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Quick Specification of Olympus SZ-14 Point & Shoot
Width : 106.5
Height : 68.7
Thickness : 39.5
Full Specifications of Olympus SZ-14 Point & Shoot
ZoomOptical Zoom24xDigital Zoom4x
LensAuto FocusTTL iESP with Contrast DetectionColor FilterPrimary (RGB) Color FilterFocal Length4.5 - 108 mm (35 mm Equivalent to 25 - 600 mm)
LCDLCD Size3.0 Inch
FlashFlash ModesAuto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, OffFlash Range0.1 - 7.3 m (W), 0.5 - 3.2 m (T) (ISO 1000)Built in FlashYes
ImageImage FormatJPEG, EXIF 2.21, DCF, DPOFVideo FormatMPEG-4 AVC / H.264
InterfaceUSB CableHi-speed USB 2.0Audio Video InterfaceAudio / Video Output (NTSC, PAL)
MemoryUpgradeable MemoryYesInbulit Memory59 MB
SensorSensor Size1/2.3 inchSensor TypeCCD
SoftwareOperating SystemWindows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP2, SP3), MAC OS 10.4.11, MAC OS X 10.5, MAC OS X 10.6
Shutter SpeedMinimum Shutter Speed4 secMaximum Shutter Speed1 / 1700 sec
BatteryBattery TypeLI-50B Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
Additional FeaturesMaximum Resolution4288x3216Delete FunctionYesWhite BalancingAuto, One-touch, Preset: Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Flourescent 1Picture Angle25 mm Wide-angleFace DetectionYesAdditional FeaturesTruePic III+ Image Processing Engine, Eye-fi Card, 4 secs Image Footage, Voice Playback, Beauty Fix, Trimming, Resize, Distortion Compensation, Shading Compensation, Noise Reduction, Pixel Mapping, Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Scene with Portrait, Sports, Indoor, Candle, Self-portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach and Snow, Pet, 3D, AF Illuminator, Protection Panel, 2 Levels Brightness Adjustment, Frame Assistance, Lens Construction: 11 Elements in 10 Groups, 3 Aspherical Glass Elements, Shutter Speed: 4 secs in Candle Mode, 1.1x - 10x Zoom, Magic Filter: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water Color, Reflection, Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV step, 2 EV, Minimum Super Mode: 0.03 m, Minimum Macro Mode: 0.1 m (W) - 0.4 m (T), Exposure Mode: iAuto, Program Automatic, Scene Modes, Magic Filter, Panorama, Movie, Beauty and Make-up, 3D Photos, 0 C - 40 C Operating Temperature, 30 % - 90 % Operating Humidity, 3 ED Glass ElePictBridgeYesLCD DisplayTFT Color LCDImage Display Resolution460,000 dotsMacro Mode10 cm (W) - 0.4 m (T)HDMIType D, Micro HDMIImage StabilizerCCD shiftMemory Card TypeSD / SDHC / SDXCContinuous Shots43 Frames at 10 fps, 42 Frames at 7.6 fps (High Speed Sequential Shooting Mode), 18 Frames at 0.89 fps (Sequential Shooting Mode)Shooting ModesProgram Auto, iAuto, Scene Mode, Panorama, Magic Filter, 3DSelf Timer2 and 12 secVideo Display Resolution1280 x 720Audio FormatsAAC, WAVRed Eye ReductionYesLCD Screen Size3 inchISO RatingAuto, ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600MeteringESP Light, SpotImage Sizing4288 x 3216 (14 M)
Over all Review of Olympus SZ-14 Point & Shoot
Travel zooms are one of the major successes in today’s budget Point and Shoot camera world, the reason being obviously their ability to combine a pocket able body with a high-count zoom in order to give the highly desirable combination that appeals to any enthusiast. After many of the leading camera manufacturers in the world, Olympus, one of the frontrunners in the business brings in Olympus SZ 14, which is a very portable 14megapixel device, obviously as mentioned earlier, in the travel zoom range and offers a good 24x optical zoom bundled alongside the focal range measuring 25mm to 600mm in 35mm equivalent terms. The processing engine is by far the most advanced True Pic III + and that is embedded with a sensor shift image stabilisation. “Advanced Face Detection” and “Shadow Adjustment” technologies, a range of Magic Filters, in-camera panorama stitching, 3D photo shooting, 720p HD videos with “Multi-motion Movie IS” and Eye-Fi memory card compatibility are some other features that are also seen being sported in the device. Olympus SZ 14 succeeds its very own Olympus SZ 20 and Olympus SZ 30 models that were launched a year prior, and fancied 12.5x and 24x optical zoom respectively. Now, it is understood that the reviewed device is the new superzoom in the block, and pretty much the newest addition in what is called the company’s traveller series of cameras.
