Olympus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus SZ-16 iHS front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 108 x 70 x 40mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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  • Alternatives
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Olympus SZ-16 iHS summary

Olympus SZ-16 iHS is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first revealed on January of 2013. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The SZ-16 iHS is rated #158 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #779 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personal requirements.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS family

The Olympus SZ-16 iHS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Olympus-SH-50 front thumbnailOlympus SH-50
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Olympus-SZ-16-iHS front thumbnailOlympus SZ-16 iHS25-600mm
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Olympus-SZ-11 front thumbnailOlympus SZ-11
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Olympus-SP-810-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-810 UZ
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Olympus-SZ-30MR front thumbnailOlympus SZ-30MR
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Olympus-SZ-10 front thumbnailOlympus SZ-10
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Olympus-SP-610UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-610UZ
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Olympus-SP-600-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-600 UZ
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Olympus-SP-800-UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-800 UZ
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Olympus-SP-565UZ front thumbnailOlympus SP-565UZ
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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus SZ-16 iHS based on aspects that are often regarded as important in a camera.

does have HDMI out
flash built-in
great minimum ISO (80)
great reach (600mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors (226g)
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW format
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of external mic support
lack of headphone support
lack of Time Lapse mode
low battery life (220 CIPA)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual exposure not available
manual focus not available
max fps low (2.0 frames/s)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (460 thousand dots)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor on the Olympus SZ-16 iHS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the SZ-16 iHS's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The SZ-16 iHS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus SZ-16 iHS dimensions

Olympus SZ-16 iHS weighs about 0.50 pounds (226 grams / 7.97 oz) & the sizing of the camera is 108mm x 70mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Olympus SZ-16 iHS is less heavy when compared with various rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Olympus SZ-16 iHS besides a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button layout on the SZ-16 iHS.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS topview buttons dials

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Lens specifications

The SZ-16 iHS has a built in lens providing a focal range of 25-600mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is significant and does let you zoom right in.

At the widest 25mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.0 making it pretty slow and not ideal for low light conditions and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to boost the ISO resulting in noisy pictures. For the tele end, 600mm is incredible zoom and comes at f6.9 which is very slow and you would need to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Connectivity

The SZ-16 iHS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Video specifications

The highest possible video quality on the Olympus SZ-16 iHS is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You really should aim for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you get no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to consider an alternative camera should you want good sound for your video clips.

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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Weather Sealing

Olympus SZ-16 iHS does not include environment sealing so wet conditions can easily affect the camera.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus SZ-16 iHS is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Olympus SZ-16 iHS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be very helpful.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Shutter specifications

Olympus SZ-16 iHS continuous shooting speed is 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus SZ-16 iHS comes with only built-in flash with missing external flash support.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Autofocusing specifications

Olympus SZ-16 iHS comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & exact when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is valuable for taking photos of people.

It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Olympus SZ-16 iHS lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing can be useful in low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Battery life

The battery life (LI-50B) in the Olympus SZ-16 iHS is made to last for 220 photographs based on the CIPA measurements making it less compared to it's rivals. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life in this type of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Olympus SZ-16 iHS for varying categories of photography

The following illustration indicates a summary of the Olympus SZ-16 iHS for varying categories of photography. To check out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Portrait photography highlights

The Olympus SZ-16 iHS has a points total of 35 which is dreadful, meaning that it is simply not suitable for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files together with the flexibility to utilize external lighting.

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sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Street photography with Olympus SZ-16 iHS

Having a very good points total of 61, the Olympus SZ-16 iHS is a fine option for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (226 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Sports photography factors

A dreadful sports photography points total of 42 suggests the Olympus SZ-16 iHS is simply not suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (220 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Travel photography factors

Portability is really important in choosing a travel camera. All round, the Olympus SZ-16 iHS gets a above average 65 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit for your journeys.

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lighter than average (226 grams)
good MP (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
low battery life (220 CIPA)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Landscape photography factors

For anyone looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Olympus SZ-16 iHS and it's dreadful score of 41 as a landscape camera is simply not suitable amongst it's rivals.

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really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
no Timelapse mode

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus SZ-16 iHS is simply not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a dreadful score of 31.

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fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focus
lighter than average (226 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of mic support

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the SZ-16 iHS, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart underneath provides you a summary of the SZ-16 iHS compared to it's highest ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

Following are several cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus SZ-16 iHS
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-600mm (24.0x)
Highest aperture
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
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)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
226 gr (0.50 lb)
108 x 70 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6")
Battery life
220 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail pricing