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Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15

Portability
71
Imaging
47
Features
50
Overall
48
Olympus E-600 front
 
Olympus SZ-15 front
Portability
88
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 Key Specs

Olympus E-600
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 515g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Announced August 2009
Olympus SZ-15
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 108 x 70 x 40mm
  • Launched June 2013
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Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are built by Olympus. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the E-600 (12MP) and SZ-15 (16MP) and the E-600 (Four Thirds) and SZ-15 (1/2.3") offer different sensor sizes.

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The E-600 was brought out 4 years earlier than the SZ-15 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-600 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus SZ-15 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a thorough comparison, here is a quick summation of how the E-600 scores against the SZ-15 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-600 over the Olympus SZ-15

 E-600 SZ-15 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-15 over the Olympus E-600

 SZ-15 E-600 
LaunchedJune 2013August 2009Fresher by 46 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-600 and Olympus SZ-15

 E-600 SZ-15 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera often, you need to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus E-600 offers exterior dimensions of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") and a weight of 515 grams (1.14 lbs) whilst the Olympus SZ-15 has sizing of 108mm x 70mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6") having a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you select during that time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the E-600 compared to the SZ-15.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-600 and SZ-15 is 71 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing only by seeing technical specs. The photograph below will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-600 and SZ-15.

As you can tell, both of the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-600 due to its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Olympus SZ-15 will produce extra detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos more aggressively. The older E-600 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-600
Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-15
60
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
44
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-600 as a Street photography camera
Olympus SZ-15 as a Street photography camera
76
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
60
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-600 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus SZ-15 as a Sports photography camera
48
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has phase detect AF
slow fps (4.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
not so great battery life (500 CIPA)
53
long zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-600 Travel photography advice
Olympus SZ-15 Travel photography advice
53
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse function
not so great battery life (500 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
68
lighter than competition (250 grams)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
great reach (483mm)
no Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-600 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus SZ-15 as a Landscape photography camera
53
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
small screen (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
not so great battery life (500 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
49
has manual focus
pretty wide (23mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-600 Vlogging highlights
Olympus SZ-15 Vlogging highlights
18
no video
34
pretty wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
no external microphone jack
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Olympus E-600 vs Olympus SZ-15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-600 and Olympus SZ-15
 Olympus E-600Olympus SZ-15
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus E-600 Olympus SZ-15
Class Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-08-30 2013-06-21
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 7 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 23-483mm (21.0x)
Highest aperture - f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Number of lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - AVI MPEG4, Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 515 grams (1.14 lbs) 250 grams (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions 130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") 108 x 70 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 541 not tested
Other
Battery life 500 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID BLS-1 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $0 $200