Olympus SZ-16 iHS
- 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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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 #160 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #782 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personal requirements.
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.
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Olympus SZ-16 iHS Gallery
You can see the SZ-16 iHS from various angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.
The top view below will highlight the button layout on the SZ-16 iHS.
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.
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.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.