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Olympus SZ-15 review

A serious-looking compact camera with an impressive zoom

Our Verdict

For

  • 24x optical zoom
  • Very easy to use
  • Magic image style modes
  • Tracking AF
  • 720p video

Against

  • Image quality is poor
  • Screen suffers from CCD charge bleed
  • Slow between shots
  • No alternative image colour settings

Olympus SZ-15 review

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyTraveller S
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Noise Reduction, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)220 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Flash Memory Capacity37.90 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3264 x 2448
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.5 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
Height68.8 mm
Width107.3 mm
Depth39.8 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelSZ-15
Product NameTraveller SZ-15 Compact Camera
Product LineTraveller
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV102110RE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing InformationA compact as cute as the SZ-15 really has no right to a 24x super wide optical zoom lens. Most cameras of this size just can't find room for that sort of magnifying power, let alone the flexibility to shoot in 16-Megapixel quality at super-wide angles. And they certainly don't have space for Super-resolution Zoom, which doubles still photo magnification to 48x with none of the pixilation that usually makes digital zooms so ineffective. One of the reasons to get a camera with this sort of magnifying capability is to capture macros with those eye-popping colours and details that mostly go unseen. But macro shooting isn't always easy. If you get too close, the camera casts a shadow. Or you startle tiny creatures and before you get the shot. That's why the SZ-15 has Telephoto Macro. This clever feature lets you shoot macros up to 40cm from your subject - with all the power of a 600mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). And in case you're worried about blur, don't be. Dual Image Stabilisation takes care of that. For getting creative on-camera, the SZ-15 gives you 11 Magic Filters. Plus a great canvas: HD movies or stills captured close-up. And blur-free.
Package Contents
  • Traveller SZ-15 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB7 USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker