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Olympus SZ-14

alaTest has collected and analyzed 299 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and image quality. The value for money and portability also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the features. There are some mixed opinions about the color.

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


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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 299 reviews)

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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...

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Olympus SZ-14 Review


This review camera dropped out of the box — in bright red! Talk about making a statement!

I’m not sure how you all feel about CICs — cameras in colours. It’s not that important to me, except for the benefit of making the control IDs more visible.

Consumer review by:

Excellent Camera


Very good price from Wex and this camera is so simple to use. No need to carry another camera with different lenes.

Durable","Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls


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Great product - ticks all the boxes


Wonderful for easy to use macro - lichens are a hobby.Saves carrying SLR + close up tubes etc. Robust and easy to use.

Durable","Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls

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Gives great results and good range


This is good carry about camera with good zoom range and quality of pics good.Takes a bit of steadying at long range stabilizer ces in use here. Only thing takes a little while to get used to controls

Great Picture Quality

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Excellent zoom and easy to use


This is an easy to use superb camera. We took this to the MotorGP and got some excellent shots of the bikes and it looked like you were right next to them :-) The camera is lightweight and not bulky so could easily be carried around. The only downside...

Durable","Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls

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Wow Wow Fab piece of kit


Great features very easy to use price very keen for starter like my self.

Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls

None so far

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Does what it says on the tin!!


Small enough to go in a pocket, large zoom for those distant objects.

Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls

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Olympus SZ-14 review


With an impressive 24x superzoom lens and 14MP resolution for under £200, what's the catch with this compact travel camera?

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

Prorietary USB connection ; No manual exosure ; Only 720 HD video ; Sliery finger gri

Although there may be a few issues that could be improved upon, such as the non-standard USB interface and the iESP metering system's propensity for overexposure, the Olympus SZ-14 still represents good value for the price.

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Olympus SZ-14 review


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

User friendly budget-priced travel zoom omits the higher-end rival likes of GPS and Full HD video, but offers most features that casual snappers would want and for a value added price tag that won’t bust a budget.


Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

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


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1700


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


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