Olympus SZ-14 review

A 14MP 24x superzoom camera with HD video for under £200

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Although the Olympus SZ-14 doesn't sport the latest backlit CMOS sensor technology, it puts in a fairly respectable performance, with noise levels being kept acceptable for sharing on the web and printing at small sizes throughout the ISO sensitivity range.

Images taken between ISO 80 and ISO 400 display good detail and sharpness, and images taken at higher sensitivities are softened due to the effects of noise reduction.

Olympus SZ 14 review

With default settings, colours can sometimes be a little muted. Picking the appropriate scene mode from the menu can give punchier results as required.

Auto white balance does a good job of reducing the effect of strong colour casts under artificial light, just leaving enough of a cast to retain the atmosphere of the scene.

Olympus SZ 14 review

The iESP metering used on the Olympus SZ-14 tends to err on the bright side, leading to many images looking washed out due to overexposure, unless appropriate exposure compensation is applied.

High-contrast scenes in particular tend to fool the metering system, often leading to unpredictable results. With face detection enabled, exposures for people portraits are much more consistent, so it pays to leave this feature enabled.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyTraveller
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Pet Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)216 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 3216
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height68.7 mm
Width106.5 mm
Depth39.5 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelSZ-14
Product NameTraveller SZ-14 Compact Camera
Product LineTraveller
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV102080BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Vivid movies and close-ups bring memories of holidays and other trips to life. That's why the latest star of Olympus' compact SZ 'Super Zoom' Series comes with Multi-motion Movie Image Stabilisation (Movie IS) and a massive 24x wide optical zoom lens (25-600mm*). With this powerful new compact, you can zoom right in to shoot close-ups without capturing your own shadow or disturbing your subject. Cutting-edge Multi-motion Movie IS complements it's High Definition Movie capability by reducing blur. It delivers HD movies that are crisp and vivid, even when you're filming moving subjects while walking yourself, for example on the beach with friends and family. With a host of creative Magic Filters you can add a whole range of special effects to your images directly on-camera. The SZ-14 even offers the new Fragmented filter.

Package Contents
  • Traveller SZ-14 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Software Media
Limited Warranty1 Year