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Olympus SZ-10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and responsiveness. The zoom and portability are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the image stabilizer, and there are some critical opinions about the features and viewfinder.

usability, portability, zoom, responsiveness, image quality

viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SZ-10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 119 reviews)

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Not 100%

 

I bought this camera after looking at many and just not finding a good zoom without the bulk or very large price tag. I would say I'm pretty frequent at photography have done some jobs in photography also. Not professional though. I was just looking for a camera to grab for convenience for sports and travel. Sometimes from the bleachers it's hard to get close shots. Although sports season is over I have played around for a few weeks now. I didn't try panorama til reading reviews and it really is not good! Blocks off 1/4 of each pic. We went laser tagging and in the arcade was dark light and pics came out very fuzzy. Don't like the fact you can't zoom on rec mode which stinks for sports seeing as they don't stand still!!!

Color, Build quality

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Olympus SZ-10 Review

 

The Olympus SZ-10 is a competitive super-zoom camera in the sub $300 category. With easy to use exposure options, good shooting performance, and pleasing image quality in various shooting conditions, the SZ-10 is one to consider. Read more in our Full...

Nice compact body ; Versatile 18x optical zoom ; Dual IS ; Captures pleasing 14-megapixel photos in most conditions ; Plethora of easy to use exposure modes ; 8 Magic Filter modes for fun with stills and video ; Dedicated video record button for...

iAuto had some issues indoors ; ISO 800 and 1600 show a good amount of noise ; Red-eye in most of our indoor portraits ; Average HD video quality ; No manual exposure options

The Olympus SZ-10 is a competitive super-zoom camera in the sub $300 category. With easy to use exposure options, good shooting performance, and pleasing image quality in various shooting conditions, the SZ-10 is one to consider. Read more in our

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Olympus SZ-10 First Impressions Review

 

The Olympus SZ-10 ($249 MSRP) has enough special features – huge 18x zoom, 3D, and panorama shooting – and an attractive price to entice consumers. However, the utter lack of manual controls will lose the budget-minded that are still looking for...

The Olympus SZ-10 (’49 MSRP) is, in essence, an entry-level camera with some bonus feature thrown on top. We readily admit that 3D shooting sounds fun, but we’d like to see an option for manual shutter control even more. We're also skeptical about the...

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Olympus SZ-10 Review

 

And on they come! Compact maxi zoom digicams.

This one has an 18x optical zoom, equating to a 28-504mm lens as 35 SLR equivalent, As I've said before, try to fit out a DSLR with an 18x zoom and you hit a brick wall!

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Good zoom, good optics, good price, but slow

 

Not a bad camera overall, especially since it has come down so much in price lately. I only paid $179 for it, so I really cannot complain. That being said... It's SLOW... which is why I wanted a new camera in the first place. My nine-year-old C-5050...

Zoom is great, second only to a camcorder in most cases. Pictures are sharp and clear if you use a flash

Not so great in low-light conditions. It seems to confuse the camera, which then slows the shutter speed and if your heart beats at all it makes even a still life image blurry

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14 megapixles, 18X zoom and yet still fuzzy pictures.

 

I bought this camera only after seeing it online by looking @ Wal-mart.com to see if it was within my price range and by having previously read the above literature. Having my Canon take a dive due to faulty Sunpak Flexpad (both were returned) and only...

Onboard help menu

zoom was too weak, fuzzy pictures no matter what, difficult menu layout and quirky feel to the control and body

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14 megapixles, 18X zoom and yet still fuzzy pictures.

 

I bought this camera only after seeing it online by looking @ Wal-mart.com to see if it was within my price range and by having previously read the above literature. Having my Canon take a dive due to faulty Sunpak Flexpad (both were returned) and only...

Onboard help menu

zoom was too weak, fuzzy pictures no matter what, difficult menu layout and quirky feel to the control and body

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Amazon review summary for Olympus SZ-10

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Olympus SZ-10 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

image quality, portability, value for money, usability, size

build quality

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Consumer review by:

Not as good as described

 

I bought the Olympus SZ-10 to replace a damaged camera. However, I was surprised about the quality of camera I received. Although the camera is solid and compact, the quality of the pictures is way below what I would expect from a 14 mp camera. The...

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Great Camera

 

I just purchased the camera, * haven't really used it, just to play with it. Still figuring it out

Easy to Use,Fast Shutter Speed,Good Battery Life,Good in Low Light,Great Resolution,Great Zoom,Large Clear LCD,Small \/ Compact

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I would bey this product again and again

 

Awesome camara!

Easy to Use,Fast Shutter Speed,Good Battery Life,Good in Low Light,Great Resolution,Great Zoom,Large Clear LCD,Small \/ Compact

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WITH EYE-FI

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-50 B
Battery Type:Olympus LI-50 B

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
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