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Olympus SZ-14

alaTest has collected and analyzed 454 reviews of Olympus SZ-14. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the lens and portability are on the whole positive. The zoom and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the shutter and image quality. There are some mixed opinions about the color and size.

usability, price, zoom, portability, lens

stabilizer , low-light, sensor, image quality, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SZ-14 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus SZ-14

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 121 user reviews of Olympus SZ-14 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the performance and portability are on the whole positive. The zoom and price also get good comments.

usability, price, zoom, portability, performance

99% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus SZ-14 Digital Super Zoom Camera - Red (14MP, 24x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDOlympus SZ-14 Digital Super Zoom Camera - Red (14MP, 24x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus SZ-14

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Olympus SZ-14 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the lens and usability. The performance and price also get good reviews, but there are some critical comments about the size.

zoom, price, performance, usability, lens

size

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus 14MP Digital Camera SZ-14 with 24x Optical ZoomOlympus 14MP Digital Camera SZ-14 with 24x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2018

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Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Olympus SZ-14 Review

 

The Olympus SZ-14 is a pocketable 14-megapixel travel-zoom camera offering a 24x optical zoom with a focal range of 25-600mm, TruePic III+ processing engine, sensor-shift image stabilisation, “Advanced Face Detection” and “Shadow Adjustment”...

The 14 megapixel, £199 Olympus SZ-14 comes up trumps for anyone wanting a very affordable big zoom camera that at the same time is compact enough to slip into a trouser or jacket pocket in its dormant state. The negatives are that image quality, whilst...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pocket-lint.com)

Olympus SZ-14

 

The travel zoom compact is still proving popular and Olympus is building a raft of small-bodied, big-zoom, low-cost cameras for 2012. Setting sail in the wake of the SP-620UZ ‘Ultra Zoom' we reviewed a few weeks back (16 megapixels and 21x optical...

Broad focal range, relatively compact dimensions, good value pricing, reasonably consistent performance from shot to shot

Scroll wheel at the back is very slippery and it’s hard to arrive at the setting you want without much back and forth, battery life is so-so

The 14 megapixel, 24x optical zoom Olympus SZ-14 has the double whammy of a broad focal range yet a value-added price tag with which to sell itself, and it largely succeeds on both points.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Gary Wolstenholme (techradar.com)

Olympus SZ-14 review

 

A 14MP 24x superzoom camera with HD video for under £200

24x zoom range ; Effective image stabilisation ; Easy to use ; Thin

Proprietary USB connection ; No manual exposure ; Only 720p HD video ; Slippery finger grip

Sitting mid-way up the Olympus range of travel-friendly compact cameras, the Olympus SZ-14 sports a good range of features for a pocket-friendly price. A 14-megapixel CCD sensor should provide ample resolution, even for large prints.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Anand Tuliani (tech.firstpost.com)

Olympus SZ-14 Review

 

Travel zoom digital cameras are a bridge between point-and-shoots and mega-zoom cameras. They are small enough to easily fit into the pocket and offer a raft of features that allow users to capture great shots. These include a telephoto lens, fully...

Starting with the key features, the lens is quite wide at 25 mm. This favours capturing full body portraits and large groups without moving too much away. It also helps capturing wide landscapes and panoramas without taking too many shots. The lens...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Anand Tuliani (tech.firstpost.com)

Olympus SZ-14 Review - Tech2

 

Travel zoom digital cameras are a bridge between point-and-shoots and mega-zoom cameras. They are small enough to easily fit into the pocket and offer a raft of features that allow users to capture great shots.

The Olympus SZ-14 retails with a 4GB SD card for Rs. 16,990, which is the MRP. Go out in the market and you should be able to buy it for a few hundred rupees less, along with a pouch. Some online shopping websites are selling this camera for less than...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Olympus SZ-14 review

 

A massive 24x zoom and an extremely competitive price, but the sensor doesn't pull its weight and image quality suffers

May, 2012

Expert review by : Doug Harman (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Olympus SZ-14 review

 

The stylishly sculpted 14-megapixel Olympus SZ-14 slots into Olympus' Super Zoom range between the SZ-11 and SZ-20 and features a 24x zoom lens in a compact highly specified metal body. But does a...

