Olympus SZ-12 Compact Superzoom

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Budget Friendly Superzoom

Olympus SZ-12 compact superzoom With 24x lens, it's an impressive long zoom camera that also happens to be budget-friendly. Without breaking the bank the SZ-12 gives you the power of a 24x optical zoom, a 25mm wide-angle lens, dual image stabilization, and even a 3D photo mode. That means whether you're shooting your kid's sporting events or simply trying to fit everyone in the group into the shot the SZ-12 has you covered.

Of course, the SZ-12 also comes packed with a number of other useful features that go beyond mere function. The Magic Art Filters give you 12 special effects to put creativity into your photos and videos, with options like Punk, Pop Art, Fish Eye and more. The Beauty Mode improves portraits by softening shadows, smoothing out wrinkles and blemishes, and allowing for in-camera edits after the picture is taken.

As alluded to, the SZ-12 also captures video - 720p HD video to be exact. A one-touch button lets you record without having to navigate through menus and the HDMI output and control makes playing back your videos on the big screen (AKA: you're HDTV) simple. Of course, you could also play them back on the spacious 3.0" LCD on the back of your camera.

When it comes to specs, the SZ-12 has number of respectable numbers and modes, including an ISO range of 80-1600, a shutter speed range of 1/1700-4 seconds, and two metering modes: Digital ESP and Spot. The 14Mp 1/2.3" CCD image sensor works together with Samsung's True Pic III+ image processor to create beautifully detailed images which look great, even when blown up to poster size. Additional technical highlights include noise reduction, a built-in flash, a self-timer, recording to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and much more.  Jan 9, 2012

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4288 x 3216  
Other resolutions 4288 x 2416, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480  
Effective pixels 14.0 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 14.5 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type CCD  
ISO Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600  
White balance presets 5  
Custom white balance No  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format No  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25 600 mm  
Optical zoom 24  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus No  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT Color LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.0 - F6.9  
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/1700 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in  
Continuous drive Yes (0.6 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Type D)  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-ion rechargeable LI-50B battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 220  
Weight (inc. batteries) 226 g (0.50 lb / 7.97 oz)  
Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40 mm (4.17 x 2.72 x 1.57")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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