Best Camera I've Ever Owned
Beautiful form meets ultimate function in this camera and that's no exageration. I have had five digital cameras before this one, including an interchangeable lens micro 4/3rds Olympus that I liked very well. None has had the full features in a convenient size as this one does. The menus are intuative and easy to use, the buttons are comfortably and traditionally located and the anti-shake features are as good as Olympus claims.
Excellent image stabilisation, Full manual controls
The Olympus Stylus SH-50 packs a large number of extremely useful features such as manual controls, 11 fps continuous shooting and superb optical image stabilisation. With many other travel cameras that have a similar amount of zoom having Wi-Fi and GPS it may be overlooked, particularly as there are also cheaper travel cameras available. If Wi-Fi and GPS is not what you desire in a camera, then the feature set, decent image quality and excellent body will appeal.
Camera is everything we wanted and more!
The pictures take very quickly to where you don't have to wait forever long for it to load up. Zoom is great of course ( that is a given) but I'd say this camera takes pictures about as fast as the Cannon SLR's we were looking at in the stores and for a cheaper price. Trust me you wont regret this purchase. Also takes pictures very steadily even if your hand isn't steady! We love this product!!
Increased feature-set and all-round snappier performance
The Olympus SP-820UZ is still a reasonably priced super-zoom camera at around the £250 / $300 mark, especially considering all the improvements. Best suited to the point-and-shoot user who wants one camera that can do it all in a straight-forward way, the new Olympus SP-820UZ certainly fits that description and comes Highly Recommended.
Feature packed, Good amount of optical zoom
This latest ultra-zoom camera from Olympus is certainly a much better performer than its predecessor, the SP-810UZ. Feature wise, there is more zoom, ISO up to 6400, 1cm minimum focusing distance and full HD video. It's an ideal travel camera, but it would be even more appealing to the globetrotting photographer if it had GPS.
Olympus haven't changed much with regards to the body, but image quality is much better, clearly an improved sensor has been used on this new model.
Full HD video with a relatively sharp picture
The Olympus SP-820 UZ is much cheaper than other bridge cameras with zoom lenses this powerful. Unfortunately, it's also not as well built as these higher-end models. Plus, image quality will only really be good enough to suit users shooting outdoors in broad daylight.
Accurate colors, Fast burst mode
The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is a competent, feature-rich travel-zoom, but too few improvements have been made since the SZ-30 to earn our complete recommendation. Given this modelâ?? s problems with sharpness, distortion, and noise reduction, we think $400 is too much for the resulting image quality.
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Easy to grip
There are a few cameras on the market with a similar zoom level, but not as many that are as small the SZ-31MR. It is an ideal option if you are looking for a compact camera to take on your holidays. Images have excellent colour reproduction, except it doesn't cope well at taking portrait shots. It has a decent battery life, fast high-speed shooting and full 1080p HD video recording as well as a number of other useful features.
High resolution LCD screen, Full High Definition Movies
The Olympus SZ-MR31 is up against some pretty stiff competition in this category. It appears to be a good camera, but it does not really stand out, especially at the price. It is most likely to appeal to you if you are looking for a camera with extra lens power, but is quite easy to use.
An ultra-compact digital camera with an enormous zoom range and a complete metal body
The Olympus SZ-31MR is an ultra-compact digital camera with an enormous zoom range and a complete metal body. This Super Zoom camera is easy to operate with the clear and sensitive touch screen and has innovative functions, such as the iHS technologies and the Multi Recording function. The Olympus SZ-31MR also has an improved autofocus. Next to taking 16 Megapixel photos, there is also a 1080p Full HD video function available. Different photo modes allow for creativity.
Able to take full-resolution stills during video capture
While it doesn't offer the longest zoom out of all the travel cameras, the SH-25MR brings a great touchscreen and enough shooting options to satisfy most users. It's a shame that the image quality isn't good enough for significant enlargements - otherwise, this would be an excellent all-round camera.
