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Olympus SZ-14 review

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

Our Verdict

For

  • 24x zoom range
  • Effective image stabilisation
  • Easy to use
  • Thin

Against

  • Proprietary USB connection
  • No manual exposure
  • Only 720p HD video
  • Slippery finger grip

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Our results from the lab have been compared against the Canon IXUS 125 HS, Fujifilm Finepix 550 EXR and Nikon Coolpix S8200.

Our analysis shows that the Olympus SZ-14 has better signal to noise ratio results than the Canon IXUS125 HS at all but ISO 80, and the Nikon Coolpix S8200 at all sensitivities but ISO 1600. At all other sensitivities the SZ-14 out performs the comparison cameras. When it comes to dynamic range the charts show that the competition all have better results except at the higher end of the sensitivity scale where the SZ-14 just takes the lead.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG Signal to Noise Ratio

Olympus SZ-14 review: Signal to noise ratio
Olympus SZ-14 review: Signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Olympus SZ-14 show better signal to noise ratio across the sensitivity range than the comparison cameras, except for the Canon IXUS 125 HS at ISO 80 and the Nikon Coolpix S8200 at ISO 1600.

JPEG dynamic range

Olympus SZ-14 review: Dynamic range
Olympus SZ-14 review: Dynamic range

This chart shows that the Olympus SZ-14 has a lower dynamic range than the Canon IXUS 125 HS,Fujifilm 550 EXR and Nikon Coolpix S8200 at all but ISO 1600 where it just takes the lead.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
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