Price, 24x optical zoom lens, Compact metal body, Magic filters, Fast high-speed shooting modes, Image quality, In-camera panorama stitching

HD Video recording limited to 720p, Noise at higher ISOs

Apr, 2012

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Olympus SZ-14

 

Olympus TG-82083/100

Lots of zoom for the price, USB battery charge, movie image stabilisation

Picture quality

The Olympus SZ-14 is likely to appeal to you if you are looking for lots of lens power without paying out for one of the top of the range cameras in this sector. By dropping some of the more advanced features Olympus have kept the price down. There is...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Olympus SZ-14 Compact Digital Camera Review

 

The Olympus SZ-14 is a compact, super-zoom digital compact camera with a 24x optical zoom lens. Daniel Bell reviews.

24x optical zoom lens; Compact metal body; Magic filters are unique to Olympus; Fast high-speed shooting modes; Decent image quality; In-camera panoramic stitching

No rubber grip on front of camera

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great camera for the price!

 

At that $99 price with free shipping, I should've bought 2 of them! Incredible deal

Great deal at $99, great specs, great photos ; If it comes back into stock at that price, grab it while u can. The zoom is awesome, and the wide angle makes fitting it all in a snap. Too many other features to list here. The 14 MP is really all you...

Low light pictures are difficult to master. Even after using the nigth scenes and adjusting the white balance, it was difficult to get good shots. Most ended up too blurry to use. With more practice, I think I can get better night shots. I'm retired,...

Aug, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:LI-50B
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC, USB / Battery

Camera

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Brightness adjustment: Yes
Camera file system:DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.21
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show / Movie, Slide show
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Candlelight, Cuisine, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Cuisine, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Cuisine, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Self-timer:2,12
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Auto, Movie, Program
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Fluorescent, Sunny, Tungsten / Fluorescent, Sunny, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black / Red / Silver
Energy Star certified:N
Material:Metal

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):460000

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 126
Flash range (wide):3.94 - 287.4

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Face Detection / Face detection, Spot Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Face tracking, Spot Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Mode focusing range (tele):0.4 - ∞
Auto Mode focusing range (wide):0.1 - ∞
Closest Focusing Distance:1.18
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):0.4 - ∞ / 0.4m - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.1 - ∞ / 0.1m - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.1m - ∞/0.4m - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):0.5 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.1 - ∞
Smile detection: Yes

Lens System

Combined zoom:96
Digital Zoom:4 / 96
Focal length range (f-f):0.177 - 4.25
Lens structure:11/10
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/10
Lens Type:Wide-angle zoom
Maximum aperture number:3 / 6.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):23.6
Minimum aperture number:3 / 6.9
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.984
Number of aspheric elements:3
Number of diaphragm blades:3
Optical Zoom:24

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
ISO sensitivity (max):1600
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto
Light metering:SPOT

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:59
Memory slots:1

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.984 - 23.6
Aperture range (F-F):4.5 - 108
Built-in flash: Yes
Cable type:USB 2.0
Camera shutter speed:1/4 - 1/1700
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.984 - 23.6
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:EXIF
Image sensor size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4288 x 3216
Megapixel:14
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1920,3264 x 2448,4288 x 2416 / 640 x 480,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1920,3264 x 2448,4288 x 2416,4288 x 3216
Supported aspect ratios:16:9
Total megapixels:14.5

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/1700
Slowest camera shutter speed:4

Video

HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@28fps
Video compression format:MPEG4
Video formats supported:MPEG4
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.56
Height:2.7
Weight:7.62
Weight (including battery):7.62
Width:4.21