1080p HD video mode with optical zoom
The Olympus SH-25 MR is a more advanced version of the SH-21, bringing a few practical extras like a much better screen. Unfortunately, picture quality isn't quite up to scratch, with heavy smoothing in high-sensitivity shots and a lens that could give more consistently sharp results. You can pick up a better camera for just a bit of extra cashâ??or for about the same price if you can live without a GPS.
Zoom range, High-speed shooting, Touch screen AF
The Olympus SH-25MR has an impressive set of features that make it a real contender if you need a new camera with the emphasis on travel, though to be fair, the feature set would help anyone anywhere. The decent zoom range and GPS system make it even more versatile.
It may not be ideal for portrait shots though, skin tones suffer rather and although the lens is an otherwise good one, for most subjects, bear in mind it is still soft at the corners of images.
Effective image stabilisation, Easy to use
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.
Fast high-speed shooting modes
The Olympus SZ-14 boasts a remarkable amount of optical zoom for a camera which you can carry around in your pocket. Negatives of note are the lack of rubber grip on the front of the camera which is found on other SZ models, movies are restricted to 720p HD and noise is significant at ISO 800 and 1600. Despite this, the SZ-14 has decent image quality and is available for a very reasonable price.
Small price, big zoom
Perfect for beginners, it may not set the world alight but it does the job of offering plenty of picture-taking opportunities from the one "all-in" device, and at a very reasonable price. It won't turn you into an award-winning pro, but if it's casual holiday snapping you're after, equipped with the SZ-14 you can't go far wrong.
Lightweight construction, Fun magic filters
The SZ-14 is a fun camera to shoot with, offering a long, 24x optical zoom lens and plenty of creative filters to boot. Image quality is not good enough to make this a wholehearted recommendation, however, as there are some serious noise problems as the sensitivity climbs, and the image-stabilisation system just can't cope in video mode.
HD Movies, 3D Photo Mode
The Olympus SZ-14 is likely to appeal to you if you are looking for lots of lens power without paying out for one of the top of the range cameras in this sector. By dropping some of the more advanced features Olympus have kept the price down. There is no getting away from the fact that picture quality could be better. How much of an issue that will be to you depends on the size of prints you wish to make.
Stereo mic picks up the hum of the zoom motor, which is a big disappointment
The Olympus SZ-14 retails with a 4GB SD card for Rs. 16,990, which is the MRP. Go out in the market and you should be able to buy it for a few hundred rupees less, along with a pouch. Some online shopping websites are selling this camera for less than Rs. 15,000. It is clearly the most affordable travel zoom camera with the maximum zoom range. However, don't base your decision on this parameter.
Sensor-shift image stabilization
The SP-620UZ performs well for a sub-$200 point-and-shoot. You get a powerful lens with a 25mm wide angle for a reasonable price. If you can live without quick focus, fast performance, and a high-resolution LCD, you'll have fun going zoom zoom zoom with the SP-620UZ.
Fairly decent results
The SP-620UZ, whilst styled like the ubiquitous mini DSLR, lacks the bells and whistles of that kind of camera and more expensive bridge models, but so what. Viewed as a point and shoot camera on which you get a broader than average lens reach and from which it's possible to derive some fairly decent results, when all's said and done it's a thumbs up for the Olympus SP-620UZ.
Modest ISO range
The Olympus SP-620UZ is an entry-level superzoom with modest ambition, but fortunately a low(ish) price that suggests anyone purchasing won't feel they are taking a big risk. The all-encompassing lens reach may not match pricier cameras, but it remains at a level with which it is practical to shoot handheld and still get sharp results.
Magic filters are unique to Olympus
When taking into account the price of the SP-620UZ the features and performance make it extremely good value for money, ideal for those who are looking for a decent amount of zoom but are on a tight budget. Image quality is good, with only a few minor handling issues providing any problems with the camera.
