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

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  • 14 Megapixel
  • 24x wide-angle zoom
  • 3" LCD
  • HD Video
  • Dual Image Stabilization
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Technical Details

Color: Red
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: SZ-12 Red
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 24 x
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Product Details

Color: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 2.7 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • 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 (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,037 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 18, 2012

Product Description

Color: Red

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 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I love this camera. The pictures are great. It is east to use. Read more ›
This one is no different. Image quality is outstanding, the zoom is fast and sharp and ease of use is amazing. I am a DSLR shooter myself, but I would not hesitate to carry… Read more ›
The pictures are crystal clear, the movies are Hi definition and the sound is very clear, the zoom is awesome for the price, there are cameras costing a lot more with a lot… Read more ›
So far it seems to be holding up. Its nothing that I am super excited about, but the pictures are clear, easy to take, and the camera is functional at a reasonable price. Fo… Read more ›
I know for the price range not to expect the greatest camera. Takes good vibrant pictures and is easy to use, but it feels way cheap. Battery/SD compartment feels as if it… Read more ›
I take this camera almost every where I go. The pictures are great! I love the special effects. Read more ›
This camera is a good quality camera that is easy to use and takes very good pictures. The 24x zoom is very good and quick. The battery life is very good and an extra… Read more ›
The pictures are fine but not as good as my Canon powershot. The zoom is really incredible for such a small camera. Fit and finish present as cheap but on examination it is… Read more ›
Not to say that the Olympus images are the equal of the Nikon's but they are excellent for the price. The 24X zoom lens is amazing. Kudos to Olympus for their optics. Read more ›
The camera is fast and able to capture good picture…Zoom is great but you probably need a tripod for clear shot(this is common across all the camera when using more zoom). Read more ›
I was actually going down in pixel size vs the newer VR camera model has to offer. THe zoom does work well and does make for nice clear shots. At the same time, be a super… Read more ›
The only thing I’m not amazed by is that the flash pops up on the top of the camera and I feel like I might eventually brake it. but the zoom is incredibly amazing the… Read more ›
I leve this camera. Is easy to use and worked with him. I'm not expert, but I managed to get some excellent pictures. Read more ›
The shaded areas end up almost too dark to view. Otherwise, good zoom and easy to use. Read more ›
great camera:good lens,great optical zoom, easy to use, I would give it 5 stars but my Dad liked it so much he had to have one. I got him the SZ-15 -same lens but higher… Read more ›
This camera has lots of tricks up it's sleeves. Very easy to use and takes great pictures. Not a bad deal for the price I paid. Read more ›
not as easy to use as I would like , but the pictures are lovely. The zoom makes the picture clear , but I'm never sure when I'm shooting if it is going to be . Read more ›
This is a great little camera for the money. settings are more intuitive and easier to use and understand. Can't really beat it for the price. Read more ›
It is not heavy, and easy to handle. The instructions are very detailed and the camera functions are easy to understand. The only thing I wish it had is a way to hook a… Read more ›
In the automatic mode this little camera does a pretty good job of getting…There are an impressive number of filtered settings that are easy to use and work pretty well. Read more ›
In terms of features, the SZ-12 has pretty much everything that some of the much more expensive Olympus cameras have (like…The controls are simple and easy to figure out. Read more ›
Its suit for my style and my budget . really good functional camera for this price . Read more ›
Very good features for the price, very poor UI to operate. My wife is always getting lost with the features and gets stuck and has a hard time getting the camera back to… Read more ›
Great price, New, works great Read more ›
This is a excellent camera for the price. works great. Get it you cant beat it. Read more ›
The color also seems to be more washed out in many cases. I wouldn't buy this camera full price, but a used one is a decent addition. I like the small size (the kodak is… Read more ›
Great for the price. My main squeeze loves it Read more ›
EXACTLY what I was looking for! Easy to use, great pictures, lightweight, and GREAT price! Thank you! Read more ›
the image stabilization is adequate. Size is convenient. There is some software glitch that causes it to freeze periodically. Read more ›
I was looking for a small digital to carry around easier than my slr. Size is great. Although I have not used the camera much yet, I am traveling soon and look forward to… Read more ›
I love this camera, it takes wonderful pictures and has many functions. The camera has a good size, but the pictures are great. Read more ›
It arrived today and I'm absolutely satisfied. Zoom is amazing, the crisp clear photos are so amazing, and the size is good along with the quality. 100% satisfied! Read more ›
Overall I love the camera. The compact size and the zoom make it a significant upgrade over my last point and shoot. My only complaint is the flash. Read more ›
Nice compact size and I love the finger grip on the front on the right hand side. I have taken about 40 pic's with it indoors and outdoors. Read more ›
Which is common on all cameras of this type. Videos are of good quality but again if I zoom in on subject I have to have a steady hand. Tripod mount would solve the… Read more ›