Unlike Olympus SZ 30, a drawback here is the lack of a GPS antenna, which will definitely repel some part of the interested mob but somehow, the device makes it up for that with the same 24x optical zoom plus a very reasonable price tag. This is really unbelievable, 14 effective megapixels from a 14MP 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor with 24x zoom lens for the price of a standard 5x point and zoom is sort of hard to believe, but Olympus has for some reason priced this really highly aggressively. Even if there are 2 million extra pixels and 11.5x more zoom than Olympus SZ 20, the cost is the same.
Design and Build Quality
There hasn’t really been many changes in terms of design and the build quality attached to it, in fact, it takes time to differentiate Olympus SZ-14 from Olympus SZ-20- still the device looks much like a bridge camera whose dimensions have been diminished somehow, although towards the positive there definitely has been a bit more stylistic carving which fits in and gives rise to a better and more aesthetically beautiful streamlined appearance. Take an example, the stereo microphones on the front plate now sit really close to the lens barrel, so such so that they seem like they are almost hidden from the grasps. At a single push, it will very well slide in the pocket of you jeans (given that your jeans are not too tight!), a travel zoom it is, and hence it is portable. The exact dimensions of the device measure 106.5mm x 68.7mm x 39.5mm, and weighs a really highly comfortable 216grams with Li-Ion batteries that are rechargeable and comes with a SD card choice. It is available in the color combinations as varying as Silver, Black, and Red. The camera actually feels a little plastic-like to touch despite the metal build provided to it, which only adds to the durability and the ease of use of Olympus SZ 14.
Focus and Face Detection
Just a little click on the shutter button and Olympus SZ-14 is just surprisingly quick to bring forth the exposure and focus on the device, there is a green AF point which is very neatly highlighted on the screen obviously accompanied by a beep within the time that it takes to blink for the user. Olympus SZ-14 inherits the latest TruePic III + processor, that been said, you have to wait a good 4seconds all the time while there is a maximum resolution.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Being a superzoom it is clear that the Olympus SZ 14 is bound to rock the Lens and Image stabilisation category and keep the impressive broad dual image stabilized focal range aside, which actually drags the farther to a close and squeeze the expansive landscape right into the frame. The lens of Olympus SZ 14 features at 35mm equivalent, the wide-angle end measuring a decent 25mm and at the telephoto end, the lens extends to a huge 600mm. Well, Olympus yet again turns to its USP of Magic filters with this device. In Olympus SZ 14, these digital effects make up number 11 in total and hence add up to the recently added fragmented filter which can lend shots at the tiled, collage type effects, and most of these effects are available when the device I is on the shooting mode and not only on the stills.
Screen and Menus
The flash on Olympus SZ 14 is of the variety of pop up type and helps to avoid the bane in the name of the red eye feature, with that, is a manual level that is squirreled right away at the lens barrel side with which you have to raise it. There is a flash bulb on the camera which sits right on the side of the lens rather than being with it, this further leads to making the appearance of the camera that of the bridge type model which has been totally slimmed down. The pictures and videos on this device are tremendously poised and the big 3-inch back plate LCD that is actually the only viewing means thanks to the unavailability of optical or electronic viewfinder somehow covers the entire rear of the camera. Well for a camera of this price range, again Olympus SZ-14 gives a really better than average resolution which measures a good 460,000 dots.
The batteries that powers Olympus SZ 14 are the dedicated Li-Ion batteries, the camera on the device manages to record both the videos and images on the disc. Both the cards and the batteries share a common compartment on the bottom portion of the camera. The approximate given for the camera to last on a full charge, is 220 images, this however, is a variable that can vary depending about your usage of the flash and zoom. These batteries are rechargeable.
