• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 25mm - 600mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 25mm - 550mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SZ-12 advantages over Nikon S9500

  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    18 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Nikon S9500 advantages over Olympus SZ-12

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 14.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.5 fps vs 0.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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

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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
Nikon S9500
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Wi-Fi
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Higher extended ISO

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
Nikon S9500
Olympus SZ-16
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Wi-Fi
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Higher extended ISO

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
Nikon S9500
Olympus SZ-15
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic ZS30

Olympus SZ-12
Panasonic ZS30
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $284
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS30
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $284
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Olympus SZ-12
Panasonic ZS25
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bulb shutter
  • $197
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Thinner
Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS25
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $197
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
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