Olympus SZ-10 Brief Review


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  • 14 Megapixels
  • 18x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 3D photo mode
  • Face detection
  • Shadow adjustment
  • Magic art filters
  • 720p HD movie mode
  • Captures to Eye-Fi/SD/SDHC
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-02-28
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SZ-10
14 Megapixels; 18x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle lens; Sensor-shift image stabilization; 3-inch LCD; 3D photo mode; Face detection; Shadow adjustment; Magic art filters; 720p HD movie mode; Captures to Eye-Fi/SD/SDHC; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The SZ-10 joins the ranks of compact zooms with over-the-top 18x zoom ranges. That's tied for the most powerful zoom factor in a camera this size, so that counts for something. Other than that, it's built around a standard CCD sensor (eschewing the popular CMOS trend), so picture quality should be solid at base ISO settings and less so in darker settings. It does pack Olympus' 3D photo capture mode, if that gimmick is up your alley.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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