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Olympus SZ-14 review

A 14MP 24x superzoom camera with HD video for under £200

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus SZ-14 we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the SZ-14 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

See a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Olympus SZ 14 review  resolution ISO 100
Olympus SZ-14 review: resolution ISO 100

JPEG images

Olympus SZ 14 review  resolution ISO 80
Olympus SZ-14 review: resolution ISO 80

ISO 80, score: 20 (see full image)

Olympus SZ 14 review  resolution ISO 100
Olympus SZ-14 review: resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 18 (see full image)

Olympus SZ 14 review  resolution ISO 200
Olympus SZ-14 review: resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus SZ 14 review  resolution ISO 400
Olympus SZ-14 review: resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus SZ 14 review  resolution ISO 800
Olympus SZ-14 review: resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus SZ 14 review  resolution ISO 1600
Olympus SZ-14 review: resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 12 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyTraveller
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Pet Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)216 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Flash Memory Capacity59 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 3216
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLI-50B
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Height68.7 mm
Width106.5 mm
Depth39.5 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV, AAC
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelSZ-14
Product NameTraveller SZ-14 Compact Camera
Product LineTraveller
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV102080BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Vivid movies and close-ups bring memories of holidays and other trips to life. That's why the latest star of Olympus' compact SZ 'Super Zoom' Series comes with Multi-motion Movie Image Stabilisation (Movie IS) and a massive 24x wide optical zoom lens (25-600mm*). With this powerful new compact, you can zoom right in to shoot close-ups without capturing your own shadow or disturbing your subject. Cutting-edge Multi-motion Movie IS complements it's High Definition Movie capability by reducing blur. It delivers HD movies that are crisp and vivid, even when you're filming moving subjects while walking yourself, for example on the beach with friends and family. With a host of creative Magic Filters you can add a whole range of special effects to your images directly on-camera. The SZ-14 even offers the new Fragmented filter.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • Traveller SZ-14 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Software Media
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker