Olympus SZ-12 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 720p HD video recording with mono sound
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SZ-12
14 megapixel CCD sensor; 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 3-inch LCD; 720p HD video recording with mono sound; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Announced alongside the SZ-31MR, the SZ-12 has the same body and lens range but contains a CCD sensor rather than CMOS. A bit bulkier than your pocket, the SZ-12 fits an impressive 24x zoom in a body that only costs $200. We do wish it were a little bit smaller with a shorter zoom range, but for the money you get 720p video, a 14 megapixel sensor, and a 3-inch LCD. It suffers from some slow performance issues and only mediocre image quality in low light.

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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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