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Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

Portability
89
Imaging
38
Features
36
Overall
37
Olympus SZ-12 front
 
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Key Specs

Olympus SZ-12
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Revealed January 2012
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-481mm (F) lens
  • 305g - 129 x 71 x 19mm
  • Released August 2012
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Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by brands Olympus and Samsung. The resolution of the SZ-12 (14MP) and the Galaxy Camera 3G (16MP) is pretty close and they come with the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SZ-12 was introduced 7 months prior to the Galaxy Camera 3G so they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a simple overview of how the SZ-12 matches up versus the Galaxy Camera 3G in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-12 over the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 SZ-12 Galaxy Camera 3G 
Screen resolution460k0kClearer screen (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G over the Olympus SZ-12

 Galaxy Camera 3G SZ-12 
ReleasedAugust 2012January 2012More modern by 7 months
Screen dimension4.8"3"Bigger screen (+1.8")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus SZ-12 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 SZ-12 Galaxy Camera 3G 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera, you are going to need to think about its weight and size. The Olympus SZ-12 offers external dimensions of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) while the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G has specifications of 129mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") having a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are employing during that time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the SZ-12 vs the Galaxy Camera 3G.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the SZ-12 and Galaxy Camera 3G is 89 and 90 respectively.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Sensor Comparison

Often, it's difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes just by researching technical specs. The picture underneath might provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the SZ-12 and Galaxy Camera 3G.

As you can tell, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G to result in greater detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged SZ-12 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G as a Portrait photography camera
34
megapixel count good (14MP)
provides face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
30
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Street photography information
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Street photography information
60
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (226g)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (305 grams)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SZ-12
Sports photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
41
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
provides tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
lack of phase detect auto focus
45
amazing zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SZ-12
Travel photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
65
lighter than competitors in class (226 grams)
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
terrible battery pack (220 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
72
lighter than competition (305g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
really wide (23mm)
great reach (481mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Landscape photography factors
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Landscape photography factors
40
quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
terrible battery pack (220 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse function
47
really wide (23mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
lovely big screen (4.8 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G as a Vlogging camera
31
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection focus
lighter than competitors in class (226 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic port
37
really wide (23mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (305g)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have mic port
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Olympus SZ-12 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-12 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
 Olympus SZ-12Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
General Information
Brand Olympus Samsung
Model type Olympus SZ-12 Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-01-10 2012-08-29
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - 1.4GHz Quad-Core
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 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Maximum resolution 4288 x 3216 -
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
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 25-600mm (24.0x) 23-481mm (20.9x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-6.9 -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 4.8"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 0 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT Color LCD 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds -
Highest shutter speed 1/1700 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226 grams (0.50 lb) 305 grams (0.67 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 129 x 71 x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 220 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) -
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $350 $606