 16.4 out of 100.

Two people who purchased it considered that it had a good lens. Five years ago Firstpost.com said “These include a telephoto lens, fully manua” and rated it 6 stars.

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Fast Highspeed Shooting Modes

Seven owners concluded that it was able to produce good images.

Two customers who bought it wrote that it had a good picture resolution. What Digital Camera mentioned “Fast highspeed shooting modes”. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their Olympus SZ-14 review “Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels” however they rated it 1 stars.

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Only 720p HD Video

Five customers who reviewed the Olympus SZ-14 agreed that it was not good for video recording. Techradar wrote “Only 720p HD video”. What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of the Olympus SZ-14 “HD Video recording limited to 720p”. Five years ago Cnet.com.au mentioned on CNET.com.au “Image stabilisation can't compensate for camera shake when shooting video at the telephoto end” in their review of this digital camera.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One customer who bought the Olympus SZ-14 concluded that it had gps. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “User friendly budget-priced travel zoom omits the higher-end rival likes of GPS and Full HD video.” and rated it 7 stars.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus SZ-14 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 ($189.99) is also worth considering.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SZ-14 has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of a similar type and age to it. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(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 digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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Only 4288 X 3216 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus SZ-14 has a 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst image resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

The best image resolution across similar types of digital camera is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of this age and spec. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus SZ-14 supports video capability. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also support video capability.

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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 of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon L820.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 ($189.99).

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus SZ-14 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus SZ-14 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

The Olympus SZ-14 does not have a video out. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also do not have a video out.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the bigger optical zooms (24 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon L820 (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 18mm and 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. At 600 millimeters, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 6.9, the Olympus SZ-14 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. Medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The Olympus SZ-14 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Olympus SZ-14 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8".

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Support

Good Support

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance.


Features

Good Technical Features

Six owners who bought this digital camera wrote that it had good features. Techmagnifier.com wrote “It features a fast lens, 24x optical zoom, 14 Megapixel, full manual controls” and gave the Olympus SZ-14 a rating of 6 stars. Five years ago expert website Buy-N-Shoot.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars and wrote “On one side of the ledger you’ve got buyers wanting plenty of options, features that perform” in their review of the Olympus SZ-14. Expert review site Techradar.com mentioned in the same month “The Olympus SZ-14 sports a good range of features for a pocket-friendly price”.


Design

Nice Design

One owner who bought this digital camera wrote that it was good looking. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com rated this digital camera 6 stars and wrote five years ago “One of the most fashionable cameras from Olympus is the SZ-14”.

Lightweight Construction

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Cnet.com.au mentioned on CNET.com.au “Lightweight construction”.

Easy to Use

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. Techradar wrote “Easy to use”. One owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus.

Image Quality

Five customers who purchased it thought it was good quality. What Digital Camera wrote five years ago “Image quality”. What Digital Camera also mentioned “Compact metal body” in their review.


Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332181847, 00610708905615, 00610708906148, 03610170782292, 04545350039134, 04545350039141, 04545350039158

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