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Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515

Portability
89
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37
Olympus SZ-11 front
 
Olympus VH-515 front
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-11
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Introduced July 2011
Olympus VH-515
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 152g - 102 x 60 x 21mm
  • Revealed August 2012
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Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 Overview

Lets look a bit more in depth at the Olympus SZ-11 versus Olympus VH-515, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both designed by Olympus. The resolution of the SZ-11 (14MP) and the VH-515 (12MP) is pretty close and they come with the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SZ-11 was released 13 months before the VH-515 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a quick overview of how the SZ-11 matches up versus the VH-515 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-11 over the Olympus VH-515

 SZ-11 VH-515 

Reasons to pick Olympus VH-515 over the Olympus SZ-11

 VH-515 SZ-11 
RevealedAugust 2012July 2011More modern by 13 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus SZ-11 and Olympus VH-515

 SZ-11 VH-515 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Screen resolution460k460kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry around your camera frequently, you need to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus SZ-11 features outside measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") and a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) and the Olympus VH-515 has sizing of 102mm x 60mm x 21mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") with a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs).

Check out the Olympus SZ-11 versus Olympus VH-515 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the SZ-11 and the VH-515.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SZ-11 and VH-515 is 89 and 95 respectively.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to visualise the difference in sensor sizes purely by viewing specs. The image underneath will help give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the SZ-11 and VH-515.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Olympus SZ-11 to result in more detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more aged SZ-11 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Portrait photography information
Olympus VH-515 Portrait photography information
33
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
27
comes with face detect focus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Street photography advice
Olympus VH-515 Street photography advice
60
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (226 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
62
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides touch to focus
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Sports photography details
Olympus VH-515 Sports photography details
43
long zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14MP)
includes tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (200 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
32
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus VH-515 as a Travel photography camera
65
lighter than others in class (226 grams)
resolution is good (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery power (200 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
62
provides touch to focus
flash built-in
rather wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus VH-515 as a Landscape photography camera
40
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
terrible battery power (200 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode
37
rather wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not available
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Vlogging highlights
Olympus VH-515 Vlogging highlights
31
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focus
lighter than others in class (226g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic support
35
rather wide (26mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
doesn't have mic support
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Olympus SZ-11 vs Olympus VH-515 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-11 and Olympus VH-515
 Olympus SZ-11Olympus VH-515
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus SZ-11 Olympus VH-515
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-07-27 2012-08-21
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III+ TruePic III+
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-500mm (20.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/2.8-6.5
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.30 m (@ ISO 1600) 4.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226 grams (0.50 lb) 152 grams (0.34 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 102 x 60 x 21mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-50B LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $253 $648