Summary: The Olympus SZ-14 retails with a 4GB SD card for Rs. 16,990, which is the MRP. Go out in the market and you should be able to buy it for a few hundred rupees less, along with a pouch. Some online shopping websites are selling this camera for less than Rs. 15,000. It is clearly the most affordable travel zoom camera with the maximum zoom range. However, don’t base your decision on this parameter.
Excerpt: The stylishly sculpted 14-megapixel Olympus SZ-14 slots into Olympus’ Super Zoom range between the SZ-11 and SZ-20 and features a 24x zoom lens in a compact highly specified metal body. But does a...
Excerpt: This review camera dropped out of the box — in bright red! Talk about making a statement! I’m not sure how you all feel about CICs — cameras in colours. It’s not that important to me, except for the benefit of making the control IDs more visible. Otherwise, the Olympus SZ-14 is delightfully small, which makes the rear 7.6cm LCD screen amazingly large by comparison. It’s also surprisingly light and slim, easily tucked into a shirt pocket.
Conclusion: At $349 it’s actually a tough segment to satisfy. On one side of the ledger you’ve got buyers wanting plenty of options, features that perform and an expectation that $349 of their hard earned must give them a good return. The other side of the ledger is more about a price that actually represents the SZ-14’s truly great value for its price bracket. So with that in mind, Olympus have done extremely well with the new S-series model.
Excerpt: Following on from last Spring’s SZ-20 and SZ-30 models, which boasted 12.5x and 24x optical zooms respectively, the SZ-14 is Olympus’ new ‘Super Zoom’ on the block, the latest addition to what the company is calling its ‘traveller’ series. Unlike the SZ-30 it doesn’t feature a GPS antenna to appeal to those looking for the ultimate holiday/vacation camera perhaps, but it does match its 24x optical reach plus also retails for a very affordable £199.
Summary: • Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels • Sports a display of 3 inches TFT color LCD • Optical zoom of 24x • Digital zoom of 96x • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 movie recording with sound • Provided with CCD shift image stabilizer • Features body in panorama • Internal memory of 59 MB • Only 720p HD video • Slippery finger grip • Proprietary USB connection • No manual exposure One of the most fashionable cameras from Olympus is the SZ-14 .
Pros: Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels , Sports a display of 3 inches TFT color LCD , Optical zoom of 24x , Digital zoom of 96x , MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 movie recording with sound , Provided with CCD shift image stabilizer , Features body in panorama , Internal memory of 59 MB
Cons: Only 720p HD video , Slippery finger grip , Proprietary USB connection , No manual exposure
Excerpt: Sitting mid-way up the Olympus range of travel-friendly compact cameras, the Olympus SZ-14 sports a good range of features for a pocket-friendly price. A 14-megapixel CCD sensor should provide ample resolution, even for large prints.
Conclusion: The Olympus SZ-14 is likely to appeal to you if you are looking for lots of lens power without paying out for one of the top of the range cameras in this sector. By dropping some of the more advanced features Olympus have kept the price down. There is no getting away from the fact that picture quality could be better. How much of an issue that will be to you depends on the size of prints you wish to make.
Conclusion: The 14 megapixel, 24x optical zoom Olympus SZ-14 has the double whammy of a broad focal range yet a value-added price tag with which to sell itself, and it largely succeeds on both points. It’s much the same as the previously reviewed SP-620UZ in terms of its feature set, but provides a slightly longer zoom in a more compact body for just £20 more.
Pros: Broad focal range, relatively compact dimensions, good value pricing, reasonably consistent performance from shot to shot
Cons: Scroll wheel at the back is very slippery and it’s hard to arrive at the setting you want without much back and forth, battery life is so-so