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Olympus SZ-12 14MP Digital Camera with 24x Wide-Angle Zoom (Black) (Old Model)
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- 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|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||0.6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||14 MP|
|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 ounces|
|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|
|Memory Storage Capacity||59 MB|
|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||1.05 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|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||5 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.57 x 4.17 x 2.72 in||1.38 x 4.45 x 2.6 in||1.57 x 4.22 x 2.71 in||3.28 x 4.37 x 3 in||3.7 x 0.9 x 2.1 in||4.81 x 5.1 x 3.74 in|
|Item Weight||0.5 lb||0.59 lb||7.76 ounces||0.94 lb||4.4 ounces||1.3 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||16 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||12 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||720p||1280 x 720||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder||None||None||fixed LCD||fixed LCD||fixed LCD||LCD|
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.
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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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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.
And it also allows the taking of normal, non-telephoto shots in lower light conditions, hand-held. The combination of wide angle to long telephoto, coupled with its superb image stabilization systems allow the taking of photos in reduced light or distant placements that few other cameras can--and no other camera matches these capabilities at the modest price of the Olympus SZ-12. The wide angle and telephoto capabilities are unmatched.
I like the camera controls layout. They are about as intuitive as possible. A real problem I've encountered on other cameras is a confusion between still photography and movie photography controls. On some other digital cameras I've used, I've inadvertently begun to shoot a video sequence, when I thought I was taking my preferred still shot. 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. Well designed. Thank you, Olympus. When I want to shoot some video, I can easily press the right key. Otherwise, I never inadvertently touch it.
All the other features and controls are similar to other digital cameras in the $200 price range. No, the camera does not shoot RAW images, only JPEG. 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 with which automatic flash can be turned and left off.
Frankly, this little wonder has all the capabilities of the three 35-mm single lens reflex cameras I used to use to shoot wildlife and nature photos in my business (as a biologist). Now, with a single small camera kept in a cheap little nylon case, I can shoot macro closeups without any supplemental lens, and turn in an instant and shoot a flying bald eagle two hundred yards away, bringing her right into the image. With the super-macro feature, I can quickly and easily fill a frame with a full-sized bee or wasp, several feet away. The images are quickly recorded on the card, which is instantly and easily retrieved and plugged into the photo-card shot on my computer for instant download.
For those who wish only to point and shoot, or for those more experienced with variable zoom lens and atypical photographic subjects, this camera can't be beat.
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.
quick: The camera seems quick unless there is low light. in low light, the pictures take longer to shoot because the shutter has to stay open longer to gather enough light. this makes for smeary pics if you have a moving target.. This isn't specific to Olympus, just a note I wanted to throw out there.
We have had the camera for about a week now and I don't have any complaints. A great deal of the technology in Olympus's DSLR's I have found to be available on this camera. you have to get used to their interface but that is to be expected. I will update this review if we have any problems with the camera.
UpDate : Well finally got outside and the one thing I have noticed about the zoom is that anywhere past 20x when taking pictures of birds,rabbits ect it come's out blurry. When you look at the picture it looks ok,but when you zoom in you can see the blur. This was a major disapointment to me as I love to take animal pictures. :( ..... I tried all different setting and no matter what the blur is still there. However, if you just like regular shots and don't go past 20x then it's not bad...................................................So needless to say I'm going to be getting a different camera. Have seen good reviews on the Nikon Coolpix L820 16 MP Digital Camera with 30x Zoom. It's a fairly small camera which is what I'm looking for, so going to be getting one to see.