Image Stabilisation for movies and stills
The Olympus SP-620 is a very good buy if you want lots of zoom and ease of use. It may not have many frills, but it takes a decent picture in reasonable light or within flash range. You get a lot of lens power for the price. It does its job with a minimum of fuss.
Good macro performance
A good performance overall from the chunky Olympus SP-620UZ, but it's overshadowed by its slimmer sibling, the SZ-14. The lack of a bundled rechargeable battery or the ability to zoom while filming are disappointing, but the long lens and high resolution are both tempting, as is the price.
Moderately priced camera
Olympus have produced a really nice camera in the SP-810UZ. The user interface is easy to understand and navigate, the LCD screen is clear and bright and the menu system isn't too exhausting. On the build side, it's not sparkling - it looks nice and has a lot of shiny plastic but that soon starts to wear.
Good value for money, Decent image quality
If you are in the market for a compact camera with a large amount of zoom, the SP-810UZ is one of only a few options available. Where this camera beats the competition is its price. Yes, it means that you aren't going to get the same image quality as you will from the more expensive options, but even so, the SP-810UZ does take a pretty decent shot. Overall, the Olympus SP-810UZ is a versatile camera, easy to carry and is a good choice for those on a budget.
Exceptional zoom rang
The 14 megapixel Olympus SP-810UZ has an exceptional zoom range of a mere 36x. Despite the increased zoom range, the body is compacter than its predecessor, the Olympus SP-800UZ. The quality of the LCD screen is not so great, especially when you do not look straight at the screen, for example, when shooting from above your head. Thanks to the double image stabilization and AF tracking, the photos remain sharp even when using the zoom.
Colours in outdoor images appearing bluish
The camera does really well in the design and build quality departments and with a large lens of 36x zoom, this attribute cannot be ignored in the features part of the review as well. Performance-wise, the camera is not up to the mark and there are just too many issues, which cannot be ignored, such as the ability to not focus accurately, the colours in outdoor images appearing bluish, the amount of noise visible in shots and a few other issues. The price of the camera is another let down.
Extensive zoom range
The Olympus SZ-20 is one of the more affordable travel zooms and for the more demanding of photographers this will be noticeable in the quality of its images. In broad daylight we struggled to get a sharp result at maximum telephoto - each subject benefitting from two or three attempts before we were approaching satisfied. If you are patient and considered in your photographic approach then fair enough, but it can be frustrating if going for that spur-of-the moment shot.
Excellent screen, high resolution, excellent colour
The Olympus SZ-20 may not offer as much zoom as some of it's competitors (or even Olympus' own models such as the SZ-10/30MR), however, the camera offers a very useful 12.5x optical zoom lens, a very good screen, high speed shooting, a compact stylish body, easy to use menus and controls, with built in help (just press the question mark to have anything explained), and has good image quality, with warm pleasing colours.
The 16 megapixel, 12.5x optical SZ-20 is neither the most consistent nor best built travel zoom out there, but it is one of the most affordable with a street price of around Â£200 for those trading up from a humble 3x or 5x zoom snapper. Those looking for a budget deal may therefore be prepared to overlook its occasional flaws in return for a feature set that includes the latest must haves of Full HD video plus a 3D mode.
12.5x optical zoom
The Olympus SZ-20 isnâ??t a bad camera by a long chalk, but apart from a noise-free performance at upper ISO settings and fun effects achievable with the Magic Filters, itâ??s distinctly average. The price seemingly reflects that and if the 12.5x reach here isnâ??t enough, look to the 24x Olympus SZ-30.
Broad zoom range
The Olympus also has some issues with auto white balance performance shifting from shot to shot. We had to be patient too because two out of three images taken at longer focal lengths came out blurred due to camera shake. The SZ-20 isnâ??t a bad camera but, apart from a noise-free performance at upper ISOs and fun effects achievable with the Magic Filters, itâ??s distinctly average. The price reflects that and if the 12.5x reach here isnâ??t enough, look to the 24x Olympus SZ-30.
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