It took a little practice with the action shots but I finally got it down and now get wonderful results. The video feature is great too. Pictures are so clear and beautiful… Read more ›
Great pics and great video. Used it at a concert and got some really memorable pics. Read more ›
Best camera I've ever owned. It even does decent video, which I wasn't looking for but have used to great success. Even posted a vid of a favorite local band on FaceBook. Read more ›
I like the HD video. Very sharp, but sometimes hear the motor noise in the recordings. Read more ›
I love the sleek red, which is my favorite color of course but that is not all. I love the HD video recording features and the picture quality. I have owned a lot of… Read more ›
I purchased this camera for my trip to Disney and the images, the colors, were wonderful, I love this camera. Good item to buy. Read more ›
But at 14MB, images are finely detailed. Color renditions are superb. I have not used the flash feature, so I have no comment on its functionality--but I do like the ease… Read more ›
I've taken…Many times, this camera makes solid color walls look kind of like those old 1970's shag rugs, which were made up of fibers of many different shades of a color. Read more ›
Very frustrating. Not so with this Olympus, where the video start button is clearly marked (different, bright color) and located separately from the still shot controls. Wel… Read more ›
But you can also set it on iauto and get great pics every time. I like the bright red color because it makes it very hard to leave behind. ;0) Read more ›
Not sure if this one comes with the Olympus software, but since my E-620 did, I just plugged in and uploaded using the Olympus Master software, which has editing… Read more ›
Great camera, strong zoom lens with an easy to follow menu......perfect for a beginner as well a camera buff. Camera was on sale but would be a great buy even if at full… Read more ›
Its a great camera, a product from an established and respected band and is easy to use, has an excellent zoom lens, is full of features and was offered at an excellent… Read more ›
I am totally satisfied with it. The camera is fairly compact for the lens it packs. It's made of plastic while front plate is metal. Read more ›
an excellent camera to stick in a pocket when traveling about, good zoom feature. nave brand good lense and you can't go wrong in this price range Read more ›
You can't beat the great price on Amazon. This camera has an awesome battery life, is light-weight and has an awesome zoom lens. I like the built-in lens protector and it… Read more ›
Then again, for now, the most powerful zoom lenses are probably either Canon's 28-300 (full frame) Read more ›
The flash on this camera is too bright - if you take pictures inside, it makes it look like the whole room - except for what…The flash then is too bright on the subject. Read more ›
It has enough manual settings in program mode to satisfy me for when IAuto isn't doing the job. The performance indoors, even without the flash is outstanding. I will… Read more ›
This camera let me take really awesome pictures without flash, percet for visits to the museums and landscape. the quality of the pictures are incredible . The only problem… Read more ›
You can also adjust it to your personal settings or set it to auto. The zoom feature is amazing and the flash is just a click away. I took this camera to a school reunion… Read more ›
This camera is easy to use, takes great pictures and short videos. Especially like to flash, as I take pictures in shadows and down into holes for work. Met my expectations… Read more ›
It's a very well thought out design. The controls are very friendly, I especially like the flash release. It has enough manual settings in program mode to satisfy me for… Read more ›
This thing is the BOMB. The focus is sharp and the colors are nicely saturated. The software is a little clunky, but it gets the job done. Read more ›
I paid about $180 for it. At any rate, the focus was excellent, and the sound was between good and excellent. Take note that I am doubly cursed. Read more ›
Be advised that the flash doesn't automatically come on in low light -- you have to flip it up manually. The focus is crystal clear. If the object of the shot is in motion,… Read more ›
So, on to the merits of the camera. It has an extremely quick focus with no problems with shutter lag. The viewfinder is about typical in daylight shots. Read more ›
I am impressed…I keep the ISO set on 400, and it zooms quickly and focuses quickly on subjects, with a fast enough shutter speed to prevent blurring in most situations. I… Read more ›
I haven't printed any pics yet, so I can't advise as to the print quality. Some macro shots of a crab apple tree in blossom had good focus and color saturation. Read more ›
Videos are not stable. Just using the back screen is no good outdoors. I will know better next time, get a camera with a view finder. Read more ›
If I don't want flash at all I leave it down and…The viewing screen is very bright and clear outdoors in bright sunlight, which can be a problem for many similar cameras. Read more ›
It has amazing "dual stabilization" that lets you get away without a flash if you can hold reasonably still. The screen is SUPER bright and easy to see anywhere. If… Read more ›
The zoom is GREAT!!! The screen is great! The battery is great! Read more ›
I've never run the thing dry on my…I think those I lent my last one too left it on between taking pics and the auto focus and very bright large screen may have run it down. Read more ›
Not sure…This has a bright screen and constant motion inside while shooting as the 2 stabilizing lenses never stop while your finger is on the shutter or recording video. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

196 of 200 people found the following review helpful By John on October 12, 2012
Color Name: 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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187 of 191 people found the following review helpful By conradb212 on June 19, 2012
Color Name: 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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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By mwolfe83 on November 22, 2012
Color Name: 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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