The SZ 14 Olympus Digital Camera - The Best Zoom Camera For The Money
Looking for a new Digital Camera - The Olympus SZ-14
Are you thinking of buying a new compact camera? Then you have come to the right place. My trusty Panasonic Lumix is starting to look tired so after researching the internet for all the compact cameras available under $200, I made the decision to purchase an Olympus SZ-14.
So the questions are, what did I get for my money, and I guess even more importantly, was it worth it! Let's find out.
All Photo Credit: The Author
If you want a cheap camera that will provide you with portability and fantastic pictures, especially if you are a fan of long distance photography, then the SZ-14 is perfect for you.
Testing the Olympus SZ-14
What Criteria Did I Use?
I travel a lot so the camera I chose had to fit in the palm of my hand and also a jacket pocket. It also had to cost less than $200 dollars and have the following specifications:
- Minimum of 14m megapixels
- Built in flash
- Optical zoom over 20x
- Lithium Ion battery
- 3" Viewing screen
- Reputable lens manufacturer
- Use the zoom during video
- Minimum half high definition (HD)
- Intuitive and simple to use
What comes in the box?
The Olympus SZ-14 comes with:
- USB Mains Charger
- Instruction Manual
- Instruction CD
- Wrist Strap
- 12 Month Warranty
- Lithium Ion Battery
This camera, straight out of the box was fully charged in less than an hour and was the perfect point and shoot camera. It brings a whole new meaning to the term intuitive. You can immediately use the Olympus SZ-14 and get great photos.
And if you haven't read the instructions (and really who does?) there is a help button that takes you through how the camera performs each function. Perfect.
The variety the Olympus SZ-14 brings to the compact camera is amazing. Everything from a simple to use panorama function to a full array of settings that ensure that every photo you take brings the subject matter to life. What you also get is a palette of vibrant colours and consistent clear photos are achieved through an automatic image stabilization system.
But a picture is worth a 1000 words. So here are a few pictures from the Olympus SZ-14.
Local Graffiti Art - Taken with the Olympus SZ-14
Before Zoom - A Cricket Ground with Stand
After Zoom - You Can Even See the Score
More Graffiti - Even Cartoons Need a Margarita
The Full Specifications for the Olympus SZ-14
Sensor - 1/2.3in, 14MP CCD sensor
Lens - 24x optical zoom, 25 - 600mm, f/3 - 6.9
LCD Display - 3in, 460k-dot LCD
File Formats - JPEG, MP4
Shutter Speeds - 4 - 1/700 sec
ISO Range - 80 - 1600
White Balance - Auto, Preset, Custom
Flash Modes - Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, off
Memory Card - SD, SDHC, SDXC
Connectivity - USB 2, HDMI
Power - Li-ion rechargeable
Dimensions - 106.5 x 68.7 x 39.5mm
Weight - 216g
Video - 1280 x 720p
What Others are Saying About the Olympus SZ-14
Should You Buy the Olympus SZ-14?
Pros: This camera has one of the best long zooms available in a compact camera with its 24x optical zoom. It is also easy to operate, feels nice in your hand and it comes with plenty of effect options including a 3D mode and a panoramic option. You can also use the zoom option whilst making a video and there is a handy auto white balancing and shot timer function.
Cons: The one downside I have found is that whilst making a video you can hear the lens zoom motor on the soundtrack.
Conclusion: If you are looking for an easy to use, great compact camera then the Olympus SZ-14 is the perfect choice. It will be making many a journey and capturing many a memory for the foreseeable future.