Adding to the exciting new features of Olympus SZ 14 is the latest multi-motion movie IS functionality from the camera, this is aimed directly at reducing the blur effects of the device faced by the videographer while recording, which means actually jogging the camera. As we mentioned the price at which it is launched, which so many in built features, we don’t really get the high end Full HD 1080p video recording feature, and we are not disappointed, for we didn’t expect it either, although we do get the HD 720p video recording 1280 x 720 pixels at 30fps. For better connectivity options, we also have a HDMI output that is lurking right under the plastic side flap of the camera to hook up the camera to a flat panel TV, typically however, I personally do not believe HDMI connectivity does any good in a camera. Now another surprising feature in the given price is that you can actually use the zoom feature in the video recording and that is done without sound cutting when in the motion mode too. Agreed that there is a little mechanical buzz recorded, but frankly, enough of it is really negligible to be unobtrusive.
As has been said time and again, the sensor is pretty much the heart of a camera and Olympus SZ-14 portrays a bit expected modest 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor which is good for 14megapixels, this takes an unbelievably sharp and detailed images at the maximum resolution of 4032 x 3024pixels. This sensor is a transducer that is used to convert all the optical images captured into electronic signals, these electronic signals are further used for the processing purposes.
· Powerful 24x (25mm - 600mm) zoom lens
· Dedicated movie record button
· Accurate exposures
· Records high-definition video
· Zoom operates during video recording
· Fast high-speed burst modes
· Controls are small but well placed
· Sensor-shift anti-shake
· Helpful guide system with dedicated button
· Auto focus could be better
· Photos in low light tend to be blurry
· Thumb wheel navigation can be clumsy
· Slow burst mode at full resolution
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17th February 2012 - Launched in January 2012, the lens of this compact travel zoom that has been priced so aggressively that it really shows its power, now although, the camera’s AF appears to be a bit sluggish, the photos too are a bit blurry. All that been said we guarantee you, in the price tag you will get in this device what you can hope in none other. The chief features are:
* 14-megapixel sensor
* 24x optical zoom lens
* Sensor-shift image stabilization
* 720p high-definition video
* Slim body design with handgrip
* 3-inch LCD (460,000 dots)
* ISO 80 - ISO 1600
* 16 scene modes
* 10 digital filters
* Li-ion battery with charger
Olympus, the Japan based multinational is quickly looking to regain its grip on the global camera market which is in today’s world ruled by the likes of Canon and Nikon. And so, the brand has launched a truly sexy camera which is available in the shades of black, red and silver and contains a huge superzoom. Despite the superzoom Olympus SZ 14 is still very compact and elegant measuring in at 106.5mm x 68.7mm x 39.5mm, provides a firm grip to the hand and slides into the pocket easy enough. Though the weight of camera at 216 gms may be a hindrance in handling but looking at the specifications it provides, I don’t think anyone can complaint about the weight of the camera. A huge 24x optical zoom lens is provided inside a compact body which when on full stretch looks like a tower.
One of the most important parts of the camera which forms its backbone is the sensor, it converts optical images to electrical signal for processing. The processing of Olympus SZ 14 is governed by a 1/2.3 inch CCD 14 megapixel sensor which is then accompanied along a 24x wide optical zoom lens where 35mm focussing range is equivalent to 25-600mm. Videos can be shot at 720p HD movie recording mode and the camera is blessed with HDMI Control for further connector and the Multi-motion Movie IS. When talking about display, the camera features a 3.0 inch 460,000 dot colour LCD screen with capacitive display and the 24x superzoom also provides Dual Image Stabilisation. Some of the other features sported in the device are Magic Filter Movie and/or Stills, Advanced Face Detection and SAT, iAuto and AF Tracking, 3D Photo Shooting Mode, Beauty Mode, Pet Detection Mode, In-Camera Panorama, Scene Modes, Eye-Fi Card compatibility, USB-Battery Charge which are all effortlessly blended in a metal body.
Olympus SZ-14 takes pictures with decent colour reproduction that are well exposed. When viewing the images full size details lacks in shadows and highlights with clear softening in the corners and purple fringing appearing occasionally. With a minimum focusing distance of 3cm the camera is capable of taking an impressive close-up shot. The maximum shutter speed provided here is 1/7000 seconds and minimum shutter speed is taken at 4 seconds. The light sensitivity at ISO rating ranges from ISO 80-1600. In all Olympus SZ-14 is one of the finest products of Olympus this year.
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