Olympus SZ-15 Review

Overall 40
Imaging 7
Features 37
Size 82
Price 1

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 108 x 70 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 250 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Olympus SZ-15 Summary

This review is devoted to SZ-15 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jun 21, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 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 #124 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #910 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus SZ-15 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SZ-15 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.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus SZ-15 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom 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-15. 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus SZ-15

Olympus SZ-15 has the following external dimensions 108 x 108 x 40 mm (42.52 x 27.56 x 15.75″) with the weight of 250 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-15, 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-15 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-15 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus SZ-15 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus SZ-15 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus SZ-15 — 40 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus SZ-15 — 250 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus SZ-15 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-15 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-15 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus SZ-15 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus SZ-15 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SZ-15. 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-15 features a 16.0 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus SZ-15 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-15 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus SZ-15

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-15 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.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus SZ-15 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, SZ-15 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, SZ-15 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SZ-15, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus SZ-15 allows you to save files in AVI MPEG4 and Motion JPEG formats.

Olympus SZ-15 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus SZ-15 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Olympus SZ-15 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, SZ-15 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect SZ-15 with suitable external devices.

How Good is Olympus SZ-15 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SZ-15’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SZ-15’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SZ-15 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus SZ-15 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-15 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-15 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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SZ-15 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-15 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-15 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (108 x 70 x 40 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SZ-15 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-15 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 24. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-15 can be called a 24 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Olympus SZ-15 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-15 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-15 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (250 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus SZ-15 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-15 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-15 can be called a 10 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.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Olympus SZ-15 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model SZ-15
Announced Jun 21, 2013
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 8 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats AVI MPEG4, Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 250 g
Physical Dimensions 108 x 70 x 40 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model SLB-10A
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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