- 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 1600
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 25-500mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
- 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
- Revealed July 2011
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus SZ-11 summary
Olympus SZ-11 is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally revealed on July of 2011. It has got a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The SZ-11 stands at #191 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #855 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should look at our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom factors.
The following is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.
Olympus SZ-11 family
The Olympus SZ-11 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full range underneath.
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Olympus SZ-11 Gallery
You can see the SZ-11 from various angles in the gallery here.
Olympus SZ-11 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus SZ-11 based on factors which are generally considered necessary in a camera.
Olympus SZ-11 Sensor details
The Olympus SZ-11 is powered by the TruePic III+ chip. The specification of the sensor in the Olympus SZ-11 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 boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath displays the SZ-11's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The SZ-11 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus SZ-11 dimensions
Olympus SZ-11 is 0.50 pounds (226 gr / 7.97 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Olympus SZ-11 is less heavy when compared with its competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Down below is a picture of the Olympus SZ-11 alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the SZ-11.
Olympus SZ-11 Lens specs
The SZ-11 includes a built-in lens providing a focal range of 25-500mm making it a 20.0 x zoom which is very good and is going to make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 25mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.0 and that's fairly slow and not very good in low light conditions and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You would also need to up the ISO producing noisy files. For the tele end, 500mm is terrific zoom and comes with f6.9 making it fairly sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.
Olympus SZ-11 Connectivity
The SZ-11 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and at times change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Olympus SZ-11 Video specs
The max video resolution in the Olympus SZ-11 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low by today's standards. You really should aim for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera does not have a mic or headphone socket so you have no control over your audio. It is probably best to take a look at an alternative model should you want better audio in your video clips.
Olympus SZ-11 Weather Sealing
Olympus SZ-11 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.
Olympus SZ-11 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus SZ-11 has got a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specs regarding Olympus SZ-11 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are rather useful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Olympus SZ-11 Shutter specs
Olympus SZ-11 is able to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus SZ-11 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Olympus SZ-11 boasts only built in flash without external flash support.
Olympus SZ-11 Autofocus specs
Olympus SZ-11 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which can be useful for people photography.
It also comes with Tracking AF for moving objects. Olympus SZ-11 has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful during low light scenarios or you want more accurate control on depth of field.
Olympus SZ-11 Battery life
The battery pack (LI-50B) for the Olympus SZ-11 is fashioned to last for 200 clicks according to the CIPA measurements which is less compared to its rivals. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the maximum (600) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Here is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:
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Olympus SZ-11 for specific categories of photography
The following bar chart displays a outline of the Olympus SZ-11 for specific categories of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.
Olympus SZ-11 Portrait photography highlights
The Olympus SZ-11 receives a points tally of 34 which is low, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files and capability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Olympus SZ-11 Street photography details
Having a moderate points total of 60, the Olympus SZ-11 is somewhat suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Olympus SZ-11
A low sports photography points tally of 44 indicates the Olympus SZ-11 is not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have very good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus SZ-11 Travel photography info
Portability is extremely critical when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Olympus SZ-11 gets a nice 65 as a travelling camera which is a fine pick to take on your trips.
Olympus SZ-11 as a Landscape photography camera
For anyone planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus SZ-11 at it's low grade of 40 as a landscape camera is not suitable in the current marketplace.
Olympus SZ-11 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging ought to come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus SZ-11 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a low score of 31.
Olympus SZ-11 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the SZ-11, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph below offers you an overview of the SZ-11 versus it's highest scored competitors mentioned earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may check out as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.