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OLYMPUS SZ-12 V102081BU000 Black 14 MP 24X Optical Zoom 25mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

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General

Brand
OLYMPUS
Series
S Series
Model
SZ-12
Part#
V102081BU000
Color
Black
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6"
Weight
7.6 oz.
Type
Compact

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CCD
Effective Pixels
14 MP
Resolution
14MP (4288 x 3216)
8MP (3264 x 2448)
5MP (2560 x 1920)
3MP (2048 x 1536)
2MP (1600 x 1200)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 L (4288 x 2416)
16:9 S (1920 x 1080)
Image Stabilization
Dual Image Stabilization

Lens

Optical Zoom
24X
Digital Zoom
4X
Wide Angle
25mm
Focal Length
4.5 - 108mm (25 - 600mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Aperture
f3.0 (W) - f6.9 (T)

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/1700 sec. -1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
Self-timer
12/2 Seconds/ Pet auto-shutter

Focus

Auto Focus
Yes
Focus Modes
iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Normal Focus Range
W: 0.10m - infinity / T: 0.40m - infinity
Macro Focus Range
Macro Mode: W: 0.10m - infinity / T: 0.40m - infinity
Super Macro Mode: 0.03m - infinity f=14.3mm (focal length fixed)

Flash

Flash Mode
Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Fill-in
Off

Exposure

Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering
Sensitivity
Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, One-touch, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent1)

Viewfinder & Monitor

LCD
3.0" 460K

Functions

Continuous Drive
10 frames per second / 43 images (3MP)
7.6 frames per second / 42 images (5MP)
0.89 frames per second / 18 images (14MP)
Shooting Modes
iAuto, Program Auto, Scene Modes, Magic Filters [Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water Color, Reflection, Miniature]
Scene Modes
Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fire Works, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Pet (Cat), Pet (Dog)
Playback
Still Image: Single, Index-view (4x3, 5x4), Event-view, Enlargement, Slide-show, Photo surfing
Video Playback: Still/Frame by Frame, Fast Forward, Rewind, Voice Playback
HDTV Output
Yes

Recording System

File Formats
JPEG
Internal Memory
59MB
Storage Media
SD / SDHC / SDXC Card

Movie

Movie Format
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Movie Recording
720p (1280x720), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240)
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720

Interface

USB
Yes
A/V Out
Yes
HDMI
HDMI Type D

Battery

Battery
Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-50B)

Feature

Features
14 MEGAPIXEL

SUPER-SLIM 24X WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL ZOOM

3.0-INCH LCD

HD VIDEO WITH HDMI OUTPUT & CONTROL

DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION

INTELLIGENT AUTO

BEAUTY MODE

MAGIC ART FILTERS STILL & MOVIE

3D IMAGE CAPTURE

Packaging

Package Contents
SZ-12 Digital Camera
USB Cable & Charger (F-2AC)
Instruction Manual & Software CD
Audio/Video Cable
Strap
Lithium-Ion Battery

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Thomas S.
  • 7/8/2013 12:17:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost 2 Good 2 Be True

