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Olympus SZ-12 14MP Digital Camera with 24x Wide-Angle Zoom (Red) (Old Model)

by Olympus
267 customer reviews
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  • 14 Megapixel
  • 24x wide-angle zoom
  • 3" LCD
  • HD Video
  • Dual Image Stabilization
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Technical Details

Product Description

Color: Red

Product Description

Be ready for every close-up with the ultra-compact SZ-12 long zoom camera. Stunningly sleek & stylish with a powerful 24x optical zoom and 3D Photo Mode, this camera is perfect for family and sporting events alike.

From the Manufacturer



Be ready for every close-up with the ultra-compact SZ-12 long zoom camera. Stunningly sleek & stylish with a powerful 24x optical zoom and 3D Photo Mode, this camera is perfect for family and sporting events alike. Take your HD videos to a whole new level with creative Magic Art Filters like Punk, Fisheye & Pop Art. But that's not all. With Wi-Fi compatibility, there's no need to wait to share your favorite photos on Facebook.* An elegant look without a hefty price tag.

*WiFi connectivity made possible through optional EyeFi card.


All the capabilities you need in one compact lens. The 24x optical zoom gets you amazingly close to the action while the 25mm wide-angle lens lets you capture group shots and breathtaking panoramas.


A simple, one-touch button allows you to record video with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HD television a breeze.


Shoot like a pro. With high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence at the touch of a button. You'll have so many great shots, you won't be able to share just one!


Add style and artistic flair to stills and movies with Olympus Magic Art Filters. Express your creativity with any of these 10 special effects: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Sparkle, Miniature and Reflection. Some filters restrict maximum image size.


Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.


Automatically identifies the scene you’re shooting -- up to 30 different scene modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro or Sports -- and adjusts the settings for ideal results. (Number of scene modes varies by model.)

Product Details

Color: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 2.7 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B006ZAHN8Q
  • Item model number: SZ-12 Red
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,321 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 18, 2012

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220 of 224 people found the following review helpful By John on October 12, 2012
Color: Silver
My perspectives on the Olympus SZ-12 camera derive from my extensive photographic experience--mostly and formerly with 35-mm technologies (last century)--in photographing biological and scientific subjects; wild plants, vegetation communities, etc. I am an accomplished photographer of such subjects.

In summary, the Olympus SZ-12 digital camera is unsurpassed in almost every regard. It is relatively inexpensive, it is feature-packed (and the features actually function well), it is small, and the camera is easy to use. It is superbly designed. For those who wish to utilize advanced telephoto lenses (this camera has a 35-mm equivalent 600mm lens--which is a gigantic telephoto), along with wide-angle shots (this camera has a 35-mm equivalent 25mm lens, which is a wonderfully broad wide-angle, seldom found on cameras of this size and price), the lens capabilities, alone, set this camera apart.

But more important than the long telephoto lens is the camera's dual image stabilization system, which works extremely well. I am able to take clear, unblurred telephoto closeups in rather low light, and often hand-held. Of course, it's always best to use a tripod, or at least prop the arm and camera against a tree or solid object before snapping a long telephoto shot, to minimize image motion at high magnifications. But this camera allows you to grab close-in telephotos at long lens lengths with remarkable clarity. In bright overcast and sunny clear skies, hand-held full length telephotos turn out exceptionally well. Now perhaps I'm better at keeping the camera fixed and still when snapping long telephoto shots, as I'm a very good rifle marksman. Still, the image stabilization system of this camera is superb.
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193 of 197 people found the following review helpful By conradb212 on June 19, 2012
Color: Red Verified Purchase
It's absolutely remarkable how far digital cameras have come. And how much camera you can get for the money these days. And that's precisely the problem camera makers face today: it's hard to make a profit as prices drop ever lower. And, adding insult to injury, almost all of today's smartphones already have increasingly competent high res still/video cameras built in.

That's why we're seeing the traditional camera makers get into specialties and niches that the smartphone cameras can't touch (yet). Things like tough cameras that can go underwater, or, as is the case with the SZ-12 from Olympus, a very long optical zoom. Most inexpensive cameras have 3X to 5X optical zooms. The SZ-12 has 24X. That means you can get really close to far-away objects, and unlike digital zoom that multiplies the reach of most digital cameras, optical zoom results in much better and sharper pictures. And the SZ-12's rather sophisticated image stabilization works remarkably well.

The SZ-12 has other nice features, like a bright and sharp 3-inch LCD display and it can take not only those high-res 14-megapixel pictures, but also very respectable 720p HD video. That's not quite the 1080p that takes full advantage of today's large HDTVs, but you usually can hardly tell the difference between 720p and 1080p.

In terms of features, the SZ-12 has pretty much everything that some of the much more expensive Olympus cameras have (like the $350 Tough TG-810 or so). The controls are simple and easy to figure out. While the camera is described as "stunningly sleek and stylish," the SZ-12 is really an inch and a half thick, and a full 3.5 inches with the lens fully motored out. It's still very handy, though, and the film camera-like bulge on the right side makes for a good grip.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By mwolfe83 on November 22, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Folks really push Nikon and Canon so I was a little worried about getting Olympus. (My wife liked it) I have had an Olympus dslr in the past and I can't say anything bad about it. Anyway, it is a good little camera.

24X zoom: great to have that ability but if you don't know how to use a camera pushed to 24x zoom, then don't bash the camera for it. You are not going to get great results if there isn't a bunch of light at 24x.

iauto: when you first turn the camera on, it defaults to P (program) mode which gives you full control over the settings. switch over to iauto and let the software do that for you. If you are buying this camera, you probably are looking for a point and shoot. I read a review where someone complained about bad shots and I think that might be why. The camera will stay there until you change it again.

Flash: the flash has to be flipped out manually but this isn't a bad thing. I kind of like it that way. beats trying to find it on a menu when you really want to turn off/on the flash. Just get in the habit of flipping that little switch as it is powering on and you are set.

Magic filters: kind of dumb but you have them if you want them. would be great if they were apple iPad filter quality.

Video: there is a button for that.... great idea! no fumbling through menus. The quality is good.

Display: the pictures seem a little bleached out on the little back screen but when you get them imported into picasa or some other photo management system, they look great.

14MP: I played around with the other MP settings on the camera and I really couldn't see any difference between 8 or 14 MP. Granted, all I was doing was zooming in. I wasn't printing any picture.
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