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Olympus SZ-12 14MP Digital Camera with 24x Wide-Angle Zoom (Red) (Old Model)
- 14 Megapixel
- 24x wide-angle zoom
- 3" LCD
- HD Video
- Dual Image Stabilization
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||220 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||0.6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Exposure Control Type||Program AE|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG 2.21|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL iESP with contrast detection|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|HDMI Type||Type D|
|ISO Range||Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Item Dimensions||2.72 x 1.57 x 4.17 inches|
|Item Display Weight||226 grams|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.28 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year parts and labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.0 - F6.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||600 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1700 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,288|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.01 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-ion rechargeable LI-50B battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
WHERE ELEGANCE AND FUNCTION MEET.
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.
SUPER-SLIM 24X WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL ZOOM.
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.
HD VIDEO WITH HDMI CONTROL
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.
HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING
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!
MAGIC ART FILTERS (STILL & MOVIE)
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
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.)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took too long for this camera to be shipped, and about a month after it arrived, a better version became available for not too much more. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Anthony
This camera went with me on my 10 day trip to Costa Rica. It took really nice pictures, and the zoom works pretty nicely. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica Kruzan
I find the pictures this camera takes to not be great, especially in low light, and there is always some blur too in the image. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Panna
This camera is awesome. It takes so many great photos and having the video function is wonderful. We have done panoramic photos and night shots of the moon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great camera. Only dislike is the pause when taking a photo. You move your hand assuming the photo was taken and then only to find that the camera goes off then. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sagganf
Sharp pictures; but a bit tough to see what you are focusing on in the bright Florida sun. I like the small size and the definition is great. A Big Bang for the buck.Published 3 months ago by Railroad Buff 2
Real cheap from the start. Pictures not very good and then it just suddenly quit working all togetherPublished 3 months ago by gemmer
that disappointment do not buy in this store Ap-IS touted as a new product and get hit and without battery please do not buy there check the comments from other users that also... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jhonny