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Olympus SZ-12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and value for money. The performance and zoom also get good opinions. Many are negative about the focus and battery, and views are divided on the low light performance.

portability, zoom, performance, value for money, usability

responsiveness, shutter, viewfinder, battery, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SZ-12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus SZ-12 Review

 

The lens on this compact super-zoom offers a lot of power, though the camera's autofocus is sometimes sluggish, and photos taken in low light tend to come out blurry.That said, the SZ-12 has a lot to offer for under $200. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Powerful 24x (25mm - 600mm) zoom lens ; Dedicated movie record button ; Accurate exposures ; Records high-definition video ; Zoom operates during video recording ; Fast high-speed burst modes ; Controls are small but well placed ; Sensor-shift...

Auto focus could be better ; Photos in low light tend to be blurry ; Thumb wheel navigation can be clumsy ; Slow burst mode at full resolution

The lens on this compact super-zoom offers a lot of power, though the camera's autofocus is sometimes sluggish, and photos taken in low light tend to come out blurry.That said, the SZ-12 has a lot to offer for under $200. Read more in our

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Olympus SZ-12

 

At just under $200, the compact Olympus SZ-12 is an excellent value. Its 24x lens can capture wide landscapes and distant objects, but it doesn't perform as quickly or as well in low light as more-expensive superzooms.

Inexpensive. Long zoom range. Compact design. Useful Help mode

Plastic body. So-so high ISO performance. Unimpressive shot to shot time. Video captured limited to 720p

Not the fastest camera on the block, but not the slowest one either, the SZ-12 starts up and grabs a shot in 1.8 seconds, takes a full resolution photo every 1.1 seconds, and records a 0.2 second shutter lag. The camera can shoot images at lower...

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Olympus SZ-12First Impressions Review

 

The new Olympus SZ-12 is an ambitious addition to the company's S-series of cameras. Normally “travel-zoom” models of this type clock in at around 10 – 15x, but the SZ-12 pushes the envelope way out to an impressive 24×. This worries us, since image...

Other than a few tweaks to this camera’s outward appearance, the SZ-12 is remarkably similar–indeed suspiciously similar to its predecessor. That is, except for zoom. When manufacturers do this, we get nervous. Longer optical zoom does not necessarily...

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Amazon review summary for Olympus SZ-12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Olympus SZ-12 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Olympus SZ-12

 

Use mostly for family and travel photos. Great zoom range. For the money, does a great job.

Easy To Use ; Features For The Price ; Good Image Quality ; Good Image Stabilization ; Great Zoom ; Small / Compact

No Viewfinder

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Olympus SZ-12

 

Use mostly for family and travel photos. Great zoom range. For the money, does a great job.

Easy To Use ; Features For The Price ; Good Image Quality ; Good Image Stabilization ; Great Zoom ; Small / Compact

No Viewfinder

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A lot for the money

 

So far so good. Has a few features I will probably will never use.

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Great Camera

 

We were looking for a camera we could grab on the run. This camera is small but don't be fooled by that. It takes really great photos. I did have to tone the flash down a bit, but overall a really nice camera. I have a friend who is a professional...

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Mjssing items

 

This was bought as a Black Friday special that was supposed to include a 4G SD Card and a case neither of which was included. After E-Mailing Beach Camera about not receiving these items they asked if I had a screen capture image to show them this...

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Mjssing items

 

This was bought as a Black Friday special that was supposed to include a 4G SD Card and a case neither of which was included. After E-Mailing Beach Camera about not receiving these items they asked if I had a screen capture image to show them this...

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