This review is devoted to SZ-12 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 10, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #154 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #1014 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SZ-12 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus SZ-12. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Olympus SZ-12 has the following external dimensions 106 x 106 x 40 mm (41.73 x 27.17 x 15.75″) with the weight of 226 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus SZ-12, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus SZ-12 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus SZ-12 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus SZ-12 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus SZ-12 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Olympus SZ-12 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Olympus SZ-12 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Olympus SZ-12 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Olympus SZ-12 has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SZ-12. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Olympus SZ-12 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Olympus SZ-12 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus SZ-12 with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus SZ-12 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus SZ-12 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/1700 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, SZ-12 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, SZ-12 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SZ-12, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus SZ-12 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Olympus SZ-12 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect SZ-12 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus SZ-12 provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus SZ-12 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SZ-12’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SZ-12’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SZ-12 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-12 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-12 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-12 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 36. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-12 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-12 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-12 can be called a 48 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-12 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-12 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-12 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 4. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-12 can be called a 4 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Advantages
|Announced||Jan 10, 2012|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1700 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4288 x 3216|
|Max Native ISO||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||106 x 69 x 40 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots|
|Battery Type||220 shots|