• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 24.0x zoom 25mm - 600mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 16.0x zoom 28mm - 448mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Olympus SZ-12 over Canon SX170

  • Wider aperture
    f/3.0 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Lens zoom ratio
    24.0x vs 16.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Canon SX170 over Olympus SZ-12

  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    14 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer shutter
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/1700 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SX160

Olympus SZ-12
Canon SX160
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $155
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
Canon SX170
Canon SX160
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • $155
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out

Compared to Olympus SZ-16

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-16
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bulb shutter
  • $168
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 1080p
  • Newer
Canon SX170
Olympus SZ-16
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer shutter
  • $168
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Olympus SZ-12
Canon SX280 HS
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $237
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Canon SX170
Canon SX280 HS
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • $237
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Olympus SZ-12
Panasonic ZS35
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bulb shutter
  • $237
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Canon SX170
Panasonic ZS35
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster shutter
  • $237
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon S9700

Olympus SZ-12
Nikon S9700
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • Bulb shutter
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Canon SX170
Nikon S9700
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer shutter
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
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