Olympus SZ-10 summary
Olympus SZ-10 is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally revealed on February of 2011. It features a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The SZ-10 is ranked #193 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #840 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. Please test our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
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Olympus SZ-10 family
The Olympus SZ-10 has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can identify all previous and more recent models alongside key specs.
Olympus SZ-10 Gallery
You can see the SZ-10 from various angles in the gallery below.
Olympus SZ-10 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Olympus SZ-10 based on aspects that are generally regarded as necessary in a camera.
Olympus SZ-10 Sensor details
The Olympus SZ-10 features the TruePic III+ chip. The size of the sensor on the Olympus SZ-10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below illustrates the SZ-10's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The SZ-10 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus SZ-10 dimensions
Olympus SZ-10 is 0.47 lbs (215 grams or 7.58 oz) & has outer measurements of 106mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.5"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Olympus SZ-10 is less heavy when compared with other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a photo of the Olympus SZ-10 with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view below will provide the button layout on the SZ-10.
Olympus SZ-10 Lens specs
The SZ-10 has a built-in lens providing a focal range of 28-504mm making it a 18.0 x zoom which is ideal and would let you zoom right in.
At the widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.1 and that's quite slow and not great for low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to get good bokeh. You will also need to raise the ISO producing noisy files. At the tele end, 504mm is excellent zoom and comes at f4.4 which is really slow and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.
Olympus SZ-10 Connectivity
The SZ-10 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy photos and at times alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Olympus SZ-10 Video specs
The highest possible video resolution on the Olympus SZ-10 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should shoot for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone port which means that you have got no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to look into a different camera if you need decent sound for your video clips.
Olympus SZ-10 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Olympus SZ-10 so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.
Olympus SZ-10 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus SZ-10 features a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 460k dots.
Please note that the display screen has no touch support.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder specs for Olympus SZ-10 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be pretty valuable.
Olympus SZ-10 Shutter specs
Olympus SZ-10 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Olympus SZ-10 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Olympus SZ-10 features only built in flash lacking external flash support.
Olympus SZ-10 Autofocus specs
Olympus SZ-10 features just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detect making it handy for portraits.
It also includes Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Olympus SZ-10 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing can be useful in low light or you need more precise control on focusing.
Olympus SZ-10 Battery life
The battery life (LI-50B) in the Olympus SZ-10 is built to last for 220 pictures based on the CIPA requirements which is lower compared to it's competition. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the best (600) battery life in this type of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:
Olympus SZ-10 for different forms of photography
The following illustration indicates a rundown of the Olympus SZ-10 for different forms of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.
Olympus SZ-10 Portrait photography information
The Olympus SZ-10 has a points total of 34 which is subpar, meaning that it is simply not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the option to work with external flash.
Olympus SZ-10 as a Street photography camera
Having a very good score of 61, the Olympus SZ-10 is a good fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus SZ-10 as a Sports photography camera
A subpar sports photography points total of 41 means the Olympus SZ-10 is simply not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus SZ-10 Travel photography highlights
Weight is extremely crucial in buying a camera for travel. All round, the Olympus SZ-10 gets a nice 65 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick to take on your vacations.
Olympus SZ-10 as a Landscape photography camera
For anyone looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus SZ-10 with it's subpar rating of 40 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable in the current marketplace.
Olympus SZ-10 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera ought to posses a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Olympus SZ-10 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 31.
Olympus SZ-10 Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the SZ-10, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph just below gives you an overview of the SZ-10 vs it's top rated competitors suggested earlier.
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