• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 448.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SZ-12 advantages over Canon SX170

  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.0 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • More lens zoom
    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
    25.0 mm vs 28.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Canon SX170 advantages over Olympus SZ-12

  • Longer battery life
    More info 300 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/1700 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More dots on screen
Canon SX170
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Nikon L610

Olympus SZ-12
Nikon L610
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Shoots 1080p video
Canon SX170
Nikon L610
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video

Compared to Canon SX160

Olympus SZ-12
Canon SX160
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More lens zoom
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
Canon SX170
Canon SX160
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • HDMI out

Compared to Olympus SZ-16

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-16
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Shoots 1080p video
Canon SX170
Olympus SZ-16
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Olympus SZ-15

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-15
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Canon SX170
Olympus SZ-15
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More lens zoom
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