Olympus SZ-15 review

A serious-looking compact camera with an impressive zoom

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As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus SZ-15, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Olympus SZ-15 is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:


Olympus SZ 15 review

Full ISO 100 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Olympus SZ 15 review

ISO 100, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyTraveller S
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
FeaturesFace Detection, Noise Reduction, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)220 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3264 x 2448
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height68.8 mm
Width107.3 mm
Depth39.8 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelSZ-15
Product NameTraveller SZ-15 Compact Camera
Product LineTraveller
Exposure ControlProgram AE
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV102110RE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing InformationA compact as cute as the SZ-15 really has no right to a 24x super wide optical zoom lens. Most cameras of this size just can't find room for that sort of magnifying power, let alone the flexibility to shoot in 16-Megapixel quality at super-wide angles. And they certainly don't have space for Super-resolution Zoom, which doubles still photo magnification to 48x with none of the pixilation that usually makes digital zooms so ineffective. One of the reasons to get a camera with this sort of magnifying capability is to capture macros with those eye-popping colours and details that mostly go unseen. But macro shooting isn't always easy. If you get too close, the camera casts a shadow. Or you startle tiny creatures and before you get the shot. That's why the SZ-15 has Telephoto Macro. This clever feature lets you shoot macros up to 40cm from your subject - with all the power of a 600mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). And in case you're worried about blur, don't be. Dual Image Stabilisation takes care of that. For getting creative on-camera, the SZ-15 gives you 11 Magic Filters. Plus a great canvas: HD movies or stills captured close-up. And blur-free.
Package Contents
  • Traveller SZ-15 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB7 USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year