Pros: Where do I start? If you don't want to learn all the mumbo jumbo set it to IA (intelligent auto) and it figures out how to make it work PERIOD. Even in medium light it does well with no flash. It never flashes unless you click the flash button and the flash literally pops up. It has amazing "dual stabilization" that lets you get away without a flash if you can hold reasonably still. The screen is SUPER bright and easy to see anywhere. If you are trying to take a picture that should have a flash it will alert you & you can decide to use it (for a picture less than 20' away) or just hold still and be surprised.
IF you want features, muscle and options this thing will make you cry tears of joy.
With 24x OPTICAL zoom my kids faces are crystal clear at the school program. Zooms all the way in our kid from the seats half way back in a 300 person auditorium. It rocks for football and is 100% functional in 720p HD video mode. The wide angle has a 70 degree field of view. In other words from the corner of a room you can capture 77% of the room. Any wider and you get the "fish eye" distortion. Then there is macro for stuff less than like 3 feet and super macro for stuff less than an inch (yes, really).
There are many modes that remember how you set them. True panoramic (I zoomed in on my daughter's class choir to get faces top to bottom and made a true panoramic view right to left at like 10x zoom including every student in hi res)
Other modes include 3d, magic / special effects, Scene (fireworks, beach, snow etc) IA - intelligent auto as mentioned above, and my favorite as a nerd P for programmable.
This baby has a setting called in the Programmable mode. H, H1, and H2. These take consecutive pictures as long as you hold the shutter (H= click, click, H1 = 2x as fast (multiple pics per second at 3mpx) and H2 = as near high speed as this can go (speed depends on megapixels the lower the faster). I just tested H2 and got over 10 pics per second for 4 seconds. You may have heard those pro cameras that have an SLR lens that can sound like a deck of cards being shuffled at media and sports events. Similar deal. Here is the kicker. It can only hold so much info in Ram so at H1 7 seconds is max shoot time on high speed consecutive shots. But it takes 6 shots a second. I just tested it on the clock's second hand. Then your camera is basically disabled while it is writing to SD card for 80 seconds if you filled the the entire ram. Much less if not. I've never before needed 7 seconds of high speed but it's there if you do. I photograph lots of birds at our feeder and this mode is SUPERB for getting good shots of those fast moving birds, even in flight. There is NO WAIT if you don't fill the RAM completely. You can grab 2 seconds, and then grab 2 more a second later with no delay (on H1). Looking forward to High Speed my son in football.
So there it is. No kitchen sink but talk about bang for your buck. OH YEAH!!

Cons: The dual stabilizing lenses can be heard on video when recording in silence. That feature can be shut off but I'd rather have a steady picture than worry about a sound you only hear in a silent room.

Flash must be opened or it will just take good pics without unless you are real in real low light. The flash pops up when you hit a button. Forget to push the button and no flash.

When shooting high speed stills at 4 or 10 pics per second (at 3 mpx) if you fill the ram (shoot for over 7 seconds non stop) the camera's memory or ram needs to unload to your sd card. This takes 80 seconds and you just have to wait (or take high speed in 4 second bursts with a few seconds in between and there is NO delay at all).

It wasn't free.

no kitchen sink or toaster

720p hi def instead of 1080. I guess I'm old. I don't see the dif.

Will not operate on USB power with a dead battery.

Not sure if there is any alternative to that exact rechargeable battery (even though it works well) it would be nice to be able to pop in a couple AAs as some camera rechargeables allow. Not sure if that type would hold as much power. This has a bright screen and constant motion inside while shooting as the 2 stabilizing lenses never stop while your finger is on the shutter or recording video. I imagine it would eat AAs like tic tacs.

Other Thoughts: PS. I got the red one which I didn't see anymore so I put my review on the same make and model in black.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 7/8/2013 12:15:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost 2 Good 2 Be True

Pros: Where do I start? If you don't want to learn all the mumbo jumbo set it to IA (intelligent auto) and it figures out how to make it work PERIOD. Even in medium light it does well with no flash. It never flashes unless you click the flash button and the flash literally pops up. It has amazing "dual stabilization" that lets you get away without a flash if you can hold reasonably still. The screen is SUPER bright and easy to see anywhere. If you are trying to take a picture that should have a flash it will alert you & you can decide to use it (for a picture less than 20' away) or just hold still and be surprised.
IF you want features, muscle and options this thing will make you cry tears of joy.
With 24x OPTICAL zoom my kids faces are crystal clear at the school program. Zooms all the way in our kid from the seats half way back in a 300 person auditorium. It rocks for football and is 100% functional in 720p HD video mode. The wide angle has a 70 degree field of view. In other words from the corner of a room you can capture 77% of the room. Any wider and you get the "fish eye" distortion. Then there is macro for stuff less than like 3 feet and super macro for stuff less than an inch (yes, really).
There are many modes that remember how you set them. True panoramic (I zoomed in on my daughter's class choir to get faces top to bottom and made a true panoramic view right to left at like 10x zoom including every student in hi res)
Other modes include 3d, magic / special effects, Scene (fireworks, beach, snow etc) IA - intelligent auto as mentioned above, and my favorite as a nerd P for programmable.
This baby has a setting called in the Programmable mode. H, H1, and H2. These take consecutive pictures as long as you hold the shutter (H= click, click, H1 = 2x as fast (multiple pics per second at 3mpx) and H2 = as near high speed as this can go (speed depends on megapixels the lower the faster). I just tested H2 and got over 10 pics per second for 4 seconds. You may have heard those pro cameras that have an SLR lens that can sound like a deck of cards being shuffled at media and sports events. Similar deal. Here is the kicker. It can only hold so much info in Ram so at H1 7 seconds is max shoot time on high speed consecutive shots. But it takes 6 shots a second. I just tested it on the clock's second hand. Then your camera is basically disabled while it is writing to SD card for 80 seconds if you filled the the entire ram. Much less if not. I've never before needed 7 seconds of high speed but it's there if you do. I photograph lots of birds at our feeder and this mode is SUPERB for getting good shots of those fast moving birds, even in flight. There is NO WAIT if you don't fill the RAM completely. You can grab 2 seconds, and then grab 2 more a second later with no delay (on H1). Looking forward to High Speed my son in football.
So there it is. No kitchen sink but talk about bang for your buck. OH YEAH!!

