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Olympus SZ-20 review

We look under the hood of Olympus's latest super-zoom

Sensor: 1/2.3" CMOS device with 16 Mp


Lens: 4.2 – 52.5mm (24-300mm, 35mm equivalent), f3.0-5.9. 12.5 x optical zoom


Memory: 59MB internal, SD, SDHC, SDXC


Viewfinder: n/a


LCD Screen: 3" (7.6cm) LCD, 460,000 dots


Video resolution: 1080p, 720p and VGA 640 x 480


ISO range: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200


Focus modes: iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF Tracking


Max burst rate: 15fps (5MP)


Shutter speeds: 1/4- 1/2000 s (4sec Night Scene)


Weight: 186g


Dimensions: 102.4 x 64 x 30.4mm


Power supply: LI-50B Lithium Ion battery


Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilySZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom12.5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)186 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height64 mm
Width102.4 mm
Depth30.4 mm
Product SeriesSZ
Focal Length4.20 mm to 52.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelSZ-20
Product NameSZ-20 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN4305992
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Enhanced performance beyond the still image. Like every SZ Series compact, the SZ-20 is packed with Olympus technology that's seriously state-of-the-art, like the backlit CMOS sensor for low-noise shots in poor light and an impressive 12.5x super wide optical zoom. With 1080p Full HD Movie recording and 16 Megapixels, it's the must-have model for anyone who wants to live and shoot 24/7 - in perfect, pixel-rich quality, no compromises required. What's more the SZ-20 features a whole raft of innovations - from Smart Panorama, 3D still photo shooting, Eye-Fi card compatibility for automatic wireless uploading of images to a website or PC to a choice of eight Magic Filters, seven of which work with both Full HD movies and stills. For a camera in this category, that's yet another unique feature.

Package Contents
  • SZ-20 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
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty2 Year