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Olympus SZ-12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 reviews of Olympus SZ-12. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and image quality. The portability and zoom are also mentioned favorably. The memory and viewfinder get less positive comments, and there are some mixed views about the energy efficiency.

usability, zoom, portability, image quality, price

reliability, low-light, shutter, viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SZ-12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus SZ-12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 user reviews of Olympus SZ-12 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the image quality and price. The zoom and portability are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the low light performance. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, portability, zoom, price, image quality

reliability, viewfinder

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Olympus SZ-12

 

At just under $200, the compact Olympus SZ-12 is an excellent value. Its 24x lens can capture wide landscapes and distant objects, but it doesn't perform as quickly or as well in low light as more-expensive superzooms.

Inexpensive. Long zoom range. Compact design. Useful Help mode.

Plastic body. So-so high ISO performance. Unimpressive shot to shot time. Video captured limited to 720p.

Performance and Conclusions Not the fastest camera on the block, but not the slowest one either, the SZ-12 starts up and grabs a shot in 1.8 seconds, takes a full resolution photo every 1.1 seconds, and records a 0.2 second shutter lag. The camera can...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus SZ-12 Review

 

The lens on this compact super-zoom offers a lot of power, though the camera's autofocus is sometimes sluggish, and photos taken in low light tend to come out blurry.That said, the SZ-12 has a lot to offer for under $200. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

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...

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

The lens on this compact super-zoom offers a lot of power, though the camera's autofocus is sometimes sluggish, and photos taken in low light tend to come out blurry.That said, the SZ-12 has a lot to offer for under $200. Read more in our

Jul, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Almost 2 Good 2 Be True

 

Where do I start? If you don't want to learn all the mumbo jumbo set it to IA (intelligent auto) and it figures out how to make it work PERIOD. Even in medium light it does well with no flash. It never flashes unless you click the flash button and the...

The dual stabilizing lenses can be heard on video when recording in silence. That feature can be shut off but I'd rather have a steady picture than worry about a sound you only hear in a silent room ; Flash must be opened or it will just take good pics...

Jul, 2013

Consumer review (beachcamera.com)

Olympus SZ-12

 

Use mostly for family and travel photos. Great zoom range. For the money, does a great job.

Easy To Use ; Features For The Price ; Good Image Quality ; Good Image Stabilization ; Great Zoom ; Small / Compact

No Viewfinder

Dec, 2013

Consumer review (buydig.com)

Olympus SZ-12

 

Use mostly for family and travel photos. Great zoom range. For the money, does a great job.

Easy To Use ; Features For The Price ; Good Image Quality ; Good Image Stabilization ; Great Zoom ; Small / Compact

No Viewfinder

Dec, 2013

Consumer review (toysrus.com)

Nice product

 

Since we are reviewing the product and not Toys r Us delivery service, ahem... This is a nice little camera. Perfect for easy picture taking. I'm still playing around with it trying to figure out all of its functions and I like them all so far. I like...

Easy To Use ; Good Image Quality ; Great Zoom ; Nice Body Color

NOISY

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (buydig.com)

A lot for the money

 

So far so good. Has a few features I will probably will never use.

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (buydig.com)

Great Camera

 

We were looking for a camera we could grab on the run. This camera is small but don't be fooled by that. It takes really great photos. I did have to tone the flash down a bit, but overall a really nice camera. I have a friend who is a professional...

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (beachcamera.com)

Mjssing items

 

This was bought as a Black Friday special that was supposed to include a 4G SD Card and a case neither of which was included. After E-Mailing Beach Camera about not receiving these items they asked if I had a screen capture image to show them this...

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (buydig.com)

Mjssing items

 

This was bought as a Black Friday special that was supposed to include a 4G SD Card and a case neither of which was included. After E-Mailing Beach Camera about not receiving these items they asked if I had a screen capture image to show them this...

Jan, 2013

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