Olympus SZ-14 review

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

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During testing, the Olympus SZ-14 has proved itself to be a versatile camera, capable of producing good quality images, especially for a superzoom compact at this price point.

The lack of Full HD video may be off-putting for many, but the 720p footage recorded should still look good on a regular HD TV.

The combination of a 24x zoom in a small, light and reasonably robust body should suit those who wish to travel light perfectly.

We liked

Having such a large zoom range housed in a body under 4cm thick makes it portable, without technical compromises.

A good selection of automatic scene modes and the easy to navigate menus should suit inexperienced photographers well, enabling them to get good results in a wide range of conditions.

We disliked

For a camera that charges via USB, it seems strange for Olympus to use a proprietary USB connection, since the camera could be rendered useless for a time if the cable goes missing on your travels.

Occasional wayward exposures, lack of manual control and the slippery finish are all aspects of the Olympus SZ-14 that may be improved upon.

Final verdict

Although there may be a few issues that could be improved upon, such as the non-standard USB interface and the iESP metering system's propensity for overexposure, the Olympus SZ-14 still represents good value for the price.

Point and shoot photographers will love the easy to use interface, selection of automatic scene modes and 'Magic' creative effects, whereas more experienced photographers may wish to look further up the Olympus range for a camera with a little more manual control.

For the price, the range of features and quality of images delivered are about right, making this camera an interesting choice for those after a compact camera for their travels.

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