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

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Advantages

Olympus SZ-12 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 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

  • Longer battery life
    300 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    19 months 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

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax VS20

Olympus SZ-12
Pentax VS20
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • HDMI out
  • $124
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Higher extended ISO
Canon SX170
Pentax VS20
  • $132
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Newer
  • $124
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bulb shutter
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More dots on screen
Canon SX170
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $132
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $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
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Shoots 1080p video
Canon SX170
Nikon L610
  • $132
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
  • $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
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
Canon SX170
Canon SX160
  • $132
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • HDMI out

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
  • $132
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More lens zoom
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