Olympus Stylus SZ-17 Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
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- This camera has exactly the same specifications as the SZ-16
- Wide angle 24X optical zoom with 25-600mm range (35mm equiv.)
- 1080P HD video
- 16 scene modes and 11 Magic Filters for creative shooting
- Smart Panorama mode
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SDXC;;;|
|Item Dimensions||1.6 x 2.8 x 4.2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.7 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year parts and labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||3.0-6.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||108|
|Minimum Focal Length||4.5|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||TruePic V|
|Shipping Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Olympus Li-50B|
|Video Capture Format||HD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p|
|Viewfinder Type||Digital Camera with 24x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD|
Get close with the ultra-compact, elegant 24x long zoom SZ-17 iHS that delivers exceptional image quality in both stills and video. With its 25-600mm wide-angle lens, you'll be able to capture tight close-ups even from a distance. Never miss important events like recitals, graduations, and your favorite Little Leaguer's home run hit because you're stuck in the stands! The SZ-17 iHS is equipped with a high-speed TruePic V Image processor and high-sensitivity 16 megapixel CMOS Sensor that drive Olympus' cutting-edge iHS Technology for exceptional low-light performance and high-speed responsiveness. Combined with advanced shooting functions like HDR Backlight Adjustment, Advanced Shadow Adjustment, Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization and Hand-Held Starlight mode, you'll enjoy captivating night scenes, candid action shots, Full HD Videos in 1080p and High-Speed Sequential shooting at a frame rates up to 30fps (3MP mode). It's everything you need and then some.
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1. the camera
2. camera safety cord - long enough to wrap around your wrist - not your nect
3. 1 Li-ion battery (not charged when you get it)
4. CD ROM with 84 manual about the camera; software to view the pictures / video you've taken; software link to register your camera with Olympus
5. a. USB AC Adapter cord - install the battery which is not charged in the camera. Connect the cord to the AC adapter and let it charge the battery inside the camera. It takes about 3 hours to charge.
5. b. USB AC Adapter cord is also be used to download pictures and video from camera to your computer. This is also used
6. Quick start printed instructions
7. Warranted from Olympus printout
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This camera is an upgrade for my Olympus VG-180 (originally purchased for only $59 on Amazon which actually costs quite a bit more now), which was my favorite compact among others i have had including a Canon powershot, Nikon Coolpix, and Kodak EasyShare.
The reason I ended up with it is because I was looking for an "upgrade", but something smaller than my bridge camera for portability on walks and runs...but given that these nature runs are outdoors, i did not want to sacrifice a long zoom or 1080p video (both features lacking on my VG-180). Many of the less expensive compact cameras still have CCD sensors and are limited to 720p video. The more expensive ones have CMOS sensors and will allow for 1080p...and most of the less expensive compacts typically have a 5x to 12x zoom.
At the time I am writing this review, I can say that there is just simply no better bang for the buck in a camera that I could find with these features. For $140.00 you get a camera with CMOS sensor that does 1080p video and has a 24x zoom...in a comparatively small form factor. Also you get the intuitive Olympus interface, and excellent outdoor performance, that I have long been a fan of after trying so many compact cameras.
*Excellent Picture quality for the price
*Audio recording only mono
* No View finder
*Screen Resolution is middle of the road by todays standards
*Charger included plugs in the wall and uses a cable connected to the camera to charge, instead of standalone charger.
*The lens "fit" is a bit loose, and tends to "move around" a bit when the camera is shaken (noticed this while running with it)
*Does not save RAW format
I am attaching some images taken with the camera. These images were all taken around the same time of day, before sunset. The image of the duck was from across the lake almost at full zoom and my camera hand stabilized against a railing. I am also attaching an image taken of a tree in the sunlight so you can see the dynamic range and how the camera handles sun flares.
All images are using default settings (except i switched to "fine" compression, the default is "normal"), and no images were post processed. Also keep in mind, I do not claim to be a pro photographer by any stretch...but I do like to get creative.
I'm really very please with the camera - the zoom is amazing, the shutter is fast, it does really well in low-light situations - I've rarely need the flash. Plus it has some fun features, for taking "dramatic" or "pop art" photos. Also has setting for fireworks, sports, and two pet modes (Camera automatically snaps a pic when it recognizes the face of a dog or cat - I mention this because this feature amuses me, I haven't tried it yet.)
Way back in high school I bought a Pentex SLR which I used for years, and took great pictures, but it was difficult to lug it, plus the lenses and flash around, and when digital came along, I switched to point & shoot. My pictures where never as great as those taken with my SLR, and I had assumed that I had lost whatever "it" was that helped me take great photos. With my new Olympus Stylus, I have "it" back. Turns out that the right equipment helps make a great photographer. (And how lucky are my all my Facebook friends to be regularly treated to my awesome photos? - Actually, I'm appreciative of their indulgence of me.)
My one little quibble is that the USB cable port is behind a small door on the side of the camera that has a rubber hinge. I'm not optimistic about that hinge lasting the useful life of the camera.
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~Very nice photo quality; sharp detail and accurate colors
~Good video quality
~24x zoom reaches far
~Flash evenly distributes light...Canon PowerShot SX720 HS (Black) which fixed many of the problems I had with this camera.
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