Cons: The dual stabilizing lenses can be heard on video when recording in silence. That feature can be shut off but I'd rather have a steady picture than worry about a sound you only hear in a silent room.

Flash must be opened or it will just take good pics without unless you are real in real low light. The flash pops up when you hit a button. Forget to push the button and no flash.

When shooting high speed stills at 4 or 10 pics per second (at 3 mpx) if you fill the ram (shoot for over 7 seconds non stop) the camera's memory or ram needs to unload to your sd card. This takes 80 seconds and you just have to wait (or take high speed in 4 second bursts with a few seconds in between and there is NO delay at all).

It wasn't free.

no kitchen sink or toaster

720p hi def instead of 1080. I guess I'm old. I don't see the dif.

Will not operate on USB power with a dead battery.

Not sure if there is any alternative to that exact rechargeable battery (even though it works well) it would be nice to be able to pop in a couple AAs as some camera rechargeables allow. Not sure if that type would hold as much power. This has a bright screen and constant motion inside while shooting as the 2 stabilizing lenses never stop while your finger is on the shutter or recording video. I imagine it would eat AAs like tic tacs.

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  • Kenneth D.
  • 5/18/2013 11:46:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Olmpus SZ series cameras

Pros: Great size for compact cameras, plenty of pockets and well manufactured from high quality materials. With both the belt loop and the shoulder strap it is perfect for bicycling and hiking.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Newegg shipped very fast and as usual the item was received in perfect condition.

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  • Kenneth D.
  • 5/18/2013 11:39:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Awesome

Pros: This camera is absolutely amazing for the price. I have several DSLR cameras and this compact camera is stiff competition for many of them. The image quality is better than I have seen on many prosumer cameras and I have professionally sold cameras and as a Certified Photographic Counselor for PMA (Photographic Marketing Association) I highly recommend this camera to both professionals and the novice alike. There are times when a DSLR is needed but the Olympus SZ-12 amazing will more than amply handle most lighting and scene situations. If you need to use it with studio lighting I recommend you use the exposure compensation with slave strobes. Again; Absolutely Awesome or some may prefer simply amazing. Whatever your choice, you can not go wrong with any of the Olympus SZ series cameras.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The Newegg price and service is second yo none.

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  • Sergio M.
  • 12/4/2012 8:45:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat camera for the price

Pros: Works great and takes nice pictures.

Cons: Wish it came with a flash memory card but I know most cameras don't come with them so not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for my wife and she loves it. Was worried at first cause of the only review was a negative one but thats cause it came broken I guess but gave it a shot anyways on black friday $70 off regular price hoping mine won't be broken and so far so good.

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  • Shardul M.
  • 8/14/2012 12:10:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA... "Zoom Error..."

Pros: Don't know the pros yet as I did not get to use it to know the pros really. The specs are promising though.

Cons: - DOA
- Menu seemed kuldgy.
- Lens was stuck with "Zoom Error" right out of the box
- Flash does not pop-up automatically. So you may accidentally get blurry or dark images while trying to catch the moment. An extra step to take before you can get decent low light pictures.

Other Thoughts: Did not find short cut buttons for obvious things. I think you always need to step through the menu to set/unset things on the camera even for basic things like ISO, Marco Mode, Flash Mode, etc...
The rotating dial is very useable.

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