At £200 consumers are getting a healthy supply of contemporary features and high-end components for their cash. Although the SZ-20 may not offer everything in Olympus' technology library, what is does offer is a great deal of control and choice for creative novices at a good price. Although this may not suit a complete beginner it will definitely impress existing compact-owners looking to upgrade to a camera that provides an up-to-date feature set, larger pixel count, lengthier focal range and the ability to record impressive image results and full HD video.
The SZ-20 is an accessible camera that delivers exactly what an enthusiast photographer needs with a handful of exciting attributes thrown in, including: full HD video capture, eight creative filters, Smart Panorama and 3D mode.
The camera fails to present detailed definition in several of the filter and special modes, which can make composition tricky. Elsewhere we were disappointed by the battery performance and high-speed continuous shooting results.